GANDHI, MOHANDAS K. (1869-1948). Indian nationalist and spiritual leader, revered as the father of modern India. ALS. (“MK Gandhi”). 1p. Postcard. India, May 3, 1935. To Mrs. J. Boy Salmon of Wilmington, Delaware.
“Dear Sister, Faith is not a thing to grasp; it is a state to grow to. And growth comes from within…. Yours…”
In 1888, Gandhi began his law studies in London where he immersed himself in various religious traditions and philosophies including Christianity, Theosophy and vegetarianism. Adding this eclectic mix to Zoroastrianism, Buddhism and his own sense of asceticism, Gandhi created a personal philosophy that guided him through the rest of an extraordinary and meaningful life.
After earning a law degree that brought him little success as an attorney in India, Gandhi journeyed to South Africa in 1893 where he spent the next 20 years. He immediately learned of the nation’s officially sanctioned prejudice against his countrymen and his firsthand experiences prompted him to embark on a political career that focused on non-violent resistance to the government’s racist policies.