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Item 242 - Mohandas Gandhi Catalog 456 (Jul 2015)

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LS signed “M. K. Gandhi,” one page, 4 x 5.25, May 5, 1937. Letter to a woman in Lamar, Colorado. In full: “I was glad to have your letter. My definition of a Christian is one who serves the whole of humanity with all his heart and strength and not one who merely says, ‘Low! Low!’ and repeats the Biblical prayer with meticulous care.” In fine condition, with mild soiling and a crease to one corner tip.

While the quote, ‘I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ,’ is only apocryphally attributed to Gandhi, the essence is certainly in line with his true message as shown here. He often presented a similar sentiment, praising the core of Christ’s teachings—peace, love, understanding—while questioning the often contradictory formalities and dogma of the organized church. An amazing letter espousing the inspirational leader’s philosophical outlook, emphasizing the importance of action and service to others rather than strict conformity to the strictures of scripture. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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