REFLECTION: Gandhi’s daily Scripture readings for peace


PAX CHRISTI USA

Rev. John Dear, S.J.

by Fr. John Dear, S.J.
Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace

When writer Louis Fischer visited Gandhi’s ashram in 1942, he noticed a picture of Jesus on the wall — the only wall decoration around — with the caption, “He is our peace.”

“But you are not a Christian,” he said to Gandhi.

“I am a Christian and a Hindu and a Muslim and a Jew,” Gandhi answered.

“Then you are a better Christian than most Christians,” Fischer thought to himself.

Gandhi reportedly spent two hours in meditation each day — one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening — for more than 40 years. This became the bedrock for all his daily work for justice, independence and service. Most of his meditation time was in silence, but he always read from the Sermon on the Mount and the Bhagavad Gita, the Hindu Scriptures.

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