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Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi-Vol 013

Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi-Vol 013

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This are the volumes form the revised - erroneous - version of the CWMG as published on the CD-Rom "Mahatma Gandhi - Interactive Multimedia - Electronic Book" in 1999. Page and volume nos. are not identical with the original print version of the 1960's-1990's. The content of this CWMG version is to be credited as "The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi (Electronic Book), New Delhi, Publications Division Government of India, 1999, 98 volumes"
Vol 013- March 12, 1913 - December 25, 1913
This are the volumes form the revised - erroneous - version of the CWMG as published on the CD-Rom "Mahatma Gandhi - Interactive Multimedia - Electronic Book" in 1999. Page and volume nos. are not identical with the original print version of the 1960's-1990's. The content of this CWMG version is to be credited as "The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi (Electronic Book), New Delhi, Publications Division Government of India, 1999, 98 volumes"
Vol 013- March 12, 1913 - December 25, 1913

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VOL. 13 : 12 MARCH, 1913 - 25 DECEMBER, 1913
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1. LETTER TO HERMANN KALLENBACH 
P
HOENIX
,
[
March 12, 1913
]
MY DEAR LOWER HOUSE,
The above
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is soul-stirring. I was teaching one of the boys thismorning and came upon it. I thought it so fitted your case at manypoints that I would have it copied. Please read and reread and comeout of Doubting Castle after having killed Giant Despair.With Love,
U
PPER
H
OUSE
[PS.]I have not written to the Countess
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. I thought I would await Mrs.Mayo’s letter. As you will soon be on the tramp I am not sending theagricultural books. It is right?
From the original: Gandhi-Kallenbach Correspondence. Courtesy: NationalArchives of India
2. LETTER TO HARILAL GANDHI 
Phagan Sud 6 
[
March 14, 1913
]
3
CHI. HARILAL,
After many months I have has a letter from you. Every time yuexpress regret and say you are sorry for not writing regularly.Yourrepentace has no meaning either for you or for me. Repentance willbear fruit ony when it relates to one’s failure to do a thing despiteone’s best effort and when it is followed by greater vigilance inguarding against further failure. Your regret amounts to mereformality. Do children naveto be formal with parents?As soon as I knew of yur examination [result] from another
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An extract from John Bunyan’s allegorical work The Pilgrim’s Progress.
2
Presumably Countless Tolstoy
3
In his letter to Harilal Gandhi of January 26, 1913 (p. 449), Gandhiji haddiscussed Harilal’s examination result and asked for the question-papers. Here herepeats the request and adds that the two letters are being posted together. This was,therefore, written shorlty after the letter of January 26.
 
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THE COLLECTED WORKS OF MAHATMA GANDHI
source, I wrote you a letter
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. But it could not be posted until now,.because the diary
2
containing your address had been misplaced. Youwill therefore get that letter as well as this one about the same time.I am not the only one to wait anxiously for a letter from you. Bakeeps on inquiring, and so do Miss Schlesin and the others.Your mind has not become calm even there. I do not understandwhat it is that you want. All that I can make out is that you want to livein Ahmedabad and with Chanchi. Perhaps you wrote to the Doctor
3
too, about this, You may live as suits you best.In reply to the second portion of yur letter, I shall say only this:“Live in any way that suits you,.[but] strive to realize God anyhow.”I shall not argue.Our paths may well be different. If our destination is the same,we shall meet there. What would it matter even if we should followcontrary paths? I am not so arrogant as to believe that I am whollyright and others, in the wrong. Of course, I hold on to the idea that Imust do what seems to be my duty. Though I know that we do notbecome equal even if I give you this freedom, because, in following acourse opposed to my ideas, you have to depend on me for money. Iwish I could release you even from this situation [of dependence] andthen argue with you as an equal. But how is this possible? If, impelledby my sense of duty, I have erred in giving up the source of myincome, I shall of course have to repent for that. Have I not, however,done an injustice because in doing this I failed to take my sons’interests into account? My answer is “NoI did consider theirinterests, too, accordingly to my own lights. Whether my judgementwas right or wrong time alone will show to us both.I observe that England is still on your lips. Please overcome thedesire. Your time is not yet.Send me the question-papers of your examination if you havepreserved them.Manilal is deep in his studies. He is interested in them. I givehim an hour and a half every day. Let me know what books youreadfor your examination, I mean. Send me some samples of your
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Vide
“Letter to Harilal Gandhi”, 26-1-1913.
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Vide
“Diary, 1912”, end of 1912.
3
Dr. Pranjivan Mehta
 
VOL. 13 : 12 MARCH, 1913 - 25 DECEMBER, 1913
3English composition.
Blessings from
B
APU
PS.Ramdas and Devdas also study fairly well, but they havedeveloped no interest in their studies. Ba is well, more or less.Anandlal has left Phoenix that he may be able to look afterAbhechand’s business.
From a photostat of the Gujarati original in Gandhiji’s hand: S. N. 9539
3. LETTER TO JAMNADAS GANDHI 
Phagan Sud 6 
[
March 14, 1913
]
1
CHI. JAMNADAS,
The letters you wrote from India have arrived now. They wereread with great interest. I know the restrictions you have placed. But inthese letters you have given me permission to show them toChhaganlal and Maganlal. They were also shown to Manilal. I thoughtit was in his interest that he should read them, so admirable theyappeared to be. I shall not show them to anyone else. If any letter of yours contains only personal reflections of an intimate nature, I alonewill read it and then destroy it.Your boils must have disappeared by now. You will continue tohave one ailment or another till your blood is completely purified andyou have suitable diet as dictated by experience. With effort, this[trouble] can be overcome. This desire [that you should recover] wasone of my reasons for wanting you to be with me.Ginger, according to our rule, need not be avoided, but it is notbeneficial either. Its undesirable effects will be immediately observedin those who live on a fruit diet.“If we must know English we should know it well”from thiswe cannot conclude that if we must travel by railway, we should travelfirst or second. Studying English is not bad in itself, travelling byrailway is wholly so; if we must travel, therefore, we should just huddle
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Jamnadas Gandhi left South Africa on December 14, 1912 and any letterfrom him could not have reached Gandhiji before January 15 of the following year atthe earliest. In 1913,
Phagan Sud 
6 corresponds to March 14.

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