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'Satyagraha is not physical force. A satyagraha does not inflict pain on the adversary; he does not seek his destruction … In the use of satyagraha, there is no ill will. 'Satyagraha is pure soul force. Truth is the very substance of the soul. That is why this force is called satyagraha. The soul is informed with knowledge. In it burns the flame of love. … Nonviolence is the supreme dharma …' It is certain that India cannot rival Britain or Europe in force of arms. The British worship the war god and they can all of them become, as they are becoming, bearers of arms. The hundreds of millions in India can never carry arms. They have made the religion of non-violence their own …

In his famous book Hind Swaraj (1909) Mahatma Gandhi declared that British rule was established in India, with the cooperation of Indians, and had survived only because of this cooperation. If Indians refused to cooperate, British rule will collapse within a year.

“Satyagraha is pure soul-force” substantiate this statement in 20 words


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Satyagraha is pure soul-force because it is the very substance of the soul , informed with knowledge , and nonviolent .

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Satyagraha is pure soul force because:

  • It is the very substance of the soul . Satyagraha means “holding on to truth” or “soul force”. It is based on the idea that truth is the ultimate reality and the essence of the soul.

  • It is informed with knowledge . Satyagraha appeals to the conscience and reason of the opponent and seeks to persuade him by rational arguments and moral principles. It does not rely on ignorance or prejudice.

  • It is non-violent . Satyagraha does not use physical force or violence, but moral force and love. It does not inflict pain or seek destruction, but compassion and reconciliation. It follows the supreme dharma of non-violence.

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