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A variety of spiritual writings via nineteenth-century Russian author Leo Tolstoy, together with the identify choice that files his 1879 religious obstacle in which he determined he had complete not anything of lasting price in his lifetime; observed via an advent and explanatory notes.

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But his business was not with revolutions and he cared little for political ideas per se, let alone those based on populations divided into economic forces. Despite his removal from the political scenario (like most sages he was beyond it), Tolstoy was proved remarkably accurate in many of his predictions. For years before the events of 1905 he had been warning the Tsar against the unprecedented bloodshed that would ensue if he failed to make vital social reforms. In letters and petitions to Nicholas II he listed the people’s grievances and begged him to bring an end to autocratic rule.

K. Gandhi had begun a correspondence in the early years of the twentieth century, with Gandhi referring to himself as Tolstoy’s ‘humble follower’. Many of their beliefs have close affinities – the doctrine of non-violence, for example, and the belief that the kingdom of God exists within man. Gandhi’s campaign of civil disobedience and passive resistance, together with his abhorrence of Western ‘progress’, owe much to Tolstoy, although his engagements in the political arena do not. And it is in the East, particularly India, where the liberal democratic tradition continued longer, that Tolstoy’s ideas remained alive.

When I saw the heads being separated from the bodies and heard them thump, one after the next, into the box I understood, and not just with my intellect but with my whole being, that no theories of the rationality of existence and progress could justify this crime. I realized that even if every single person since the day of creation had, according to whatever theory, found this necessary I knew that it was unnecessary and wrong, and therefore that judgements on what is good and necessary must not be based on what other people say and do, or on progress, but on the instincts of my own soul.

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