From the beginning of his involvement in South Africa

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From the beginning of his involvement in South Africa, Gandhi adopted the personal  philosophy of selflessness. A public man he might be, but he refused to accept any  payment for his work on behalf of the Indian population, preferring to support himself  with his law practice alone (which was primarily sustained, it must be noted, by Indians:  twenty Indian merchants contracted with it to manage their affairs.) His central idea was  self-denial in the service of his fellow men, which he, as a follower of the Sermon on the  Mount and the  Bhagavad-Gita , regarded as not being self-denial at all, but rather a  higher form of self-fulfillment.  This philosophical clarity coexisted with intense spiritual turmoil, as Gandhi struggled to  define his religious beliefs. It was during this period that Gandhi enjoyed a wonderful  correspondence with a friend in Bombay named Raychandra, a highly educated, deeply 
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.

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