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Gandhi ,Adultery and polygamy ?

June 18, 2010

Below is the text from above wikipedia link under the paragraph “Brahmacharya”.

Towards the end of his life, it became public knowledge that Gandhi
had been sharing his bed for a number of years with young women.[80][81] He explained that he did this for bodily warmth at night and termed his
actions as “nature cure”. Later in his life he started experimenting
with brahmacharya in order to test his self control. His letter to
Birla in April, 1945 referring to ‘women or girls who have been naked
with me’ indicates that several women were part of his experiments.[82] He wrote five editorials in Harijan discussing the practice of brahmacharya.[83]
As part of these experiments, he initially slept with his women
associates in the same room but at a distance. Afterwards he started to
lie in the same bed with his women disciples and later took to sleeping
naked alongside them .[84] According to Gandhi active-celibacy meant perfect self control in the
presence of opposite sex. Gandhi conducted his experiments with a
number of women such as Abha, the sixteen year old wife of his
grandnephew Kanu Gandhi. Gandhi acknowledged “that this experiment is
very dangerous indeed”, but thought “that it was capable of yielding
great results”.[85] His nineteen year old grandniece, Manu Gandhi, too was part of his
experiments. Gandhi had earlier written to her father, Jaisukhlal
Gandhi, that Manu had started to share his bed so that he may “correct
her sleeping posture”.[85] Gandhi saw himself as a mother to these women and would refer to Abha and Manu as “my walking sticks”.
Gandhi called Sarladevi, a married woman with children and a devout
follower, his “spiritual wife”. He later said that he had come close to
having sexual relations with her.[86] He had told a correspondent in March, 1945 that “sleeping together came
with my taking up of bramhacharya or even before that”; he said he had
experimented with his wife “but that was not enough”.[85] Gandhi felt satisfied with his experiments and wrote to Manu that “I
have successfully practiced the eleven vows taken by me. This is the
culmination of my striving for last thirty six years. In this yajna I
got a glimpse of the ideal truth and purity for which I have been
Gandhi had to take criticism for his experiments by many of his
followers and opponents. His stenographer, R. P. Parasuram, resigned
when he saw Gandhi sleeping naked with Manu.[87] Gandhi insisted that he never felt aroused while he slept beside her,
or with Sushila or Abha. “I am sorry” Gandhi said to Parasuram, “you
are at liberty to leave me today.” Nirmal Kumar Bose,
leading anthropologist and close associate of Gandhi, parted company
with him in April, 1947 post Gandhi’s tour of Noakhali, where some sort
of altercation had taken place between Gandhi and Sushila Nayar in his
bedroom at midnight that caused Gandhi to slap his forehead. Bose said,
“there was no immorality on part of Gandhi. Moreover Gandhi tried to
conquer the feeling of sex by consciously endeavouring to convert
himself into a mother of those who were under his case, whether men or
women”. This maternal emphasis has also been pointed out by Dattatreya
Balkrishna Kalelkar, a revolutionary turned disciple of Gandhi[88]

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