Washington, Mar. 2 – A letter written by Mahatma Gandhi, in which he discusses the nature of existence of Jesus Christ, is up for sale and could be purchased for 50,000 US dollars. The letter dated April 6, 1926 is written by Mahatma Gandhi from his Sabarmati Ashram in India.
Typed in faint ink and with a bold, unaffected signature, the letter was part of a private collection and is now being sold by the US-based Raab Collection. Mahatma Gandhi wrote the letter to Christian religious elder in the United States, Milton Newberry Frantz.
In the letter, Mahatma Gandhi discusses his hope for peace among religions worldwide. Gandhiji writes:
“Dear Friend, I have your letter. I am afraid it is not possible for me to subscribe to the creed you have sent me. The subscriber is made to believe that the highest manifestation of the unseen reality was Jesus Christ. In spite of all my efforts, I have not been able to feel the truth of that statement.”
“I have not been able to move beyond the belief that Jesus was one of the great teachers of mankind. Do you not think that religious unity is to be had not by a mechanical subscription to a common creed but by all respecting the creed of each?” he asked.
“In my opinion, difference in creed there must be so long as there are different brains. But who does it matter if all these are hung upon the common thread of love and mutual esteem?” Gandhiji wrote.