Gandhi’s Soul Force Vows

Gandhi’s Soul Force Vows

(Re-envisioned by Mel White)
Published on page 13 of the July-August 1998 issue of Fellowship Magazine, published by the Fellowship of Reconciliation

1. Vow to Truth

I promise to seek the truth, to live by the truth, and to confront untruth wherever I find it.

2. Vow to Love (Nonviolence)

I promise to reject violence (physical violence, spiritual violence, psychological violence) and to use only the methods of nonviolence in my search for truth and my confrontation with untruth.

3. Vow to Absorb Suffering

I promise to take on myself without complaint any suffering that might result from my confrontation with untruth and to do all in my power to help my adversary avoid all suffering, especially the suffering that might result from our confrontation.

4. Vow to Control Passions

I promise to control my appetite for food, sex, intoxicants, entertainment, position, and power, that my best self might be free to join with my Creator in doing justice (making things fair for all).

5. Vow to Limit Possessions

I promise to limit my possessions to those things which I really need to survive, and to see myself as God’s trustee over all other possessions, using them exclusively to help God make things fair for all




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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093