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ruled out of present! life. Id is 600 saored a word bo be lighbly applied bo anybody, muoh leas bo one like myself who claims only bo be a humble searcher after brubb, knows his limitations, makes mistakes, never hesitates bo admit them when he makes them and frankly confesses bhat he, like a scientist, is making experiments aboub some of the ebernal 'varibies' of life, bub oannob even claim bo be a scientist because he can show no bangible proof of scientific accuracy in his methods or suoh tangible results of his experiments as modern science demands. Bub though by disclaiming sainthood I disappoint the critic's expectations, I would have him give up his regrebs by answering him bhab the politi- cian in me has never dominated a single decision of mine, and if I seem bo bake parb in polities, ib is only because politics encircle us bo-day like bhe coil of a snake from which one oannob geb out, no matter how muoh one tries, I wish bherefore bo wrestle wibh bha snake, as I have been doing with more or less success consciously since 1894, unconsciously, as I have now discovered, ever since reaching years of discretion. Quite selfishly, as I wish bo live in peace in bhe midst of ft bellowing storm howling round me, I have been experi- menting with myself and friends by introducing religion into polibics. Let me explain whab I mean by religion. Ib is nob bhe Hindu religion which I oerbainly prize above all obber religions, bub bhe religion which transcends Hinduism, which changes one's very nature, which binds one icdiesolubly to the truth within and which never purifies* Ib is bhe permanent element in human nature which counts no cost boo greab in order bo find expres- sion and which leaves bhe soul utterly restless until it has found itself, known its Maker and appreoiab-

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