THE LIFE OF
H P Blavatsky
Mohandes K Gandhi
H P Blavatsky meets Mohandes K Gandhi 1890
Mohandas K. Gandhi was introduced to H P Blavatsky in London in 1890 when he was there working for his law degree. He is known to have attended some Theosophical Society meetings.
In his autobiography he recalls having read her Key to Theosophy. "This book stimulated in me the desire to read books on Hinduism, and disabused me of the notion fostered by the missionaries that Hinduism was rife with superstition"
Two theosophists introduced him to the Bhagavad-Gita, which became his lifelong guiding text. The first copy of the Bhagavad Gita he read was the Sir Edwin Arnold Translation.
Gandhi went on to read all the Hindu scriptures and often quoted them in speeches in later years but it is interesting to note that he introduced himself to these writings through English translations.
Theosophist A O Hume was a founder of the Indian National Congress which led the drive for Indian independence and Gandhi in his book on Indian Home rule “Hind Swaraj” often quoted A O Hume.
has a lifelong friendship with Annie Besant whom he also met in