Lecture delivered in America; published in Personality London: MacMillan, 1933


I started a school in Bengal when I was nearing forty. Certainly this was never expected

of me, who had spent the greater portion of my life in writing, chiefly verses. Therefore

people naturally thought that as a school it might not be one of the best of its kind, but it

was sure to be something outrageously new, being the product of daring inexperience.

This is one of the reasons why I am often asked what is the idea upon which my school is

based. The question is a very embarrassing one for me, because to satisfy the expectation

of my questioners, I cannot afford to be commonplace in my answer. However, I shall

resist the temptation to be original and shall be content with being merely truthful.

In the first place, I must confess it is difficult for me to say what is the idea which

underlies my institution. For the idea is not like a fixed foundation upon which a building

is erected. It is more like a seed which cannot be separated and pointed out directly it

begins to grow into a plant.


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