Gandhiji's weekly silence having commenced, his written message in
Hindustani was read out to the congregation after the prayers. It
was his earnest prayer that those who were present and those others
whom his voice could reach should understand the aim of life. The
aim of life was that they should serve the Power that had created
them, and on whose mercy or consent depended their very breath, by
heartily serving its creation. That meant love, not hate which one
saw everywhere. They had forgotten that aim and were either actually
fighting each other or preparing for that fight. If they could not
escape calamity, they should regard India's independence as an
impossible dream. If they thought that they would get independence
by the simple fact of the British power quitting the land, they
were sadly mistaken. The British were leaving India. But if they
continued fighting one another, some other power or powers would
step in. If they thought they could fight the whole world with its
weapons, it was a folly.
A friend had written, continued Gandhiji, that a sort of peace seemed to have been established in the Punjab through military occupation. That peace was the peace of the grave. The people were silently preparing for an open and deadlier fight. Weapons were being collected. After that even the military would find it impossible to control the people. It was his firm conviction that the peace established with the aid of the military or the police would be no peace. True peace would only come when at least one side, if not both, adopted the true bravery that non-violence gave.
Bihar had realized, said Gandhiji, that there was no bravery in killing women and children. It was sheer cowardice. It would be a grand thing if Bihar could manifest the true bravery of silent strength and show thereby the true path of life to the whole world.