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  1. Introduction.
  2. Questions on the nature of reality.
  3. Similarities.
  4. Differences.
  5. Critical Analysis.

Gandhi's thought follows in the footsteps of a philosophical tradition whose founders examined the nature of reality through the internal realm of the spirit. Their works described a constant and unceasing search for what is real, a journey that questioned the very means by which we perceive and assemble our concept of ?I? and the purpose and relationship of that Self to the external world. In their experiments they ?turned the search inward,? uniting religion and philosophy, reason and faith in a personal quest of self-realization. Gandhi's life long search found its roots from within this foundation whose response to the question, what is real? was transformed into a search for Truth.

[...] He quotes the Buddha, telling his students: the wise test gold by burning, butting, and rubbing it, so are you to accept my words after examining them and not merely out of regard for (Radhakrishnan 346), Gandhi also states that one must ?turn the searchlight [for truth] inward? (Fischer 132), emphasizing that our perception of Truth is relative. It is dependent upon the individual and the aggregates which compose the individual. That which we interpret as Truth is then, not Truth in the absolute sense. [...]


[...] This Truth is beyond human comprehension, beyond the discriminations and distinctions of the human consciousness. And the path leading towards a realization of Truth involves a process of self-purification, experimentation and reflection. But despite these similarities in regards to the means by which the ultimate Reality is realized, both Gandhi and Nagarjuna appear to stand in opposition when describing the nature of the end they sought. Differences The union between religion and philosophy underlies both of these men's insights, framing the context by which they viewed the world. [...]

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