Ya know, I am pleased to see him speaking positively of Gandhi. My only hope is that his language may seem antiquated to those of us today.
The sense of amazement that such virtues could come from an “unbaptized” person strikes me as rather uninformed, or simply predudiced. He mentions the “Christian” values of fasting, prayer, and silence. What about the much older Hindu religion of Gandhi, who has held these values as much-practiced disciplines for a long time before the Christian era?
I know, St. Nikolai was simply speaking as one Christian to another at a time less ecumenical than our own. Okay, I get it. But how do we today take these words? Do we say the same, or do we speak with more kinship in our words toward a Hindu brother, another twentieth-century saint?