Raab Acquires 2 Lost Fragments of Gandhi’s Famous, Handheld Prayer Speeches


The newly discovered historical documents were acquired from the archive of a freedom fighter for India’s independence and have never been offered for sale before

“The art of dying bravely and with honour does not need any special training, save a living faith in God.”

PHILADELPHIA, PA – October 31, 2018 – The Raab Collection, the nation’s leading dealer in important historical documents, announced today that it has acquired 2 long-lost fragments of Gandhi’s prayer speeches, including one containing one of his most famous quotations: “The art of dying bravely and with honour does not need any special training, save a living faith in God.” Public records disclose no other handwritten speeches of Gandhi having reached the market before.

“Raab is honored to have these important manuscripts from such an inspirational figure,” said Nathan Raab, President of the Raab Collection. “It cuts to the heart of Gandhi’s central philosophy of morality, honor, and bravery.”

The speech from September 1947 reads as below, with the surviving fragment in bold.  At the speech, he repeated his advice, that they should all be “prepared to die to a man rather than leave their homes. The art of dying bravely and with honour, does not need any special training, save a living faith in God. Then there would be no abductions and no forcible conversions.”

At the heart of Gandhi’s philosophy was faith, a belief in something larger. He thought that all religions had great value. Born into a Hindu family, he believed in Jesus’s teachings and taught reconciliation between the faiths, urging them to live and prosper together. This was especially important in multi-religion India, where he was the foremost advocate of religious pluralism.

The handheld speeches were delivered at Gandhi’s prayer meetings immediately after Indian Independence, when Hindus were fleeing Pakistan and Muslims were fleeing India. Gandhi felt each should be able to stay in their homes without fear and ought to be willing to die for that right.

About The Raab Collection: The Raab Collection has handled many of the most important historical documents to reach the market and worked with the families of famous Americans in the sale and preservation of their family treasures, among them Neil Armstrong, Thomas Jefferson, Ulysses S. Grant, William Henry Harrison, and Ronald Reagan. Nathan Raab, a member of the Board of Directors of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, is also a contributor to Forbes.com.

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