The Weird Celibate Life Of Mahatma Ghandi- His Experiments With Women

While Mahatma Gandhi is best remembered for his non-violent struggle for India’s independence, his humble lifestyle, and other characteristics that define him as a ‘Mahatma,’ remained out of the public view. There are some parts of his life that arouse people’s interest. Apart from Gandhi’s radical pacifism, which many of his contemporaries questioned, there is one strange aspect of his life that is widely known but rarely mentioned in public discourse: his experiences with celibacy.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi has strong opinions on sex and frequently offered his followers precise instructions on the subject. His views on sex were unpopular, and India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, condemned them as “abnormal and unnatural.”

Gandhi married Kasturba at the age of 13, which was unique at the time. They had four sons and lived a typical marital life. Gandhi later confessed to having lusty feelings for his wife in a letter. “I used to think of her even at school,” he wrote in his memoirs, “and the notion of nightfall and our future rendezvous was always nagging me.”

Ghandi with wife

He had wrote that he had always wanted to teach his illiterate wife, but that due to his insatiable passion, he couldn’t find the time. Later in life, his views on sex had completely altered.

In his late 30s, while in South Africa, Gandhi’s attitude regarding sex shifted. He considered how he could best serve humanity and concluded that embracing poverty and chastity was the way to go. He accepted Brahmacharya, which entails complete abstention from sexual interactions, when he was 38 years old, in the year 1906.

He told his wife about his plan, and she said she had no objections. He’d already talked with his relatives whether or not he should quit having sex with his wife, and he’d been debating it since 1900. Brahmacharya required a complete shift in his lifestyle, which included not just celibacy but also stringent dietary restrictions and other elements of everyday life.

In 1907, he wrote in the Indian Opinion, β€œIt is the duty of every thoughtful Indian not to marry. In case he is helpless in regard to marriage, he should abstain from sexual intercourse with his wife.”

Gandhi’s attitude toward sex altered dramatically very quickly. Sexual intercourse, he claimed, was only permissible when it came to having children and should be avoided at all other times.

His Experiments With Women

Gandhi’s Brahmacharya didn’t end with abstinence; it got strange when he began to question his determination, to put himself to the test. As a result, a series of experiments began that would be unthinkable in today’s world. He established ashrams where he conducted his experiments, where boys and girls bathed and slept together.

But they had to keep their chastity; if there were any sexual discussions, they would be punished. The regulations of the ashram prohibited married couples from sleeping together, and Gandhi suggested that husbands should not be alone with their wives. He had also urged them to take a cold bath when they were aroused.

Ashram is a place where people go on spiritual or religious retreats

An Ashram

For Gandhi, who had begun to surround himself with women to test his willpower, the rules were different. During his morning and evening walks in the 1920s, Gandhi began resting his hand on the shoulders of young women whom he playfully referred to as his walking sticks.

Abha and Manu, his grandnieces, were his frequent ‘walking sticks.’ Following that, young ladies in the ashram began performing elaborate daily massages. Following the massage, he took a bath, assisted and attended by his female attendants.

Sushila Nayar, Gandhi’s personal doctor, was the sister of Gandhi’s personal secretary Pyarelal Nayar. She had cared for Gandhi since she was a teenager. She was his bathing partner on a frequent basis. He stated that when they were bathing together, he didn’t look at Sushila and that he used to close his eyes tightly.

Gandhi’s experiments progressed over time, to the point where young women were sleeping naked with Gandhi. It started off as a simple sleeping setup, but it quickly evolved into a part of his research. This was his approach of achieving Brahamacharya’s nirvana state of abstinence while sleeping next to lovely young women without clothing. Apart from Sushila, his grandnieces Abha and Manu, as well as other women in his Ashram, were his regular sleeping companions.

Ghandi with his “walking sticks”

The number of women who surrounded Gandhi at Ashram expanded as he became older, especially following the death of his wife Kasturba, after Gandhi refused to treat her with western medicine. Women who were not allowed to sleep with their own husbands in the Ashram were forced to sleep with him in order to test his libido control.

While many ladies slept naked with Gandhi, and some women were willing participants in his trials, most of them did so at Gandhi’s request, not of their own volition. It was hard to say no to him because he had such a strong personality.


http://The Mahatma – Life Chronology”. Gandhi Ashram.

http://Gandhi, Mohandas K. (2009). An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth. p. 21. ISBN 978-1-77541-405-6.

2 thoughts on “The Weird Celibate Life Of Mahatma Ghandi- His Experiments With Women

  • June 8, 2022 at 1:56 pm

    Sadly you want to conjure up as what you would have done had it been you.

    We just cannot stop finding faults judging as how we would have reacted upon onto another.

    Giving you the benefit of doubt it is a wonder why no one wants to experiment it likewise with you as how they have done it.

    When there are other scandalous leaders who are held in high esteem yet we choose to choose MOHANDAS KARAMCHAND MAHATHMA GANDHI as a punching bag fully aware that nobody would hurt us.

    Please do not be human parasites looking for portions to devour when there are top many good portions to look upon.

    Please read about other great leaders of INDIA who think of HIM as otherwise.

    You want to read what you want to read rather than not wanting to read as what should be read.

  • June 11, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Interesting that corrupting power led the narcistic Gandhi to thoughtlessly and inconsiderately experiment on those poor voiceless women.
    What we need to ask is whether he afforded them any choice in n his requests/demands!!!


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