Mohandas Gandhi is praised for the many good deeds he has done in his lifetime. From his independence movements to his push for nonviolence and celibacy, Gandhi’s lifestyle is known throughout the world.
What most people don’t know, however, are the details of his strange sex life.
Before he committed to celibacy, he led a normal life with his wife, and had four beautiful kids. It wasn’t until he was 38, when he decided to become completely celibate, that things took an interesting turn. He decided the best way to “give service” to humanity was to embrace poverty and chastity.
This was a practice that meant he would live a spiritual life. While he lived his life practicing, as well as challenging and preaching abstinence, he engaged in strange “sexual experiments.” These experiments consisted of bathing with women, receiving nude massages and sharing a bed with multiple followers.
Sometimes, he would call in the wives of his followers to sleep in his bed, even though they were not allowed to sleep with their own husbands. Sushila Nayar, the sister of Gandhi’s secretary took part in these experiments, as well as Gandhi’s 18-year-old grandniece Manu. When he invited his grandniece to lay with him, he told her, “We both may be killed by the Muslims and must put our purity to the ultimate test, so that we know that we are offering the purest of sacrifices, and we should now both start sleeping naked.”
These experiments tested his self-control. He said he “wanted to see if sex could be controlled because he felt it was such a powerful force.”
He also believed semen was a source of spiritual energy and practiced conserving his.
His strange sexual lifestyle was ignored for long a very long time, even after his death. It wasn’t until the publishing of the book, Gandhi: Naked Ambition, that people began to have a clearer picture of his sexuality.