Letters of Sri Aurobindo
Fragment ID: 8513
Mahatma Gandhi 
Someone was speaking to me about Gandhi’s seven-day fast. I said: “Is it to create an earthquake for the sake of the Harijans? At least his own earth (body) will quake.”
It seems to be very foolish, these fasts – as if they could alter anything at all. A fast can at most affect one’s own condition, but how can it “atone” for the doings of others or change their nature?
12 July 1934