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Jul 1, 2011

Mahatma Gandhi Essay | Biography M K Gandhi

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     Mahatma Gandhi was a great leader to the people and his life became a message to the world. The message he brought to the world was of truth, freedom and non-violence. He fought for many different causes, and his weapons were Satya (truth) and Ahisma (non-violence). He fought strong and hard with his weapons of Satya and Ahisma to win the independence of the Indian people.

Mahatma was a great soul, and he exemplifies the meaning of a man who was quite possibly the greatest human being the 20th century has seen. Gandhi was a great leader to the people and his life became a message to the world. The message he brought to the world was of truth, freedom and non-violence. He fought for many different causes, and his weapons were Satya (truth) and Ahisma (non-violence). He fought strong and hard with his weapons of Satya and Ahisma to win the independence of the Indian people. He was a man who wanted to create order from all of the chaos. He had faith in the people, and he had amazing will power... and he just kept believing. Gandhi had an altruistic philosophy, which may have appeared to be a utopian ideal. However, only an individual with considerable self-respect, unshakable faith in human nature and detachment can survive where alienation, serious crime, and unadulterated violence are ripping a society apart. It takes a truly devoted soul to completely and utterly give himself up like that for the sake of humanity. I am truly awed by this man. He directed the people of India to be non-violent; silence can be stronger than the spoken word. I am one who thinks 'outside the box', so the idea of a nation that has non-violent peace protests sounds very appealing. Can you imagine the world if it were possible to be rid of violence and discrimination...Gandhi could, and that was what he strived to create.
Gandhi experienced his first taste of racial discrimination while traveling by train to Pretoria. In spite of carrying a first class ticket, he was indiscriminately thrown out of the train by the authorities on the instigation of a white man. This is what started him to end the discrimination, which would eventually lead to a free India. Gandhi preached that the people of India show no violence towards the British soldiers. Though the British military would beat and attack the Indian people, Gandhi urged them not to fight back. He wanted to show that they were a more humane people. Some people at first were reluctant to the idea, but succumbed to Gandhi's ways in the end. It was the right path to take...'tis more noble to not hit another man who hits you. This is acclaimed in the old saying that two wrongs don't make a right. When the people of India did not follow the word of Gandhi and non-violence, Gandhi fasted. He said he would not eat until the fighting had all stopped. It takes a marvel of a man to sacrifice himself like that for the better of his country and his people. Gandhi was also jailed for reasons that are not reasonable or logical. He was simply put away because the British leaders feared him. They didn't understand how just one man could have such authority over a country. They put him away so that the chaos wouldn't continue when Gandhi wasn't there to arrange it. But nothing could keep Gandhi from his dream of a free India. Independence, when it came in 1947, was not a military victory, it was a triumph of pure human will. Yet to Gandhi's despair, the Hindus and Muslims could not live as one in unity, and separated into Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan. The last two months of his life were spent trying to end the appalling violence, which had ensued. It led him to fast until the brink of death. He would strive and pursue that dream until it was a reality.

It is believed that Gandhi had already achieved Moksha in his past life, but he returned as a Kshatriyas in order to help the people. The reason he returned into this caste system is so that he could better relate to the people. He worked hard and diligently to overcome the prejudice and discrimination in the caste system (he worked to particularly improve the untouchables). He did not believe that some people should be treated so well, while others are shunned. It was not fair and equal, which was what he was fighting for.

Gandhi's approach to changing social structures was a strong and triumphant one. It would still work in today's world. For instance, if a kid was being bullied in school, it is better to pretend not to be bothered by the taunting and teasing. He/ she should especially not fight back, this will only give the bully fuel to fight harder.

Gandhi was a fantastic man, who had great plans for this world. He was a great leader, and his unfortunate departure from this earth will cause us to miss him, but never t forget what he has done for India and it's people.

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