“Be the change that you wish to see in the world” are the golden words from simple yet an adamant personality cladded in dhoti.
The one who walked through the lanes of slave India with a firm and pragmatic vision of setting the country free. The one who transformed the nation and the thinking of its citizens through his lessons and a decent, non violent approach towards challenging situations which made the world follow him.
His intellectuality encouraged the very capable citizens of this country to push their limits, expand the boundaries and disobey the prevalent unethical practices, whether social or economical.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
Mahatma Gandhi, the man who believes and taught the world that nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of the destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.
The man with ideology of strength in unity. United the whole nation and taught the world that with unity and love we can conquer any battle. Gandhiji didn’t start out with a large following; he didn’t have people fawning all over him. In fact, he was literally thrown into a movement by the sheer force of injustice .It is only later in his journey that he become such a larger than life figure.
“An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind”
Mahatma Gandhi formally recognized as baapu was not only the source of motivation and inspiration for Indians but around the globe too. He was the role model for foreigners especially in South Africa .Gandhiji was appalled by the discrimination he experienced as an Indian immigrant in South Africa. When a European magistrate in Durban asked him to take of his turban, he refused and left the courtroom .
On a train voyage to Pretoria, he was thrown out of a first class railway compartment and beaten up by a white stagecoach driver after refusing to give up his seat for European passenger. That train journey was the turning point for Gandhi ji, and he soon began developing and teaching the concept of satyagraha or passive resistance as a way of non- cooperation with authorities.
Years later, baapu became the leading figure in India’s struggle to gain independence from Great Britain.
In 1915 Gandhi founded an ashram in Ahmadabad, India, that was open to all castes. Wearing a simple loincloth and shawl, Gandhi lived an austere life devoted to prayer, fasting and meditation. He became known as “Mahatma,” which means “great soul.”
He transformed himself from fashionable gentlemen to a simple dhoti clad man as he believes that if a man reaches the heart of his own religion, he has reached the heart of the others too. There is only one God and there are many paths to him.
In 1932, Gandhi, at the time imprisoned in India, embarked on a six-day fast to protest the British decision to segregate the “untouchables,” those on the lowest rung of India’s caste system, by allotting them separate electorates. The public outcry forced the British to amend the proposal. After Partition in 1947, he continued to work toward peace between Hindus and Muslims.
Sir Albert Einstein once quoted on the occasion of Gandhiji’s 70th birthday that “Generations to come, it may well be, will scarce believe that such a man as this one ever in flesh and blood walked upon this Earth.”
In January 30, 1948 the man who discerns the world the path of wisdom was assassinated by a Hindu fundamentalist Nathuram Vinayak Godse.