Modern Day Prophet
Mohandas Karamchand "Mohatma” Ghandi
1869 - 1948
By: Caeleigh Davenport, HRE 4M1 - Prophets and the Prophetic Call
Numbers 12:6, "And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream."
A Great Soul is Born
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869, at Porbandar, Gujarat, North West India. Mohandas was the youngest of the three sons of Putlibai and Karamchand Gandhi.
The Mother The Father
Traditional Indian woman, deeply religious Chief Minister of Porbandar
Neither a Scholar or a Saint
Ghandi was not considered a Scholar, although he obtained a law degree he was a mediocre student at best. Shy and nervous Ghandi lacked the courage for public speaking. However, his deeply rooted religious beliefs he was able to find the voice to speak out against racial segregation and oppression feeling that it was the oppressed and depressed people who exemplified God and were sparks of the divine light.
*Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God
Power of the Soul-Force
The belief of the soul-force is what drove Ghandi to awaken this greatest power within himself and within others because the soul-force has no limits. Through this power this tiny, fragile man could mobilize the masses and defeat various powers such as the British Empire to bring India Dominion Status and gain political independence. Through these efforts the oppressed were able to rise above. What was the biggest success is that Ghandi was a proponent of non-violent protest and therefore it was through love and understanding that Ghandi succeeded in his many plights. From Hunger-strikes to 250 mile marches Ghandi provided the oppressed with the ability to peacefully present their protests, overcome their obstacles and succeed in their missions.
1 Samuel 2:9 It is not by strength that one prevails
A Dedicated Life
Ghandi's life became one of servitude and his list of accomplishments, missions and challenges are extensive. There were 12 milestone events that the world will forever remember this gentle and wise man for:
- 1893 – Thrown off of a train in South Africa for refusing to move from First Class seat to Third Class (even though he held a valid First Class ticket) resulting in his next effort to fight oppression
- 1894 – Founded the Natal Indian Congress to oppose a bill denying Indians the right to vote in South Africa
- 1908 – Gandhi and 2,000 fellow Indians in Johannesburg burn their registration cards in protest after introduction of registration cards in 1906. The Asian registration act is abolished in 1914.
- 1919 – The Indian National Congress starts the Hartal Movement where thousands of Indians stop working and stop selling and buying British goods in protest against British Rowlatt Act allowing arrest without trial.
- 1920 – Gandhi followers more intently boycott British products as he encourages people to start making their own clothes rather than buying British clothing.
- 1930 – British retaliate by passing the Salt Act making it illegal for Indians to make their own salt (punishable by at least three years in jail). On March 12th, Gandhi (61 years old) travels 320 km (200 miles) on foot for 24 days to Dandi to make his own salt and he is again imprisoned.
- 1932 – Ghandi initiates hunger strike in prison against British rule
- 1942 – Gandhi launches the Quit India campaign declaring India’s independence from British rule and is once again imprisoned.
- 1943 – The 73 year old Gandhi starts a hunger strike that lasts for 21 days.
- 1944 – Fearful that Gandhi would die in prison due to failing health and become a martyr, he and other leaders are released.
- 1946 – India becomes an independent nation.
- 1948 – Attempting to promote peace Ghandi asks that homes be restored to Muslims, payment to Pakistan be made (per an agreement made before the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947), and fighting cease, now 77 years old he starts another fast. Five days into the fast, India makes payment to Pakistan and Hindu, Muslim and Sikh community leaders agree to renounce violence and call for peace.
One Man's Love of God
As a man of God Ghandi exemplified how God expects man to live life and to serve him. Through the word of God, his only Son and the prophets before Ghandi his peaceful, loving ways are supported and promoted through those words. When we consider the expectations of man that God has we can clearly draw a link to a tiny, fragile man born in 1869 in North West India. Consider these words of god:
Matthew 22:37-40 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Romans 12:1-2 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Ghandi, a non-violent, religious man that provided the world with the opportunity to discover the soul-force not only to transform the individual but to transform the society.
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