A Modern Day Prophet
Mohandas Gandhi was born on October 2nd 1869 in Porbandar, India. He studied law at the University of London in London England. In 1914 he became the leader of the Indian National Congress. He was now known as Mahatma "Great Soul" Gandhi. He was assassinated in Delhi on January 30th, 1948.
"My life is my message."
- Mahatma Gandhi
When Gandhi came back to Bombay from London he met Raychandbha. He inspired Gandhi with his way of life and Gandhi viewed him as a truth seeker. He considered him to be his spiritual guide and placed a great deal of trust in the man. Gandhi would seek refuge in him during moments of spiritual crisis.
He also integrated the teaching of Gopal Gokhale and Tolstoy. Gandhi considered Gokhale to the embodiment of spiritualizing in politics. Tolstoy’s book “The Kingdom of God is within you” left an impression on Gandhi. He displayed the same key principals like independent thought, morality and truth.
Overall the person who had the most influence on Gandhi was English thinker Ruskin. The teachings that he wrote about in his book inspired Gandhi vocation to freeing India. Gandhi believed the main teachings to be:
- The good of the individual is contained in the welfare of all.
- All have same right of earning their livelihood from their work.
- That a life of labour is the life worth living.
While Gandhi was in congress he advocated India's need for independence from British rule. He chose to protest by living a simple life. He made his own clothes, led a vegetarian diet, and fasted. He wanted to prove that he could live well without British law which did not serve the Indian people justly. He also sought out to eliminate the caste system and poverty in India.
"Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favouritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly."
Gandhi sought out to eliminate prejudice in his country and the British laws that prevented the people of India to have equality.
"An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind." - Gandhi
Gandhi highlighted the importance of objecting to injustices and making a statement with non-violence. To him, he could see that violence caused more suffering for all parties.There is very little sense of victory when achieving something through brutality and bloodshed. Righteousness is not found through ruthlessness.