Modern Day Prophet
By: Nick Bennet, Tyrel Collins-Reid
Religious Encounter With God
Mahatma Gandhi, more commonly known as ‘Mahatma was born in Porbandar, Gujarat, in North West India, on October 2nd 1869, into a Hindu Modh family. His parents religious devotion meant that his upbringing was infused with the Jain pacifist teachings of mutual tolerance, non-injury to living beings and vegetarianism.
Gandhi led about 300 million Indians to freedom in 1947. What an amazing accomplishment! What can we learn from this uncommon man?
The British ruled India for more than 200 years. Indians were forced to pay unreasonable taxes and give away their property, and were humiliated in their own country. In a situation like this, human proclivity is to fight back using violent methods.
Amazingly, through a revolutionary concept of nonviolence, Gandhi led the Indians and obtained freedom.
In India, when Hindus and Muslims fought, Gandhi fasted for many days to stop the fighting. Many other times, Gandhi fasted to show his protest of injustice.
Explanation of Gandhi's morality
Gandhi had two major moral values. First, he believed that all people should be equal to one another and should live together in peace. Second, he believed that violence was not the correct way to bring about justice in the world.
Although these may not seem like moral values, The idea of universal human "brotherhood" is certainly a moral value. The way we treat other people is a major reflection of our morality. For example, choosing to treat people of other races or religions as our inferiors is certainly something that shows that we are not really good people.
Gandhi built his life's work around these two moral values. He felt that it was important to recognize the humanity of all people. He felt that it was important to fight against injustice but to always do so in a way that non-violence protected everyone's human dignity.