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We all have seen and experienced many people in our daily lives. But, it is mysterious that some people and their lives leave a footprint in our lives. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi or Mahatma Gandhi is certainly one such person. We have many values to learn from his life.
Life of Gandeev – A Shine
Before he moves on to the values that pass us through his life. MKGandhi was born in a wealthy family in 1869 as the son of Karamchand Gandhi and Putlibhai. He married Kasturba at the age of 13. He was influenced by Tolstoy’s books and Gokhale’s teachings. He adopted the term ‘Satyagraha’ (desire for truth) in 1908. He published various books and magazines including his autobiography ‘Story of my experiments with truth’. He nonviolently fought against the British dominance over India with the slogan of Die Do or Die. He broke the salt law and was against the communal award. Under his leadership, India gained independence on 15 August 1947. He was assassinated in 1948 by Nathuram Godse.
The greatest value of Gandhi was patriotism. He used to respect his Rashtra Bharatha or India as his mother. He fought vigorously against the British for the freedom of the nation.
Ahimsa / non-violence
Gandhi practiced non-violence throughout his life. He never liked to mentally and physically injure people or animals.
Gandhi had lied to his father during his childhood that he did not cheat in exams. But when he saw his father’s reaction, he repented and vowed never to lie again.
Gandhi went to Durban in 1893 and in the same year, he was thrown out of the car by a white man because of a black man. He felt very bad. Therefore, they decided not to develop racism among the people.
Gandhi respected all religions and took virtue from other religions. He was influenced by the teachings of Jesus and the Buddha. He believed that all virtues lead to one God. In the present world full of communal riots, Gandhi’s principles are of great importance.
Gandhi instilled peace in himself and the people around him.
This is a great quality of Gandhi. In his young days, he was silent. However, he later emerged as a leader. He led the Dandi March and broke the salt law. He performed many satyagrahas. He led the Quit India march.
Gandhi had a deep faith in God. He used to recite ‘Vaishnava masses’ etc. He died saying ‘Ram’. This belief gave him the power to try.
Poor and Woman Respect
Gandhi, once taking a bath saw a woman with torn clothes. He then started thinking about the poor. This gave him a great impression that he was never seen wearing upper clothes again. He also respected women and was a female disciple like Meera.
Gandhi was a great friend – to the poor, the needy and the helpless. He was also accompanied by friends like Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhash Chandra Bose and Tagore.
In short, Gandhi possessed many good qualities, which made him hold his head high in the world. We should learn from him and radiate those qualities.