by Sidra Qaseem
11:48am, 15th November, 2017
“I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and non-violence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could.”
Today I’ve chosen to expound on Mahatma Gandhi – the person who liberated a whole nation with his tranquil movement. He wasn’t the first and he won’t be the last revolutionist however positively he is the most renowned of the world’s peaceful political nonconformists. The above quote of Gandhi is itself sufficiently adequate to illustrate the stature of Gandhi and the spirit in the base of Gandhism other than demonstrating its significance for the present and all circumstances to come.
The word Gandhi is about that Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who on the premise of his excellent and motivating life and works turned into a symbol and ideal not just for his counterparts everywhere throughout the world, however similarly for generations to come. The legacy which he has left through his activities makes him important for all times to come. He was an intensely dynamic personality. He was occupied with everything that concerns the individual or society. Gandhism is a group of thoughts and rule that portrays the motivation, vision and the life of Mahatma Gandhi. It is especially connected with his commitments to the idea of peaceful resistance.
“Truth is God and God is Truth.”
Mahatma Gandhi was an admirer of truth. He looked for truth throughout his life. He named his auto-biography, ‘My Experiments with Truth’. He accomplished numerous triumphs by following the way of truth.
Alongside truth, Gandhi expressed full confidence in nonviolence. To him, nonviolence & truth were two sides of same coin. A searcher of truth will always take the way of peacefulness. Peacefulness implies not to hurt any individual, not even to one’s adversary. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Everybody wants to live in a superior world. We all hope that the world would change and improve as a place for our children, yet none of us want to be an instrument to that change. Gandhi always said there can be no change if we are not prepared to change ourselves. He believed that change starts from home and to make the world a better place we need to start changing ourselves. “Education which does not mould character is absolutely worthless”
Gandhi trusted that it is only through education that a country could excel and progress. According to him a poor education would prompt the downfall of country. He stressed upon the development of kids in body, mind and spirit and not merely educating for the sake of earning money.
His life informs us concerning the various emotions he experienced as a kid and youthful grown-up amid troublesome circumstances, and the experiments he did to adapt up to these issues. It was his constancy and devotion to a persistent pursuit for his aim that finally prompted his transformation. His ideas like nonviolence, satyagraha, and the ideas related to ‘Truth’ and ‘God’ can give psychological strength & mental flexibility to any individual endeavouring to adapt up to the demands of life. The toughness of Gandhiji’s mind and his unshakeable confidence in his beliefs has made him one of the greatest individual ever, to have walked on this planet. His faith in spirituality, unending love for others, peacefulness, truth & moral values, all can have a critical positive effect on psychological well-being of people.
After Mahatma Gandhi’s was killed, Sir Stafford Cripps, Britain’s then chancellor of the exchequer, said that “no other man in our time … so mightily and convincingly showed the power of the spirit over material things”. Seventy years later, those words still hold true. While Gandhiji may have no equivalent, his acts and beliefs have influenced and propelled many generations of political campaigners around the globe. Regardless of whether in the US, South Africa or Burma, civil rights pioneers have over and again taken after Gandhi’s example. It’s a magnificent legacy, and one that should be properly remembered. The Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Burmese Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, Guatemalan Indian-rights activist Rigoberta Menchu — all these greats of our time have recognized Gandhi as a guiding force.
Gandhi’s courageous & successful struggle for Indian freedom started the end of British imperialism. He demonstrated that one man can make huge change with his impeccable principles & character. One can gain from his example, and lead a straightforward and productive life of strength and high moral values, that is satisfying to oneself and motivates others as well.
“Joy lies in the fight, in the attempt, in the suffering involved, not in the victory itself”