Mohandas K. Gandhi
As Mohandas K. Gandhi once said, “Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment.” Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), called Mahatma (“Great Soul”), was a small man who had a big heart. He was India’s leader in its successful struggle to liberate itself from British colonialism. His love for humanity and his will to uplift all people against the oppression of apartheid showed in his many public and personal demonstrations. He was a man who was easily likeable and highly respected, unless of course, it was your cause that he was fighting against. He spoke of truth, peace and unity among many other things. What made Gandhi’s movement extraordinary is that it functioned without political influence, economic resources, or military power of any kind. Gandhi’s guiding principle was Satyagraha, which means non-cooperation and nonviolent passive resistance. He was highly influential to many people in India and worldwide for a variety of reasons. One notable person in American history who adopted the Mahatma’s teachings was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King used Gandhi’s teachings to fight against racism in America during the civil-rights era. Gandhi greatly influenced me because he
The British government had made it illegal for Indians to make their own salt, and to many this symbolized Indians depending on the British, as they did for salt, for life. He felt embarrassed with the thought of having another human being serving him; instead, he would serve whomever he was capable of serving at any time. His nonviolent struggles in South Africa and India prove that peace and truth can, and will, work in breaking down the barriers that surround all of us. With that said, I have learned to not just pass something up because I didn"tmt understand it, or to dismiss something merely by it being foreign to me. Gandhi was willing to change his complete lifestyle, which was one of success and wealth, to a life of simplicity in order to know his own heart and reach the heart of others. Gandhi had many beliefs that many of us can relate to. A way Gandhi went about impressing people to take nonviolent actions was to fast. He knew that fear and hatred would only breed more of the same, so he fought his wars with nothing more than his peace and courage, staying true to himself. This shows that we never know enough about life, that we never know the entire truth. Mahatma Gandhi led many demonstrations, both public and personal. Throughout his life, Gandhi"tms view matured and changed everyday. After 5 days the opposed leaders pledged to stop the fighting and Gandhi broke his fast. That was the first time Gandhi had a drastic impact on a group of people. Gandhi continued to simplify his life, giving up all forms of compensation including gifts and stopped dressing as an Englishman. He would also ask women to give up their jewelry and collect money to give to the poor.