A Man who truly practiced Ahimsa and preached it without preaching

When sticks and stones were thrown upon him he complied to only one thing: “non-violence” upon fellow human beings

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Gandhi Ji, as he was so-called amongst the people of India, was born in the suburbs of the coastal region of Gujarat, India in 1869 on the second of October to a family who practiced the ethics and paths of Hinduism.

Mahatma Gandhi.

Design and Illustration Courtesy: Lauren Edmondson

Married at the young age of thirteen he regretted the decision that his parents imposed upon him on selecting his life partner, however it was his marriage with Kastruba Gandhi, which served him as guide along with the Bhagavad Gita in the later part of his life.

Driven in to a complete restriction of meals that consisted of no meat or fish, he had the surge to devour the taste of red meat when he was in his teens, whence a friend of his helped him to try goat meat without the knowledge of his parents nearby a river. He, however declined the consumption of meat after digesting it for nearly a year and reconciled the divine advice of his mother Putlibai Gandhi, which was given to him at a younger age, whence she garland him with a chain of beads (Tulsi Mala).

As his drive surged in finding “Truth”, he traveled to England to study law at a university in England, where during the period of study he had mastered many of his heart’s erroneous desires to such an extent that it became natural for him to consume only vegetables amidst the cold weather of England even after incessant persistence of many to make him consume meat. Completing his degree, he sailed past oceans, traveling back home to practice law and in later months moved to South Africa where racial discrimination was at its extreme during the period of Gandhi Ji. Succumbing to non-violence he survived amidst them and the tormenting periods, continuously practicing Ahimsa. In the progression of time he returned to India in 1915 and made it a routine to walk to work, for hence is the reasoning as to why the skin of his had very little signs of wrinkles, although later in life he greatly regretted for not nurturing the body with exercise for which we are now utterly grateful for, thanks to the fitness centres in nearly every town.

Reflection

During inordinate times where chaos is undergoing, it seems of periphery importance that one reconciles the great Mahatma who had pervaded the vicinity of India & South Africa from the 19th to the twentieth century. His prophecies hadn’t any ideals neither did it have the abiding of ones’ energy to idols either, he entailed in finding only what “Truth” is and from that erupted many ways that one can follow for order to prevail upon a nation.

Rabindranath Tagore Quote

Rabindranath Tagore the great sage who spoke with a poetically elegance and wrote poems effortlessly. Design Courtesy: Tech Onion

When sticks and stones were thrown upon him he complied to only one thing: “non-violence” upon fellow human beings, for such an act reverberates with what a great Flower among humanity once said: “Forgive them for they do not know what they do“. Words as such reverberates even to a listener now as it did two thousand years ago relative to the twenty-first century one is in now. It wasn’t only the freeing of the country from the authority of the rulers that highlights the works of Gandhi, but the daily acts of non-violence among the fellow human beings is what makes him a celebratory human being, hence the title Mahatma (which when translated from Sanskrit means the Greatest of Spirit) was bestowed upon him.

With such acts of non-violence, also sprouted the affirmative beauty of poetics by Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), who won the first Nobel Prize in Literature from India and happened to be also a beloved friend of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Thenceforth acts of peace envisioned in the nook corners of the country, conflict or more like the fragmented entities weren’t able to pertain their disruptive strength among the empowering amplitude of peace, thus pronouncing victory without the need for sticks and stones brought about the freedom for India on 15th of August 1947, of which today it marks the seventy-first Independence day.

The meaning of Life was glorified when the knowing that non-violence(Ahmisa; non-violence towards all living things, from the tiniest of creatures to all human beings) brought about a celebration of life, whence previously it was humans inflicting pain on fellow humans. This profound act of transformation where love and care is shown to one another through which Mahatma Gandhi illustrated that us humans can live beautifully and well off by practicing Ahmisa, nurtured in to the human conscience.

Happy Independence Day India

Dauji Temple, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India

India in its vibrant colors at a Holi Festival in Mathura, which is magnificently captured by: Anthony Kurtz

Forgive them for they do not know what they do” – Jesus


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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