Gandhi experimented with several ideas, beliefs, and the knowledge he came across in the world regardless of the cultural, political, or religious boundaries. Gandhi, therefore, presented himself to the world as somebody continually evolving through certain principles and beliefs, which guided his behavior during his life against oppression and domination. Gandhi came out as a universal being although his mindset was principally Hindu. This paper demonstrates why Gandhi would be considered a “liberal” within the Hindu world.
Hinduism is considered as the oldest religion in the world. It developed more than 4500 years ago during which the Aryan tribes occupied areas of Middle East with their sacred writings called Vedas. In its emerging times, Hinduism emerged as a religion where the faithful believers worshiped several gods of nature like the gods of fire, sky, war, and storms. Hindu principles include principle of nonviolence, existence of god in everyone and everywhere, and goodness of the soul among others (Himalayan Academy 8). The religion practiced caste system of which Gandhi did not believe in their untouchable practice (Garg 45).
Notwithstanding the fact that Gandhi grew up as a Hindu, he only came to fully embrace the religion in early adulthood. Prior to embracing Hinduism, he had considered other religious paths, such as Christianity. However, he realized that all he needed was in Hinduism. Gandhi believed in compassion for living creatures. Gandhi respected and embraced many religions because he believed in many sides of truth sought after by believers in various religious beliefs. Whereas the Hindu temples were decorated in trappings and glitter, these effects were of little appeal to Mahatma. His was a different opinion from what the believers embraced (Sharma 145).
In leaving India for England, Gandhi was risking excommunication as spelt by his caste. However, it was his family who