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Essay example - Ghandi, The Man not the Myth

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Religion and Theology
Pages 5 (1255 words)
For Gandhi, admiration and criticism were alternative beats of the same heart. He had reached such a level of poise and composure of the mind, that secular ripple…

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Purity in life and integrity in actions were his mottos. He did not believe in politicization of spirituality but spiritualization of politics. He lit the torch of non-violence for his struggles in South Africa and carried it through his life, with an uncompromising dedication. He had powerful issues to fight with, like racism, violence, religious fanaticism, and colonialism. Since truth (Satygraha) was at the root of all his battles, he had no confusion about his goals, for he knew his destination. To him, how he did, what he did, and the honest means employed were more important than the violent tactics normally adopted by the politicians. Truth remained at the root of his integrated approach to life, and by non-violence he meant vitality without destruction, with no opportunity for weakness or fear for challenging injustice.
In 1944 Albert Einstein said, “Generations to come, it may be, will scarcely believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth,”. He spoke of Gandhi as an angel, that only occurs once on earth. That was the time when Gandhi was at the peak of spiritual advancement and the Indian Freedom struggle had entered the conclusive phase. Most of the people then and even today understand the superficial Gandhi, a tall lean figure with a walking stick and robe. They were enthusiastic about following him, without understanding the basic principles for which he stood for. In turn he mixed freely with the people, irrespective of their class or official status and at the same time he maintained the essential dignity needed in a true leader. He possessed personal assets like purity in personal lifestyles, good dietary practices (he was a strict vegetarian), celibacy, and a life devoid of violence (ahimsa) His dietary practices were often ridiculed and termed as impractical for a hardworking and busy individual. However, Gandhi knew the scientific justification for his pursuits in this ...
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