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Ghandi, The Man not the Myth
Religion and Theology
Pages 5 (1255 words)
Jessica Watters Mikal Non-Violence June 2nd, 2012 Gandhi, The Man not the Myth Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) was a simple individual made complex by the people around him, his admirers and critics. For Gandhi, admiration and criticism were alternative beats of the same heart.
He also commanded an international audience. 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. Religion enveloped every action in his life 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. ...
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