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Mahatma Gandhi ,
Mahatma Gandhi ,

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi , also known as Mahatma Gandhi, Taught peace, non violent civil disobedience and the importance of living a simple life, Indian nationalist leader Mahatma Gandhi, is remembered as a major political and spiritual leader whose philosophies continue to be adhered to today. During his life, he advocated independence for India and worked to alleviate poverty in his country and end the caste system, which resulted in widespread discrimination. His belief in simple living led to him make his own clothes and use fasts for purification as well as protest. After India's independence, he fought to stop the Hindu-Muslim conflict in Bengal, which led to his eventual assassination by a Hindu fanatic. Even in death, Gandhi continues to be a beacon of hope for millions of oppressed people throughout the world.

Gandhi's Quotes - He was India's Hero

"When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, always."           - Mahatma Gandhi

He is the Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi or much preferred to be called as "Gandhi". He was the Hero of Indians for the reason; he gave his life to be the bridge of peace and offered his life to give India a non-violent life.

He was born on 2nd of October 1869 in Porbandar, a coastal urban which was then part of the Bombay Presidency, British India. He was born in his ancestral home, now known as Kirti Mandir, Porbandar. His father Karamchand Gandhi was a part of the HinduModh community and served as the diwan known as "high official" of Porbander state, a small princely state in the Kathiawar Agency of British India. His grandfather was Uttamchand Gandhi, warmly called Utta Gandhi. His mother, Putlibai, who came from the Hindu Pranami Vaishnava community, was Karamchand's fourth wife. Karamchand first three wives was rumoured died while giving birth. Growing up with a religious mother and the Jain traditions of the region, the young man fascinated early the influences that would take part in a significant role in his adult life; these included compassion for conscious beings, vegetarianism, fasting for self-purification, and mutual patience among individuals of different faiths. 

Gandhi as a young Father

The stories of Shravana and Maharaja Harishchandra and Indian classics had a great impact on Gandhi in his youth days. In his autobiography, he admits that it left an indelible impression on his mind. He writes: "It haunted me and I must have acted Harishchandra to myself times without number." Gandhi's early self-identification with Truth and Love as supreme values is noticeable to these epic characters. In May 1883 at early age, the 13-year-old Mohandas was married to 14-year-old Kasturbai Makhanji (her first name was usually shortened to "Kasturba", and affectionately to "Ba") in a fixed marriage, according to the tradition of the region. Remembering the day of their marriage, he once said, "As we didn't know much about marriage, for us it meant only wearing new clothes, eating sweets and playing with relatives." Nevertheless, as the tradition of their region, the teenager bride was to spend much time at her parents' house, and away from her husband.

When Gandhi was 15, it was the year 1885, the couple's first child was born but survived only a few days after it was given birth. Gandhi's father, Karamchand Gandhi, had died earlier that year. Mohandas and Kasturba had four more children, all sons: Harilal, born in 1888; Manilal, born in 1892; Ramdas, born in 1897; and Devdas, born in 1900. At his middle school in Porbandar and high school in Rajkot, Gandhi remained a usual student. Gandhi surpassed the matriculation exam for Samaldas College at Bhavnagar, Gujarat with some struggles. When he was there, he was not happy because his family wanted him to become a legal representative.

Aiming for success

On 4th of September 1888, Gandhi travelled to London, England to study law at University College London where he studied Indian law and jurisprudence and to train as a barrister at the Inner Temple. His time in London was influenced by a vow he had made to his mother in the presence of the Jain monk Becharji. Gandhi left india to observe the Hindu precepts of self-denial from meat, alcohol, and promiscuity. Although Gandhi experimented with adopting "English" customs and taking dancing lessons, he could not eat the bland vegetarian food offered by his landlady. He was always hungry until he found one of London's few vegetarian restaurants. He joined the Vegetarian Society because of the influence of the Salt`s book and was elected to its executive committee. After he joined to the society he started a local Bayswater chapter.

Several of the vegetarians Gandhi met were members of the Theosophical Society which had been founded in 1875 to additional universal brotherhood and which was dedicated to the study of Buddhist and Hindu narrative. This people encouraged Gandhi to join with them in reading the Bhagavad Gita both in conversion as well as in the original. Not having shown interest in religion before he became concerned in religious consideration and began to read Hindu, Muslim and Christian scriptures.

10th of June 1891, Gandhi was being called to the bar. After two days, Gandhi left London for India, where he educated that his mother had died while he was in London and that his family had kept the news from him. In his biography, Gandhi refers to this event as an ineffective attempt to entrance on behalf of his older brother. It was in this environment that in April 1893, he received a year-long contract from Dada Abdulla & Co., an Indian firm to a position in the Colony of Natal, South Africa then part of the British Empire. His attempts at establishing a law training in Bombay unsuccessful and later, after applying and being twisted down for a part-time job as a high school teacher, he ended up constant to Rajkot to make a modest living drafting petitions for litigants, a business he was forced to close when he ran afoul of a British officer.

Gandhi's Role to the World War 1

"Friends and comrades, the light has gone out of our lives, and there is darkness everywhere, and I do not quite know what to tell you or how to say it. Our beloved leader, Bapu as we called him, the father of the nation, is no more. Perhaps I am wrong to say that; nevertheless, we will not see him again, as we have seen him for these many years, we will not run to him for advice or seek solace from him, and that is a terrible blow, not only for me, but for millions and millions in this country."--Jawaharlal Nehru's address to Gandhi

World War I most likely end in April 1918, Viceroy invited Gandhi to a War Conference in Delhi. Conceivably, he show his support for the Empire and assist his case for India's independence, Gandhi decided to enthusiastically engage Indians for the war endeavor. In contrast to the Zulu War of 1906 and the rash of World War I in 1914, when he recruited volunteers for the Ambulance Corps, this time Gandhi attempted to employ soldiers. In a June 1918 Gandhi wrote "To bring about such a state of things we should have the ability to defend ourselves, that is, the ability to bear arms and to use them...If we want to learn the use of arms with the greatest possible dispatch, it is our duty to enlist ourselves in the army" and brochure entitled "Appeal for Enlistment", However, he did specify in a letter to the Viceroy's private secretary that he "personally will not kill or injure anybody, friend or foe." Gandhi's war recruitment campaign was questioned his consistency on nonviolence as his friend Charlie Andrews confirms, "Personally I have never been able to reconcile this with his own conduct in other respects, and it is one of the points where I have found myself in painful disagreement." Gandhi's private secretary also acknowledges that "The question of the consistency between his creed of 'Ahimsa' (non-violence) and his recruiting campaign was raised not only then but has been discussed ever since."

"I would like you to lay down the arms you have as being useless for saving you or humanity. You will invite Herr Hitler and Signor Mussolini to take what they want of the countries you call your possessions...If these gentlemen choose to occupy your homes, you will vacate them. If they do not give you free passage out, you will allow yourselves, man, woman, and child, to be slaughtered, but you will refuse to owe allegiance to them." These are the words spoken by Gandhi to the British people that for him he gave his trust to them.

Date of Birth: October 02, 1869
Date of Death: January 30, 1948

Found 1 poems by Mahatma Gandhi.
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Mahatma Gandhi
Infinite Love by Mahatma Gandhi
Infinite Love is a weapon of matchless potency.
It is the "summum bonum" of Life.
It is an attribute of the brave, in fact it is their all.
It does not come within the reach of the coward.
It is no wooden or lifeless dogma but a living and life-giving force.
It is th… [ Read More ]

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