Ghandi Essay

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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s philosophy and teaching were based on a theory called Satyagraha. Satyagraha (soul-force) is a way of living one’s life through combining truth, love, and resistance to any physical violence. Gandhi personally embodied this satyagraha way of life and spent most of his life dedicated to bringing his home land, India to the same. However, his political views and satyagraha teachings brought about much turmoil during this time in India. During the early 1900’s, India longed for religious and political freedom from the British Empire. With strong influences from western societies, western political views, and a predominately secular society, could the practice of daily living a satyaghra survive and be successful today?
Satyagraha “soul-force” or “love-force” has a beautiful concept to daily living such as reframing from violence, harboring no anger, and to be truthful. Together with the force of truth and love of nonviolence, the phase “passive resistance” became coined with Gandhi’s satyagraha living. Convincing the Indian government and people of India to live satyagraha religiously was pain-staking for Gandhi and he continued this quest until his assignation by a religious fanatic at the age of 79.
Gandhi stated, “nonviolence in its dynamic condition means conscious suffering. It does mean meek submission to the will of the evil-doer, but it means the pitting of one’s whole soul against the will the tyrant.” (455) I believe the people of India were willing to fight for their freedom at any cost to include violence and Gandhi advocated submitting to violence than to remain a coward. He believed that India should not stand helpless, “but abstinence is forgiveness only when there is the power to punish; it is meaningless when it pretends to proceed from a helpless creature.” (454)
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