MAHTMA GANDHI, MARTIN LUTHER AND MANDELA ACHIEVED MUCH PEACEFULLY THAN THOSE WHO ATTEMPTED TO ACHIEVE THE SAME THROUGH VIOLENCE!
Non-violence, truth, inspiration and great leadership qualities are what come to our mind when we hear Mahatma Gandhi’s name.
His determinations were strong and ideas firm enough to reach his ultimate goal. He left his successful career of a lawyer to participate in the long chase for Independence along with other freedom fighters
- Innovation: Non-violence probably was one of the greatest innovations of Mahatma Gandhi. I don’t think history has any track records of any freedom fighter or any country winning the battle of independence using the weapon of non-violence. But Gandhi was the only leader to make use of non-violence successfully to win a battle. His Dandi March was a successful effort where he used his weapon of non-violence.
- Simplicity: I do not think history can ever produce a simple man like Mahatma Gandhi. Being such a great leader his way of living, teaching, books and even his quotes were very simple. His simplicity reflects in his ideas and way of living. Simplicity is probably his greatest virtue.
- Truth: Gandhi believed in true living and his experiments with truth were countless. He always believed that being true to life can make your life easier. You may face quite a lot of hardships initially for being truthful but at the end you will emerge as a true winner.
- Continuous learning: Gandhi being a great learner always believed in the art of continuous learning. His capability as a learner gave him the real authority over people. His lessons were highly popular as they motivated the common people.
- Sacrifice: This is the quality that I truly admire about this man. Not only did he sacrifice a lot in order to achieve freedom but also sacrificed quite a lot after India had gained independence. He had even denied the position of higher authorities in Government for which he was the prime choice.
- His way of leading life was a message: Inspite of being a powerful speaker and prolific writer, Gandhi spoke very slowly in personal life and when it was required. His writings were very concise yet punchy. He always wanted his way of leading life spread the message. It was his simple living that helped him in committing his life for the well being of the people and his country.
Later on Gandhi became the source of inspiration in other countries to stand up against British rule. Martin Luther King Jr. Nelson Mandela were inspired by this man.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR
Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American clergyman, activist, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience.
With patience, wisdom and a willingness to sacrifice for others, Nelson Mandela led a movement to unify a divided nation and reconcile decades of pain and racism. Throughout his life, Mandela continuously chose to learn from his mistakes rather than repeat them. This personal integrity helped him win South Africa’s first democratic presidential election, and calm the fears of a nation in turmoil.
Mandela’s biggest triumph was not his election as president of South Africa, rather, it was the lessons he learned and the path he repeatedly chose to walk. Mandela became politically active in the non-violent student movements while attending universities to earn his B.A. and law degrees.
Gandhi's stress-free life was the key to his strength. He meditated regularly and prayed for long hours. Though he was an ideal to many but that did not change him as a person. He continued leading the simple life with less distractions and commitments.
Gandhi’s way of living simple life has inspired me as a person to a great extent. Life may not have all the luxurious things but you can keep yourself away from worries. You can always live up to your expectations as you will expect less from life.
Lead a simple life like the great leader and feel the difference yourself! Perhaps he was world first intentional minimalist. Wearing single piece of cloth which he himself used to weave from raw cotton, eating the food he harvested on his own. Yet, he was history’s most powerful man without a weapon. Strength comes from wisdom, which we never realized before him.
Let us be all strong and determined, let’s be a better person and let’s make this place a better place to live.
Hope Students get a lesson from this. Violence in form of strikes is not the best way of handling whatever grievances: You loose time, credibility and respect. You do not have to destroy school property when the power of darkness rules (Luke 22:53). Those of you who are in school right now should show the rest of the world the value of your education by adopting peaceful solutions to problems. Remember, every wasted day will count much later in our lives when it is too late. Lets shape our future now by making use of every available opportunity.