Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi fondly called Bapu is admired as Mahatma not only by Indians but numerous others across the globe. He is one among a few unique politicians in modern history remembered as a spiritual figure who could draw inspiration from the best in all philosophies. This ability to relate to all philosophies instead of comparing them with each other and find flaws enabled this great man to realize the best in his spiritual quest. Taking the hint from this stance of this real secular being I can also tread the path in the right direction.
Gandhi was influenced by the life of Raja Harishchandra, the scion of Solar Dynasty and ancestor of Sri Rama to add Satya (Truth) to the list of his ideologies. Raja Harishchandra deemed Truth to be more important than himself and his family.
The words of Sri Rama to Sage Jabali in Ayodhyakaanda “Satyam Eva Isvaro Loke, Satye Dharmah Sadashrita Satya Mulani Sarvani Satyan Nasti Parampadam” (Truth is the God in this world, Dharma always resides in Truth; all have their roots in Truth, there is no goal higher than Truth) seems to have had an impact on Mahatma. There may be thousands of ways for me to be untruthful but only one to be truthful….. Just to practice Satya.
Mahatma insisted that nonviolence was a powerful weapon, so powerful that without war my country could win independence. It is a power which is needed for a country which believes unity in diversity. An activist who has imbibed nonviolence does not react to violence and at the same time will deter from inflicting it over others. Is it possible to live so in this era many have a doubt. Gandhi equates ahimsa to love. If you have love towards a person and respect him, then you are not going to do any harm to that person. One should not mistake ahimsa to cowardice, showing the strength of the muscles is not courage. Coward is the one who lacks the courage to face the Truth after committing a mistake and tries to avoid by giving excuses. Mistakes do happen and the courage lies in accepting it and making a resolve not to repeat it again.
According to Mahatma “Simple Living & High Thinking” is an ideal life style. How relevant it is to emulate this in our life. Spirituality also emphasizes that one cannot achieve long lasting happiness by living a flashy lifestyle. There is no guarantee of the sustained happiness in the designer wear or exotic menu or high end luxury vehicles we go after. As the models and the menu change so does our quest for it increase keeping us always on the hunt rather than to relish them. There is more to life than simply increasing the speed is what Mahatma feels. As regards to High thinking, it is like the burning torch on our evolution path. Of all the creatures on this earth plane we humans have superior brains and hence we can think far better. It is important to make use of this faculty and probe further into the real purpose of our existence. By thinking high one can rise above petty and mundane issues and feel free from being in bondage.
I bow to Mahatma Gandhi with the greatest respect on his birthday today.