Greatness and Simplicity
In my early childhood I often heard this line about Mahatma Gandhi in of the documentary film been shown on the television – The greatness of this man was his simplicity. Many decades after my childhood and still today the greatness of Mahatma Gandhi has remained as ever and will always remain unchanged for the centuries to come.
What substance turned a simple man to a charismatic personality? His magnetizing effect introduced a wind of change that turned into a thunderstorm which revolutionized the modern India. There was nothing unusual in his personality to showcase. He was very simple man who wore a Khadi dhoti and lived an ordinary life. He was simple like millions of other people of the country.
The Rise of a Mahatma
Along with simplicity; he bestowed two other tremendous qualities; Truth and Brevity. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru endorsed the arrival of Mahatma Gandhi in his book Discovery of India as:
“When poor labors and farmers were frightened, struggling and striving with the system of inequality and miserly thriving for basic necessities like food, water, shelter and hygiene – Gandhi emerged as a cult for the entire society. He entered as a strong gust of fresh wind that swathe in and made everyone breathe easier. He came as a gleam of light when the blanket of darkness shrouded the entire country. The man became the curtain raiser and opened the eyes of millions who changed completely or partially and followed the path shown by him.
He was not any unusual person. He was among the million other Indian people who were in anguish. He spoke the language of a common man. He taught people to fight against the fear. His speeches were a straight warning to those who were exploiting poor and were impending poverty in the country. His words poured energy and filled courage into the hearts of poor and helpless citizens. His arrival introduced the new dawn for the political independence of India.”
Truth and Fearlessness
Truth and Fearlessness were his two sole friends that initiated a movement in India. Maneuverability and zeal for miserable people worked as catalyst to fight against the existing system. The summary of his learning’s were truth and valor. When people were lying frightened, wrapped up in fear, Gandhi raised and awoke them and said – get up and be brave. Gandhi taught the lesson of non-violence to the nation. He always advocated finding solution of each problem through truth and non-violence. Although, it is a tragic fact that the man whom the world honored Mahatma, the God of truth and non-violence, martyred for the nation through the act of violence.
The Man as Vast as an Ocean
Gandhi was not merely a common man; he is the Mahatma, the real God of poor and the father of the nation. His ideology are not just sheer thoughts. His thoughts, his philosophy, his art, his religion and every aspect of his life are vast and diverse like an ocean. He is the only master behind the rise of contemporary Indian politics and development of poor tribes that paved the way for the strong and emerging India. He is the only man who is being taught as a separate subject in higher studies and universities have independent departments offering courses on Gandhi and his philosophy. Inspired by his mesmerizing personality many Filmmakers from abroad like Director Richard Attenborough has produced biopic on father of the nation – Mahatma Gandhi.