Gandhian Perspective on Life

Man may be described as being made in the image of God, but he is far from being God.
-M.K.Gandhi, 1946 The Father of Nation believed that a luminous spark of noetic intelligence is present in the action of each atom and also in the eyes of every man, woman and child upon this earth. He was of the view that there exists identity with all life; human beings can be identified even with crawl on earth. Since all living beings claim descent from the same God, so all life in whatever form it appears must be essentially one.

In his speech on Indian Civilization in Indore on March 30, 1918, Gandhiji has observed that India survives as a witness to its own civilization. He felt disheartened in saying that we no longer understand prayers and the verses composed by our forbears, even though we recite them in morning. A student should go on striving and never lose heart by remembering a poem of Pandit Rambhuj Datt Chaudhari:

“Never accept defeat, though you lose your life”.

He guided that on committing an error, we must not hide it. A sinner is forgiven by God if he has sincere repentance at the end of his sins. Another folly is committed by the person in hiding his error. This act of hiding can be compared with presence of an abscess in the body which must be removed by way of pus; otherwise it may lead to death.

According to Gandhiji, ‘truth’ should be the very breath of our life. All our activities should be centered in truth. “The soul is neither male nor female, neither young nor old. These attributes belong to the body alone, as both scripture and experience testify. The soul is the same in both you and me.” These were his views regarding equality in both sexes. To observe silence without a definite purpose can be of little use and may even do harm. Every activity of a lover of truth has a clear end in view. A patient observes silence as a part of treatment and a speaker does it in order to rest his throat, while some one else takes to silence in order to turn the searchlight inwards. So, silence has to be observed only with some purpose.

The main idea of Bapu was to motivate the Indians to work for universal service, which is the only service worth doing. The life as an aspiration has perfection its mission. This mission should never be sacrificed due to imperfections and weaknesses. The work of social reform has to be done by providing freedom to each to exercise creative consciousness for the well- being of our society.

Bhumika Sharma