Essay on The Non-Violence in the Life of M K Gandhi

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The Non-Violence in the Life of M K Gandhi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was one of the most famous leaders with a movement in non-violence. He opposed British imperial rule in India during the 20th century. In reference to non-violence, Gandhi had two key teachings of ahimsa and satyagraha.

Gandhi used the principle of ahimsa (doing no harm) that was common to Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism, and used it as the springboard to large-scale action. He used this concept to fight off not only the colonial rule but also racial discrimination and social divisions such as the untouchables in society.

Ahimsa translates as ‘non-violence’ or ‘non-injury’ and this concept is contained in the Vedas so it
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Gandhi believed that there are six ‘prerequisites’ that believers in non-violence should follow. The first is that non-violence is the law used by rational beings while brute force is the law of the jungle. The second is that believers in non-violence should also believe in God. The third is that non-violence should be used as a mechanism of defending a person’s self respect but not for the protection of personal property or wealth. The fourth is that non-violence is self-sacrifice and so possession of other people’s property and countries is immoral. The fifth is that non-violence is available for all to use so caste, creed and age are irrelevant but faith in the God of Love is required. Therefore non-violence should be accepted as he law of life. The sixth is that this law of non-violence and love should be applied to the local community as well as all of humanity. He said, “Non-violence is more powerful than all the armaments in the world. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man”. He also said, “There is no cause for which I am prepared to kill”.

He also followed the teaching of satyagraha, meaning the force of truth, or the firmness of truth. He believed that God and Truth were the same thing and that it could be used to fight injustice in the world. He told his

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