Mohandas Gandhi

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Unformatted text preview: Mohandas Gandhi M Born into a merchant family in 1869, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was B under the influence of powerful people. Members of his family had served as u prime ministers of an Indian state for several generations. His parents p were strong in their religion, being devout and earnest Hindus. They were a w part of a Hindu sect that worshipped Vishnu and promoted non-violence. p Apparently, he was most influenced by his mother, a gentle and A intelligent person. According to Hindu custom, he married at an early age i and grew to love his wife greatly. Together, they had four children and a adopted a fourth. a Later, in 1888, he travelled to England to become a barrister-at-law. L There were several important influences that he encountered here: the T Western material style of life, which he decided not to follow, and in the W simple Russian way of living he found: the New Testament, and the s Bhagavadgita, the bible of the Hare Krishna movement. It was here that he B developed a sense of the presence of God in his life and the lives of men. d Gandhi then returned to India and studied law in Bombay, but he G quickly denounced it, feeling that it was immoral and could not satisfy q one's conscience. Despite this, he used his schooling to help plead for o Indian settlers in South Africa that were being oppressed by the white I population. His personal experiences, including being ejected from a train p in Maritzburg, of not being allowed the same rights as others lead him to i begin a movement to help his people. b While in South Africa, Gandhi made himself poor so that he could W identify with his the peasants. He then proceeded to start a colony that i consisted of abused labourers. The colony became very large and many cities c were crippled by the lack of labourers. The government reacted to this by w jailing Gandhi several times along with many other of his followers. The j war he fought was one without weapons, already Gandhi was on his way to w starting his career of non-violent campaigns. s The main idea behind Gandhi's teachings was non-violence. The words of T the Sanskrit language: ahinsa and sayagraha clearly express Gandhi's...
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