The Gandhian way
"Resist tyranny wherever you find it by all means resist encroachment upon your
liberty, but not by shedding the blood of the tyrant. This is not what is taught by our
religion. Our Religion is based upon Ahimsa, which in its active form is nothing but love. Love not
only your neighbours, not only your friends, but love even to those who many be your
This was the message given by
humanity. He knew that he was not teaching something new; Being a firm believer in
truth and non-violence, he applied it with utmost sincerity to tackle all problems faced
by society. He strongly believed that ahimsa was not a weapon of the coward. Hence he clarified that 'I am not pleading for India to practice non-violence because she is
weak. I want her to practice non-violence being conscious of her strength and power'.
He only wanted to diminish the gulf between, belief and behaviour. He wanted man
to follow the relative truth persistently, which he called Satyagraha. Hence he
fearlessly scattered the seeds of non-violence amidst the masses. Gandhiji trusted
the people because it was his living faith that there was in every human being a spark
of Divine which would respond to the call of love in action. So complete was his faith
that he considered it a remedy against all social evils. The method is unique as it
changes the whole atmosphere. It's success or failure is not to be judged in terms of
victory or defeat of one part but in terms of change of heart of both. His efforts were
for the change
of heart rather than the breaking of heads. Gandhiji strongly believed
that permanent good could never be the outcome of untruth and violence. Man has
unsuccessfully tried to solve his problems and bring peace through violent methods.
History is full of wars. One war sowing the seeds for another. Gandhiji wanted to
reduce the desire for exploitation in the individual to the minimum level and bring out
the goodness of human nature. He was an experimenter in the development of war without violence. With
Gandhiji's experiments with the technique its character was
broadened and refinements made and it has influenced the world at large. i.e. Negro
struggle against segregation and discrimination in America. Struggle against
Apartheid in South Africa.
The lover of peace said 'Do not kill the sinner. This
double the sins. Instead fight
against the sin with all your determination and strength.