This series of blogs is dedicated to my book “Mahatma A Scientist of the Intuitively Obvious”. It is basically about Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s philosophy. Gandhi, popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi, always acted according to the call of his conscience, never otherwise. He acted very carefully, dedicating his entire soul and body to serve others without any self interests. He learned through his work. His thoughts influenced his actions and the experience he gained through his acts of selfless service influenced his thoughts. I am fully convinced that what he communicated to himself and to the outside world about the net outcome of his deeds and thoughts, while in the process of thinking and acting, became his philosophy.
I have always tried to understand Gandhi through his words only. What others speak about his philosophy neither interest me, nor I rely thereon. It is not that I doubt the abilities and intentions of others who tried to interpret Gandhi’s philosophy; it is only that they have confined themselves to the social, economical and political context and circumstances existing in Gandhi’s time. History of the mankind is the outcome of interaction of man’s nature and abilities with the physical world. Not everything is physical about the man’s nature. As such, even about the universe, not everything is physical. Gandhi’s oral or written expressions do not exclude this fact, whereas most others who interpreted about his philosophy failed to delve into it.
The 11th Chapter of my book is titled as “Courage”. I reproduce below a small portion thereof, followed by a small quote from Gandhi’s periodical ‘Harijan Sevak’.
We are human beings and are capable of getting rid of our miseries to a great extent. We all know this. Our history provides enough evidence for how much we have come forward. There are things that make our lives miserable, every day, every hour; but we do not make effort to change our plight? Why? Is it not simply because of our fear that we might lose what we have today? We suffer, because we are afraid of suffering. Is it a rational behavior?
Are we human beings that are afraid of other human beings? We are fearful of those human beings that have intimidated us to deprive us of what was rightfully due to us. They intimidated us because we could be intimidated. We were cowards. We were not courageous enough. They intimidated us because they knew that we lack courage. The cheated us because they knew that we could be maneuvered easily. They tempted us because they knew that we would not be able to resist temptation. They took advantage of all our weaknesses and placed us in a state where life became a synonym of misery.
This was the long and short of how some human beings caused harm to many human beings. The first and foremost requirement to come out of that miserable state is getting rid of our weaknesses.
Non-violence is the quality of man of strength. Weakness and non-violence cannot walk hand-in-hand.
(Harijan Sevak; 11.04.39)
[Written and presented by Promod Kumar Sharma, the author of “Mahatma A Scientist of the Intuitively Obvious” and “In Search of Our Wonderful Words”.]