Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, also known as was a Mahatma Gandhi was a “Mahatma” not just for Indians, but even the rest of the world too.
To most of the Indian youth till last decade, Gandhi was a role model, and most of his ideas inspire each one of them consistently to become successful. But today, most of us are moving away from the principles of non-violence, truthfulness, and honesty that led the world to become a difficult place to live.
On his birth anniversary, youth can try and imbibe some of his qualities.
1. ‘Satyamev Jayate’ or ‘Truth always triumphs.’
Truthfulness was the most crucial principle for Gandhiji. He not only stood towards the truth but also practised it. When Gandhiji was young, he once lied to his father and regretted the decision. He felt guilty of hiding the truth. Later, when he apologised and confessed, his father acknowledged his courage to speak out the truth. By following this simple principle from Gandhiji, you can see a massive difference in the way people look at you.
Through his career and life, Gandhiji did many experiments with truth and saw how his truthfulness bailed and helped him out during difficult times.
Perseverance is another vital trait students lack. Gandhiji was determined in his decisions and actions, and he never gave up. Students sometimes suffer because of their fluctuating interests and lack of determination. Gandhi’s satyagraha, during India’s freedom movement, proved how hard work and perseverance could bring excellent results.
Gandhiji taught us that if you are unable to achieve success in a short time, do not get carried away by other avenues or options. Staying focused and not giving up is the key to get things done.
3. An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.
The principle above stated has moved several people around the world and continues to be a guiding force to practice non-violence. Today, we suffer from anger fits and much other weakness. It is a cause for several social problems like abuse, road rage and bullying leading to several crimes, which are followed by years of regret. We fail to understand that anger and hatred can never help achieve anything. Their outcomes have always been adverse.
4. Forgiveness is nobility
Forgiveness is a trait of the strong and not the weak. Gandhiji always taught people, how to forgive those who commit wrong and speak harshly. Students can learn how to start forgiving those who do wrong and misbehave with you.
5. Be the change you want to see in the world
You can never force your teachings on others until and unless you follow what you spread. Gandhiji led by example; he was the change that he wanted to see in others. He was not angry and calm and was almost always the first to forgive. He never lied, and non-violence was his weapon.
6. Cleanliness is next to godliness
There is more to the idea of ‘Swachh Bharat’ than just keeping your house and surroundings clean. Thanks to our busy lifestyles, because of which our hygiene is compromised. Gandhiji maintained utmost cleanliness around him and inspired others too. By investing in health, you save yourself from not only illness but also a lot of energy and resources spent in recovering from it.
7. Eat simple food in the right quantity
Gandhiji was a great follower of pure discipline and diet. He experimented with various foods to find out how eating in small quantities would give him enough energy. Today, a lot of problems that students face are associated with not eating in the right amount or eating at odd hours, or worse still, eating unhealthy or unhygienic food.
Gandhiji was weak, but his mind was mightier. It was his mental strength that took him through many problems and ultimately got independence for India. The Britishers had bowed down to his mental strength and left India. It is the mind which is needed to be super healthy.
While truthfulness and honesty were universally accepted, winning traits even before Gandhi existed, it was Gandhi who lived and showed how these principles could be observed in everyday life. He serves as an inspiring personality for us to learn to emerge stronger and achieve success.