Gandhi 's Self Awareness And Courage

1977 Words Dec 19th, 2014 8 Pages
For Mahatma Gandhi self-awareness, humility and courage are the main virtues of Hinduism. Gandhi is extremely self-aware he “know[s] he fails often” whether “consciously, more often unconsciously” and he is “painfully aware of [his] feelings.” Self-awareness, to Gandhi is the only way he is able to become non-violent, because it is a constant process. As Gandhi continues on the path of non-violence, he knows he will make mistakes. He believes that humility is one way to receive “true guidance by God.” Humility is accepting that you don’t have all the answers, and trusting that, if you are patient, God will show you the way. It is about being humble before God. By picking the path of non-violence as the “rule and breadth” of his life, Gandhi exhibits courage. Non-violence is not a cowardly path, or an easy one, “its practice requires fearlessness and courage of the highest order.” In fact, “non-violence in its dynamic condition means conscious suffering” (Gandhi, 54). Gandhi is consciously suffering as he practices non-violence because not only is he suppressing his own response, as a human being with emotions, to injustice he is also dealing with bringing others to the practice of non-violence by putting himself in harm’s way. The passage above discusses some of the major ideas in Hinduism without naming them explicitly. For instance, in Hinduism, one’s main goal is to perform one’s actions or works with one’s duty in mind. The varna that one is born into or the…
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