Gandy and the Ahimsa Philosophy Essay

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One of the most famous leaders of a non-violent movement was Mohandas K. Gandhi. Most of Gandhi’s intellectual, social and political ethics and beliefs developed in the search of truth and non violence, or ahimsa, the opposite being himsa. Ahimsa is simply defined as to not injure, and himsa defined as to injure. Ahimsa is also referred to as nonviolence, according to many religions (Indian) it applies to all living beings including. “Ahimsa is a comprehensive principle. We are helpless mortals caught in the conflagration of himsa. The saying that life lives on life has a deep meaning in it. Man cannot for a moment live without consciously or unconsciously committing outward himsa. The very fact of his living – eating, drinking and moving about – necessarily involves some himsa, destruction of life, be it ever so minute. A votary of ahimsa therefore remains true to his faith if the spring of all his actions is compassion, if he shuns to the best of his ability the destruction of the tiniest creature, tries to save it, and thus incessantly strives to be free from the deadly coil of himsa.”
Gandhi took the religious principle of ahimsa and turned it into non-violent campaigns in South Africa and India. He used it to fight not only colonial rule of the British and war but social wrongs such as racial discrimination. Throughout Mohandas K. Gandhi Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth, Gandhi is faced numerous times with decision of…

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