Here I am presenting in front of you a revolutionary whose life and teachingshave inspired and transformed many lives.Great physicist Albert Einstein called this man ‘A role model of the generations tocome’. The President of the United States of America, Barrack Obama, sees this man asan inspiration and has a portrait of the "apostle of peace" in his office to remindhim that ordinary people can do extraordinary things.Friends, he is no one else but our father of the nation and here I will describehow a shy, coward, ordinary boy transformed into an extraordinary human whooverhauled the mighty Europeans.I have been reading his autobiography for a couple of months now and I finishedit few weeks ago.I felt that I should share what I read on him with you since I found it a jewel byitself.As a child, he used to be shy and avoided every company who barely had anyfriends in his school and used to run back to his home at the stroke of closingbell of the school. He was afraid if anyone else makes fun of him.Imagine about getting married when you are at 8
standard. MK Gandhi gotmarried at the age of 13 when he was a school going student.He did his high school education in his native place in Gujarat and moved toEngland with a goal to become a Barrister. His mother was very concerned abouthim going to London as she thought that that western life will impure him.Gandhi hailed from an orthodox family and his mother was a very pious lady.In order to win her mother’s confidence on him he swore in front of her that ‘Hewon’t eat meat or drink alcohol’. He struggled to cop up with his newenvironment. He was shy to speak in English as he feared of making mistakes.He did his studies in England and came back to India to practice as a vakil incourt. He didn’t have the grasp of the Indian laws and found himself at loss. Hefailed to stand for his client in the court and found himself tongue-tied when itwas his turn to argue. He was dejected and never practised in the court.All this identifies to an ordinary guy who struggles in his life to make a living.He was a complete failure at public speaking when he was in England but thekind of speaker he has become in later years is surely a motivation for us allhere.So what really transformed him is the question?It was the life in South Africa which really transformed him. MK Gnandhi got a joboffer from South Africa wherein he has to settle a case in the court for an Indianbusinessman there and without any objection he agreed to it.