Here I am presenting in front of you a revolutionary whose life and teachings have inspired and transformed many lives

. Great physicist Albert Einstein called this man ‘A role model of the generations to come’. The President of the United States of America, Barrack Obama, sees this man as an inspiration and has a portrait of the "apostle of peace" in his office to remind him that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. Friends, he is no one else but our father of the nation and here I will describe how a shy, coward, ordinary boy transformed into an extraordinary human who overhauled the mighty Europeans. I have been reading his autobiography for a couple of months now and I finished it few weeks ago. I felt that I should share what I read on him with you since I found it a jewel by itself. As a child, he used to be shy and avoided every company who barely had any friends in his school and used to run back to his home at the stroke of closing bell of the school. He was afraid if anyone else makes fun of him. Imagine about getting married when you are at 8th standard. MK Gandhi got married 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 to England with a goal to become a Barrister. His mother was very concerned about him 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 ‘He won’t eat meat or drink alcohol’. He struggled to cop up with his new environment. 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 in court. He didn’t have the grasp of the Indian laws and found himself at loss. He failed to stand for his client in the court and found himself tongue-tied when it was 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 the kind of speaker he has become in later years is surely a motivation for us all here. So what really transformed him is the question? It was the life in South Africa which really transformed him. MK Gnandhi got a job offer from South Africa wherein he has to settle a case in the court for an Indian businessman there and without any objection he agreed to it.

Racism was at its peak in South Africa and there were many Indians in South Africa as migrants. As majority of the Indians belonged to labouring class, all the Indians were commonly called as “Coolies”. In some places Indians were not given first class and second class tickets, they were not allowed to walk on the streets after 9 pm and often they had to pay an entry fee. He was surprised at the stark realities of life of Indians in South Africa. As an educated young lad who has an acquaintance on english life, he turns to be their leader for Indian cause. I could figure out a few unique faculties which he possessed or developed and thus lead to the making of leader in him. First of all, he never used to keep grudge even with his enemies – This helped him to focus more on his goal and thus more productive. This is true in fact as keeping grudge, unnecessary disturbs our mind and we become less productive and in the end we are not earning anything out of it. Another faculty was, doing justice to vow – Keeping justice to vow makes you very powerful; it improves your self confidence. Meat eating is very common in cold countries like England as it helps to keep your body temperature up. He was tempted by his friends and his associates many times to eat meat but he was adamant in the face of a question on his vow. The Irony is that on those days he wished that every Indian should be a meat eater as he had falsely informed by one of his fried that eating meat makes one stronger and that is the reason Europeans are far stronger than Indians. This shows how strong was his vow to his mother that he won’t eat meat. I believe that when we do full justice to our vow, it increases our will power and confidence. I hope this is well evident in our lives too if we look back on our past. Mahatma Gandh was diplomatic to the best – Being honest and a law obeying person won him many well-wishers in all places he worked. This indeed included many Europeans as well. Once he was whisked away from a first class compartment as a railway official found that he is a coloured man. But he never resorted to violence. Next time he was confronted with a similar situation, he wins the sympathy of other English men travelling with him and manages to travel in the first class. Thus he always tried to change the systems in his own ways. He never resorted to violence but always handled the situation diplomatically. He used to befriend those good white men who had a sympathetic attitude towards suppressed Indians. Also he had the skill to efficiently use the media to support his cause. He had very good faith in God – And he believed that one who he is faithful to God can’t be harmed by anyone. He is the best example of religious tolerance in the history. His ideologies are the need of the hour in our world where individuals fails to understand their brothers and sisters.

Host of experiments he has done his life surprises every one. He exemplifies the saying “ Experience is the biggest teacher” as each experience he draws from his experiments increased his wisdom. The experiments he made on his dietetics went to the extend that in the final years of his life he lived on just fruits and nuts. So friends, if any one of you want to be a author of a self-help book, I would recommend you to read this book and probably you can become the next ‘Robin Sharma’.

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