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Presentation on

My Experiment with Truth


Prepared by
Ankush Singh
Virender Singh
Manish Mahajan
Vishawdeep Singh


Contents
Biography of Gandhiji
Values of Gandhiji:
Truth (Satya)
Non-Violence (Ahimsa)
Vegetarianism
Brahmacharya (Self Discipline)
Simplicity
Faith
Aparigraha (Non-Possession)
Equality(Sarva Dharma Samanata)
Swadeshi ( Use locally Made Goods)
Gandhiji on Bhagwad Gita
Films on Gandhiji
Gandhi The Great Soul
Memories of Bapu

Introduction
Name : MOHANDAS KARAMCHAND
GANDHI
Date of Birth : 2
nd
October 1869.
Place of Birth : Porbandar, Guajarat, British India.
Date of Death : 30
th
January 1948.
Place of Death: New Delhi, India.
Father : Karamchand Gandhi
Mother : Putlibai
Wife : Kasturba
Sons : Harilal, Manilal, Ramdas,
Devdas
Biography of Gandhiji
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in the town
of Porbander in the state of what is now Gujarat on
2
nd
October 1869. He had his schooling in nearby
Rajkot. At the age of thirteen he was married to
Kasturba, who was even younger than him. In 1888
Gandhi set sail for England, where he had decided to
pursue a degree in law. After completing law, Gandhi
decided to accept an offer from an Indian
businessman in South Africa, Dada Abdulla, to join
him as a legal adviser, and it is in South Africa that he
first coined the term satyagraha to signify his theory
and practice of non-violent resistance.
Gandhi returned to India in early 1915, and was never
to leave the country again except for a short trip that
took him to Europe in 1931.
Values of Gandhiji
Truth ( Satya)
Gandhi stated that the most important
battle to fight was overcoming his own
demons, fears, and insecurities. Gandhi
summarized his beliefs first when he said
"God is Truth". He would later change this
statement to "Truth is God". Thus, Satya
(Truth) in Gandhi's philosophy is "God".
Values of Gandhiji
Non Violence (Ahimsa)
The concept of nonviolence (ahimsa) and
nonresistance has a long history in Indian
religious thought and has had many revivals
in Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Jewish and Christian
contexts. Gandhiji explains his philosophy and
way of life in his autobiography The Story of
My Experiments with Truth. He was quoted as
saying:
"There are many causes that I am prepared to
die for but no causes that I am prepared to kill
for."

Values of Gandhiji
Vegetarianism
The idea of vegetarianism is deeply ingrained in
Hindu and Jain traditions in India, and, in his native land
of Gujarat. Before leaving for his studies in London,
Gandhi made a promise to his mother, Putlibai and his
uncle, Becharji Swami that he would abstain from eating
meat, taking alcohol, and engaging in promiscuity. As
Gandhi grew into adulthood, he became a strict
vegetarian. He wrote the book The Moral Basis of
Vegetarianism and wrote several articles on the subject.
It was noted in his autobiography that vegetarianism was
the beginning of his deep commitment to Brahmacharya;
without total control of the palate, his success in
Bramacharya would likely falter.
Values of Gandhiji
Brahmacharya (Self Discipline)
The philosophy of Brahmacharyaspiritual
and practical puritylargely associated with
celibacy and asceticism. Gandhiji saw
brahmacharya as a means of becoming close
with God and as a primary foundation for self
realization. In his autobiography he tells of his
battle against lustful urges and fits of jealousy
with his childhood bride, Kasturba. He felt it his
personal obligation to remain celibate so that he
could learn to love, rather than lust. For Gandhi,
brahmacharya meant "control of the senses in
thought, word and deed."
Values of Gandhiji
Simplicity
Gandhi earnestly believed that a person
involved in social service should lead a simple
life which he thought could lead to
Brahmacharya. Gandhi spent one day of each
week in silence. He believed that abstaining from
speaking brought him inner peace. This influence
was drawn from the Hindu principles of mauna
(Sanskrit: silence) and shanti (Sanskrit:
peace). He dressed to be accepted by the
poorest person in India, advocating the use of
homespun cloth (khadi).
Values of Gandhiji
Faith
Gandhi was born a Hindu and practised
Hinduism all his life, deriving most of his
principles from Hinduism. As a common Hindu,
he believed all religions to be equal, and rejected
all efforts to convert him to a different faith.
Gandhi wrote a commentary on the Bhagavad
Gita in Gujarati. Gandhi believed that at the core
of every religion was truth and love (compassion,
nonviolence and the Golden Rule).
Values of Gandhiji
Aparigraha (Non Possession)
Non possession means that we should
not hoard anything that we do not need today.
Gandhiji told that, The less you possess, the
less you want, the better you are. And better
for what? Not for your enjoyment of this life
but for enjoyment of personal service to your
fellow beings; service to which you dedicate
yourself, your body, soul and mind.

Values of Gandhiji
Equality (Sarva Dharma Samanta)
Gandhiji strongly believed that every
person in the world is similar. Nobody is
bound by religion or caste. Every person is
equal whether he is Hindu or Muslim or Sikh
or Christian or of any other religion or caste.
Because of Gandhiji, we are now living in the
secular country in which every person is free
to celebrate his festivals and free to adopt
another religion from which he is inspired.

Values of Gandhiji
Swadeshi (Use Locally Made Goods)
Swadeshi means to use the things which
are produced in our own country and which
are made by our national people. Gandhiji
always wear Swadeshi cloths which were
made of Khadi. Gandhiji advocated that one
should always buy Swadeshi cloths. From
that our own country men get more revenue
and that will help our country to grow.

Gandhiji on Bhagwad Gita
The Gita is the universal mother. She turns away
nobody. Her door is wide open to anyone who
knocks. A true votary of Gita does not know what
disappointment is. I find a solace in the
Bhagavad-Gita that I miss even in the Sermon on
the Mount. When disappointment stares me in the
face and all alone I see not one ray of light, I go
back to the Bhagavad-Gita. I find a verse here
and a verse there , and I immediately begin to
smile in the midst of overwhelming tragedies.
Films on Gandhiji
Gandhi by Richard Attenborough (1982)
The Making of Mahatma by Shyam Benegal
(1996)
Hey Ram by Kamal Hassan (2000)
Lageh Raho Munnabhai by Rajkumar Hirani
(2006)
Maine Gandhi ko nahi mara by Jahnu Barua
(2006)
Gandhi my Father by Feroz Abbas Khan
(2007)

Gandhi The Great Soul
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the great
soul, the Father of our Nation, physically died
in 1948 but he still alive in the hearts of the
people of the World. He still alive in our
society through his Values and Ethics. Now
2
nd
October is celebrated as The World Non-
violence Day by whole world in tribute to the
great Man of the Century. At last I must say
that Gandhiji will alive till the last mans death
on the earth. BAPU AMAR RAHO.
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