Where Mahatma Gandhi’s political career went wrong?

Mahatma Gandhi's political journey faced many criticism for caste issues, industrial stance, partition role, and diplomatic challenges, despite his enduring legacy of nonviolence

Mahatma Gandhi's political career was marked by numerous successes and failures, and pinpointing where it went wrong requires a nuanced analysis of his decisions, strategies, and the broader historical context. As far as I know, Mahatma Gandhi, renowned for his philosophy of nonviolent resistance, played a pivotal role in India's struggle for independence from British colonial rule. However, there were certain junctures in his political journey where his decisions and actions faced criticism or resulted in setbacks.

I agree to this that he had took many pointless decision like the one Hitler took while World War 2, but why? Was it for the sake of power or money?

Mahatma Gandhi's political journey faced many criticism for caste issues, industrial stance, partition role, and diplomatic challenges, despite his enduring legacy of nonviolence
Mahatma Gandhi's political journey faced many criticism for caste issues, industrial stance, partition role, and diplomatic challenges, despite his enduring legacy of nonviolence.

Deep-routed caste system

One significant aspect of Gandhi's political career that drew criticism was his approach to caste and class issues within Indian society. I could say, it was one of the big mistakes had happened in the government of India. While Gandhi advocated for social justice and equality, his methods often fell short of addressing the deep-rooted caste system and socioeconomic disparities prevalent in India. Showing some mercy toward illiterates to take over the advantages of innocent souls? His emphasis on traditional Hindu values and his reluctance to challenge the entrenched caste hierarchy alienated many lower-caste and marginalized communities, who felt excluded from the mainstream nationalist movement. What was the point of being a secular which made a big riot over the night in the society of India which ultimately resulted in the partition of India into India and Pakistan?

Industrialization in the modern society

Another contentious issue was Gandhi's stance on industrialization and modernization. While he championed the cause of rural India and promoted self-sufficiency through cottage industries, his rejection of large-scale industrial development was seen as unrealistic and impractical by some of his contemporaries. This reluctance to embrace modernization hindered India's economic progress and contributed to the perpetuation of poverty in certain regions.

Partition of India in 1947

I would say, he is a culprit of whatever had happened that night, we have to agree and there is no other statement it can change my mind. Gandhi's role in the partition of India in 1947 also remains a subject of debate and criticism. While he advocated for Hindu-Muslim unity and opposed the partition, his efforts to bridge the communal divide proved insufficient in preventing the violent riots and mass migrations that accompanied the partition. Critics argue that Gandhi's idealism and insistence on nonviolent resistance were ill-suited to the escalating tensions between religious communities, ultimately leading to the tragic consequences of partition.

International relationship during his political career

Additionally, Gandhi's approach to international relations and diplomacy faced challenges during his political career. While he was revered as a moral leader and symbol of resistance worldwide, his uncompromising stance on certain issues, such as India's support for the Allied powers during World War II, strained relations with Britain and other colonial powers. Furthermore, his advocacy for pacifism and nonviolence in the face of aggression, such as during the Quit India Movement, was criticized for its perceived ineffectiveness in challenging colonial oppression.

Despite these criticisms and setbacks, it is essential to acknowledge Gandhi's enduring legacy as a visionary leader and advocate for peace, justice, and human rights. His philosophy of nonviolent resistance inspired countless movements for social change around the world and continues to influence political leaders and activists to this day. I am also a bing follower of his principles and mostly his crafted social sins that he think it is always right. While his political career may have faced challenges and shortcomings, however, other thing balanced naturally. Therefore, Gandhi's commitment to ahimsa (nonviolence) and satyagraha (truth-force) remains a beacon of hope for those striving for a more just and equitable world.

7 sins of Gandhi: According To Mahatma, everyone to follow

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The principle of Mahatma Gandhi is so effective that all the world admires it, and one of them is the seven social sins. Gandhi, in his time, kept educating the people and society. However, most of the leaders today follow his great principle.

7 sins of Gandhi according to mahatma gandhi
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These Seven Social Sins according to Mahatma Gandhi have been discussed after further in 1989 in The Compassionate Universe: The Power of the Individual to Heal the Environment by Indian, Eknath Easwaran. As well as, by foreign writer Stephen Covey in 1989, Principle-Centered Leadershipand Frank Woolever(2011) inGandhi’s List of Social Sins: Lessons in Truth. [1]

Among those, seven sins of Gandhi are popular. Furthermore, it guides the human being toward the trustworthy development of life. It also called as Seven Social Sins. As well as, these sins further focused on the conducts of a man in society.

7 sins of Gandhi

1. Wealth Without Work

Talking about wealth in 7 sins of Gandhi, learn association about it with work.

Individual earn Wealth Without Work has bootless richness of very little time. However, no one could survive on this money. Furthermore, those who are becoming rich without work is one of the such deadly sins. It could disturb healthy life and it becomes troublesome.

2. Pleasure Without Conscience

Pleasure Without Conscience comes in picture when our left brain asks us that what we are doing is right or wrong? Does it make any sense to you, or what is the best thing for you to do at this time? If you are on the verge of having pleasure without conscience, your future is going to be your bad days of life. There are many celebrities that involves in this activities.

In 7 sins of Gandhi, take an example of your day to day office life

One of the fine examples is telling your boss not going to office. However, giving excuse of your kid’s bad health despite your kid’s health being good. In short, calling or inviting decease or negative things at home for their kids instead.

3. Knowledge Without Characters

In this 7 sins of Gandhi, how importance of your character discussed.

This sin would bring any public shame for you if you have Knowledge Without Characters. However, developing the character of your kids as important as growing knowledge of any individual. Knowledge is like a sword, at the same time it will save you or kills you.

When a person comes together with these qualities, thoughts make his life happy and prosperous. In fact, both builds each other up. Furthermore, one can't run on a single leg and the same way you can describe knowledge without character in your definition.

4. Commerce Without Morality

Some people do Commerce Without Morality for money. However, others for charity or humanity. Doing business with due respect to ethics brings happiness in life.

5. Science Without Humanity

The science is continuously evolving year by year and forming a new technology. We are witnessing to Science Without Humanity every day to day life. Some misuse technology and the man goes against the humanity. Highly professionals are even not taking a step back ladder up the science.

Those who posses no compassion, misuses technology. Moreover, it finds that the man degenerate individual against humans

6. Religion Without Sacrifice

Sacrifice is such a great word that upon it eliminates evils and makes a great union. However, Religion Without Sacrifice occurs in riots often. The union would be between man and God, or take an example of a married couple. However, most of the individuals are on the top, based on what they sacrificed on the order of things.

Thus, the person becomes more religious only when he sacrificed his life for others, you can read the great leaders like leprosy healer, Baba Amte and Abraham Lincoln

7. Politics Without Principle

7 sins of Gandhi. However, every alternate humans have Politics Without Principle impacts reverse on the life. Everybody has their laws, principle, and rules. They would put barricades on themselves their own. This is the natural tendency of a wise man. However, leading this abides by the rules of Gods. Thus, third comes only when listening to others govern by XYZ person bow to the principle.

Additionally, this fosters collaboration, profitability, and creativity in a community, an organization, or a person.

युगांतर: गांधीजी एक क्रांतिकारी युगपुरुष

इंग्रजाच्या जुलुमशाहीला, त्यांच्या बेबंदशाहीला संघटीत ताकद आणि वाणीच्या जोरावर भिडलेला हा महात्मा खरच एक महान व्यक्तिमत्व होते. याने इंग्रजाच्या जागतिक दर्जाच्या फौजेला केवळ आपल्या लाठीच्या ताकदीच्या जोरावर नमवलं. ते मुळात एक आध्यात्मिक व्यक्तिमत्व होते, त्यांचे हृदय मोठे होते, म्हणूनच त्यांना महात्मा म्हटले गेले. पण यामुळे देश आणि समाजाच्या समस्यांपासून त्यांनी कधीच दूर पळ काढला नाही. देश आणि देशवासियांबद्दल त्यांचे प्रेम आणि आपुलकी होती. त्यांनी इंग्रजीचे शिक्षण घेतले आणि ते त्या वेळी परदेशी शिकलेले बॅरिस्टर असूनही, त्यांनी मायदेशी येऊन त्यांचा संपूर्ण रंगढंग बदलला. रहाणीमान बदलत 'टाय-कोट संस्कृती' सोडून त्यांनी फक्त एक धोती अंगीकारली. इतिहासातील सर्व परकीय आक्रमणामुळे फाटलेल्या या देशात पसरलेल्या अगणित संस्कृती, रियासत एकत्र करून गांधीजींनी त्याच राष्ट्रीय अभिमानाने भारताची पुनर्रस्थापना करण्याचा प्रामाणिक प्रयत्न केला. म्हणूनच आपण त्यांना राष्ट्रपिता म्हणतो.

     केवळ देशातच नव्हे तर मार्टिन ल्यूथर किंग आणि नेल्सन मंडेला सारख्यानी परदेशातही महात्मा गांधींनी महात्मा गांधींना आपला आदर्श मानले. तथापि, त्यांना अगणिक टीकेलाही सामोरे जावे लागले; त्यांना आणि त्याचे योगदान पूर्णपणे संपवून टाकण्याचे प्रयत्नही झाले. पण गांधीशिवाय भारताचा इतिहास लिहिणे शक्य आहे का? कदापि नाही, किंबहुना भारतीय स्वातंत्र्य लढ्याचे अहिंसात्मक नेतृत्वच त्यांनी केले असे म्हटले तर वावगे ठरणार नाही.

गांधीयुगाची पाश्वभूमि

गांधी युग: 1919-1948

आधुनिक इतिहास
मोहनदास करमचंद गांधी (जन्म: 2 ऑक्टोबर 1869; मृत्यू: 30 जानेवारी 1948)

 महात्मा गांधी म्हणूनही ओळखले जाणारे हे निर्भीड व्यक्तिमत्व, 9 जानेवारी रोजी दक्षिण आफ्रिकेतून भारतात परतले. 1893 मध्ये दादा अब्दुल्ला या भारतीय मुस्लिम व्यापा-याचा खटला लढण्यासाठी ते दक्षिण आफ्रिकेत गेले. तिथे त्याने भारतीयांशी भेदभावपूर्ण वागणूक पाहिली. एकदा जेव्हा ते दक्षिण आफ्रिकेत ट्रेनने प्रवास करत होते,त्याच वेळी मेरिट्झबर्ग नावाच्या स्टेशनवर, एका इंग्रजाने त्याला ट्रेनमधून ढकलले. या घटनेतून गांधीजींना नवी दिशा मिळाली. त्यांच्या दक्षिण आफ्रिकेतील मुक्कामा दरम्यानच गांधीजींनी भारतीयांबद्दल स्वीकारलेल्या वर्णभेदी धोरणांविरोधात संघर्ष सुरू केला. त्यांच्या चळवळीला संघटनात्मक आकार आणि दिशा देण्यासाठी त्यांनी नेटल इंडियन काँग्रेस, टॉल्स्टॉय फर्म (जर्मन कारागीर मित्र कॅलेन बागच्या मदतीने) आणि फिनिक्स आश्रम अशा अनेक संघटना स्थापन केल्या. दक्षिणेतच गांधीजींनी इंडियन ओपन नावाचे वृत्तपत्रही प्रसिद्ध केले.

गांधीजींनी भारतीय राजकारणात पदार्पण

     गांधींच्या दक्षिण आफ्रिकेतील चळवळीच्या यशस्वी आचरणाचा परिणाम म्हणून, तेथील सरकारने 1914 पर्यंत बहुतेक भेदभाव करणारे काळे कायदे रद्द केले. गांधीजींचे हे पहिले यश होते जे त्यांनी अहिंसेच्या मार्गाने मिळवले. इ.स.1915 मध्ये भारतात आल्यानंतरच गांधीजींनी भारतीय राजकारणात पदार्पण केले. महात्मा गांधी गोपालकृष्ण गोखले यांना आपले राजकीय गुरु मानले. यावेळी पहिले महायुद्ध चालू होते आणि गांधीजींनी या युद्धात ब्रिटिशांना साथ दिली आणि भारतीयांना सैन्यात भरती होण्यासाठी प्रोत्साहित केले. या कारणास्तव त्याला 'भर्ती सार्जंट' म्हटले जाऊ लागले. ब्रिटिश सरकारने त्यांचा केसर-ए-हिंद या पदवीने सन्मान केला. पहिल्या महायुद्धातील सहकार्याच्या बदल्यात भारतीयांना स्वराज मिळेल, असा गांधीना विश्वास होता. गांधीजींनी 1915 मध्ये अहमदाबादमध्ये साबरमती आश्रमाची स्थापना केली. या माध्यमाने सर्जनशील कार्याला प्रोत्साहन देणे हा त्याचा हेतू होता. भारतीय राजकारणातील प्रभावशाली नेता म्हणून गांधींचा उदय, उत्तर बिहारचे चंपारण आंदोलन, गुजरातचे खेडा शेतकरी आंदोलन आणि अहमदाबादच्या कामगार वादाचे यशस्वी नेतृत्व केल्यानंतर हे घडले. चंपारण आणि खेडा चळवळ शेतक-यांच्या समस्यांशी संबंधित असताना, अहमदाबादच्या कामगारांच्या वादाच्या पार्श्वभूमीवर कापूस कापड गिरणी मालक आणि कामगारांमध्ये वेतन वाढ आणि प्लेग बोनस देण्याबाबत वाद झाला. अहमदाबादमधील प्लेग संपल्यानंतर गिरणी मालकांना बोनस रद्द करायचा होता. गिरणी मालकांनी केवळ 20 टक्के बोनस स्वीकारला आणि धमकी दिली की जो कर्मचारी हा बोनस स्वीकारणार नाही त्याला कामावरून काढून टाकले जाईल. 35 टक्के बोनसच्या कामगारांच्या मागणीला समर्थन देत गांधीजी स्वतः संपात सामिल झाले.  या संपूर्ण प्रकरणावर न्यायाधिकरणाने कामगारांच्या मागणीला न्याय दिला आणि 35 टक्के बोनसचे आदेश दिले. या गिरणी मालकांपैकी एक गांधींचे मित्र अंबालाल साराभाई होते, ज्यांनी साबरमती आश्रमाच्या बांधकामासाठी मोठ्या प्रमाणात आर्थिक योगदान दिले. अहमदाबाद कामगार चळवळीत अंबालाल साराभाई यांची बहीण अनुसूयाही गांधी यांच्यासोबत होती.

गांधींचे आदर्श, तात्विक विचार, विचारधारा आणि जीवनपद्धती

    सत्याग्रहाच्या सुरुवातीच्या प्रयोगाच्या यशाने गांधीजींना सामान्य माणसाच्या अधिक जवळ आणले. गांधींचे आदर्श, तात्विक विचार, विचारधारा आणि जीवनपद्धती यांनी त्यांना सामान्य लोकांच्या जीवनाशी जोडले. ते गरीब, राष्ट्रवादी आणि बंडखोर भारताचे प्रतीक बनले. हिंदू-मुस्लिम ऐक्य, स्त्रियांची सामाजिक स्थिती सुधारणे आणि अस्पृश्यते विरोधात काम करणे ही त्यांची इतर मुख्य उद्दिष्टे होती. इ.स.1919 च्या जालियनवाला बाग हत्याकांडाने ब्रिटिश सरकारप्रती गांधींचा दृष्टिकोन बदलला आणि तद्दनंतर या सरकार विरोधी संघर्षाचे 'गांधी युग' सुरु झाले.

    उच्च विचार आणि साधे जीवन हेच त्यांना सर्वात प्रिय होते, जर संघर्ष असेल तर हिंसा का, एक मेकाच्या रक्ताची तहान का या माणसाला, असे ते म्हणत. बापूंकडून शिकलेल्या प्रत्येक गोष्टीचा योग्य मार्ग आहे, ज्या विचाराने क्रांती आणली ती गांधीवादी होती. तो एक विचार असा की, तुम्ही शेवटी केलेल्या अत्याचाराला कंटाळताल आम्ही जुलूम सहन करू पण आम्ही हात उचलणार नाही, हीच ती गांधी निति, गांधी विचार, आणि गांधीवाद म्हणून ओळखला गेला. परन्तु परिणामत: क्रांतिका-यात जहाल आणि मवाळ मतवादी अशा गटात विभाजन झाले. नेताजी सुभाषचंद्र बोस, भगतसिंग आणि राजगुरु यांच्या जहाल मतवादाचा अंतर्गत सामना बापूजी यांना करावा लागला. धर्माच्या नावावर मोहमद अली जीना सारख्या धार्मिक कट्टर पंथियाचा मुकाबला त्यांना करावा लागला. याचे पर्यावसन म्हणून धार्मिक दंगे सोसावे लागले. जनतेला अनेक हत्या, अत्याचार यांना सामोरे जावे लागले. धार्मिक व भौगोलिक फाळणी सोसावी लागली. याचे सर्व पातक, राजकीय रोष गांधीजीला पचवावे लागले. याच पुजनिय बापूजी (महात्मा गांधी) च्या स्मरणार्थ ही हिंदी काव्यपंक्ति!

राष्ट्रपिता तुम कहलाते हो सभी प्यार से कहते बापू,
तुमने हमको सही मार्ग दिखाया सत्य और अहिंसा का पाठ पढ़ाया,
हम सब तेरी संतान है तुम हो हमारे प्यारे बापू।
सीधा सादा वेश तुम्हारा नहीं कोई अभिमान,
खादी की एक धोती पहने वाह रे बापू तेरी शान।
एक लाठी के दम पर तुमने अंग्रेजों की जड़ें हिलायी,
भारत माँ को आजाद कराया राखी देश की शान।

गांधी सारखे लोक मरत नाहीत

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त्याच गांधींच्या देशवासी, तथाकथित एका राष्ट्रवादी म्हणवीणा-याने देश स्वतंत्र होताच त्यांचा जीव घेतला. हा कसला राष्ट्रवाद आहे! केवळ वैचारिक मतभेदामुळे एखाद्याला जीवे मारणे ही आपली संस्कृती कधीच नव्हती. मात्र "गांधी" सारखे लोक मरत नाहीत. गांधीजींना हवे असते तर ते त्यांच्या हत्येची घटना टाळू शकले असते. सरदार पटेल यांनी त्यांना आधीच याबाबत चेतावणी दिली होती. तसेच आवश्यक सुरक्षा व्यवस्था करण्यासाठी परवानगी मागितली होती. पण गांधीजींनी यास नकार दिला. कारण त्यांचे मते हे नंतर त्याच्या चारित्र्याला व विचाराला कमजोर करेल, जे त्याला कोणत्याही किंमतीला मान्य नव्हते. जीव देऊनही नाही. महात्मा गांधी त्यांच्या मृत्यूपर्यंत ते त्यांच्या चरित्रात राहिले, आणि ते चांगले अबाधित राहिले. म्हणूनच तो एक "महात्मा गांधी" आहे. ते विलक्षण आहेत, ते विलक्षण आहेत कारण इंग्रजांच्या सैन्य शक्ति, कूटनीतिचा मुकाबला त्यांनी सहनशक्तिच्या विलक्षण ताकदी च्या जोरावर केला. अहिंसा, उपोषण, आंदोलन या विलक्षण सोशिक नितिचा अवलंब केला, जे की संपूर्ण जगताला नाविन्यपूर्ण होते. नंतर ते जगाचा 'गांधी आदर्श' म्हणून आजपर्यंत अबाधित राहिले. मग हाच आदर्श अवलंबून अनेक जागतिक, अनेक राष्ट्रांचे अंतर्गत प्रश्न सुटले. म्हणूनच गांधींसारखा कोणी एकच महान व्यक्ति शतकात एकदाच जन्माला येतो, एक युगांतर…. आणतो. मग याच गांधीवादाचा, याच गांधीनितिचा अवलंब आपण वैयक्तिकरित्या, तसेच अनेक सामाजिक व राजकीय समस्यांमध्ये का करू नये.

Mahatma Gandhi And Leo Tolstoy letters and it’s benefits

Silence is futile: Leo Tolstoy's letter to Mahatma Gandhi
Leo Tolstoy

The opinions and principles of Mahatma Gandhi are worldwide famous and one of the letters which were sent to Leo Tolstoy, he felt so happy upon reading them. He found that Mohandas Gandhi on the track of non-resistance. In the Mahatma Gandhi and Leo Tolstoy letters, According to Leo’s reply in the letter below which was sent to Gandhi in the year 1910, 7th September. Tolstoy said that non-resistance is the discipline Of love unperformed by false interpretations. Moreover, he added, love is supreme and unique law and the manifestation occurs and seen in soul of infants. However, the man feels it and never blinded by doctrine of the world.

However, there are numbers of philosophies according to ancient culture of the countries like Indian, Chinese, Hebrew, Greek, and Roman where there is violence. The love is incompatible is the most common law of the nature. Therefore, one who has admitted to violence, the theory of love found futile. Thus, it stands to exist.

If there is a resistance aside love, it straight says there is no love in between and hence law of existence does not exist. As well as there is no other law but violence. Tolstoy also shaded lights on Christian on love and violence. According to him, the law of love expressed so clearly by Christians. His opinion on inner contradiction are all the real story of socialism, communism, growing criminalizes, unemployment and illogical luxuries of riches.

Further, he stated that the life of Christian people have categorized love and violence into two utter contradictions. The love recognized as the law of life and on the other hand, violence as predictable in different departments of life like government sectors.

One of the Mahatma Gandhi and Leo Tolstoy letters on non-resistance

I have received your journal Indian Opinion, and I am happy to know all that is written on non-resistance. I wish to communicate to you the thoughts which are aroused in me by the reading of those articles. The more I live—and specially now that I am approaching death—the more I feel inclined to express to others the feelings which so strongly move my being, and which, according to my opinion, are of great importance. That is, what one calls non-resistance, is in reality nothing else but the discipline of love.
Unreformed by false interpretation. Love is the aspiration for communion and solidarity with other souls, and that aspiration always liberates the source of noble activities. That love is the supreme and unique law of human life, which everyone feels in the depth of one's soul. We find it manifested most clearly in the soul of the infants. Man feels it, so long as he is not blinded by the false doctrines of the world. That law of love has been promulgated by all the philosophies—Indian, Chinese, Hebrew, Greek, and Roman. I think that it had been most clearly expressed by Christ, who said that in that law is contained both the law and the Prophets.

But he has done more; anticipating the deformation to which that law is exposed, he indicated directly the danger of such deformation, which is natural to people who live only for worldly interests. The danger consists precisely in permitting one's self to defend those interests by violence; that is to say, as he has expressed, returning blow by blows, and taking back by force things that have been taken from us, and so forth. Christ knew also, just as all reasonable human beings must know, that the employment of violence is incompatible with love, which is the fundamental law of life. He knew that,
once violence is admitted, doesn't matter in even a single case, the law of love is thereby rendered futile. That is to say, that the law of love ceases to exist.

The whole Christian civilization, so brilliant in the exterior, has grown up on this misunderstanding and this flagrant and strange contradiction, sometimes conscious, but mostly unconscious. In reality, as soon as resistance is admitted by the side of love, love no longer exists and cannot exist as the law of existence; and if the law of love cannot exist, therein remains no other law except that of violence, that is, the right of the mighty. It was thus that the Christian society has lived during these nineteen centuries. It is a fact that all the time people were following only violence in the organisation of society.

But the difference between the ideals of Christian peoples and that of other nations lies only in this: that, in Christianity, the law of love had been expressed so clearly and definitely as has never been expressed in any other religious doctrine; that the Christian world had solemnly accepted that law, although at the same time it had permitted the employment of violence and on that violence it had constructed their whole life. Consequently, the life of the Christian peoples is an absolute contradiction between their profession and the basis of their life; contradiction between love recognised as the law of life, and violence recognised as inevitable in different departments of life: like Governments, Tribunals, Army, etc., which are recognised and praised. That contradiction developed with the inner development of the Christian world and has attained its paroxysm in recent days.

At present, the question poses itself evidently in the following manner: either it must be admitted that we do not recognise any discipline, religious or moral, and that we are guided in the organisation of life only by the law of force. Or that all the taxes that we exact by force, the judicial and police organisations. And, above all, the army must be abolished. This spring, in the religious examination of a secondary school of girls in Moscow. The Professor of Catechism, as well as the Bishop, had questioned the young girls on the Ten commandments and above all on the sixth “Thou shalt not kill”.

When the examiner received a good reply, the Bishop generally paused for another question: Is killing proscribed by the sacred Law always and in all cases? And the poor young girls perverted by their teachers must reply: No, not always; killing is permitted during war, and for the execution of criminals. However, one of those unfortunate girls, (what I relate is not a fiction but a fact that has been transmitted to me by an eyewitness) having been asked the same question, “Is killing always a crime?” was moved deeply, blushed and replied with decision “Yes, always.” To all the sophisticated questions habitual to the Bishop, she replied with firm conviction: killing is always forbidden in the Old Testament as well as by Christ, who not only forbids killing but all wickedness against our neighbours. In spite of all his oratorical talent and all his imposing grandeur, the Bishop was obliged to beat a retreat and the young girl came out victorious. Yes, we can discuss in our journals the progress in aviation and such other discoveries, the complicated diplomatic relations, the different clubs and alliances, the so-called artistic creations, etc., and pass in silence what was affirmed by the young girl.

But silence is futile in such cases because everyone in this Christian world is feeling the same, more or less vaguely, like that girl. Socialism, Communism, Anarchism, Salvation Army, the growing criminalities, unemployment and absurd luxuries of the rich, augmented without limit, and the awful misery of the poor, the terribly increasing number of suicides-all

these are the signs of that inner contradiction which must be there and which cannot be resolved; and, without doubt, can only be resolved by acceptation of the law of love and by the rejection of all sorts of violence. Consequently, your work in Transvaal, which seems to be far away from the centre of our world, is yet the most fundamental and the most important to us. Supplying the most weighty practical proof in which the world can now share and with which must participate not only the Christians but all the peoples of the world. I think that it would give you pleasure to know that with us in Russia, a similar movement is also developing rapidly under the form of the refusal of military services augmenting year after year. However, small may be the number of your participators in non-resistance and the number of those in Russia who refuse military service.

Both the one and the other may assert with audacity that “God is with us” and “God is more powerful than men”. Between the confession of Christianity, even under the perverted form in which it appears among us Christian peoples. And, the simultaneous recognition of the necessity of armies and of the preparation for killing on an ever-increasing scale. There exists a contradiction so flagrant and crying that sooner or later, probably very soon. It must invariably manifest itself in utter nakedness; and it will lead us either to renounce the Christian religion.

And to maintain the governmental power, or to renounce the existence of the army and all the forms of violence which the state supports and which are more or less necessary to sustain its power. That contradiction is felt by all the governments, by your British Government as well as by our Russian Government. And, therefore, by the spirit of conservatism natural to these governments, the opposition is persecuted, as we find in Russia as well as in the articles of your journal, more than any other anti-governmental activity. The governments know from which direction comes the principal danger and try to defend themselves with a great zeal in that trial not merely to preserve their interests but actually to fight for their very existence.

With my perfect esteem,


Nobody Told You About Meaning Of Life According To Leo Tolstoy

It is true that experiences teach us, whether it is good or bad. Being a wealthy adult, it is common chasing women, gabling, drink, etc. However, learning from the mistakes and confess later need a winning heart. Thus, when life strike at Leo Tolstoy (8 Sep 1828-20 Nov  1910) Tolstoy understood from his self learning tool that “the meaning of life” and is soul purpose in one's life.

Leo, the great Russian novelist who wrote a short novel, “A Confession” in 1879 at the age of 50. It is based on his own realistic biographical piece of non-fiction. Leo narrated the mid-life crisis of his life including religious views, his belief, problems, and philosophical thoughts through the questions and answers. In the novel, Tolstoy discussed all about “if God does not exist, since death is inevitable, what is the meaning of life” the life becomes impossible when these questions arise in any person, especially when no answers to this. Tolstoy experienced the same and, in his book, also stated that “god is life”.

Leo Tolstoy at middle age in 1956
Leo Tolstoy in 1856

Leo Tolstoy on Christianity

Every religion at the end says one thing, and almost common. However, there are miss-interpretation of the religious texts. In this holy world, more than four thousand religions are existing, but some of them have wrongly interpreted by intentionally or without intentionally by our communities. Xuanzang’s travel of 17 years on horse searching for Buddhism is widely famous. Xuanzang came to know that there were missing text of Religious belief, and thus he had decided to travel to ancient India to gain complete knowledge about the real Chinese culture. The spiritual crisis of Leo Tolstoy, recounted in the “A Confession”. Therefore, not only Leo but others and still, today people have few questions in minds keep zigzag without answers to it. In the book, Tolstoy said,

Judging by certain memories, I never seriously believed, but I had merely relied on what I was taught and on what was professed by the grown up people around me; and that my reliance was very unstable.

Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy, raised in Russian church of orthodox spiritual community. Therefore, one quickly understands the real life struggles to fly and reaches to own conclusion about “the meaning of life” than it taught at the young age.

Leo Tolstoy and members of his family in 1908: Seated, left to right: Lisa Obolenski (Marya Tolstoy's daughter), Tatyana (Tolstoy's daughter), Leo Tolstoy, Tanya (Mikhail Tolstoy's daughter), Sofia (Tolstoy's wife), Marya (Tolstoy's sister), Vanya (Mikhail Tolstoy's son).
Standing: Alexandra (Tolstoy's daughter), Mikhail (Tolstoy's son), Mikhail Sukhotin (Tatyana Tolstoy's husband), Andrei (Tolstoy's son);Source: Tatyana Tolstoy: Tolstoy remembered, Michael Joseph London | i'mBiking credit to Wikipedia commons
Leo Tolstoy and members of his family in 1908: Seated, left to right: Lisa Obolenski (Marya Tolstoy's daughter), Tatyana (Tolstoy's daughter), Leo Tolstoy, Tanya (Mikhail Tolstoy's daughter), Sofia (Tolstoy's wife), Marya (Tolstoy's sister), Vanya (Mikhail Tolstoy's son).
Standing: Alexandra (Tolstoy's daughter), Mikhail (Tolstoy's son), Mikhail Sukhotin (Tatyana Tolstoy's husband), Andrei (Tolstoy's son);Source: Tatyana Tolstoy: Tolstoy remembered, Michael Joseph London | i'mBiking credit to Wikipedia commons

The well-grown experiences in brain

Leo quickly realized that his own real experiences are heavier and must put on paper to give an ease to his philosophical nerves. His first novel “War and Peace” is the first creation of his, fighting in the Crimean War. Tolstoy had continuously nominated for Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, 1902 and 1909. However, he does not win a single prize, and it was the most controversial part of the world’s literature. Leo was not only a writer but one of the few influential personalities to the great leaders and victorious minds of 20th century. His thoughts and the great sayings still inspires the young generations. Furthermore, Mahatma Gandhi was one of them. He was inspired by Tolstoy’s two great things, one was choosing non-violence and non-violence resistance and other was “bread labour”.

What is “bread Labour”?

Every person should do all his work himself according to his strength, ability and as far as possible. Gandhi wrote a series of articles in 1930 on the theory of Tolstoy,

Man must earn his bread by manual labour, never by mental work.

Leo Tolstoy

Gandhi, devoted to the thoughts of Tolstoy and greatly influenced by his novel “The Kingdom of God is Within You

Therefore, god is within us, we don’t need to find somewhere else. Moreover, serving others is humanity and that is the sole meaning of life.

8 best positive life quotes: Learn Compassion, Truth, And the Way To Peace life

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Positive life quotes from these Seven People Had Ultimately The Same Meaning, Looking At Peaceful Life. Their Words Are Not Less Than Any Magical Wand.

This is with the reference to the book “DnyaneswaraA Mantra for the new Millennium” edited by Proof Vishwanath Karad. He is founder and president of World Peace Centre.

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Here is a collection of positive life quotes that are evergreen and thought provoking.

Development of knowledge with wisdom compassion with love and moral characters only will lead to the well-being of the entire humanity.

Gautam Buddha

Lord Buddha (563 B.C. to 483 B.C.) ancient Indian philosopher also called as Gautam Buddha who lived through 5th century is still an embodiment of a truth, love, and compassion.

Development of knowledge with wisdom compassion with love and moral characters only will lead to the well-being of the entire humanity.

Gautam Buddha

Spiritual Jesus Christ was the first century Jewish preacher and religious leader also considered the son of God said,

The spirituality is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.


India philosopher and greatest saint Dnyaneshwar (1275–1296) also called Mauli who wrote the worldwide famous eternal wisdom of Dnyaneshwari who also wrote Pasaydan. It had written in the 18th chapter of Dnyaneshwari, representing a prayer in the form of a verse as a holy offering to God at the end of Dnyaneshwari.

The god has no form, colour, and shape. I have seen and experience closely through my own inner eyes.

Dnyaneshwar Maharaj

The light which Dnyaneshwar had seen was Devine light of knowledge. The God is moderately the ocean of knowledge. No other thing than divine knowledge is virginal.

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After reading these positive life quotes, everyone can acquire such divine knowledge

The one who is a true believer in the selfless action with a sense of devotion. And practices of transcendental meditation can acquire this knowledge over the period of time. Leading to this, the faithful person who has complete control on organs of the senses. However, the one acquired it attends the supreme state of peace of mind and the life full of bliss.

I’m the smallest of the smallest of the small particle of this universe, which can encompasses the entire universe — meaning thereby I can take the minutest form even smaller than the item, but I am all-pervading.

Saint Tukaram

Saint Tukaram (19 March 1650) was a 17th century poet (Poem Vrukshavaalli Amha Soyari Vanchari By Saint Tukaram Maharaja) said,

There is no other happiness like peace, everything else finds only sorrow. Peace in life is an ocean full of happiness. All the sorrow and worries will go away, and you will sail smoothly throughout the journey of life.

Indian monk Swami Vivekananda (12 Jan 1863 – 4 July 1902) who spread the message of truth and love through his lectures.

Purity, patience and perseverance overcomes all obstacles.

Swami Vivekananda

According to Vivekanand, rare people possess the state of perfection. And it can be achieved through extensive love of God, Yoga, and Meditation.

Spiritual relationship is far more previous than physical relationship divorced from spiritual is body without soul.

Mahatma Gandhi

The famous non-violence resistance leader, Mahatma Gandhi (2 Oct 1869 – 30 Jan 1948) was an Indian lawyer. He was such an obedient student to dutiful father of the nation. His seven social sins are famous worldwide.

When each time I sit and think, a thought occurs to me, how much I have borrowed from society, nature, and my parents I doubt if ever I could repay this debt in my life.

Albert Einstein

However, Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) who was the all-time greatest physicist had the same conclusion. He said that we keep borrowing from others but often sometimes forget or unable to return it.

All these great people bow upon the principle thought somehow related to each other similarly. They taught humans from the eras a way to successful, smooth and obstacles free life.

Mahatma Gandhi: “I do not remember having ever told a lie”

Mahatma Gandhi: “I do not remember having ever told a lie”
M K Gandhi on right with his cousin

Mahatma Gandhi said he was following Harishchandra when he was seven. Whoever it says, It would not be an ordinary person. Any child at this age either copy someone or lie many times. As a parent, some must have forgiven their kids. He also added that at that age, his sole companion was only his books and lessons when he used to go to school, he never used to talk to anybody, a very shy and own minded businessman.

When he was in high school, during the exam, he well narrated his experience of the art of copying. That art everyone must learn, upon learning it could help an individual succeed in his life. As everyone knows that there are always two sides, Dark and Bright. Choosing the one that is the art and when an inexperienced walk on the unknown road, it gives pure meaning for what he was travelling.

The incident had happened with MK Gandhi during his high school exam, he was misspelled the word Kettle. The teacher prompted him by pointing his boot at a neighbour's slate, but he did not prompt as advised.

One of the words was Kettle. I had misspelled it. The teacher tried to prompt me with the point of his boot, but I Would not be prompted. It was beyond me to see that he wanted me to copy the spelling from my neighbour's slate, for I had thought that the teacher was there to supervise us against copying. The result was that all the boys, except me, were found to have spelt every word correctly. Only I had been stupid. The teacher tried later to bring this stupidity home to me, but without effect. I never could learn the art of copying.

Mr Gandhi also stated another example, and he overrode all his elder’s advice and decided on his own to copy that person. The sorrow of Saravanan’s parent over the death still was looking fresh for Gandhi throughout his life. Such a developed mind at this age had brought the great leader to India.

But somehow my eyes fell on a book purchased by my father. It was Shravana Pitribhakti Nataka-a book about Shravana's devotion to his parents. I read it with intense interest. There came to our place about the same time it inerrant showmen. One of the pictures I was shown was of Shravana carrying, by means of slings fitted for his shoulders, his blind parents on a pilgrimage. The book and the picture left an indelible impression on my mind. 'Here is an example for you to copy,' I said to myself.

M K Gandhi

His great experiences teach us deep about life, one of his act of principle three monkeys are more famous. They briefly explain not to see evil, hear evil and listen to evil which are bad things.

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.

MK Gandhi

Our eyes can hide the entire world inside us, it has such a power of mercy or anger. Or it is the only eyes that make us blind from the entire world from experiencing it if it has a different expressive attitude.
Gandhi's principles of non-violence give in-depth meaning by one of his quotes above and have no one yet used as an example by any political leader. When we go anywhere, an eye first feels the presence of the place. Gandhi's family says that it is one of the real quotations by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

Also read, Nathuram Godse: “I Would Like To Add That I Do Not Desire Any Mercy To Be Shown To Me, Nor Do I Wish That Anyone Else Should Beg For Mercy On My Behalf.” (who assassinated Gandhi)