The Basics of Gandhi's Philosophies and Teachings
Freedom is a thing that every person desires to possess. Without it, there would be no meaning of life. Some of us don't have to worry about our rights. We, the people of the United States, were promised certain unalienable rights as citizens according to the Constitution, including the rights relating to our freedom. But what is the true meaning of freedom? Is it something we all pretend to conceal within ourselves, but are also too blinded by the benevolence around us to see the injustices happening in the world? Mohandas the "Mahatma" Gandhi had different interpretations of what he believed was to possess true freedom and today's democracy.

Gandhi believed that freedom was not worth having if could not have the freedom to make the least mistakes and commit the slightest of crimes in order to gain freedom. What is this freedom if we cannot make mistakes and commit sins in our lives? To obtain the right of freedom is to obtain the right to make as many mistakes and commit as many sins as we want without having to feel guilty about it. To achieve the greatest from of freedom is to hold a great amount of discipline and humility in oneself. Gandhi also believed that until the right of freedom was fully fulfilled, we are all slaves.

A democracy is the government that governs us all and usually consists of elected representatives chosen by the entire population. Gandhi believed that in order to achieve a real democracy is to achieve in the process of persistence in the spirit of brotherhood. In other words, we must all learn to live in harmony with each other, like brothers and sisters. Gandhi also believed that democracy requires that not only do we achieve brotherhood but make a change in our hearts. We all must learn to live with discipline and respect one another. Democracy involves the art and sciences of assembling physical, economic, and spiritual resources from the entire population of the democracy in order that all the services of the entire common welfare are benefited equally.

The basic philosophy of Gandhi of Satyagraha is both a personal and social struggle to realize the truth, which he identifies as God, the Absolute Morality. He knew that in going up against the British he would be outnumbered. However, he reasoned that if he used force, he was bound to fail. But if he employed morality as the place of war, then he would enjoy an advantage in his fight for independence.

"I may be a despicable person, " he often said. "when Truth speaks through me, I am invincible."

What really bothered Gandhi was that people always said that people were always capable of being rich. All they had to do was work hard. However, almost everyday Gandhi saw people working their backs off all day and yet they were starving. Everyone can be poor, but only a few can be rich, he often said.

He fought for equality for all. And he fought with a weapon that no other person had ever employed before: Morality and nonviolence.

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