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Gandhi, Satyagraha, and the Western Mind

analytical Essay
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Gandhi, Satyagraha, and the Western Mind There is much that can be said about such a great leader like Gandhi. He had many skills that were needed to make a difference in the world. Perhaps the most important quality that he possessed was the attributes of knowledge and common sense. These attributes made him a very levelheaded man who knew how to treat his opponent with respect while stating the issue at hand. Gandhi achieved many accomplishments throughout his life. Overall, the most significant was that one man could make a difference within his own country that received worldwide recognition. One of the reasons as to why Gandhi was such a success is in order to be a great leader, one must possess a great deal of inner peace. He was very capable of doing so, and in return, the opposing side listened to what this man had to say. The philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi is very different than those of Martin Luther King Jr. or Malcolm X. Gandhi took philosophy to a further level, which allowed people to understand themselves before trying to take on the opposing side. One of the main terms used in Gandhi's philosophy is Satyagraha, which is the force of truth and love (Chadha, 112). This term can be applied to many different situations. Satyagraha has many different meanings, which is good because it allows people to interpret it in their own way. Webster's dictionary defines Satyagraha as "insisting on" or "the strong and obstinate inclination for" (280). Satyagraha can be used in both political as well as domestic situations. The individual must use his or her inner soul to achieve peacefulness, which is brought on by Satyagraha. The term Ahisma is the second principle of Gandhi's philosophy, which means "nonvio... ... middle of paper ... ...ndia was able to show to the world that nonviolent resistance can make a difference. It is peaceful and the enemy is able to step back and see what the opposing side is trying to accomplish. In conclusion, the works of Gandhi were very successful. He was able to prove that the country of India, which was thought not to have power, did indeed possess an enormous amount of power. He showed that this power was different, because India's power did not lie in the use of weapons or money. Rather India's power was found within Satyagraha, the "soul-force" power. What Gandhi accomplished was inspiring and he showed Westerners a new way to deal with conflict. It is very hard to prove a point to another culture with extremely different thoughts and beliefs. Yet it is a great accomplishment to make others acknowledge a new way of resolving conflicts with their enemies.

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  • Opines that gandhi had many skills that were needed to make a difference in the world. he was levelheaded and knew how to treat his opponent with respect.
  • Explains that gandhi achieved many accomplishments throughout his life, including making a difference within his own country that received worldwide recognition. gandhi's philosophy is different from those of martin luther king jr. or malcolm x.
  • Explains that satyagraha is the force of truth and love in gandhi's philosophy. it can be used in both political and domestic situations.
  • Explains that the term ahisma is the second principle of gandhi's philosophy, which means "nonviolence to all living things."
  • Analyzes how gandhi used satyagraha to help others understand how not to fight back with force.
  • Explains that satyagraha is a method for resolving conflict. it uses the readiness to suffer and not fight back.
  • Explains the four main weapons used by the satyagrahai are sympathy, trust, patience, and the willingness to suffer. when this type of relationship is obtained, conflict and tension will be resolved.
  • Analyzes how gandhi takes great ease in dealing with the enemy, and gets his followers to put in extreme amounts of effort to achieve peace.
  • Explains that the practice of satyagraha aides three different situations: self, family, and work. once a true understanding of the term is developed, conflicts within these situations can be resolved.
  • Explains that gandhi's hunger strikes, marches, and civil disobedience acts were crucial towards his accomplishment of peace. the principle of satyagraha worked well in a country such as india because of its strong religious spirituality.
  • Analyzes gandhi's success in showing the world how nonviolent resistance could make a difference. he disagreed with the methods put forward by western civilization.
  • Analyzes how the british overstayed their welcome in india, imposed their views onto another culture, and introduced social darwinism into indian culture. gandhi taught the world nonviolence and its positive results.
  • Explains that the term satyagraha is complex and accompanied with great dedication. to fight back without violence takes a huge amount of inner self control and peace of mind.
  • Concludes that gandhi's works were very successful. he proved that india, which was thought not to have power, did indeed possess an enormous amount of power.
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