An Insight Into Gandhiji’s Aura
The writer in this book on Mahatma Gandhi has made an attempt to focus on the multifaceted dynamic personality of this illustrious son of the soil. His contention is that it would be a service to the general readers to make the important letters, written by Gandhiji, available to them. It will give an insight into the mind, personality, approach, attitude and planning of Gandhiji. His ideals and ideas can be put to better use by the people as they are relevant and essential for the terror stricken unstable world.
In his chapter on the need for re-introduction, the writer tries to make a point that although the whole of Gandhiji is before us, we are unable to show or see the whole of him. We generally read and analyse only a part of him. So in an effort to see the whole of him, Gandhiji need to be reintroduced. Gandhiji is not a corporeal body but a worldly and divine idea, common emotion, uncommon faith, mass faith and en masse dynamism. Gandhiji is truth and he experimented with truth, made truth his active and effective instrument.
Making a pointed reference towards the pragmatic Gandhian philosophy, the writer tries to make the point that whatever he said or wrote, it was clear, clean and healthy in his eyes, which his conscience allowed and which he followed himself. The people needed faith and confidence, and he became an emblem of both. To him, humanity is the ocean and each man is a drop in that ocean. A few drops will not make the ocean dity, but the drop, the individual, should also be clean. The cleanliness of the individual will immensely enhance the value and effect of human being and the humanity as a whole. The Gandhian philosophy brings man closer to nature and natural living, away from artificiality. He wanted cottage industry to grow, so as to provide enough work to each hand as an answer to unemployment and idleness. The writer invites the true followers of Gandhiji to come forward and ensure continuity and lead the nation and the world and spread his philosophy, doctrine and principles to give security and ensure continuity to the living beings as it can make the world a happy heaven.
The writer further points out in his next chapter that Gandhiji was a completely attached and really detached person. He did everything from the core of his heart, deeply engrossed in the things he did. His spiritual thinking, pious living, clear vision, unveiling truth and intense faith turned him into a Mahatma. In writer’s opinion, Gandhiji symbolised actions, detached but purposeful, complete and resolute. He views Gandhiji as an idea, purpose, and concept: instant and temporal. He was energetic, creative, analytic and synthetic. He was a devotee and instrument; accomplisher and finisher and above all, the dream of all the Indians and the one that changed the dream of all the Indians into reality with a rare powerful weapon of non-violence, a weapon that illumined the truth and wiped out falsehood and impurities. According to Gandhiji, the writer makes the point that one must help the weak but one should never grow weak.
In the second section of the book, the writer brings before the readers a compilation of Gandhiji’s letters addressed to important personalities of the country and the world. These letters show the true self of the Mahatma, his pragmatic ways and spiritual strength. It is illuminating to read these letters and understand his philosophy. These letters reveal the thoughts, views and programmes of Gandhiji and give an insight into his attitude and actions. These letters played a significant role in Indian Freedom Movement and had an instant impact on the rulers and the ruled. One can know real Gandhiji through his letters and his determination and confidence and his devotion and dedication towards the greater cause of the nation and humanity have found profound expression in his letters. Clarity of perception of each situation or issue is manifested through these letters written in a natural flow without using artificial ornamentation of language and words and are a proof of the refined sensibility and aesthetic sense. His letters are passive and prosaic, mostly matter of fact, seldom emotional or poetic.
Prof Shrikant in his concluding remarks, very significantly advises the readers: “Don’t imitate Gandhiji but follow him; imbibe his qualities, determination, dedication, devotion, confidence, fearlessness, truthfulness, non-violence, tolerance, insistence, compassion, co-operation and guidance by example. Gandhiji was all practice, hardly a theory. Don’t preach or praise but practice Ganhiism and try intelligently to make the mother earth a better and a peaceful place for all beings.”
Pustak Mahal, J-3/16,
By Prof KD Sharma