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Gandhi's Journey To Nonviolence Essay

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NAMEReligious Studies3/8/13GandhiGandhi's Journey to a Nonviolent World"I am but a seeker after the truth. I claim to have found a way to it. I claim to be making a ceaseless effort to find it. But I admit that I have not found it. To find truth completely is to realize oneself and one's destiny, to become perfect. Realizing truth means realizing that all human beings are one."(84) Gandhi sates that he has not completely found the truth but has grown to know what truth really means. His mission until his assassination is to find what truth really means. Gandhi said that truth is God. Being able to grow and live with truth is the same as growing, knowing and living with God in your life. That's why truth was such a major concept Gandhi's life. God was the essence of his existence. Everything in life was for God and in order to live a life for him, you need to find truth in your own life. In accepting God, you are accepting to strive for a life of truth. Like Gandhi said, "to find truth completely was to become perfect." To become perfect was more like a sense of becoming whole, one with God and not with human, worldly desires. He searched his whole life to find the meaning but admitted he never truly did. Never once did he state that he found it's true meaning, but he admitted failure but to show how imperfect human life is and how it's a journey to know truth, just like when you accept God into your life. Through his journey, Gandhi's knowledge of truth and God grew and he achieved it by living a life of nonviolence and peace.In his journey of finding truth, Gandhi made a pledge to live a life of nonviolence. The reason why this active decision changed his life was because he spoke up in defense to what he felt was wrong. He used his growing understanding of truth to keep strong to his beliefs. Most people today could pledge a nonviolent life style and it would be considered to be the "normal". People today aren't being thrown in jail for standing up for what they believe in or voicing their opinion. Gandhi was thrown in jail; along with his wife for doing what they felt was the right thing in finding truth while still listening and striving to be closer to God. While the police, empire, or anyone else against him used methods of violence to try and shut him up, Gandhi did not reply with the same behavior. For the "only way to realization of truth is through nonviolence." (67) By reciprocating violence you are fighting evil with evil and you will ultimately giving up the reason of what you were fighting for in the first place. An act of violence is to scare another person out of what they are or planning on doing. A threatening act is to show what a law is and what is right and Gandhi felt the rebellion must be ended. Freedom of speech was not a privilege or a right, so they did these acts of violence to enforce that this was not an option. Gandhi's choice to not to return in violence, showed his morals and events in history that gave people the...

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