Dr Ishwar V. Basavaraddi
Mahatma Gandhi is more than just a name. It is an idea, the name in itself transcends from the identity of an individual into something more of a principle.
A principle that is open for discussion, debate, critique and ideation. Mahatma Gandhi was a revolutionary, a person of grandeur and knowledge who put us on the path of Swaraj and liberation from the Shackles of self and others. One who studies Gandhi closely will learn that his principles teach us the art of living a healthy lifestyle.
His idea of Ahimsa and Satya are two pillars that set a man free from evils created by society and imposed by self. A person who follows these two principles will walk on the path of love – for themselves and the others.
Ahimsa (Non-violence) leads us to the realization of peace and its importance in keeping our sanity by teaching us the healthy ways of sorting issues. It makes a person more compassionate, kind and calm towards understanding fellow humans. Satya (Truth) on the other hand, liberates an individual from lies that stay within. The quest for Truth directs us towards self-realization. Gandhi identified ‘ Truth with God’ since an atheist might deny the existence of God but none can reject the power of Satya. If truth is God, it stands for the ultimate reality. Gandhi’s basic principle of Ahimsa and Satya intended to bring people on the righteous path of living.
Mahatma Gandhi was a source of great knowledge, On October 22, 1925, he published a list called the Seven Social Sins in his weekly newspaper Young India. This list talks about seven blunders that shall be avoided to develop a better conscience. They are:
- Politics without principles.
- Wealth without work.
- Pleasure without conscience.
- Knowledge without character.
- Commerce without morality.
- Science without humanity.
- Worship without sacrifice.
These social sins represent “the seven blunders that human society commits, which result in violence, corruption and transgressions ”. When one rids himself/herself from committing these blunders, the road to enlightenment is realized preventing us from digressing into the temptations of greed and immoral behaviour.
Gandhi also specifically emphasized on the ‘Health lessons one could learn from Gita’ insisting on the fact how it is good for self-development and mental health. He was a great preacher of Cleanliness, Sanitization, Physical Activity even something as simple as Walking, Compassion, Positivity, Consumption of Good Food, etc., attributes that Gandhi emphasized – make our lifestyle healthy.
Health is the Real Wealth