Who was Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi?
Mahatma Gandhi was a man, one in a million, born in India after two millenniums of Jesus Christ. He studied the Gita at the age of 21 when he was a student of law in England. In his autobiography he writes "The Gita at all times has provided inspirations and guidance during all my difficult moments. I opened any page and there was an answer for my all problems". The greatness of a person is judged by the respect and the obituary he receives at the time of his death. We recently witnessed such respect and honor given to Mother Teresa in India. Many statesman and TV commentators compared her with Mahatma Gandhiji.
Sir Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, the chancellor of Benaras Hindu university, ex-president of India and a great scholar of Indian scriptures had suggested,
"If the thoughts of Gandhiji are presented daily in different languages of the world, only for ten minutes from all the radio stations of the world a new world order and better understanding between people of all religions will come in the 21st century".
Let us remember again some opinions of contemporary world leaders about Gandhiji.
1. Albert Einstein
-the great Scientist of 20th century wrote, "Generations to come will hardly believe that such a man in flesh and blood ever walked our globe earth". Albert Einstein had described Gandhiji at other occasion as "A human being who can be a light-house to future generations".
Lord Mountbatten had said these words to the film producer
Attenburrough - producer of award winning film, GANDHI - in an interview.
"Remember that you are making a movie of a personality of the caliber of Jesus Christ and Lord Buddha." This movie "Gandhi" of Richard Attenborough has played very important role in bringing to light the life of Mahatma Gandhi. It had won eight academy awards in 1988.
The British paper Guardian wrote "Only a country like India and a religion like Hinduism can give the world a man like Gandhi".
Philip Noel Baker - The British delegate lauded Gandhiji as "Friend of the poorest, the loneliest and lost; His greatest achievements are still to come. We will watch it in the forth coming century."
Pearl S. Buck, the famous novelist described Gandhi's assassination as 'another crucifixion.'
6. The news of Gandhiji's assassination were relayed to the country and the world by
Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in these words.
"The light has gone out of our lives and there is darkness everywhere. Our beloved leader, Bapu as we call him, the father of our nation is no more with us. Perhaps I am wrong to say that. For the light that shone in this country was no ordinary light. The light will illuminate this country and the world for many more years; and a thousand years later that light will be seen in this country and the world will see it, and it will give solace to innumerable hearts."
Eric Erikson has written a book "Gandhi's
Truth". He compares Gandhi's personality with Jesus Christ.
Dr. Gunvant B. Shah, Ex. Prof. & Head of Department of Education, South Gujarat University, Surat - India, compares Gandhiji with Krishna in these words. "Years ago, one Mohan (Krishna's another name) born and brought up near the river Yamuna, went to Kathiawar (a province of Gujarat) and breathed his last. After centuries, another Mohan (Mahatma Gandhi) went from Kathiawar to the bank of Yamuna and went asleep eternally. One Mohan is known for looting butter, whilst the other for looting salt. One Mohan was clad in yellow garment, whilst the other in white Khaddar. One Mohan used the weapon called Sudarshana Chakra whilst the other used Yaravada Chakra (Spinning Wheel). One Mohan gave us Bhagavad Gita, whilst the other showed us how to live the Gita way. Both died as a result of infighting".
The Gita declares, Yada Yada Hi Dharmasya ..... ......Sambhavami Yuge Yuge (IV-7&8).
God assumes human forms (Avatar) to revise Dharma and re-establish forgotten moral values in religion at interval of every millennium. We call such personalities Prophets, Messiahs, Tirthankars, Vibhooties etc,.
I believe that Gandhiji was such a man comparable to Jesus, Rama, Krishna, Buddha, Mahavira, Moses and Mohammed or founder of any world religion.
(Dr. H. K. Gandhi in past life).
(From a book "Mahatma Gandhi- Ambassador of God for Entire mankind during 21st Century" (1992).