6 Life-Changing Experiences for Gandhi
Gandhi was a true pioneer of his time, and perhaps above all by the moral point of view, even of our time. Gandhi experiences a lot during his lifetime. His vision of non-violence, not only extended to the entire humankind but also the whole animal kingdom was truly innovative. His constant tendency towards excellence, and his personal vision of excellence, made of simplicity and consistency.
01. Gets married at 13 y/o
“As I see the youngsters of the same age about me who are under my care, and think of my own marriage, I am inclined to pity myself and to congratulate them on having escaped my lot. I can see no moral argument in support of such a preposterously early marriage.”
02. At first vegan, then frugivorous
On leaving India the young Gandhi had made a religious vow to his mother not to eat meat while he was in London. He has been a vegetarian for life.
03. Frequent fasts
Gandhi undertook 17 fasts during India’s freedom movement. His longest fasts lasted 21 days. Fasting was a weapon used by Gandhi as part of his philosophy of Ahimsa or Non Violence.
04. Attends the universal expo in Paris 1890
I remember nothing of the Exhibition excepting its magnitude and variety. I have fair recollection of the Eiffel Tower as I ascended it twice or thrice.
05. Rajchandra as spiritual guide
They were introduced in Mumbai in 1891 and had various conversations through letters while Gandhi was in South Africa. Gandhi noted his impression of Shrimad Rajchandra in his autobiography, calling Rajchandra his “guide and helper” and his “refuge”.
06. Walks a lot
Gandhi considered walking as the prince of exercises and loved walking. He imbibed the habit of walking as a young boy and used to walk eight to ten miles every day while studying law in London