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Nonviolence, Peace and Tolerance. One of the best ways to remember Gandhi's memory is what Gandhi himself said: "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."
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The word Mahatma means great soul. This name was not given Gandhi at birth by his parents, but many years later by the Indian people when they discovered they had a Mahatma in their midst.
Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar, Gujarat, a small state in western India. He was named Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The word Gandhi means grocer, and generations earlier that had been the family occupation. But Gandhi's grandfather, father, and uncle had served as prime ministers to the princes of Porbandar and other tiny Indian states, and though lower caste, the Gandhis were middle-class, cultured, and deeply religious Hindus.
On January 30th 1948, he was assassinated in Delhi by a Hindu fanatic.
Raj Ghat, Delhi is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi that marks the spot of his cremation
Gandhi's ashes at Aga Khan Palace (Pune, India)
"Peace is a friendly open hand
Peace is a place to understand
Because of peace we negotiate
Peace is the only end to all our hates"
Documentary, 44min 14sec, Colour & B/W, 1997
His pacifist philosophy brought one of the world's great powers to its knees. He proved that violence is not the only road to change.
Mahatma Gandhi's life was a study in contrast and paradox. He saw himself as doing God's work, yet recognized only personal conscience as the highest authority. He was a charismatic leader of millions who confounded intellectuals. He took a vow of abstinence, but in old age welcomed young women into his bed! BIOGRAPHY® profiles the small man who took a great nation on his shoulders and changed the world. Trace his rise to power and fearless campaign of truth, non-violence and non-cooperation with injustice that defeated the British Empire. Biographers offer insight into his surprising personal life, while historians explore his remarkable accomplishments. Hear from his grandson, Arun Gandhi, and, in a rare interview, the Dalai Lama reflects on Gandhi's incredible life and enduring legacy.
From the formation of his philosophy to changing the face of the world, this is the complete saga of the Pilgrim of Peace Mahatma Gandhi.
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