Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was one of the most important spiritual leaders in history, a man who was once eulogized as the “spokesman for the conscience of man”. Gandhi, given the title “Mahatma,” which is similar to the Western term, “Saint,” is credited with legitimizing India’s quest for freedom from the British Empire, easing the transfer of power that would later occur.
But it wasn’t so much the result of Mahatma Gandhi’s activism that led to his reputation—he wisely embraced a strategy of non-violent civil disobedience that spiritually and politically removed the yoke of British rule from his country.
People like Gandhi, those who inspire millions and change nations, are often fonts of wisdom—they know things that most people do not, and are willing to go to lengths that others would not dream of.
We have much to learn from such people.
Fortunately, Arun Gandhi’s book, “The Gift of Anger,” distills Mahatma Gandhi’s wisdom down into a collection of life lessons we can all benefit from. Arun is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, and recalls his time with the Indian leader with clarity and insight.
Let’s take a look at 6 of the greatest lessons we can take from Gandhi’s life, as given by his own grandson.