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GREAT SOUL : THE GROWTH OF GANDHI
HERRYMON MAURER
 

HERRYMON MAURER

GREAT SOUL :
THE GROWTH OF GANDHI

The greatness of Mahatma Gandhi
was not simply that he freed India,
but that he himself grew toward Truth.

His soul was not always great. When young,
he fell into perplexity and shame,
and he was kept alive
only by a hidden sense of Truth.

As a lawyer in South Africa,
Gandhi could have won great wealth,
but he eschewed it to serve the oppressed
and to fight evil with the power of Truth.

In South Africa
he roused his fellow countrymen
and let them to nonviolent victory
over those who tried violently
to keep them down.

Home in India he taught Truth
in a community of all races and faiths,
practiced it locally, and made ready
to fight with it nationally.

The first great struggly of nonviolence
against the British almost succeeded,
but violence appeared.
Gandhi halted the struggle.
The British put him in jail.

After, he had come out of jail,
Gandhi struggled to heal India's own ills,
abandoning politics and
traveling everywhere over the land.

Gandhi knew that Truth is in all men,
making them one.
During the years of traveling
he taught three things :
Truth, nonviolence, simplicity.

A second great struggle against the British
lasted three years and ended with Gandhi
in jail, where he fasted
on behalf of the untouchables.

During a second period of pause,
Gandhi went on with his teaching.
East and West looked at him,
followed him, and yet misunderstood him.

From his simple community of Truth
and nonviolence he looked at a world of war.
He led a third struggle against the British,
again was put in jail.

India became free. But the country freed
by a man of nonviolence fell into violence,
and the man of the power of Truth
died from the power of a bullet