Gandhi: A Legend (Gandhian Philosophy)

An eternal flame burning on a black marble pier fringed with lush greens

on the banks of Yamuna is a reminder of Bapu’s favorite lyrics

Vaishnav jan to tene kahiyea je peer parai jaane re…

Bapu is no longer with us, but this enduring light is a message to the world --

let there be peace, harmony, and unity on the earth.


January 30th, 1948, three shots garlanded Gandhi’s neck, and with He Ram

and folded hands, he sank to the ground. Millions gathered and shed tears.

A great soul left his physical attire and left behind only six personal possessions.

But this magnetic man with a will of iron, with Ahinsa as his only weapon,

changed the history of the world.


Sabarmati Ashram became the symbol of India’s freedom movement.

Do or die, Gandhi’s motto shook the British foundation.

He uplifted the world against injustices of any kind.

He stood for women, the caste system, racism, and national unity.

His message, Be the change, was an awakening call for the entire world.


Bapu, the father of our nation, is physically no longer with us,

but this frail man with a determined mind, decisiveness, and resolution

believed that good human beings keep their words and actions pure.

Gandhi, a legend, was that flame that kindled our earth.

He left his footprints engraved on stone. 

Notes:  Vaishnav jan to tene kahiyea je peer parai jaane re: A good human feels the pain of others. Mahatma Gandhi adopted Narsi Mehta’s 15th-century poem in Gujarati into his prayers sung at the Sabarmati Ashram.

Dr. Meenakshi Mohan, an educator, art critic, children's writer, painter, and poet, is a widely published author in academic and creative areas. She taught at universities in Chicago, Boston, and Towson, Maryland. She is on the Editorial Team for Inquiry in Education at National Louis University, Chicago, Illinois. Meenakshi received the International Panoramic Award for Writing and an Award of Excellence in Literature from Setu Bilingual Journal, Published in Pittsburgh, USA.

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