GHANDI Mahatma Gandhi was a well-known and influential Hindu man who lived between the years of 1869 and 1948. His childhood was experienced growing up in a strict Hindu sect, this greatly impacting upon his beliefs and values discovered later in life.         Early on in his life Gandhi travelled to London to study law and did not return to India until 1915 (many years later and after working for Indian rights in South Africa).          It was after seeing the discrimination shown towards his fellow Indians in South Africa that Gandhi first began a life-long struggle to improve conditions for Indians; both in South Africa and (primarily) India.        Gandhi obtained his approach to the unjust treatment of the Indians from influences such as his upbringing, books of faith including the Ramayana, Bagavad Gita, the Bible and some contemporary authors and his own discoveries and philosophies gained throughout his life.        These influences allowed Gandhi to understand that there were concepts that would help the Indian people to overcome their oppression, particularly from British rule, and also help them grow in their Hindu lives.        The concepts that Gandhi strongly believed in and regarded as highly important in the lives of everyone, non-Hindu’s included, were those of: Non-violence, Satyagraha, Simple Living, Vegetarianism, Celibacy, Brahmacharya and Politics.         Gandhi strongly believed in the idea of non-violence. His beliefs have been adopted into the Hindu religion and are widely considered both a development in the growth of the faith, as well as a physical expression of Hindu beliefs.         Mahatma Gandhi believed that religiously it gave Hindu’s
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spiritual insight and, in terms of aiding the Indian population, he could: “convert the British people through non-violence, and thus make them see the wrong they have done to India.”        Today many well-known phrases in relation to non-violence are partials of Gandhi’s famous speeches. His belief in non-violence, which he advocated so strongly, has influenced many, both Hindu and non-Hindu. Some of these quotes are displayed on the mind-map.         Gandhi spent his life searching for the truth or Satyagraha which literally means ‘holding onto truth’. He achieved this by learning from the mistakes he made throughout his life and conducting ...

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