Top 10 lessons to learn from the life and autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi

Written by Girishkumar Kumaran. Last updated at 2022-08-09 04:05:00

Mahatma Gandhi was the leader of the Indian independence movement and is considered one of the most influential people in modern history. Indians consider him the father of the nation. His life story is worth to be learned and emulating by all! Here are a few lessons that we can learn from his life and autobiography:

1. Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon.

Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon. It is a weapon not used by the weak but by the brave. You cannot use it if you are evil or cowardly because it takes courage to use non-violence. Courage is the greatest of all virtues; without it, we can do nothing great and good in this world.

It is through courage that we can face our fears and overcome them, no matter how difficult they may be. Through courage, we can rise above ourselves and achieve great things for ourselves, our family, loved ones, and society.

2. Courage is the greatest of virtues.

The ability to do something that frightens you is courage. Courage is doing what is right, even when you are afraid. Being honest and truthful are parts of courage, as is doing what you think is right even if others don’t agree with it. You can be courageous in every area of your life: facing obstacles at work or school, sticking up for yourself or others when necessary, standing up for your beliefs and values no matter how much pressure there might be against them (or how unpopular they may be), taking the risk of letting go of something that no longer serves you well so that something better can replace it ... The list goes on!

You can build up the courage over time by doing small things that scare you—like making a phone call instead of sending an email or asking someone out on a date—and then building upon those successes as they happen over time until one day they're no longer scary anymore! It takes courage to build up the confidence needed to face your fears head-on, but once done enough times successfully without giving into fear-based impulses...that's when the real magic happens!

3. You can chain me, but you cannot change me.

This is a powerful quote from Mahatma Gandhi, and it strikes at the very core of what he believed about freedom. He thought that release comes from within; it cannot be given by anyone or anything else. This is why he said, “I have learned through bitter experience the one supreme lesson: to conserve my anger, and as heat conserved is transmuted into energy, even so, our anger controlled can be transmuted into a power which can move the world."

He taught us how to harness our anger in positive rather than negative ways and how we can use this energy for positive change instead of letting it take over us with destructive consequences.

4. Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

When I was in high school, my favorite teacher told me this quote, which has stuck with me ever since. This quote says that we should live life to the fullest, not procrastinate on what we want to do, and learn everything we can while we are here on earth. In other words, don't be afraid of anything because death will come sooner than later.

We all need to remember that this life is all there is, so we should make good use of our time while here on earth by doing things that bring us fulfillment and happiness, such as spending time with friends/family or pursuing your passion/dreams no matter how big or small they may seem at first glance!

5. The future depends on what we do in the present moment.

The future does not determine the past.

We can change our past by changing our minds about it and working to make things better today.

The future does not determine the past, nor does the present choose either (although it has a lot to do with both).

When you realize that your life is shaped by something other than all three of these things, you can live more freely, without fear of regret or worry over what might happen next.

This is one of Gandhi’s best-known quotes, and it’s also one of his most important. While he had many other things to say about prayer and meditation, this quote shows how deeply he believed in the power of action over words. This and several quotes from this section are meant for those who have become too caught up in their thoughts and opinions about religion—even if they may not be religious themselves!

If you’re looking for something more practical than just meditating on your own beliefs, try looking into some ways that you can give back at home or abroad—there are so many organizations doing good work all over the world!

I believe that there is no other god than Truth, no power greater than Truth, no bliss higher than the realization of Truth, and no suffering greater than separation from Truth.

Gandhi believed in the power of truth, and I think that there is no other god than Truth, no control greater than Truth, no bliss higher than the realization of Truth, and no suffering greater than separation from Truth.

Truth is not only wisdom but also power—the most incredible force in the world; it has been called God Himself. It is not only a matter of knowing or believing but also of realizing and experiencing its presence in your life through prayer and meditation. According to Gandhi:

6. "I have always believed God does not play dice with His creation."

As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world - that is, the myth of the atomic age - but in being able to transform ourselves.

In the course of his life, Gandhi learned many valuable lessons and developed many powerful habits that made him one of the most influential leaders in history. These lessons can be applied to anyone who wants to improve their lives by making them better versions of themselves.

Some important ones include:

Self-improvement is essential because it makes you a more valuable person to yourself, your family and friends, and even strangers who may not know you but would like to know what type of person you are.

The power of the individual is something that Gandhi understood very well. He believed strongly in self-reliance and independence, which he saw as essential for leading an authentic life free from outside influence or coercion.

Self-discipline is another critical component of personal development because it helps us focus on goals instead of distractions which can lead us off track or cause us stress if they take up too much time during our day (e.g., social media). Likewise, having self-control means keeping calm when faced with negative emotions such as anger, so we don’t let those feelings affect our moods negatively, either physically or mentally (e.g., heart disease).

7. The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.

The voice of conscience, the voice of reason, and the voice of God all make up a single entity: your higher self. It's a guiding force that compels you to do what's right for yourself and others—the compass guiding you through life. We all have access to it; we need to listen.

I call this inner wisdom our true self because it’s based on our values, not external pressures or expectations from others or society at large. The more we become aligned with our most authentic selves by living authentically and following our passions and dreams, the more fulfilled we feel in every area of life—including our relationships!

8. An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.

This quote is from an ancient Buddhist text called "The Dhammapada." The book contains many sections that are still relevant today. This one, however, has stood the test of time and remains true today as it did then because it serves as a reminder that violence begets violence. This lesson applies not only to personal relationships but also to society at large. If we continue with our cycles of revenge (or even just neglect to forgive our enemies), we will never find peace or be happy. Instead, try remembering this phrase whenever you feel angry or upset—it will remind you that revenge doesn't help anyone and doesn't solve any problems!

9. Joy lies in the fight, the attempt, and the suffering involved, not the victory itself.

Gandhi taught me one of the most critical lessons: “Joy lies in the fight, in the attempt, in the suffering involved, not in the victory itself.”

To achieve lasting change, you must be willing to experience pain and suffering but not be attached to it. You must learn to let go of your ego and realize that everything is impermanent. Without obstacles, there is no growth or progress; everything must constantly be changing, or it will become stagnant and eventually die out due to a lack of stimulus from outside sources (food). Change yourself so that you may help change others for their benefit and yours!

Another lesson I learned from Gandhi is: “There is more to life than increasing its speed." By this, he meant that we need a balance between our physical and spiritual lives because if one side gets too out of balance, things can easily fall apart quickly without warning. 

10. Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.

You can find peace anytime, even in the middle of a crowded city. Peace is not the absence of war. It is not the mere silence that follows the cessation of conflict or victory over an enemy. Peace is not merely the result of successful negotiations or treaties between nations with opposing interests and conflicting ideologies.

Peace is not merely the tranquility of order maintained by police action or military might, nor is it simply calmness that comes when one side has won its case in court and defeated its opponents. Peace does not only mean that no one is being killed at a particular moment in time; it means much more than this—it means harmony among all people everywhere and among all creatures throughout nature on our planet earth as well as beyond it into space itself since Earth itself is part of our solar system which also includes billions upon billions more stars and planets just like ours (and possibly even more) which are spread out over millions upon millions upon millions – perhaps even billions -of light years across vast distances in space beyond our own Milky Way galaxy alone!

It's easy to see how far we had come since Gandhi's time when he first spoke about these concepts back then during World War II when Hitler had invaded Poland and set off alarm bells around Europe, immediately following up on his previous invasions into other countries, such as Czechoslovakia - though still very much active today: "Each one must find peace from within himself."​


The life of Mahatma Gandhi is an inspiration to millions of people. He was a man who fought for independence, freedom, equality, and justice. He sacrificed everything to make sure that India got its release. His teachings have helped many people in their lives and continue to do so. We should take a lesson or two from his life because we all need guidance at some point in our lives!

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