Mohandas Gandhi’s pursuit into the meaning of life went as far as the study of ontology and the meaning of life through the pursuit of truth and the soul. He was also highly influenced by religion and based many of his opinions and his philosophy on the existence of a god. His main philosophy was satyagraha which literally translates into truth force or soul force. This in my opinion is where Gandhi’s political career and metaphysics cross paths.
Gandhi although not accredited with being a metaphysician, did spend a lot of his time thinking about the meaning of life. Many of Gandhi’s famous quotes surround the meaning of life and the concept of reality and being. Gandhi believed that “A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.” Gandhi not only talked about the meaning of life but he was also a religious fundamentalist which leads to a drastically different view of reality than other metaphysicians.
Gandhi was also a dualist that firmly believed in a physical reality and a soul. Gandhi believed that the soul was altruistic and that the physical world was a poison; gross, polluting and selfish. Gandhi said that the body was a prison, that we’re enslaved in the physical world because of karma. This is best characterized as a pre-modernistic view as he believed that the body was evil.
Gandhi was a brilliant man who changed the world for the better. He was one of the first leaders to make a drastic change using truth, and peace. A concept previously unheard of by world leaders. Though he changed the world he is less credited with his metaphysical views and concepts. Regardless of his ingrained religious views I am going to delve further into the life and ideas of Mahatma Gandhi. I hope to further my knowledge of religious views and of metaphysics. Let’s go.