Gandhi - The Great Soul
Original painting of Gandhi in meditation with Rama pictured in the background and ahimsa written in sanskrit above and behind Gandhi.
Description & Size
316O2430Original Oil Painting on Canvas, 24 x 30 inches. To view a video of this painting click here.
24.00" x 30.00"
316G2430Limited Edition Giclée Print on Canvas, 24 x 30 inches, Total Edition: 95 Prints
24.00" x 30.00"
316G1620Open Edition Giclée Print on Canvas, 16 x 20 inches
16.00" x 20.00"
316G0810Open Edition Giclée Print on Canvas, 8 x 10 inches
8.00" x 10.00"
During the 18th century, France and Britain battled for colonial supremacy of the Indian subcontinent. By 1858 the British Crown would eventually control, directly or indirectly, the territory that included modern Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and Burma.
Eleven years later a child was born who would lead one of history’s most unlikely independence movements. Mohandas Gandhi first employed his philosophy of civil disobedience as a lawyer in South Africa for the civil rights of the Indian community.
He would later return to India, further honing his skills as a monumental force for social change. He held no official title and had virtually no earthly possessions. He was small in stature and, by nature, desperately shy. He was not blessed with particular intellectual genius or outward talent, save his indomitable will and tireless commitment to truth.
He led campaigns for women’s rights, easing of poverty, ethnic and religious conciliation, and efforts to end India’s caste system. Among his native Indians, his highest accomplishment was in achieving Swaraj—the independence of India from foreign rule.
Commanding no army he would make the British Empire quit India with only the deft reasoning of ahimsa (avoidance of violence) and satyagraha (insistence on truth). He would become officially revered as the Father of the Nation and referred to as Mahatma or Great Soul.
Although Gandhi suffered and ultimately died specifically for Indians, the lesson of his life belongs to all nations. Though he was born into the Hindu tradition, he was also a student of the Koran and Bible, seeking God simply as Truth.
Indeed among the countless lessons of his extraordinary life, perhaps the most universal and compelling is that such a common man could produce such positive change toward peace with nothing more than will and dedication to truth.