Gandhi and his values-driven greatness (excerpt)
- Communicate and impart shared values to their people, and
- Align everything alongside the shared values to experience a values-driven greatness.
Let’s pick one of the great ones from those I’ve already shared with you in part one, and add two more great ones who led a purpose-oriented, vision-centered, and values-driven lifestyle.
- Mahatma Gandhi
Gandhi attained the highest form of greatness: purpose-oriented, vision-centered, and values-driven greatness. As we already covered in Part I, his purpose was liberating India from England’s colonization. He went all-in and gave his life toward the fulfillment of his unique purpose. He saw a free India and helped his fellow Indians to see the picture clearly. Because of his visioning ability, he could rally millions of Indians to stand with his cause until India was liberated.
Gandhi also discovered certain values that defined him and his movement. He communicated these values and demonstrated unwavering commitment to live up to the expectations of these values on a consistent basis. His top three values were:
- Love, and
In his autobiography entitled ‘The story of my experiments with truth’, Gandhi shared his experiments in search of the truth. In the book, he talked about attending many meetings organized by various faiths outside of the mainstream Hindu religion in pursuit of the truth.
His undying commitment to know the truth shaped his personality and the method he used to free India. It made him a man of love, dependable, forgiving, and a servant. He wrote, “To see the universal and all-pervading Spirit of Truth face to face one must be able to love the meanest of creation as oneself.”[i]
He also wrote about one of his values, loyalty. “Hardly ever have I known anybody to cherish such loyalty as I did to the British Constitution. I can see now that my love of truth was at the root of this loyalty.”[ii] His loyalty to the Empire had been before he began the liberation movement. Until then, he “Believed that the British Empire existed for the welfare of the world. A genuine sense of loyalty prevented me from even wishing ill to the Empire.”[iii]
Gandhi led a values-driven lifestyle. This lifestyle earned him the respect of both his countrymen and the British. Because he showed undying commitment to his values, not only did he lead his country’s freedom, he inspired liberation movements around the world.
He fulfilled his purpose, realized his vision of a free India, and attained a purpose-oriented, vision-centered, and values-driven greatness. As a result, he impacted those well beyond his own country and generation. He left an indelible legacy and remains a household name around the world.
[i] Gandhi (1927). p. 463.
[ii] Gandhi (1927). p. 158.
[iii] Gandhi (1927). p. 287 – 288.
This excerpt is taken from ‘The Highest Level of Greatness’ book pages 133 – 134.
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