three monkeys of a mahatma
Mahatma means a great soul. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the national leader of India, is hailed as Mahatma. He is the one who paved way for Indian independence. He guided the nation not only for the political freedom, but he was always insisting upon freedom from all the other fetters of social life.
Seeking truth in everything was his way of life. For defending truth he was ready to undergo any suuffering or sacrifice. His path of non-violence is the torchlight of his matchless method for achieving freedom. He dreamt a nation free from corruption, caste discriminations, selfish motives and inhuman behaviors
The words of Jesus Christ attracted him more and lead him in his path of truth and non-violence. He never hesitated to lay down even his life to defend truth and human rights. His path of non-violence was actually guided by the teachings of Jesus Christ. The Sermon on the Mount guided him to take up the path of non-violence which brought him success in his personal life as well as his fight for freedom of India.
The three monkeys and Gandhi
The three monkeys of Gandhi were symbols of Gandhi's search for truth. The three monkeys are seen in three postures. One is closing its mouth, another one its ears and the third one its eyes. If we are careful with our senses we can avoid so many of our sins and lead a pure life. That is why Jesus pointed out that eyes are the light of the body. If the eyes are pure, we can see truth. So also the sense of hearing and speech keep us pure if we handle them carefully.
The three moneys of Gandhi teach humanity a great lesson to be free from many troubles and diseases. It is the shortcut for avoiding sin. It is a shortcut to achieve success in life.