The URI Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies
Rhode Island State 8th Grade Gandhi Essay Contest
The Charkha, or Spinning Wheel, is one of the most powerful symbols of Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence and service. Gandhi said:
“The message of the spinning wheel is much wider than its circumference. Its message is one of simplicity, service to mankind, living so as not to hurt others, creating an indissoluble bond between the rich and poor, capital and labour, the prince and the peasant. Take to spinning to find peace of mind. The music of the wheel will be as balm to your soul. I believe that the yarn we spin is capable of mending the broken parts of our life. The Charkha is the symbol of non-violence on which all life, if it is to be real life, must be based. Service is not possible unless it is rooted in love and ahimsa. The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”
Write a personal essay in which you a) explain what you think Gandhi means by this quote “Service is not possible unless it is rooted in love and ahimsa. The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others,” b) discuss how you think this saying has meaning for our world today, and c) describe examples of what you have done or what you could do to make the world a better place following Gandhi’s philosophy of service through love and nonviolence.
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