Gandhi transformed his life by moving away from the material world and focused on the development of the soul. His battleground was as much as personal as the struggles of the South African Indians under European rule. He used his popularity to unite the Indians under a single cause and gave them a powerful and eternal weapon – Satyagraha.
Gandhi experimented with Satyagraha and gave it a definitive form during his fight for Indian rights in South Africa. He stood firmly by his conscience and fought for justice by appealing to the God within everyone. His tools were simple – ‘Truth and Non-Violence.’
Nicolaus Copernicus made very few astronomical observations in his lifetime. Yet, he was intelligent enough to spot the inconsistencies in the Ptolemaic model of the universe. His proposed model set the earth in motion and placed the Sun at the center of the universe. This simple and correct insight triggered the modern scientific revolution.
Petrarch’s passion for classical antiquity fueled his search for Greek and Roman manuscripts. He discovered Cicero’s letters in 1345 and this paved the path towards Renaissance humanism.