“Knowledge is the greatest wealth. People can be motivated towards good only when they know of it. Sin is born out of a lack of knowledge of virtue- ” Mahatma Socrates. The goal of the Life Of Great Legends Mahatma Socrates was to collect knowledge and disseminate it to the people. He never had any longing in his life.
It is about 469 years BC. Athens was a republican state. A child was born in the house of the sculptor there. He was very ugly to look at. His sunken eyes, broad flabby nose, thick lips, and big belly could not attract anyone. Due to this spectacle, he did not get full affection even from his parents. Even in this situation, he grew up as an ugly child of the body. This child grew up and became famous as Mahatma Socrates.
There will be no exaggeration if he is called the father of philosophy. His reasoning was very simple and witty. That’s why it soon settled in the hearts of the people. As a young man, Socrates joined the army like other youths. He displayed his bravery in many battles. Socrates gained a lot of fame for his fighting skills and fearlessness. After being released from the army, he did not do any work for his livelihood. Most of his time was spent in debate with people.
Father’s income was not high. Mother used to work as a babysitter. Still, the livelihood of the family was not going well. Socrates’s wife was starting to get annoyed by his sluggishness. His annoyance sometimes took the form of discord. Lack of money and wife’s discord did not change Socrates’ path. It so happened that he simplified his life completely. He lived bareheaded, barefoot, and put torn old clothes of thick cloth on the ugly body. He had become accustomed to suffering. There was peace on his face and a gleam in his eyes.
Now Socrates started living in search of truth. He was mostly absorbed in self-contemplation in solitude. After this, he used to roam around in the city and the street. He used to talk to all the big and small people. He used to show the truth to the person who met him. Due to this, he made a place in all the rich, poor, and small hearts.
Socrates started running away from the crowd in old age, but his devotees kept searching for him. People surrounded him and took special pleasure in his talks. His truth had become his source of inspiration. Yet his truth was bitter. He used to take a dig at corrupt officials and wicked citizens of Greece. Those words of his used to reach those officers in some way or the other. It made them jealous of him. The feeling of taking vengeance on Socrates had settled in the minds of the officers.
Mahatma Socrates on a case
Socrates was now 70 years old. His enemies had an opportunity. They had decided to strangle the truth. He accused Socrates; this older man defies the gods of Greece and is misguiding the youth of Athens. Mahatma Socrates was prosecuted for this matter. The case was going on in a huge building in the city. The assembly of the citizens did the decision of the case. Socrates was present there as an accused. On the day when the fate of Mahatma Socrates was to be decided, there was a special stir in the city from the morning itself. People were going towards that huge building in groups of four. Some of them had a face stricken with fear, and some were filled with excitement. Sadness was dripping on most faces, but some faces had a smile of cruelty. The judge asked Mahatma Socrates, “Want to say something in your defense?”
Mahatma Socrates said in a calm voice,” I did to the small and great people of Athens what my Lord ordered. I have given my all for their benefit. The order of the Lord is more valid to me than the order of you people.”
Any of the judges did not like the bold words of Mahatma Socrates. Mahatma Socrates was sentenced to death. In those days, in the Republic of Athens, it was such a rule that the accused could suggest on his behalf that he was prepared to suffer a certain type of punishment in return for such punishment. Mahatma Socrates also suggested,” Let me be considered a public interest. The government of Athens should take care of my sustenance as it takes care of a conqueror.”
Hearing this, the judges asked, “How much fine are you ready to pay to get rid of the death penalty?”
The disciples of Mahatma Socrates said, “you say 3 mines.”
Mahatma Socrates cast a glance on his disciples and then said boldly, “nothing.”
In the end, Mahatma Socrates was sentenced to death by giving him poison. The time has come for Mahatma Socrates to drink the poison. His well-wishers said, “It’s too late for the sunset now. Wait a while longer. Many declared criminals drink poison long after sunset.”
Mahatma Socrates brought a strange smile on his lips and said, “Brothers, it is not right to procrastinate like this for a while.” The prison staff brought a cup of poison. His eyes trickled with pain. The cries of the disciples and well-wishers of Mahatma Socrates began to be heard. Seeing this, Mahatma Socrates said,” It is not right to lose heart in difficult times of examination. You guys bear this trouble with the stream.”
Saying this, Mahatma Socrates drank poison. After a while, his life left the body. His benefactor performed his last rites. Thus Mahatma Socrates sacrificed his life for the sake of truth. His mortal body perished, but his fame is still immortal. He is seen with respect in the world as a virtuous, prudent thinker and A Lover Of Truth. Also, he used to give basic education to the people through his example. He said that true knowledge is possible provided it is properly strived for; The things we understand or have come before us, let us test them on the events related to them. In this way, after many trials, we can arrive at a truth. There is nothing as pure as knowledge.’ The unfinished work of Mahatma Socrates was completed by his disciples Aflatun and Aristotle.
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