Today is 149th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. He was one of the early and major influences in my life. I do not totally agree with his philosophy and actions; however, I admire him for clarity of thought and determination.
Mahatma Gandhi has been marginalized now to two things: (1) Face on currency notes and photo frames in Govt offices and (2) As a political utility to win votes, grab power. And anti-Gandhi sentiment is now so well-entrenched in the society and nobody would critically study him and take whatever good things he had to offer.
Anyways, I will share few quotes by Gandhi which I find meaningful, useful, thought-provoking. Each of these quotes is worth detailed discussion, debate, write-up.
“In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.”
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”
“God has no religion.”
“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”
“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.”
“Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.”
“Truth never damages a cause that is just.”
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
“Action expresses priorities.”
“You don’t know who is important to you until you actually lose them.” “You don’t know who is important to you until you actually lose them.”
“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”
“You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.”
“If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.”
“There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.”
“Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.”
“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
“Poverty is the worst form of violence.”
“Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.”
“A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.”
“I want freedom for the full expression of my personality.”
“It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one’s acts.”
P.S.: As I ended this blog post I read an interesting news. US plans to honor Mahatma Gandhi with country’s highest civilian honor!
If this really happens, it is bound to open one more controversy. Why Mahatma Gandhi was not honored with Bharat Ratna yet, when the US does it. Who is to be blamed for this?
The obvious target would be Indian National Congress party. And the obvious defense could be, Mahatma Gandhi is beyond Bharat Ratna, he is Rashtra Pita!