Mahatma Gandhi, M K Gandhi - eternal wisdom and some sayings of Gandhiji. Mind Body Spirit Soul

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Mahatma Gandhi

"I am praying for the light that will dispel the darkness." Mahatma Gandhi   2 October 1869 - 30 January 1948

On Faith and The Heart

"It is impossible that a thing essentially of the soul can ever be imparted through the intellect. It is just like trying to import faith in God through the intellect. It cannot be as it is essentially a matter of the heart. Faith can be turned into knowledge by experience, and it can come only through the heart and not the intellect. The intellect, if anything, acts as a barrier in matters of faith."

On the importance of our mother languages

"India has to flourish in her own climate, and scenery, and her own literature. We and our children must build on our own heritage. If we borrow another, we impoverish our own. Our masters chose the wrong way for us, and habit has made the wrong appear as right."

On Nature of Soul Force 

"Non-violence is an active force of the highest order. It is soul force or the power of the Godhead within us. Imperfect man cannot grasp the whole of that Essence — he would not be able to bear its full blaze— but even an infinitesimal fraction of it when it becomes active within us, can work wonders. The sun in the heavens fills the whole, universe with its life-giving warmth. But if one went too near it, it would consume him to ashes. Even, so, it is with Godhead. We become godlike to the extent we realise non-violence; but, we can never become wholly God. Non-violence is like radium in its action. An infinitesimal quantity of it imbedded in a malignant growth, acts continuously, silently, and ceaselessly till it has transformed the whole mass of the diseased tissue into a healthy one. Similarly, even a little of true non-violence acts in a silent subtle, unseen way and leavens the 
whole society. 

It is self-acting. The soul persists even after death, its existence does not depend on the physical body. Similarly, non-violence or soul force too does not need physical aids for its propagation or effect. It acts independently of them. It transcends time and space." 

Truth and Non-Violence

"Let it not be said of the great organisation that it used truth and non-violence as a cloak to cover untruth and violence." 

Man of God, Messenger of Peace and Non-Violence

On messengers of peace:

"He or she must have a living faith in non-violence. This is impossible without a living faith in God. A non-violent man can do nothing save by the power and grace of God. With out it he won't have the courage to die without anger, without fear and without retaliation. Such courage comes from the belief that God sits in the hearts of all and that there should be no fear in the presence of God. The knowledge of the omnipresence of God also means respect for the lives of even those who may be called opponents or goondas. This contemplated intervention is a process of stilling the fury of man when the brute in him gets the mastery over him. 

This messenger of peace must have equal regard for all the principal religions of the earth."

On Peace

"Not to believe in the possibility of permanent peace is to disbelieve the godliness of human nature. Methods hitherto adopted have failed because rock-bottom sincerity on the part of those who have striven has been lacking. Not that they have realised this lack. Peace is unattainable by part performance of conditions, even as a chemical combination is impossible without complete fulfilment of the conditions of attainment thereof. If the recognised leaders of mankind who have control over engines of destruction were wholly to renounce their use, with full knowledge of its implications, permanent peace can be obtained. This is clearly impossible without the great powers of the earth renouncing their imperialistic design. This again seems impossible without great nations ceasing to believe in soul-destroying competition and to desire to multiply wants and therefore increase their material possessions. It is my conviction that the root of the evil is want of a living faith in a living God. It is a first-class human tragedy that peoples of the earth who claim to believe in the message of Jesus whom they describe as the Prince of Peace show little of that belief in actual practice. It is painful to see sincere Christian divines limiting the scope of Jesus' message to select individuals. I have been taught from my childhood and tested the truth by experience that the primary virtues of mankind are possible of cultivation by the meanest of the human species. It is this undoubted universal possibility that distinguishes the humans from the rest of God's creation. If even one great nation were unconditionally to perform the supreme act of renunciation, many of us would see in our life-time visible peace established on earth."

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on 2 October 1869 in Porbander Gujarat India. Gandhiji spent his early years in Probander and Rajkot. He was a Vaishnava (worshipping Vishnu, Rama, Krishna) and a Jain.

"In my search after Truth I have discarded many ideas and learnt many new things. Old as I am in age, I have no feeling that I have ceased to grow inwardly or that my growth will stop at the dissolution of the flesh."

"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?"

"When doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in the face, and when I see not one trace of light on the horizon I turn to the Bhagavad Gita and find a verse to comfort me; and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming sorrow." Mahatma Gandhi

"When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall — think of it, always."

"It is an essentially untrue position to take, for a seeker after truth, that he alone is in absolute possession of truth." Gandhiji

"The religion of non-violence is not meant merely for the Rishis and saints. It is meant for the common people as well." Mahatma Gandhi

"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."

"There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no causes that I am prepared to kill for."

"Non-violence is the law of our species as violence is the law of the brute. The spirit lies dormant in the brute and he knows no law but that of physical might. The dignity of man requires obedience to a higher law - to the strength of the spirit." Mahatma Gandhi

"Non-violence and Truth are inseparable like the two sides of a coin."

"[Satyagraha - Truth Force, Soul Force] is a force which, if it became universal, would revolutionize social ideas and do away with despotisms and the ever-growing militarism under which the nations are groaning and are being almost crushed to death."

"I have disregarded the order served upon me not for want of respect for lawful authority, but in obedience to the higher law of our being, the voice of conscience." 

"When I admire the wonders of the sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the Creator." 

"It is a right recognized from times immemorial of the subjects to refuse to assist the ruler who misrules."

"If a government does a grave injustice, the subject must withdraw cooperation, wholly or partially, sufficiently to wean the ruler from his wickedness." 

"We are violent when we support a government whose creed is violence. It bases itself finally not on right but might. Its last appeal is not to reason, nor the heart, but to the sword. We are tired of this creed and we have risen against it. Let us ourselves not belie our profession by being violent." 

"We had lost the power of saying 'NO' - It is as necessary to reject untruth as it is to accept truth." 

"I can retain neither respect nor affection for a government which has been moving from wrong to wrong in order to defend its immorality."

“I consider I would be less than truthful if I did not describe as satanic a government that has been guilty of fraud, murder, and wanton cruelty, which still remains unrepentant and resorts to untruth to cover its guilt.”

Gandhiji was also lovingly called "Bapu" or "Bapuji" - as the Father of the Nation


"No nation is good enough to rule another nation." Abraham Lincoln 

"The usual excuse of those who do evil to others is, that their object is to 'do them good.'" John Morley

"It is no easy matter to proclaim Truth in a country where the press is muzzled and where secrecy is an almost essential foundation of prestige, or to stand for Non-Violence against a Government that rests on force for its very existence." - Verrier Elwin


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