Yesterday was Gandhi Jayanti – Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday. We enjoyed a national holiday. Thank you, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, for all you did, during the freedom movement. Thank you for being the father of this nation. Thank you for guiding us along the path of Ahimsa (Non-violence). However, now that Gandhi Jayanti has come and gone, are we going to forget Mahatma Gandhi and merely move on with our daily lives?
If we decide to judge by the state of the nation as it appears today, it would seem as if the wise words of this Mahatma are more relevant today than ever before. Let us not merely pay lip service to the Mahatma, on Oct 2nd. Instead let us make a firm commitment today, that we will live by all that he taught us, especially by his thoughts and words on Ahimsa and non-violence. There seems to be too much news about ‘intolerance’ and too little news about ‘unity in diversity’.
Perhaps it is time to remember these 10 wise sayings by our founding father – Mahatma Gandhi. A true Mahatma in every sense. Perhaps it is time to make a recommitment to his way of life and his dream, of a peaceful and united India.
Here are 10 famous sayings by Mahatma Gandhi:
“Peace cannot be built on exclusivism, absolutism, and intolerance. But neither can it be built on vague liberal slogans and pious programs gestated in the smoke of confabulation.”
“The first principle of non-violent action is that of non-cooperation with everything humiliating.”
“An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.”
“The removal of untouchability is one of the highest expressions of Ahimsa.”
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
“The future depends on what you do today.”
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
“Jealousy does not wait for reasons.”
“the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Read. And live in peace with your fellowmen.