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Such a one as this

  1. Oct 1, 2004 #1
    Mohandas Gandhi was born 2nd October 1869 at Porbandar, India. Through his campaign of non-violence he not only liberated India, he also taught the world the way of peace. He was 'named' Mahatma (Great Soul), by the poet Rabindranath Tagore.

    October is considered by many to be 'Gandhi month'. The intent of this thread is to post stories, contributions and links of this remarkable individual.

    Albert Einstein said of him:
    Generations to come, it may be, will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth.

    An 'activist' of the universal order, Gandhi spoke out on behalf of women, the poor, animals, religious tolerance, racial equality, and the sudhras or untouchables (the lowest and most oppressed of the barbaric Hindu caste system).

    Gandhi miraculously brought together a horribly fractionated India to resist British rule and in the process inspired countless individuals worldwide. One of the best known of these was Dr Martin Luther King who led the civil rights movement in the United States.

    King wrote:
    Gandhi was inevitable. If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable. He lived, thought and acted, inspired by the vision of humanity evolving toward a world of peace and harmony. We may ignore Gandhi at our own risk.

    On January 30, 1948 Gandhi was assassinated. His last words were "He Ram, He Ram" ["Oh God, Oh God"].

    And as if in answer, God took the life but left behind the priceless legacy:

    valuing all people regardless of race, religion or sex
    compassion towards all living beings
    an unshakeable commitment to non-violence
    active but peaceful resistance to injustice and tyranny
    hope that humans can indeed achieve humanity

    Truly a 'great soul' that lived and died trying to set the angel in us free.

    In friendship,

    Below are some Gandhi quotes to start off this thread:

    Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.

    Woman is the companion of man, gifted with equal mental capacities. She has the right to participate in the minutest details in the activities of man, and she has an equal right of freedom and liberty with him.

    The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

    Hatred ever kills, love never dies such is the vast difference between the two. What is obtained by love is retained for all time. What is obtained by hatred proves a burden in reality for it increases hatred.

    It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings.

    The test of friendship is assistance in adversity, and that too, unconditional assistance. Co-operation which needs consideration is a commercial contract and not friendship. Conditional co-operation is like adulterated cement which does not bind.

    It may be long before the law of love will be recognised in international affairs. The machineries of government stand between and hide the hearts of one people from those of another.

    Non-cooperation is an attempt to awaken the masses, to a sense of their dignity and power. This can only be done by enabling them to realize that they need not fear brute force, if they would but know the soul within.

    As soon as we lose the moral basis, we cease to be religious. There is no such thing as religion over-riding morality. Man, for instance, cannot be untruthful, cruel or incontinent and claim to have God on his side.

    Even as wisdom often comes from the mouths of babes, so does it often come from the mouths of old people. The golden rule is to test everything in the light of reason and experience, no matter from where it comes.

    God is, even though the whole world deny him. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.

    My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him.

    There are times when you have to obey a call which is the highest of all, i.e. the voice of conscience even though such obedience may cost many a bitter tear, and even more, separation from friends, from family, from the state to which you may belong, from all that you have held as dear as life itself. For this obedience is the law of our being.

    You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2004
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