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GANDHI’s TEN STEPS TO HAPPINESS?
“I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together. For unity and peace.” –Mahatma Gandhi
Rabindranath Tagore a poet, 1913 Nobel Prize winner first called Gandhi a Mahatma or a great soul. He said at “Gandhiji’s call India blossomed forth to new greatness, just as once before, in earlier times, when Buddha proclaimed the truth, of fellow feeling and compassion among all living creatures”.
Known also as “BAPU”, Father of INDIA.
Gandhiji’s life story is full of courage, determination and religious willpower.
His timeless message still holds true to combat injustice and cruelty with the means of love and truth.
His message can be used to solve today’s social, political and ecological problems.
Mahatma Gandhi taught us that we can bring harmony to our world by becoming champions of LOVE and PEACE, he led by example in following the Ten virtues and principles of LIFE which we can incorporate in our daily practices to create more Happiness.
1. “Where there is LOVE there is LIFE”.
“Gandhi is unique in political history. He has invented an entirely new and humane technique for the liberation struggle of an oppressed people and carried it out with the greatest energy and devotion. The moral influence which he has exercised upon thinking people through civilized world may be far more durable than would appear likely in our present age, with its exaggeration of brute force… We are fortunate and should be grateful that fate has bestowed upon us so luminous a contemporary- a beacon to the generations to come”. – Albert Einstein for more information
2. “An eye for an eye will only make the whole World blind”
“If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable. He lived, thought, acted and inspired by the vision of humanity evolving toward a world of peace and harmony.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for more information
3. “Be the change you want to see in the World”
An outstanding example of Mahatma Gandhi’s leadership was his famous Salt March, which brought about change. On March 2nd 1930, as a protest against the tax on salt, Gandhi wrote a remarkable letter to Lord Irwin, the Viceroy of India. He wrote,
“Dear Friend, I cannot intentionally hurt anything that lives, much less fellow human beings, even though they may do the greatest wrong to me and mine. Whilst, therefore, I hold the British rule to be a curse, I do not intend to harm to a single Englishman or to any legitimate interest he may have in India…”
With these words, he inspired millions to fight for this righteous cause and eventually forced the British to leave India without inflicting harm to any Englishman. for more information
4. “Truthful dealing even in the least little things of Life, Is only Secret of Pure Life”
When life becomes chaotic, stressful and hard in general, focusing less on the fear of the situation and more on the love around us helps ease the pain. Love is there for us in many forms, a romantic relationship, a parent and child, a friendship, a kind gesture from a stranger, or an unexpected smile. Our natural human feeling of True Love is what makes us feel alive and constant in all that changes in life. We are all united through the power of love, and its energy that compels us to reach out to one another, to overcoming hatred, fear, suffering with peace, joy and harmony. for more information
5. “Real enjoyment is derived from Drops, not from Mouthful”
Gandhi’s words above go right along with Johann von Goethe’s words, “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” What we do with our days tells us what we are committed to, good or bad.
Gandhiji communicates with great simplicity the potential that we all have the power to make changes.
“If we want to see greater awareness in the world, we have to cultivate awareness. If we want to see greater harmony and less strife we need to learn how to control our emotions and learn to respond to frustrations with more patience and kindness than we do at present”. for more information
6. “The straight path is as difficult as it is simpler were it not so, all would follow the straight path”
There really isn’t too much to life, but the more advanced our society gets the more complicated we seem to be making things. It seems that technology is supposed to be making it easier for us, but we find reasons to complain, searching for answers about how hard life still is. How have we progress and what have we learn from our ancestors before us? Life is really simple, so do your best not to complicate it, and find path to create the Best solutions with every problem that we come against.
“Simplicity is the ultimate Form of Sophistication”
Why is simplicity important? Take a moment and look at your life. What are you doing that doesn’t serve you? And how did you find yourself in this position? Moving forward our initial thinking would be to live within our means, and for each one of us to find the happy medium to begin from what we can live without to be the starting point.
“After all, LIFE is really SIMPLE, we ourselves create the circumstances that Complicate it”. for more information
7. “Each One has to find his Peace from within. And Peace to be Real must be unaffected by Outside circumstances”
The lesson from Gandhiji’s 7th Step of Happiness is for each one of us to make a conscious choice to be happy, no one can influence the change that’s needed, and it begins with our own Self realisation. Let us all take this first step of controlling our own destiny. Therefore follow the change needed for our ultimate happiness that exists within each one of us with every breath we take and its not out there?
When we have negative thoughts which enter our mind, think of what Gandhiji once famously said:“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.” So stay positive and all your troubles will feel much smaller. for more information
8. The Best way to find yourself is to Loose Yourself in the Service Of Others”
Gandhiji’s 8th Step of Happiness, here to question ourselves the purposes and meaning of Life? And perhaps each one of us to find a solution by taking up our own individual challenge by making a conscious effort to look at ways of how we could help others around us.
Think about some of the service activities we missed in the past and today have the opportunity to be involved? When you are serving others we learn more about ourselves in the process. What qualities does it take to be a part of that activity?. Gratitude not only makes others happy, gives us 200% satisfaction in completing our task and also a meaning to our life.
Selflessness is a way to progress and bring prosperity that leads to happiness. for more information
9. “A Man is but a product of his Thoughts. What he Thinks he Becomes”
GANDHIJI’s 9th STEP OF HAPPINESS
Our physical and mental aspects are integrated and do affect each other. So much so that every negative thought counts as stress and indirectly plays a role in your actions. To counter this we should raise our tolerance levels so that small mishaps don’t bother us and eliminate any room for perceptions as they strongly influence our near future and actions.
Firstly it is important for us to draw the line between positive and negative. Let’s say for instance you have butter fingers and can’t get a hold of things. While you might get irritated every time you drop something, somebody else might deal with it differently by just picking it up and continue what he/she was doing. for more information
10. “Live as if you were to Die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to Live forever”
GANDHIJI’s 10th STEP OF HAPPINESS
“If we want to see greater awareness in the world, we have to cultivate awareness. If we want to see greater harmony and less strife we need to learn how to control our emotions and learn to respond to frustrations with more patience and kindness than we do at present”.
Meditation helps us to recognize negative emotional patterns and to develop the mental freedom to choose more positive responses. The process of quieting the mind helps to develop more loving kindness with more compassionate responses.
GOOD AFTERNOON TO YOU ALL.., Friday 22 February 2016 here in the Creative Lounge. As we continue our theme looking at the LIFE of The Great MAHATMA GANDHI.. What could have been going through his MIND as he welcome each day to overcome his Challenges? At the end of our journey we’ll find answers to our question and to many more that we’ll discover along the way…,
I leave you with a poem by Santosh Sharma
Thin and frail, a divine soul in a human frame.
Looked like a saint but was a King
Simplest was the life, unimaginable were the dreams
Won the war without weapons and with in thoughtful means
Awakened the slumbered souls, stormed the feeling
Fought, neither with cannon nor with guns
Neither with sabre nor with swords.
Fought with peace but not with violence.
Boycott the laws, disobey the deceitful acts
Boycott the salt, bullet the mind
Thundered the colonial rule, dismantled the empire
Such was the charge delivered by a saint looking men.
An emperor, crowned with peace and non violence
Admired by the world , will be honoured by generations
Will be revisited by humanity, before the illusion of materialism could end
To redefine the rules of existence in the centuries to come
As members of GICAS family kindly share your thoughts.., which of the quotes of Mahatma Gandhi resonate most with you? . Give the reasons for your choice and add your comments to contribute to our discussion .
Let’s use our time in Creative lounge during 2016 to cover the topic in more detail, to understanding the thoughts behind each of Mahatma Gandhi’s statement.
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We begin with looking at the first virtue of LIFE
“WHERE THERE IS LOVE THERE IS LIFE”
The meaning of Gandhiji’s first virtue, we can relate to our own practices of monthly World Meditation day, is wonderful example. As One Global family we completing our regular program creating “LOVE”, in the process of sharing we add Peace, Joy and harmony in our “LIFE” and everyone that we connect to.
What is your impression? How do you believe the words relate to you TODAY?
We open the topic for discussion and welcome your comments.