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 for 2016.
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
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.
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.
4. “Truthful dealing even in the least little things of Life, Is only Secret of Pure Life”
5. “Real enjoyment is derived from Drops, not from Mouthful”
6. “The straight path is as difficult as it is simpler were it not so, all would follow the straight path”
7. “Each One has to find his Peace from within. And Peace to be Real must be unaffected by Outside circumstances”
8. The Best way to find yourself is to Loose Yourself in the Service Of Others”
9. “A Man is but a product of his Thoughts. What he Thinks he Becomes”
10. “Live as if you were to Die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to Live forever”
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.
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 un thoughtful means
Awakened the slumbered souls, stormed the feeling
Fought, neither with cannon nor with guns
Neither with saber 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
ENJOY rest of your FRIDAY as another week in January completed .., Cherishing each moment of your day!! .., And have a WONDERFUL WEEKEND …, BIG HUG…, LOVE & LIGHT TO YOU ALL