Friday, September 2, 2011

Gandhi's Wisdom

Practicing some of Mahatma (A respectful title which means "Great Soul") Gandhi's philosophy can help the sensitive soul to participate more in today's intense world.

1. Truth
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed."

"Aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”

2. Control.
“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”

3. Action.
“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”

4. Change
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.”

5. The present moment.
“I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present.
God has given me no control over the moment following.”

6. Everyone is human.
“I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.”

“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.”

7. Persist.
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

8. Goodness.
“I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others.”

“I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.”

9. Forgiveness.
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."

“An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”

10. Development.
“Constant development is the law of life, and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent drives himself into a false position.”

And now, I invite you to arrange yourself comfortably,  open your senses, breathe and take in the marvelous "Gandhi Rap," by MC Yogi.  Enjoy!

Thanks to Claudia Kinnaman, whose email inspired this post!

Gandhi oil portrait - many sources, looking for origin

Gandhi with 2 women at PeaceWalk/ Picture source:

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