Simple Living and Empowering Truths of Mahatma Gandhi

Richard Attenborough’s film, Gandhi, 1982.

Mahatma Gandhi, a man of true words, a great leader, a true fighter who set an example of simple living and high thinking for us.  Non-violence, truth, inspiration and great leadership qualities are what come to our mind when we hear his name.

mahatma-gandiInnovation:  Non-violence probably was one of the greatest innovations of Mahatma Gandhi. I don’t think history has any track records of any freedom fighter or any country winning the battle of independence using the weapon of non-violence. But Gandhi was the only leader to make use of non-violence successfully to win a battle. His Dandi March was a successful effort where he used his weapon of non-violence.
Simplicity: I do not think history can ever produce a simple man like Mahatma Gandhi. Being such a great leader his way of living, teaching, books and even his quotes were very simple. His simplicity reflects in his ideas and way of living. Simplicity is probably his greatest virtue.
Truth: Gandhi believed in true living and his experiments with truth were countless. He always believed that being true to life can make your life easier. You may face quite a lot of hardships initially for being truthful but at the end you will emerge as a true winner.
Continuous learning: Gandhi being a great learner always believed in the art of continuous learning. His capability as a learner gave him the real authority over people. His lessons were highly popular as they motivated the common people.
Sacrifice: This is the quality that I truly admire about this man. Not only did he sacrifice a lot in order to achieve freedom but also sacrificed quite a lot after India had gained independence. He had even denied the position of higher authorities in Government for which he was the prime choice. (1)

Mahatma Gandhi Talks- First Indian Talking Movie

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.”
“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.”
“Where there is love there is life.”
“Seven Deadly Sins–Wealth without work
Pleasure without conscience
Science without humanity
Knowledge without character
Politics without principle
Commerce without morality
Worship without sacrifice.”
“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
“God has no religion.”
“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”
“Hate the sin, love the sinner.”
“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”
“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”
“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.” (2)

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