Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mahatma Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869 to a family of merchants in Porpbandar, India. At the age of 19 he broke free of the existing caste system in India by moving to England where he studied law. Considered the father of the Indian independence movement, he is highly regarded as an enlightening force in our world.

Please enjoy this "virtual visit" with one of the most influential men of modern history and philosophy. What better way to present the page than to so accompanied by his own words?

"Be the change you want to see in the world"

“Those who know how to think need no teachers.”

Mahatma Gandhi and his brother Laxmidas

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

“Love is the strongest force the world possesses, and yet it is the humblest imaginable”

This picture was taken when Ghandi was arrested in a 1913 strike.
On his right are two of his co-workers, Mr. Kallenbach and Miss Schlesin.

“Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful.
Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you.”

“To a true artist only that face is beautiful which, quite apart from its exterior,
shines with the truth within the soul”

Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturbai are pictured returning to India in January, 1915.

“If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a
real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

“Whenever you have truth it must be given with love, or
the message and the messenger will be rejected”

“In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”

“The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles”

“Remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS.”

“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.”

“I believe in the fundamental Truth of all the great religions of the world. I believe that they are all God given. I came to the conclusion long ago... that all religions were true and also that all had some error in them.”

“Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.”

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

“To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.”

“There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience.
It supersedes all other courts.”

“Nonviolence is not a garment to be put on and off at will.
Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being.”

“Love never claims, it ever gives; love never suffers, never resents, never revenges itself.
Where there is love there is life; hatred leads to destruction.”

“Consciously or unconsciously, everyone of us does render some service or another. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and it will make not only for our own happiness, but that of the world at large.”

“Each one has to find his peace from within.
And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.”

“The measure of a country's greatness should be based on how
well it cares for its most vulnerable populations”

“I claim to be an average man of less than average ability. I have not the shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have, if he or she would make the same effort and cultivate the same hope and faith.”

“Three quarters of the miseries and misunderstandings in the world would finish if people were to put on the shoes of their adversaries and understood their points of view”,1024&rgnn=0,0,1,1&cvt=JPEG

“Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied,
it is the most potent instrument of action.”

“Prayer is a confession of one's own unworthiness and weakness”

“Nothing can be more hurtful to an honorable man than that he should be accused of bad faith”

“Birth and death are not two different states, but they are different aspects of the same state. There is as little reason to deplore the one as there is to be pleased over the other.”

“The only tyrant I accept in this world is the 'still small voice' within”

“There is no road towards peace; peace is the road”

“One needs to be slow to form convictions, but once formed they
must be defended against the heaviest odds”

“A vow is fixed and unalterable determination to do a thing, when such a determination is related to something noble which can only uplift the man who makes the resolve”

Sadly, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948.
Six previous attempts were made upon his life before he was taken from the world.

to visit the Mahatma Gandhi site, where you can find a wealth of links for his work, his life, student projects, his philosophy plus a gallery of over 200 images of Gandhi and his family!

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