Friday, October 2, 2009

Gandhiji Best Expressed

I am really really busy today, but I have to make a post to mark this very special day too. So I thought rather than telling about Gandhi, I will tell what Gandhi told. Here are my favourites among His quotes:

  • A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.
  • A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.
  • Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love. 
  • Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.  
  • A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.
  • Be the change you want to see in the world.
  • First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
  • God is conscience. He is even the atheism of the atheist.
  • Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.
  • An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
  • An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching. 
  •  Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. 
  • 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.  
  • Faith... must be enforced by reason... when faith becomes blind it dies. 
  • Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion. 
  • I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and Non-violence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could.  
  • It is any day better to stand erect with a broken and bandaged head then to crawl on one's belly, in order to be able to save one's head. 
  • It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.  
  • My life is my message.
  • Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment. 
  • The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. 
  • The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
  • Fear has its use but cowardice has none. 
  • You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.
  • True brahmacharya is this: one who, by constant-attendance upon God, has become capable of lying naked with naked women, however beautiful they may be, without being in any manner whatsoever sexually excited.
  • Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
I was thinking about how easy life becomes when we practice truth. How we are justified no matter what we tell or do. How people start believing you. How people hear you. How you can talk anything without any preparation. How you don't need to remember what you told. How you can finish conversations very quickly. How people understand your behaviour. How you can explain things easily.
Its a whole lot easier than when you dwell on false prepositions.

Try it. Tell the truth. And feel the difference.

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Calvin H said...

Good one

Anonymous said...

A good reminder.

deeps said...

great ... it is the third blog i m stopping by today where i m reading about this great soul ...

and yes you have done it with a differnce ...

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