The Wisdom of Gandhi

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I just found an incredible site that is filled to bursting with Gandhi quotes. Here are some samples:

  • If you have faith in the cause and the means and in God, the sun will be cool for you.
  • A fear-stricken person can never know God, and one who knows God will never fear a mortal man.
  • The force of nonviolence is infinitely more wonderful and subtle than the material forces of nature, like electricity.
  • Forgiveness is the quality of the brave, not of the cowardly.
  • A life of sacrifice is the pinnacle of art, and is full of true joy.
  • The human society is a ceaseless growth, an unfoldment in terms of spirituality.
  • If it is man’s privilege to be independent, it is equally his duty to be inter–dependent.
  • An India awakened and free has a message of peace and goodwill to a groaning world.

Lots more of Gandhiji is available online:

In college I T.A.’d two classes on Gandhian nonviolence, and found it to be one of the most powerful experiences of my entire life. Popular conception says that nonviolence (usually derided as “pacifism”) is a gutless, cowardly way to avoid confrontation. Nothing could be further from the truth, and an honest, in-depth study of the Mahatma would leave no doubt in your mind that engaged nonviolence is not only a truly effective strategy against oppression, but one of the most intense spiritual exercises available to humanity.

Unfortunately, without a Gandhi to stand up as a living example to the masses, we cannot expect this most demanding of philosophies to arise automatically.

Thus, we must live the philosophy in our own lives, one person at a time, leaving mass movements to arise according to the Divine Plan.

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4 thoughts on “The Wisdom of Gandhi

  1. seekingfor says:

    Mike,

    wonderful quotes. I think you are touching on something very profound here.

    For nonviolence and peace to blossom in the world in needs to start at the personal level for all of us.

    Since, we only have complete control over our owns selves it is our duty to find inner peace and pledge to live a life free from hostility.

  2. Daniel says:

    I have read through quite a few different quote sites, just for the sake of reading, and the ones that have left the most influence on me have been the Gandhiji quotes. I watched the movie that they had made on his life in my history class last year. Best sessions we had the entire school year.

  3. adreampuppet says:

    Gregor and Daniel,

    Engaged nonviolence came as a revelation to me during college. I’d had this romanticized perception of Gandhi, as most of us had, that he was this frail little dude who somehow single-handedly kicked the British out of India, despite not having any guns.

    Truth is, engaged nonviolence is as old as Hinduism itself. The concept of “ahimsa,” to which Gregor refers (the refusal to bring harm or do violence to any other being) is central to most of Hindu philosophy, and is also present in the Gospel teachings of Christ (though you’d never know it to listen to today’s fundamentalist blowhard ministers). It takes a strong person with unflagging faith in a Divine Principle (whatever it may be called) to be able to live according to the dictates of engaged nonviolence. The rewards are great, but the required effort is more than most of us would even begin to consider.

    I’m surprised they showed a Gandhi film at your school, Daniel. Maybe there really are some people in P-Ville with their heads screwed on straight… 😉

  4. Amelopsis says:

    Thanks for this post.

    He wasn’t called the Mahatma for nothing 🙂
    As a point of interest, ahimsa is the single encompassing principle of Jainism; Gandhiji worked closely with some Jain community leaders in his day in Gujarat as they were among the few who readily and actively supported his stance on a few basics – not discriminating by caste, and living respectfully with neighbours of other religious faiths. This was crucial during the middle days of India’s path to Independance, especially in Gujarat where a significant muslim population managed to coexist in at least a relative peace among the other religious groups making up the larger population of the region, hindus and jains.

    (if you TA’d a class I’m betting you already know more about this than I just mentioned, but it jarred some thoughts otherwise tucked away)

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