2nd October, marks the birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, better known to the world as Mahatma Gandhi. Indian celebrated this day as GANDHI JAYANTI. For Indian he is the FATHER OF NATION, and always remembered for his nonviolent struggle for freedom of his country brought an empire down on its knees.
“Where There Is Love There Is Love”, the words of Mahatma Gandhi,one of the greatest leaders in Indian history,recognised the world over for his teaching on peace and nonviolence. On his birth anniversary,popularly known as Gandhi Jayanti , we pay a historic tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, by way of celebrations, prayers and understanding the Gandhian principles of nonviolence and peace. He said, “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
The day is also marked by the United Nations as International Nonviolence Day or International Peace Day , as countries across the globe are showing a growing interest in the nonviolent alternative. The official importance of Gandhi Jayanti is underscored by the fact that it is one of only three national holidays, alongside Independence Day and Republic Day. The President and The Prime Minister of India set the example for the prescribed set of rituals on this auspicious day. We can be certain that wreaths of flowers will be laid at Rajghat,the simple yet elegant and moving memorial to the architect of Indian Independence,and dignitaries will bow in reverence to the Father Of Nation.
Gandhi was a compromiser par excellence. He would always consider other party’s point of view and come up with solutions acceptable to all parties. Both in his legal and political work he brought in parties together for resolution of their problems. The ability to compromise comes only when we are very tolerant to the other’s point of view and do not impose unilaterally the majority’s point of view. This ability comes to an individual Gandhi was a compromiser par excellence. When he is secure in the knowledge that the compromise solution leads towards general good for all the people. Gandhi, when he is secure in the knowledge that the compromise solution leads towards general good for all the people. who was fearless and hence a very secure human being, always had the general good of all Indians in his mind whenever he offered solutions to knotty problems. Devoid of any personal ego and always looking for long-term solutions, he appealed to warring parties to keep in sight the higher purpose of life and achieved great success. Since he practiced what he preached, his message had great effect and achieved the desired results. He said, “The future depends on what we do in the present.”
If his philosophy and principles are followed in their true spirit, Gandhi continues to walk upon earth, though not in flesh and blood. For as Gandhi himself said, “So long as my faith burns bright as I hope it will even if I stand alone, I shall be alive in the grave and what is more, speaking from it.” And also he said “Hate the sin, love the sinner.”
Best Thoughts of Mahatma Gandhiji
You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results.
Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be measured by the way in which its animals are treated.
Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.
If we are to teach real peace to this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall begin with the children.
Education should be so revolutionized as to answer the wants of the poorest villager, instead of answering those of an imperial exploiter
Literacy in itself is no education. Literacy is not the end of education or even the beginning. By education, I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in the child and man-body, mind and spirit.
Violence will be violence for all time, and all violence is sinful. But what is inevitable, is not only declared the inevitable violence involved in killing for sacrifice as permissible but even regarded it as meritorious
You need not be afraid that the method of nonviolence is a slow long-drawn-out process. It is the swiftest the world has seen, for it is the surest.
Don’t talk about it. The rose doesn’t have to propagate its perfume. It just gives it forth, and people are drawn to it. Live it, and people will come to see the source of your power.