“If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable. He lived, thought, acted and inspired by the vision of humanity evolving toward a world of peace and harmony.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Have you ever dreamed of a joyful world with peace and prosperity for all Mankind – a world in which we respect and love each other despite the differences in our culture, religion, language, color, creed, gender and way of life?
I often feel helpless when I see the world in turmoil only because every individual is different and is guided by a different set of values. Such different ideologies lead to grief and sorrow being inflicted on millions of innocent victims by a few who abuse the power of their convictions.
“How can I make difference so that I may bring peace to this world that I love and cherish so much? A name flickers instantly in my mind.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi inspired the world with his faith in truth and justice for all Mankind. He was a great soul who loved even those who fought against his ideas to bring about peace with non-violence. How could a meek and fragile person of small physical stature inspire millions to bring about a profound change in a way the mightiest had never achieved before?
His achievements were nothing less than miracles — his creed was to bring peace to not only those who suffered injustice and sorrow but to espouse a new way of life for mankind, with peace and harmony. His life was a message — a message of peace over power, of finding ways to reconcile our differences, and of living in harmony with respect and love even for our enemy.
On this precious day when everyone celebrates Gandhi Jayanti, let us reflect some of the teachings of Gandhi Ji and let us all try to imbibe them in our souls.
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. Harmony will come to us only if we practice power based on love.
What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy? We need to treat everyone equal and ensure the success with everyone’s individual success.
There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no cause that I am prepared to kill for. Every time we need to remind humanity to follow the path of non-violence to bring greater peace to the whole world by saving lives.
We must become the change we want to see in the world. Every change will bring an energy that the world needs. Let us pledge to be that energy ourselves.
An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind. We need to focus on our goals instead of being hindrances in other. Let us try to practice our work with the utmost dignity and honesty.
After reflecting his teachings, we cannot ignore what history holds for us. Most human conflicts occur because of the stubborn approach by our leaders. Our history would turn out for the better if our leaders could just learn that most disputes can be resolved by showing a willingness to understand the issues of our opponents and by using diplomacy and compassion.
No matter where we live, what religion we practice or what culture we cultivate, at the heart of everything, we are all humans. We all have the same ambitions and aspirations to raise our family and to live life to its fullest. Our cultural, religious and political differences should not lead the backbone to invoke conflicts that can only bring sorrow and destruction to our world.
Let us conclude by reading what Albert Einstein wrote about Gandhi,
“Generations to come, it may be, will scarce believe that such one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth.”
Mahatma Gandhi taught us that we can bring harmony to our world by becoming champions of love and peace for all. The task is daunting, but he has shown that a fragile, meekly man of small physical stature can achieve feats of incredible magnitude with a staunch belief to practice peace through non-violence.
Will you pledge to become the change that you would like to see in this world? I have.
Let the first act of every morning be reminded of the resolutions:
I shall not fear anyone on Earth.
I shall fear only God.
I shall not bear ill will toward anyone.
I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.
I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering. “Mahatma Gandhi”
Wish you all a great Gandhi Jayanti and International Day of Non-Violence.