Born on October 2, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi or Bapu was one of the more popular freedom fighters instrumental in leading India to freedom from British servitude. Gandhi inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world and advocated non-violence in India’s struggle for freedom. As the nation celebrates his 148th birth anniversary, one cannot forget the man’s cry for ahimsa, even as darkness, impenetrable surrounded him as the nation delved deeper into despair under its colonial overlords.
A man whose insight is as relevant now, as it was then, we share a few sayings of Gandhi which hold true even in this day and age.
- The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
- Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
- The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
- You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
- Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
- Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.
- Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.
- 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.
- We may stumble and fall but shall rise again; it should be enough if we did not run away from the battle.
- If patience is worth anything, it must endure to the end of time. And a living faith will last in the midst of the blackest storm.