Quotes by Mahatma Gandhi that Everyone can Relate to!Oct 01, 2018
Mahatma Gandhi is one of the most loved personalities of India and is known as the founding fathers of independent India. When India was struggling for independence, he unified all the fighting spirits and voices to lead as a single, powerful battalion of force.
There were many aspects of him that all of us have come to admire such as his resilience, leadership, tact, morals and principles. One aspect that is generally not the first thing we remember about Gandhi is his way with words. The way that he has expressed his thoughts on various occasions and specifically in his autobiography is something that shows who he truly was.
Today, as the Indian society is at crossroads between culture, modernity and traditions, life is getting more complicated by the day for the people of the country. As we reflect on our confusions, some quotes that were said by Gandhi can help clear our minds and lead us towards peace. Let us remember some such quotes here.
Be the change you want to see in the world.
Many of us do not take the time out of our lives to change anything about it. We fall into a routine and work for our individual goals. Even within that small circle, we often face situations where we are not able to find time to do what we want. Yet, we expect changes in the society and the world around us. Gandhi’s quote opens our eyes to the simple fact that we are the world and any change must begin from ourselves.
Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
A lot of times, we miss seeing the blessings in our lives. Even when we have everything that we need, we end up feeling sad or angry because of something that somebody else said or did. We don’t realise that we are giving control of our lives to someone else by doing so. This quote rightly reminds us that our peace of mind and our emotions are always in our control and we should always keep them so.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.
As we see violence rising in the country in the form of murders, rapes and crimes, we have to notice that our society is going on a road that will lead to a darker future. Non-violence is the strongest tool in the world and it is time that we took this tool in our hands. Forgiveness is at the heart of non-violence and it is indeed an attribute of the strong. Let us never forget that this was the tool that helped us achieve freedom.
In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
Often, we tend to take the term “law of the jungle” too literally. While it is definitely true that stronger beings will survive better, strength is not always synonymous with physical might and aggression. Attributes like kindness, compassion, empathy and love are things that can change the world in ways that anger or force never can.
Hate the sin, love the sinner.
The world could use a lot less judgement for sure. The person next to you hates to be judged as much as you do. While we always wish to not be judged, we fail to keep that in mind when we judge others. Gandhi reminds us in this quote that there is no black and white.
Every sinner has a future and every saint has a past. What is really important is to find the root cause of the sin and deal with it. What the sinners need is a lot of love in order to make them come out of their entanglement with the sin.