“Gandhi Got a Shock and Took a Vacation”

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi [मोहनदास करमचन्द गान्धी] :
“Whenever I despair, I remember that the way of truth and love has always won. There may be tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they may seem invincible, but in the end, they always fail. Think of it: always.”
“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”
“Poverty is the worst form of violence.”
“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?”
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
“It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.”
“The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.”
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
“Fear is not a disease of the body; fear kills the soul.”
“They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.”
“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.”
“No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive.”
“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.”
“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
“Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love.”
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
“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.”
“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”
“I am a Muslim and a Hindu and a Christian and a Jew and so are all of you.”
“The function of a civil resistance is to provoke response and we will continue to provoke until they respond or change the law. They are not in control; we are.”
“If you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.”
“He Ram!”
It was Gandhiji’s birthday this week. I kept hearing the words of this song by Big Audio Dynamite:

I’m afraid all the profound stuff about Gandhi escapes me. Except that he knew his PR and his politics, and he had real guts.
Who is today’s Gandhi? A non-violent, all-inclusive, social activist who can move millions… Nobody on the radar… The closest we have is Nelson Mandela.
Karamchand. What’s that about?
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