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Some Gandhi quotes I found in Louis Fischer´s book: Gandhi, his life and message for the world.

  1. Yogi is one: whose mind is untrobled in sorrow and longeth not for joys, who is free from passion, fear, and wrath – he is called the ascetic of secure understanding. The man who sheds all longigns and moves without concern, free from thye sense of “I” and “Mine” – he attains peace.
  2. He who is ever brooding over result, often loses nerve int he perfomance of duty. He becomes impatient and then gives vent to anger and begins to do unworthy things; he jumps from action to action, never remaining faithful to any. He who broods over results is like a mangiven to the objects of senses; he is ever-distracted, he says good-by to all scruples, everything is right in his estimation and he therefore resorts to means frail and foul to attain his end.
  3. For what does it benefit man if his status is raised when he himself is not raised?
  4. Persecution, whether by minorities or majorities, results from intolerance of differences and from fears based on lack of self-faith.
  5. We live, not in order to feed, clothe, shleter and pamper the body; we provide for the body in order to live. Life begins after the needs of the body have been met, yet how many people ruin life for the sake of rich living. The soul, alas, needs a temporary abode, but a clean mud hut will do as well as a palace, indeed better, for when the physical absorbs the lions´s share of mans´s effort the spirit languishes, life loses content, and discontent appears.
  6. Only give up one thing when you want some other condition so much that the thing has no longer any attraction for you, or when it seems to interfere with that which is more greatly desired.
  7. Satyagraha (Soul Force) is the vindication of truth not by infliction of suffering on the opponent but on one´s self. The opponent must be weaned from error by patience and sympathy.
  8. Soul Force does not deppend on numbers. It depends on the degree of firmness.
  9. A Satyagrahi bids good-by to fear. He is therfore never afraid to trust the opponent. Even if the opponent plays him false twenty times, the Satyagrahi is ready to trust him the twenty-first time, for an implicit turst in human nature is the very essence of his creed.
  10. It is only when one sees one´s own mistakes with a convex lens, and does just the reverse in the case of others, that one is able to arrive at a just relative estimate of the two.
  11. Moral authority is never retained by attempting to hold on to it. It comes without seeking and is retained without effort.
  12. It is a million times better to appear untrue before the worl than to be untrue to ourselves.
  13. The greater the possession or riches, the greater… their moral turpitude.
  14. Truth is God. He alone is, nothing else I see meerely through the senses can or will persist.
  15. It is possible to reason out the existence of God to a limited extent. There is an orderliness in the Universe, the is an unalterable law governing everything and avery being that exists or lives. It is not a blind law, for no blind law can govern the cnduct of human beings… That law then which governs all life is God. I do dimly perceive that whilst everything around me is ever changing, ever dying, there is underlying all taht change a living Power that is changeless, that holds all together, that creates, dissolves, and re-creates. That informing Power  or spirit is God… In the midst of death life persists, in the midst of untruth thruth persists, in the midst of darkness light persists. Hence I gather that God is Life, Truth, and Love. He is Love. He is the supreme God.
  16. He (God) reveals Himself daily to every human being, but we shut our ears to the “still small voice”… God never appears to you in person but in action.
  17. Turn the searchlight inward.
  18. Mankind would die if there were no exhibition any time and anewhere of the divine in man.
  19. No cause that is intrinsically just can ever be described as forlorn.
  20. Humanity is an ocean. If a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty (in reference to his faith in humankind).
  21. It is always possible by correct conduct to lessen an evil and eventually to bring good out of evil.
  22. There is no gain in returning evil for evil.
  23. One evildoer cannot punish another.
  24. Do not worry about what others are doing. Each of us should turn the searchlight inward and purify his or her heart as much as possible.
  25. No one can escape death. Then why be afraid of it? In fact, death is a friend who brings deliverance from suffering.

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Gandhi is a figure that has always interested me, first off because of the movie starred by Ben Kingsley, and later on I always heard or read stories about him. His peace and struggle using non-violence amazed me, so I decided to read Gandhi, his life and message for the World by Louis Fischer.

Gandhi was a kharma yogi, which is a devotee who is jealous of none, who is a fount of mercy, who is without egotism, who is selfless, who treats alike cold and heat, happiness and misery, who is ever forgiving, who is always contented, whose resolutions are firm, who has dedicated mind and soul to God, who causes no dread, who is not afraid of others, who is free from exultation, sorrow and fear, who is pure, who is versed in action yet remains unaffected by it, who renounces all fruit, good or bad, who treats friend and foe alike, who is untouched by respect or disrespect, who is not puffed up by praise, who does not go under when people speak ill of him, who loves silence and solitude, who has a disciplined reason. Such devotion is inconsistent with the existence at the same time of strong attachments.

But Gandhi wasn’t always an example of peace and obtaining great victories through non-violence. He recognized his bad impulses and foul temper in his early years and the beginning of his marriage. The experiences he lived throughout life enabled him to transform himself and become the Gandhi that all of us have heard about. Fighting for justice and standing up for what he believed was right.

Moving masses not by promising them wealth or power, instead hoping that they would desire a country in which they would live freely (even though, at the end, this would be a far cry from reality) because no amount of speeches will make us fit for self-government. It is only our conduct that will fit us for it. Gandhi struggled to make the British Government realize that the Indian people were fit to govern themselves.

Gandhi’s strength and power over masses reduces itself to Soul Force: the vindication of truth not by infliction of suffering on the opponent but on one’s self… weaning the opponent from error by patience and sympathy. One cannot read this and wonder how a nation started the road to independence moved by such a weak looking man, but whose inner strength surpassed the force of an earthquake. True, the Indian struggle for independence did not come without troublesome situations, as violence between Muslims and Hindus, and within Hindus themselves but, nevertheless, violence was put behind as Gandhi fasted with so much faith in his people and the nation he so much loved.

He was murdered January 25, 1948 while attending prayer but his love and strength, the Soul Force, went beyond his present time and left us with so much to ponder about, searching and hopefully one day grasping inner peace.

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