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When you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you,
apply the following test:--

Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man

whom you may have seen, and ask yourself,

If the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him?

Will he gain anything by it ?

Will it restore him to a control over his own life and destiny ?

In other words, will it lead to ‘Swaraj’ for the hungry
and spiritually starving millions ?

Then you will find your doubt and your ‘self’ melting away.

Gandhi as Leader of People

12 September 2009


“If I have the belief that I can do it,
I will surely acquire the capacity to do it;
even if I may not have it at the beginning.”
…… Mahatma Gandhi.

Gandhi had demonstrated that a powerful human following can be assembled…
through the cogent example of a morally superior conduct of life.
…… Albert Einstein.

Gandhi was a leader of his people, unsupported by any authority; a politician whose success rested not upon craft or guile, but simply upon the moral grandeur of his soul; a fighter who pushed back the mightiest empire on the earth without the use of force; a spirit of profound wisdom and captivating humility, armed with only an iron will and inflexible resolve and a frail man who confronted the brutality of military strength with the dignity of a simple human being. Friv 2 

Gandhi held the view that the life of a good citizen was the life of karma - action in the service of the country. “my writhing should be cremated with my body”, he said, “What I have done will endure not what I have said or written.”


Gandhian Concept of Swaraj

11 September 2009


During the period when Gandhi’s freedom movement acquired its mass base, he again and again defined and explained the concept of Swaraj as the goal of freedom struggle, in terms of political, economic, social and moral rights of the downtrodden and exploited Indian masses. While still in South Africa, in 1909 itself he had expressed his basic idea of Swarj in his very first Book, ‘Hind Swaraj’ or Indian Home Rule. Following are the some of the thoughts expressed in the book, which define his concept of Swaraj:

  • A country is one Nation only when such a condition obtains in it. That country must have faculty for assimilation, India has ever been such a country.
  • Civilization is that mode of conduct which points out to man the path of duty. Performance of duty and observance of morality are convertible terms.
  • It is Swaraj when we learn to rule ourselves ….But such Swaraj has to be experienced by each one for himself.
  • I believe that you want the millions of India to be happy not that you want the reins of Government….. We have to consider only on thing: How can the millions obtain self rule ?
  • By patriotism I mean the welfare of the whole people.
  • …… there is just the same inviolable connection between the means and the ends as there is between the seed and the tree.
  • But the real rights are the result of performance of duty :-
  • It would be folly to assume that an Indian Rockefeller would be better than American Rockefeller.
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