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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.

Gandhian Philosophy

Gandhian Quotes

11 September 2011

Important Quotes from Gandhi

"A small body of determined spirit, fired by an unquenchable faith
 in their mission can alter the course of History." 

You must be the change you want to see in the world.  

“I do not want my house to be walled in all sides
 and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures
of all lands to be blown about my houses freely as possible.
But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any.” 

“One needs to be slow to form conviction,
But once formed they must be defended against the heavies of all odds”. 

“Whenever you have truth, if must be given with love,
Or the message and the messenger will be rejected.”

“Strength of numbers is the delight of the timid,
The valiant in spirit glory is fighting alone.” 

"Non-violence is the first article of my faith.
It is also the last article of my creed. " 

“Non-violence is not a garment to be put on or off at will.
Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our very being." 

"Inexhaustible patience is needed,
if truth be brought home to anyone." 

"Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which
he works for the welfare of his fellowmen." 

It was a habit with me to forget what I do not like,
and to carry out in practice whatever  I liked. 

Happiness depends on what you can give,
Not what you can get. 

Man cannot worship God and at the same time despise
his fellow beings. These two are irreconciable.  

Man is worse than a brute, so long as he is selfish
and indifferent to the happiness of others.  

Weak can never forgive,
Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. 

In matter of conscience, the law of majority has no place.  

The seasons of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of succeed.  

Prayer is to the god within...
It does not provoke God to change His will;
But it enables us to know His will -  which is everything. 

Mass discipline is an essential condition for a people
who aspire to be great nation.  

Nothing is politically right which is morally wrong.  

Essence of education lies in drawing out the very best that is in you.  

“He who is afraid of people’s censure,
will never be able to do anything worthwhile." 

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.  

“If I have the believe that I can do it,
I will surely acquire the capacity to do it,
Even if I may not have it at the beginning.”


Gandhi and Environment

20 January 2010

Aren’t we now, leading for a disaster, in this blind race of development? – Amidst all sort of problems such as rapid population growth, production and consumption pattern causing stress and strain on natural systems, degradation and depletion of natural resources affecting the life support system (air, water, soil, and bio-diversity), unpredictable global climate change, ozone layer depletion and sea-level-rise, unemployment, poverty, economic inequality, social injustice, poor conditions of villages, big polluted cities, rivers and polluting industries ? In the course of development we have to think of these problems and try to find out the solution best suited to our needs.  

Self-sufficiency of villages, promotion of small and cottage industries, control on the import of consumption goods, improved agriculture etc, are some of the ways to reach our goal. Importance should be given to the qualitative improvement of human resources; education and health are to be given top priority. Better sanitation, better living condition and better life, can be achieved only through the Gandhian ways today. A sustainable society has to aim at working in partnership with nature and conserve resources and energy, reduce wastes and avoid degradation of renewable. It should produce goods that are easy to recycle, reuse and repair after use. The method of growing food and raising livestock have to be based on the use of soil and water conservation, bio-fertilizers, biological control of pests. The society should largely be a solar/wind/bio-mass based society together with a whole range of environment friendly technologies mainly based on renewable resources. Hence, resources should be utilized prudently and the basic need of people is to be met without any serous detriment to the environment. In this context Gandhiji’s thought, shall always remain relevant for the smooth global development.


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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Rural Development

11 August 2009


Gandhi’s idea to develop the Indian society was based on his understanding of the society and hence based on the village system. Talking about the importance of village, he wrote in 1936, “I would say if the village perishes, India will perish too. It will be no more India. His one mission in the world will get lost.” Harijan. 29.08.36.

He was aware of the realities of the village life and knew the plight of half starved masses of India. He often acknowledged the same in his vivid descriptions of Indian villages. He wrote, “instead of having graceful hamlets dotting the lands, we have dung-heaps. The approach to many villages is not a refreshing experience. Often one would like to shut one’s eyes and stuff one’s nose, such is the surrounding dirt and offending smell”. (Gandhi: Constructive programmes – its meaning and place). His understanding of the plight of the people has been extremely well brought out in his writings, identifying his emphasis on removal of poverty over aesthetics. 
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A fair trial is one in which justice is served and all relevant credible evidence is presented, tested, and adjudicated upon, according to the law. All wrongful convictions detract from faith in the fair administration of justice.

Concept of Rural Reconstruction : 

His concept of rural reconstruction is a comprehensive one, emphasizing on the
economic, political, social, educational, ecological and spiritual dimensions. He ceaselessly insisted on a pattern of village life, which will be man-centered and non-exploiting. The decentralized village economy should provide full employment to all on the basis of voluntary cooperation and work for achieving self-sufficiency in it’s basic requirement of food, clothing and shelter. In short, it can be said that rural reconstruction, according to Gandhi should not be merely concerned with raising the standard of living of village folk, though that was important. Talking specifically about an ideal village, where in he outlined the objectives of rural reconstruction: - he said,


Gandhian Philosophy

30 January 2009


A unique person or perhaps the greatest figure of the last ninteen hundred years as characteristically assessed by Louis Fisture, Mahatma Gandhi always insisted on Truth and Non-violence as the inseparable part of humanism.

I have nothing to teach this world,
"Truth and Non-violence as old as hills"
With present phase of globalization, which cannot be stopped, the third world need to look into the evil effects of globalization. We cannot allow our fellow citizens to starve, to lose their employment and to become destitute. It is Gandhi’s Charakha, that can save us from this predicament.
G – Generosity
A – Affection
N- Nonviolence
D- Dedication
H- Honesty
I- Integration

He said “Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by ingenuity of man." 

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