TOP 10 QUALITIES OF MAHATMA GANDHI AND HOW TO INCORPORATE THEM IN YOUR LIFE
Mahatma Gandhi was born on 2 nd october ,1869. This day is also celebrated as the International day of Non violence in his honor . Though there is some controvesry and debate about his choises, there is also a treasure trove of wisdom to be learned from him . The word “ Mahatma” is made up of two hindi words Mahan and AATMA; meaning a great soul . When asked about what message he would like to give to the world , Gandhi said ,” My life is my message “, Here are 10 great great strategies and virtues we should learn from the great life of Mahatma Gandhi .All the quotes after headings are by Mahatma GANDHI :
Faith in self: “ In a gentle way , you can shake the world .” And also , “ Men often become what they believe themselves to be . If I believe I cannot do something , it makes me incapable of doing it . But when I believe I can , hence I acquire the ability to do it even if I did not have it in the beginning .”Mahatma was not a great orator , did not have a very attractive physique , lived a life of simplicity and avoided limelight as much as he could , but still he is regarded as one of the greatest persons to have ever walked on earth . The reason is he always believed in himself . He believed that he has a great responsibility to free his country and he had complete faith in himself . He knew he had to play a significant role in the freedom of India and so he did . His faith in himself triggered the faith of millions of Indians in him.
How to develop self faith? All of us have great abilities and great responsibilities . All of us play a significant role in the flow of history . The reason we never realize is because we never believe we can have a worldwide impact . We need to stop belittling ourselves . We can accomplish any task but we must have faith in ourselves . The ability to repeat your goal in your mind refocus when distracted and concentrate on your objective while ignoring unimportant tasks can build unshakable faith in ourselves over time .
Resistance and persistence :’First they ignore you , then they laugh at you , then they fight you and then you win .’ It was very tough that lead the independence movement of a huge country such a India that too with non -violence and against the violent and cruel British army . Gandhi was beaten a lot of times left bleeding on the ground and sometimes it seemed that he would not see the sun next day but each day and time he faced the opposition he resisted , he persisted and he got through all the opposition .
Stand up for your cause : When you fight for a noble cause and you know that you are doing the right thing you will face the opposition .As Einstein remarked ,”Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocore ,minds .”The opposition that make everything seem worse you may feel like you are the only one standing for your cause and the whole world is against you . That is the time you might feel like giving up but you must resist the opposition , and must persevere to make your dreams come true . You must remind yourself why you walk the path and let your mission rekindle the aim within no matter how many times people try to exhaust it. A person with truth on his side is a majority , even if he is alone. Do not mind the opposition , keep going . The like minded people would join your side but you must lead first .
Forgiveness: ‘The weak can never forgive . Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong .” Mahatma Gandhi was thrown into jail , beaten on the roads many people conspired to kill him and many assassinations were attempted on his life .But he forgave them all . He always forgave the people that might have hurt him in any way .
Why should you forgive ?What people do not understand is that forgiveness is not only a great quality but it is also somewhat a selfish act . When you forgive the people that might have hurt you or caused you some problems you let go of the negative associated with that event . Also , forgiving people causes a long lasting positive impact on heir lives and builds everlasting relationships . As Lincoln said ,” I destroy my enemies when I make them friends .” So issue a blank pardon and forgive everyone .
Learning from mistakes : “ Confession from errors is like a broom which sweeps away the dirt and leaves the surface brighter and clearer . I feel stronger for confession.” Mahatma Gandhi was not perfect from the beginning. When he was a child , he lied ,he stole , he fought , he cheated , easily gave in temtation , was too much after material things and make recognition . Some of his actions were condemned in his own ;land , by his trusted circle of people . He made mistakes throughout his life but always strived to avoid making the mistakes twice .He often failed but tried to rectify his shortcomings .
It is ok to make mistakes : we are all humans and making mistakes is a part of being human . But we should pause frequently , assess our mistakes , what caused them and how can we avoid them in future . If we learn from failures and mistakes , they are eventually turn out to be as grand success in life .
Strength of character : “ There are seven sins in the world : Wealth without work pleasure without conscience knowlege without character , commerce without morality , science without humanity , worship without sacrifice and politics without principle .” Mahatma Gandhi was a man of great character . He always favoured the truth and honesty , he condemned violence , kept himself away from the materialistic desires and walked a path of high moral . He was a celebrity who was recognized worldwide and yet remaining unaffected from the limelight he lived a life of an ascetic . He maintained a life of simplicity and discipline .
Importance of self Mastery : I had put forth the quote of Leonardo da Vinci on self mastery :” you will never have a greater or lesser dominion then that of yourself . The height of a man success is gauge his self mastery ; The depth of his failure by his self mastery ; the depth of his failure by his self abandonment . He who cannot establish dominion over himself will have no dominion on others .” A life of discipline and virtue is not possible without organization and self mastery . And mastery over self begins with mastering our thoughts .
LOVE DO NOT RESORT TO HATRED : This is quality most of he people would have difficulty to adopt but it is a quality often found in great people It was present in the Buddha , Christ and other great spiritual leaders . This was something Gandhi adopted from his ideals .
Conquering the enemies with love : hence you avoid a fight and instead walk out of the arena with your opponent , but having a smile on their faces : it might look stupid . But it actually works in your favor . Two things you have won the fight without even actually fighting and a good friend that might help you in the ups and downs of life . Actions like this help in building everlasting relationships .
Truthfulness: “ Truth stands , even if here is no public support It is self — sustained.” Most of the people reading this blog would no know that before becoming a freedom fighter , MK Gandhi was actually a lawyer . Often people assume that the profession of lawyer requires much cunning and lying but still Gandhi never resorted to lying . He promoted truth throughout his life . He always called truth as his most powerful weapon . He named his own autobiography :,”My experiments with truth “.
Speak the truth even if your voce shakes : While lying might serve your purpose for a short time , truth lasts forever . If you say the truth every time and to everyone , you don not have to remember anything. While one lie Triggers even more lies ,Truth stands for itself .
LIVE IN THE PRESENT : “I do not want to foresee the future .I am concerned wit taking care of the present . God has given me no control over the moment following .” Gandhi believed in lying each moment t fullest an concentrating at the task in hands . He did not waste his time looking back at the past or wondering what would happen in the future .
Focus on the present: on concentrating on the present benefits you i two ways : it let go you of the worries of the past and the future but also it increases your efficiency at the task you must focus right now . It sorts out your priorities and help you avoid procrastination.
Take the first step and do it anyway : ‘ Nearly everything you do is of no importance , but it is important that you do it “ Gandhi himself suffered from the menace of procrastination when he was in school and later on when he went to England to learn law. Then he devised this method of taking first step in faith and doing the task anyways .He knew that not all the actions that he had take would be important but e knew they will have important results later on .
Take the first step: If you do not do something about it , it will never be done .The great tasks in future should never be he mercy of leisure an laziness. If you want something to be done the best thing is begin it and do it anyway .
Non violence : “My religion is based on truth an non violence . Truth is my God . Non violence is the means of realizing Him “ And also, “ An eye for an ye would soon make the whole world blind.” Mahatma Gandhi is known in the world for his principles of non violence . H neve resorted to violence and was the most prominent figure in the non violent side of movements for the independence of India . In his memory and honor , today “ International Da of Non -violence “ is observed worldwide . If we begin to resort to an resolve our problems and conflicts peacefully , without violence and in cooperation with each other , thousands of innocent lives can be saved that are lost in mindless wars .
Wars are rarely the solution : Wars can rarely solve issues more frequently the simple terminate them .In the end , a quote by Gandhi that would help you reach your goals -” Your beliefs become thoughts . Your thoughts becomes tour words . Your words become your actions . Your actions become your habits . Your habits become your values . Your values become your destiny .”On the birthday of Gandhi ji make a pledge to assimilate an adapt these qualities in your life an help make the world a better place .