Remembering the Mahatma

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born at Porbandar, Kathiawad, India on this day in 1869. From his early career in law to his assassination while preparing to pray in 1948 the Mahatma (Sanskrit for "great soul") preached nonviolence, and to the surprise and consternation of the South African and colonial Indian governments he changed his world. Once asked what he thought of Western civilization he replied, "I think it would be a good idea."

“An error can never become true however many times you repeat it. The truth can never be wrong, even if no one hears it.”

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

“A ‘No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.”

“It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.”

“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.”

“I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.”

     All from Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, 1869 – 1948

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One Response to Remembering the Mahatma

  1. Libby says:

    Ghandhi…He is way up there on my list of heroes. I definitely subscribe to his principles and his wisdom. Thanks for clearing something up for me. For years I had always thought his name was “Mahatma” as he was always called that. And then all of a sudden they began to refer to him as “Mohandas”. I wondered about it. Now you have explained it to me. Thanks.