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The Empowering Truths of Mahatma Gandhi

“The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.”

[Many have been asking, "What can I do? How do we respond to this onslaught against humanity we're witnessing?" Here are some examples of one man's response, and his profound effect will be forever felt.  The love, the challenge, the embrace. Let them stir your heart and change your life. Love, Zen]

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“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.”
“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.”
“Where there is love there is life.”
“Seven Deadly Sins–Wealth without work
Pleasure without conscience
Science without humanity
Knowledge without character
Politics without principle
Commerce without morality
Worship without sacrifice.”
“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
“God has no religion.”
“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”
“Hate the sin, love the sinner.”
“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”
“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”
“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.”
“To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.”
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
“The future depends on what you do today.”
“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
“Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day:- I shall not fear anyone on Earth.
– I shall fear only God.
– I shall not bear ill will toward anyone.
– I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.
– I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.”
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.”
“Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.”
“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?”
“To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.”
“Truth never damages a cause that is just.”
“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.”
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”
“It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.”
“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.”
“Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.”
“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”
“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”
“You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.”
“You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results.”
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.(Young India, Volume 1, Issue 52; 1919)”
“Love is the strongest force the world possesses and yet it is the humblest imaginable.”
“Action expresses priorities.”
“There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.”
“My Life is My Message”
“There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever. ”
“I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings.”
“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.”
“It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”
“Truth is one, paths are many.”
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48 COMMENTS

  1. ….ahh, group hug..
    For sometime I have believed it is “all the above wisdom” that the oppressors cannot fathom, hence the; controls, the terror, the programming. The attempt to squash the human-ness out of us.
    Like the final scene in “how the Grinch stole Christmas, when the Who’s held hands and sang, despite the loss of their “sparklies”, then forgave Grinch.

  2. In the end…after all the above was tried…..even Gandhi said it was time to fight TT!

    But the spilling of blood Must be the last resort……..”after a long train of abuses.”

  3. Three more (lesser known) Gandhi quotes:

    “Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.”

    “I do believe that where there is only a choice between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence.”

    “I would rather have India resort to arms in order to defend her honor than that she should, in a cowardly manner, become or remain a helpless witness to her own dishonor.”

  4. Unfortunately, before he did, Mahatma Gandhi said : “I have failed.” I trust his assessment. Saint Francis of Assisi said the same thing.

  5. wow tt
    harsh
    interesting to note the brits of the day considered ghandi a military adversary (as they do all political opposition to date)
    they considered assassinating him
    figured it was not worth the effort and public relations risks
    let him and india go as it were
    did not change much
    if any doubt take a look at how they let go of jamaica too
    “life and debt” on dvd splains the recolonization through public release of colonies
    sure they made jamaica, india, whoever politically independent
    they also made them infinitely more financially dependent

      • that’s cool tt
        still gotta think the grinch among us will be tough to learn since avoiding the truth is their only advantage that allows them to feel in control

        think ted geisel was expressing a hope and desire more than an insight.

        might help to understand what dr seuss did for a living before kids’ books.

        wahoo doray

  6. I read somewhere recently that Mr Ghandi was in fact a Freemason.
    What that means is up to ones imagination.
    Is everything a psy op ?

    • how not surprising
      seems like the answer regardless is yes.
      even this reply to you beau
      perhaps that’s it
      if we always talk as if we’re addressing the folk in power perhaps that will be the change we become

  7. Divinity/Reality empowers through Sharing & Unity whereas Humanity/Relativity empowers through Exclusivity & Division. Without realising Divinity/Evolutionary-Spirituality, Humanity is only of Partial Humanity because then, being of the Blind-Blinded but assuming hindsight, insight & foresight, everything is of Religion & Religiosity, oka Of Ownership Issues. Especially that patsy/justification of the contemporary era, “Democracy”, which is being used to promote Devolution, oka The Bookie, the One who profits from Disagreement.

    The moment a [partial/spiritually unconscious/unaware] human takes sides, he will not only be of The Duelling Duality variously known as Protein-Carbs, Oxygen-Hydrogen, Aggression-Depression, Greed-Fear, Anger-Guilt, Masculinity-Femininity, Con-Pro, Wrong-Right, Reject-Accept, Under-Over, Too Little-Too Much, Activity-Desire, and the myriad of dichotomies innately developed within all thinkers, he is actually addicted-to/being-mesmerised by The Bookie in all His mythical aspects and manifestations otherwise known as Fame, Fortune & Immortality.

    The duty of every Principle, oka Of Reality/Permanence/Thoughtlessness, or Concept, oka Of Relativity/Transience/Thought, is to replicate. As such, should one’s cup be always brimming over, first ensure that it is filled with Benevolence and not Malevolence. This is why, for example, anger cannot be resolved with anger because Anger’s only duty/job is to make another Angry. Once a human steps onto his Duelling Duality, he will be trapped into an endless cycle/tango of Frivolity & Nonsense. That of Exclusivity & Division. Just like the “Olympic” nonsense because the duty of The First, within Reality/Divinity, is to be The Last whereas the duty of The First within Relativity/Humanity, is to ensure there that is a Last to maintain his position of being The First. And humans claim intelligence. Even the chimps are having a laugh at the Stupidity and Dumbness of it all, the joke being that almost all within Humanity are so mired.

  8. No comment ! Ghandi’s words say it all.

    Thank You for sharing ! May I post it on my blog, please ? I will simply put the link…

    Let me know :-)

    Love from Paris,
    Caro

  9. It is always important to know what is happening around you, but equally as important is knowing something that gives you strength and hope and courage! How can one not have strength and hope and courage listening to Gandhi? Thank you Zen! Vis

  10. “Forgiveness liberates the soul, it eliminates fear – that is why it is such a powerful weapon.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHqi6ZB_F0U

    They who cannot forgive, must judge – for they must justify their failure to forgive.

    If peace is sought, then the mind must first be at peace. For the mind to be at peace, you have to forgive; it’s as simple as that.

  11. Thank you ZG. For some reason you seem to be the directional signs of my current spiritual walkabout. I get stuck and your next article either answers my questions or leads me off to the knowledge I didnt know I was in need of. Its kinda cool that for the moment there is synchronicity. This far from says I always agree, but always thoughtful. Keep up the good work you are appreciated.

  12. WTG Zen! That was a clever way to take all our questions, uncertainties and fears of the past weeks and answer them all in one sitting! Thank you for thinking of it and reminding us of who we are and what we can achieve even as we walk through the darkness of these times. After all, turning on a light switch will lite up a dark room right? We are Light, we just need to find that switch somewhere inside.
    Hugs Mich

    • LOL! I just wrote that on a large piece of paper and stuck it on the wall in front of me!

      Out of all the wisdom above, didn’t that one strike home!

  13. Gandhi was indeed a monumental and dynamically spiritual adept man.

    His name was a household word when I was a child. Yet today we hear nothing of this genuine and heroic role model. We might well ask why?

    One reason, is that in following his words and example, the Country of India was set free.

    His exemplary leadership and means were the vehicles which broke the yoke of The Crown of England over the people of India.

    Though a hero of ‘humanity’, he would certainly be viewed as an adversary by all those powers that enslave mankind.

    We need to follow the example set by Mohandis Gandhi on a global scale today.

    To understand better who those are, who have conspired together to rule mankind, this video needs to be viewed.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEV5AFFcZ-s

  14. Another profound message, Zen. Thank you! I should forward this to a family member of mine who devotes himself to teaching conflict resolution and shares great respect for Gandhi. Unfortunately, until he chooses to grasp the greater truth and root of the problem (as Gandhi did), hence removing the blinders we are all inflicted with from birth, his dedication only serves to treat the symptoms.

  15. Sometimes you post an article that you will regret and sometimes you reply and comment without realizing it yet and sometimes you post a new article and then forget to do more research to confirm what you thought you read.

    Happy Trails, . . .

      • With all due respect Zen, I came to read this post yesterday when I noticed it in your feed. While I was somewhat surprised that you posted quotes attributed to Gandhi there were no comments yet so I thought I would wait to see the commentary that would surely follow. The previously comment I suppose just came to me through the ether.

        As for anything else? How about this,

        When people cannot identify the source of their troubles they are much more likely to accept a bad situation as a kind of natural disaster with no fault and no solution.

        Happy Trails, . . .

  16. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6 Gandi is NOT the savior of the world !

  17. Thanks to freedom of information act USA , the truth about ghandi has been revealed he was a British agent , plain and simply, the British continued to rule india through him , he was responsible for disqualifying the true indian political figures from the new legislator, just ask any knowledgeable indian political figures of the age. He wasrefused the noble peace price because he was a war monger, sargent major ghandi , his job was to enlist southAfrican Indians to die at her magestries pleasure, fighting the boars , he thought blacks were an inferrier race, he shouted non violence cos it suited the British agenda

  18. Granted permission for my first term paper in high school to be on Mahatma Ghandi, I titled it “The legacy of violence remains”.

  19. Once again, Zen, a beacon in this dark world. Long may you speak, Gandhi was not a total saint however. Perfection in hell is an ideal. Long may we all strive for it. We must love our foes to death.

  20. heard similar about martin luther king
    what most miss is that one does not have to be a true believer for the wealthy masters to be their agent
    one can even be their agent unwittingly or partially wittingly
    some can even be dim enough to think that by acting as their agent he can out play them even at their own game
    martin luther king and all did much to keep the wealthy power consolidated even while crushing the lower castes more in america
    and now mandela has done the same in s africa through his first and subsequent finance ministers and advisers

  21. Zen, I was shocked to see this article posted about Ghandi on your sight. He was used by the British Government, like many others, however, he was also part of the cabal and a freemason. Sheeple need to be informed before writing such articles. Just another site I do not plan on revisiting!

  22. Hi,
    Punch into google search MAHATMA GANDHI, RE-WRITING INDIAN HISTORY- VADAKAYIL.
    Know the shocking truth.
    Capt ajit vadakayil
    ..

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