MAHATMA GANDHI [1869-1948] IN HIS OWN WORDS [2]

  • Gandhi At 78MIND: Man cannot develop his mind by simply writing and reading or making speeches all day long. 
  • CONFIDENCE: That man who has inspired confidence in another has never lost anything in this world. 
  • FAITH: One’s faith has got to be bright and intelligent before it can enkindle faith in others. 
  • LOVE: It is my firm belief that it is love that sustains the earth. There only is life where there is love. Life without love is death. Love is the reverse of the coin of which the obverse is Truth. 
  • BROTHERHOOD: Many are all tarred with the same brush, and are children of one and the same Creator, and as such the divine powers within us are infinite. To slight a single human being is to slight those divine powers, and thus to harm not only the being but with him the whole world. 
  • PERSEVERANCE: Perseverance opens up treasures which bring perennial joy. 
  • RESTRAINT: Restraint never ruins one’s health. 
  • SELF-CONFIDENCE:  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. 
  • SMOKING: I have a horror of smoking as I have of wines. Smoking I consider to be a vice. It deadens one’s conscience and is often worse than drink, in that it acts imperceptibly. It is a habit which is difficult to get rid of when once it seizes hold of a person. It is an expensive vice. It fouls the breath, discolors the teeth and sometimes even causes cancer. It is an unclean habit. 
  • STRENGTH:  Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. 
  • STUDENT: The students’ minds must not be caged, nor for that matter those of the teachers. 
  • TASTE: Passion in man is generally co-existent with a hankering after the pleasures of the palate. 
  • THOUGHT: Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well. There is nothing more potent than thought. Deed follows word and word follows thought. The word is the result of a mighty thought, and where the thought is mighty and pure the result is always mighty and pure. 
  • UNITY: Unity to be real must stand the severest strain without breaking. 
  • WICKEDNESS: One may detest the wickedness of a brother without hating him. 
  • WIFE:  Wife is not the husband’s bondslave, but his companion and his helpmate, and an equal partner in all his joys and sorrows – as free as the husband to choose her own path. 
  • WORK: The difference between a voluntary worker and a hireling lies in the fact that whereas a hireling gives his service to whosoever pays his price, a national voluntary worker gives his service only to the nation for the cause he  believes in and  he serves it even though he might have to starve. 

Source: Sr. Rosario S. Quito, ICM, THOUGHTS FOR REFLECTIONS, 1994.

Jakarta, 14 March 2014

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