Born in a merchant caste in coastal Gujarat to a Hindu Family, Mahatma Gandhi was one of India’s foremost leaders during British era. He is revered even today for having led the country to several inspired movements for freedom and civil rights and finally helping it to gain independence from the foreigners. He was born in 2 October, 1948 and is also known by the name “Bapu”, “Father of the Nation”, “Gandhiji”, etc.
The principles and ideas propagated by the great Indian leader are collectively called as “Gandhism” by many scholars across the globe. The main objective of these principles and ideas is to promote nonviolent resistance. The credit of selecting important themes and teachings from different religions including Jainism goes to him. For example, a large number of his teachings are related to vegetarianism, self-discipline, tolerance among people belongings to different creeds, self-purification, etc. A large part of his life was dedicated to “Satya” or truth. In fact, a number of his personal life experiences have been well documented in his book “The Story of My Experiments with Truth”.
Mahatma Gandhi has provided us with many interesting quotes that throw light on various aspects of life and truth. Here are some of them with their meanings:
1. “I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before any one at the cost of your life.” “All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is surrender. For it is all give and no take.”
Meaning: It is important to understand your morals and follow them to core. You should not turn your back on them just to appease others. It does not matter at what cost they come, you need to take stand on certain matters.
2. “To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.”
Meaning: If is easy to stop acting on certain things or hide what we feel on certain matters. But in doing so, we are being dishonest to ourselves. The best way forward is to express yourself and say what you always felt was right.
3. “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.”
Meaning: You should not forget that you are human and can therefore make mistakes. Also it does not matter how smart you are or how much success you achieve in life, you should not forget to remain humble. Even the mightiest people succumb to failure when they are not careful or take things for granted.
4. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
Meaning: It is an art to forgive others for what they have done to you. When you hold on to your grudges, your sole companions are suffering and pain. You will be able to move ahead in life when you learn the art of forgiving others.