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MOHAN MALA -A rosary of Gandhiji's messages

Mohandas was Gandhiji's first name.That is how the word Mohan is taken.

Mala means a garland or a rosary used for repeating a mantra or the name of God.

Here,we bring you powerful and practical messages given by Mahatma Gandhiji in the course of his life. For each day of the year, there is one message.At the end of each, the source (book) from which it is taken and then the date (wherever available) on which Gandhiji gave the message are mentioned.

Read them, follow them and share them with your family and friends.

Like Gandhiji, all his words are True and Eternal......

MAY 31

A complete fast is a complete and literal denial of self. It is the truest prayer. ‘Take my life and let it be always, only, all for Thee' is not, and should not be, a mere lip or figurative expression. It has to be a reckless and joyous giving without the least reservation. Abstention from food and even water is but the mere beginning, the least part of the surrender.

MAY 30

One fasts for health's sake under laws governing health, fasts as a penance for a wrong done and felt as such. In these fasts, the fasting one need not believe in ahimsa. There is, however, a fast which every votary of non-violence sometimes feels impelled to undertake by way of protest against some wrong done by society and this he does when he as a votary of ahimsa has no other remedy left.

MAY 29

Fasting is a potent weapon in the Satyagraha armoury. It cannot be taken by everyone. Mere physical capacity to take it is no qualification for it. It is of no use without a living faith in God. It should never be a mechanical effort or a mere imitation. It must come from the depth of one's soul.

MAY 28

There is nothing so powerful as fasting and prayer that would give us the requisite discipline, spirit of self-sacrifice, humility and resoluteness of will, without which there can be no real progress.

MAY 27

My religion teaches that whenever there is distress, which one cannot remove, one must fast and pray.

MAY 26

It is as clear to me as daylight that life and death are but phases of the same thing, the reverse and obverse of the same coin. In fact tribulation and death seem to me to present a phase far richer than happiness of life. What is life worth without trials and tribulation, which are the salt of life?

MAY 25

Death is no friend; he is the truest of friends. He delivers us from agony. He helps us against ourselves. He ever gives us new chances, new hopes. He is like sleep, a sweet restorer.

MAY 24

Death, which is an eternal verity, is revolution, as birth and after is slow and steady evolution; Death is as necessary for a man's growth as life itself.

MAY 23

This earthly existence of ours is more brittle than the glass bangles that ladies wear. You can keep glass bangles for thou­sands of years if you treasure them in a chest and let them remain untouched. But the earthly existence is so fickle that it may be wiped out in the twinkling of an eye. Therefore while we get breathing time, let us get rid of the distinctions of high and low, purify our hearts and be ready to face our maker when an earthquake or some natural calamity or death in the ordinary course overtakes us.

MAY 22

There is a divine purpose behind every physical calamity. That perfected science will one day be able to tell us beforehand when earthquakes will occur, as it tells us today of eclipses, is quite possible. It will be another triumph of the human mind. But such triumphs even indefinitely multi­plied can bring about no purification of self without which nothing is of any value.

MAY 21

If we have faith in us, if we have a prayerful heart, we may not tempt God, may not make terms with Him. We must reduce ourselves to a cipher.

MAY 20

Faith is not a delicate flower, which would wither under the slightest stormy weather. Faith is like the Himalaya Moun­tains, which cannot possibly change. No storm can possibly remove the Himalaya Mountains from their foundation. And I want every one of you to cultivate that faith in God and religion.

MAY 19

That faith is of little value, which can flourish only in fair weather, Faith in order to be of any value has to survive the severest trials. Your faith is a whited sepulcher if it cannot stand the calumny of the whole world.

MAY 18

I am a man of faith. My reliance is solely on God. One step is enough for me. The next step he will make clear to me when time for it comes.

MAY 17

It is faith that steers us through stormy seas, faith that moves mountains and faith that jumps across the oceans. That faith is nothing but a living, wide-awake consci­ousness of god within. He who has achieved that faith wants nothing. Bodily diseased, he is spiritually healthy; physically poor, he rolls in spiritual riches.

MAY 16

Faith is a function of the heart. It must be enforced by reason; the two are not antagonistic as some think. The more intense one's faith is, the more it whets one's reason. When faith becomes blind it dies.

MAY 15

A man without faith is like a drop thrown out of the ocean bound to perish. Every drop in the ocean shares its majesty and has the honour of giving us the ozone of life.

MAY 14

Without faith this world would come to naught in a moment. True faith is appropriation of the reasoned experience of' people whom we believe to have lived a life purified by prayer and penance. Belief
Therefore in prophets or incarnations that have lived in remote ages is not an idle superstition but a satisfaction of an utmost spiritual want.

MAY 13

There are subjects where reason cannot take in far and we have to accept things on faith. Faith then does not contradict reason but transcends it. Faith is a kind of sixth sense which works in cases which are without the purview of reason.

MAY 12

Let everyone try and find that as a result of daily prayer he adds something new to his life, something with which nothing can be compared.

MAY 11

Man is a. fallible being. He can never be sure of his steps. What he may regard as answer to prayer may be an echo of his pride. For infallible guidance one has to have a perfectly innocent heart incapable of evil.

MAY 10

There are limits to the capacity of an individual and the moment he flatters him­self that he can undertake all tasks, God is there to humble his pride.

MAY 9

Our prayer is a heart search. It is a reminder to ourselves that we are helpless without His support. No effort is complete without prayer -- without a definite recogni­tion that the best human endeavor is of no effect if it has not God's blessing behind. Prayer is a call to humility. It is a call to self-purification, to inward search.

MAY 8

Not until we have reduced ourselves to nothingness can we conquer the evil in us. God demands nothing less than complete self-surrender as the price for the only real freedom that is worth having. And when a man thus loses himself, he imme­diately finds himself in the service of all that lives. It becomes his delight and his recreation. He is a new man, never weary of spending himself in the service of God's Creation.

MAY 7

The prayer of even the most impure will be answered. I am telling this out of my personal experience, I have gone through the purgatory. Seek first the King­dom of Heaven and everything will be added unto you.

MAY 6

I can give say own testimony and say that a heartfelt prayer is undoubtedly the most potent instrument that man possesses for overcoming cowardice and all other bad old habits. Prayer is an impossibility without a living faith in the presence of God within.

MAY 5

Never own defeat in a sacred cause and make up your minds henceforth that you will be pure and that you will find a response from God. But God never answers the prayers of the arrogant, nor the prayers of those who bargain with Him.

MAY 4

I am giving you a bit of my experience and that of my companions when I say that he who has experienced the magic of prayer may do without food for days together but not a single moment without prayer. For without prayer there is no inward peace.

MAY 4

I am giving you a bit of my experience and that of my companions when I say that he who has experienced the magic of prayer may do without food for days together but not a single moment without prayer. For without prayer there is no inward peace.

MAY 4

I am giving you a bit of my experience and that of my companions when I say that he who has experienced the magic of prayer may do without food for days together but not a single moment without prayer. For without prayer there is no inward peace.

MAY 3

Prayer needs no speech. It is in itself independent of any sensuous effort. I have not the slightest doubt that prayer is an unfailing means of cleansing the heart of passions. But it must be combined with the utmost humility.

MAY 2

As food is necessary for the body, prayer is necessary for the soul. A man may be able to do without food, for a number of days-as MacSwiney did for over seventy days-but, believing in God, man cannot, should not, live a moment without prayer.

MAY 1

Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.


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