MOHAN MALA -A rosary of Gandhiji's
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
Like Gandhiji, all his words are True and Eternal......
Democracy must in essence mean the art and science of mobilizing the entire physical, economic and spiritual resources of all the various sections of the people in the service of the common good of all.
A born democrat is a born disciplinarian. Democracy comes naturally to him who is habituated normally to yield willing obedience to all laws, human or divine.
Willing submission to social restraint for the sake of the well-being of the whole Society enriches both the individual and the society of which one is a member.
The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires change of the heart,
The spirit of democracy cannot be established in the midst of terrorism whether governmental or popular. In some respects popular terrorism is more antagonistic to the growth of the democratic spirit than the governmental. For, the latter strengthens the spirit of democracy, whereas, the former kills it.
Democracy disciplined and enlightened is the finest thing in the world. A democracy, prejudiced, ignorant, superstitious will land itself in chaos and may be self destroyed.
The democracy of my conception is wholly inconsistent with the use of physical force for enforcing its will.
Democracy will break under the strain of apron strings. It can exist only on trust,
The highest form of freedom carries with it the greatest measure of discipline and humility. Freedom that comes from discipline and humility cannot be denied; unbridled license is a sign of vulgarity, injurious alike to self and one's neighbors.
When people come into possession of political powers, the interference with the freedom of the people is reduced to a minimum. In other words, a nation that runs its affairs smoothly and effectively without such State interference is truly democratic. Where such a condition is absent, the form of Government is democratic in name.
Democracy and violence can ill go together. The States that are today nominally democratic have either to become frankly totalitarian or, if they are to become truly democratic, they must become courageously non-violent. It is a blasphemy to say that non-violence can only be practiced by individuals and never by nations which are composed of individuals.
The true democrat is he who with purely nonviolent means defends his liberty and, therefore, his country's and ultimately that of the whole of mankind.
In matters of conscience, the Law of Majority has no iliac.
Let us not push the mandate theory to ridiculous extremes and become slave to resolutions of majorities. That would be a revival of brute force in a more virulent form. If rights of minorities are to be respected, the majority must tolerate and respect their opinion and action It will be the duty of the majority to see to it that the minorities receive a proper hearing and are not otherwise exposed to insults.
The rule of majority has a narrow application, i.e., one should yield to the majority in matters of' detail. But it is slavery to be attainable to the majority, no matter what its decisions are.
Democracy is not a state in which people act like sheep. Under democracy, individual liberty of opinion and action is jealously guarded. I therefore, believe that the minority has a perfect right to act differently from the majority.
Keep a child in cotton wool and stunt it or kill it. If you will let it develop into a robust man, you will expose his body to all weathers, teaching him how to defy them. Precisely an the same manner, a government worth the name has to show the nation how to face deficits, laid weathers and. other handicaps of life through its own collective effort instead of its being effortlessly helped to live anyhow.
Possession of power makes men blind and deaf; they cannot see things, which are under their very nose and cannot hear things which invade their ears. There is thus, no knowing what power-intoxicated government may not do. So, patriotic men ought to be prepared for death., imprisonment and similar eventualities
Power that comes from service faithfully rendered ennobles. Power that is sought in the name of service and can only be obtained by a majority of votes is a delusion and a snare to be avoided.
Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by the art of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than the one derived from fear of punishment.
Whilst power, superimposed, always needs the help of police and military, power generated from within should have little or no use for them.
Those who claim to lead the masses must resolutely refuse to be led by them, if we want to avoid mob law and desire ordered progress for the country. I believe that mere protestation of one's opinion and surrender to the mass opinion is not only not enough, but in matters of vital importance, leaders must go contrary to the mass opinion if it does not commend itself to their reason.
Love and Ahimsa are matchless in their effect. But, in their play, there is no fuss, show, noise or placards. They presuppose self confidence which in its turn presupposes self purification. Men of stainless character and self purification will easily inspire confidence and automatically purify the atmosphere around them.
The reformer's path is strewn not with roses, but with thorns, and he has to walk warily. He can but limp and not jump.
The only code that guides a reformer is his own conscience in the last resort. . The law would be corrected through the righteous suffering of a few if public opinion had not already secured either correction or disuse,
All is well with you even though everything seems to go dead wrong, if' you are square with yourself. Reversibly, all is not well with you although everything outwardly may seem to go right, if you are not square with yourself.
My patriotism is not an exclusive thing. It is all embracing and I should reject that patriotism which sought to mount upon the distress of the exploitation of other nationalities. The conception of my patriotism is nothing if it is not always, in every case, without exception, consistent with the broadest good of humanity at large.
I do not believe . . . that an individual may gain spiritually and those who surround him suffer. I believe in advaita, I believe in the essential unity of man and for that matter, of all that lives. Therefore, I believe that if one man gains spiritually, the whole world gains with him and if one man falls, the whole world falls to that extent.
Mankind is one, seeing that all are equally subject to the moral law.All men are equal in God's eyes. There are, of course, differences of race and status and the like, but the higher the status of man, the greater is his responsibility.
Just as the cult of patriotism teaches us today that the individual has to die for the family, the family has to die for the village, the village for the district, the district for the province, and the province for the country, and so a country has to be free in order that it may die, if necessary, for the benefit of the world.
A nation that is capable of limitless sacrifice is capable of rising to limitless heights. The purer the sacrifice, the quicker the progress.