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Why I respect Mahatma Gandhi? (And you should, too!)

A reporter once asked a man- “Why do you always choose to travel by third class in a train?” He replied, “Simply, because there is no fourth class as yet.” Do you know who had this good sense of humor? Also revered in India as the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi had a light witty side which only completed his strong personality. He is certainly the most prominent leader of all time. Many great leaders like Nelson Mandela, Dalai Lama and Martin Luther King Jr. have been inspired by his teachings of truth and non-violence. We all know how phenomenal his life accomplishments were. Though he is not amongst us today, his name lives on. He is respected and still lives in the hearts of millions of Indians and his followers worldwide. His ideas and experiments in simple living and high thinking keep on inspiring us, even after all these years. His most charming values were his disciplined way of life and his determination to always tell the truth. Let’s have a look at some of his values which we must practice daily-

A man is but the product of his thoughts; What he thinks, he becomes.

Stop everything you’re doing right now and just think about the answer to these following questions. What are you thinking when you’re doing this in a day-

  • Early morning you get up, head towards the wash basin to brush and you look in the mirror. (What are you thinking?)
  • You’re late for work and are stuck in traffic. (What are you thinking?)
  • There’s a cab strike and you’ve to walk 20 mins till home. (What are you thinking?)
  • On the way, you see a beautiful dress on a mannequin with a perfect body shape. (What are you thinking?)

No matter what you think in any of such similar situations you would agree with me when I say that – mostly these thoughts are nothing but just useless anxieties. You know why? Because you don’t think clearly and are unable to control your thoughts. You’re unable to focus them towards doing something good. You feel worried and keep anticipating situations that have not happened but might happen- leading to unnecessary panic and fear.

Now do you realize how much positive or negative thinking can affect us? If we occupy ourselves with positive thoughts, we turn out to be positive ourselves. Gandhi’s actions were a true expression of his ethics and moral principles. He followed the philosophy of Ahimsa (non-violence), which means “to do no harm”, kept long fasts to cleanse his body and mind; also using it as a weapon against the then ruling government. He also created a many communities or ashrams to teach people how to make non-violence a part of their daily lives. Self discipline is about learning to control your actions and your virtues to collaborate with your thoughts. Merely thinking good will not be enough guys. You have to put that in action.

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

Have you ever tried surfing, paragliding or the most common, cycling? If not any of these just remember your first ever adventurous activity and that first attempt that you were going to try. Your mind kept pulling you back- “There’s no way you can do this” but in your heart you knew- “I can at least give it a try and see what happens”. And look where you are now- all those first time adventurous activities are a piece of cake for you now. We mostly fear to do anything new not because we’re unable to do it, but because our mind keeps telling so.

When you have that never-say-die attitude, there’s nothing that can withhold you. It doesn’t matter how many obstacles exist in your path, if you’ve a strong will, you will overcome them. It’s like achieving the impossible. The strength of your innermost self, the passion that’s inside your heart – it all belongs to you, and nobody can take it away from you. So always keep that inner strength of your heart and mind, and let nothing hold you back. Gandhi adopted the tools of Ahimsa (non-violence), satyagraha, truth, tolerance. With his leadership and supervision, he was able to draw wider section of people into struggle for Independence.

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

This quote should be our motivation of the day, daily. Life is too short to worry about anything. How can you be sure there’s going to be a tomorrow? Do your best today. If there’s something waiting to be done, do it right away. No matter what difficulties you might face- prioritize your tasks, not procrastinate.

When was the last time you were curious to learn something new? (I know, most bloggers would be thinking, I’m curious to find out the latest changes in the insta algo 😀 ). But really, have you tried learning another language, have you tried the strangest dish of your town yet? Live every day as if it were going to be your last; for one day you’re sure to be right. Everyone should have the hunger to learn new things. Life is teaching us something every moment, so don’t ever stop learning. Each day is different for every person in this world, and so is every person’s life lessons.

Still think you don’t have enough time to do all your tasks? Try living the life of a mayfly (After their mating flight mayflies are usually dead by the end of the day). There’s so much to learn from Gandhi’s life lessons. He spent his life spreading messages of peace and love everywhere. His methods can still be easily understood by old and new generations. His modesty and simplicity has made him the “Mahatma”. And that’s why I have immense respect for Mahatma Gandhi since his values are actually good ideas which are applicable even today.

Do you have an interesting story about Mahatma Gandhi? Which values of Gandhi inspire you the most? Please share your short stories in the comments. Come back soon to read my next article or subscribe to get it delivered directly in your inbox. Bookmark this page to save time in searching again. Have a nice day ahead.

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