"Be the change that you want to see in the world", Gandhi's quotes that are still relevant

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the youngest child to an elite Indian couple, lived life on his terms. From being a rebel at an early age, he went on to become the flag bearer of non-violence in South Africa and India.

He was an ardent reader of Tolstoy and Helena Blavatsky. He was involved with a group in the UK studying Theosophy. Way ahead of his time, Gandhi understood people’s pain and was able to communicate with the masses in their vocabulary and lead them with a higher purpose in mind.

Today, as we celebrate the 150th birthday anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, we remember his quotes that are relevant even today.

Mahatma GandhiPower is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.Mahatma GandhiYou must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.

Gandhi did not believe in religious customs and traditions, though he was a religious person. He studied different religions and drew from them the ideals of secularism and unity. He advocated the true sense of patriotism and democracy from these ideals.

Mahatma GandhiMy patriotism is not an exclusive thing. It is all embracing and I should reject that patriotism which sought to mount upon the distress or exploitation of other nationalities.Mahatma GandhiDemocracy necessarily means a conflict of will and ideas, involving sometimes a war to the knife between different ideas.Mahatma GandhiNon-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.

Gandhi’s equality wasn’t restricted to religion, caste and class, he was also vocal about equality for women.

Mahatma GandhiTo call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man's injustice to woman.Mahatma GandhiThe greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane.

He started the non-cooperation movement and also the Swadeshi movement as a way to wipe out the Britishers. However, these movements had a deep sense of environmentalism attached to them as well.

Mahatma GandhiThe earth, the air, the land and the water are not am inheritance from our fore fathers but on loan from our children. So we have to handover to them at least as it was handed over to us.Mahatma GandhiThere is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.

Gandhi was a strong believer in incorporating action for the change one dreams of in everyday life. He lived his life the way he preached it.

Mahatma GandhiBe the change that you want to see in the world.

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