Monday, August 17, 2009

The Words and Inspiration of Mahatma Gandhi

Some pages of the book...Click to enlarge image ;-)

Be the change you want to see in the world. - Mahatma Gandhi

Yesterday I went walking around the mall and stumbled upon another book sale. I love book sales and every time I stick my nose into one, I always end up finding treasures I never let go off my hands.

As I was rummaging through the old, previously owned, and new books, I cam upon this shelf of new books still sealed in plastic. Some stuff from Blue Mountain Arts caught my attention and my heart really beat faster when I saw one of the volumes:
The Words and Inspiration of Mahatma Gandhi.

Mahatma Gandhi was a prominent peace leader when he was still alive and even now, decades since his death, he continues to inspire people from all over the world. Born
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on 2 October 1869, the Indian political and spiritual leader was a pioneer of resistance to tyranny through mass civil disobedience founded upon total non-violence has led his nation to independence from the British.

Gandhi was born into a middle class family and studied to become a lawyer but his love for his country and fellowmen made him give up all of the possible wealth he could have achieved. By giving into his calling and doing what he was supposed to do, Gandhi gained something more that inspired many nations and many generations all over the world.

Gandhi is more known to the world as Mahatma Gandhi. Mahatma is a Sanskrit word that means Great Soul, and it was first applied to Gandhi by another great man, Rabindranath Tagore.

Gandhi has touched lives on many people and improved the living conditions of his fellowmen. Through non-violent protests, the man has promoted peace without having to harm other people. He became the concrete example of a man who conquered his enemies without using firearms. His wisdom, tolerance, and belief of a better future and justice brought him to his victory.

A man who could have worn a suit with a tie chose to wear the traditional Indian dhoti and shawl, lived a simple life, yet overthrew an empire and regained the country for his fellowmen. A man whose gentle ways sent out roaring messages that brought down walls of disillusionment and tyranny. A person who will remain idolized by people who love peace and who believe that there is still something good to look forward to in this otherwise disenchanted world.

Mahatma Gandhi is officially honored in his beloved India as the Father of the Nation and his birthday, October 2, is a national holiday. It is also the International Day of Non-Violence.

Thank you for the inspiration Great Soul... With what you have shown the world, we could always give peace a chance...

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