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Happy Birthday Gandhi! It’s the International Day of Nonviolence

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140 years ago today a soul was born into the body that was known as Mahatma Gandhi:

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was the pre-eminent political and spiritual leader of India during the Indian independence movement. He was the pioneer of satyagraha—resistance to tyranny through mass civil disobedience, firmly founded upon ahimsa or total non-violence—which led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. Gandhi is commonly known around the world as Mahatma Gandhi (Sanskrit: महात्मा mahātmā or ‘Great Soul’, an honorific first applied to him by Rabindranath Tagore), and in India also as Bapu (Gujarati: Gujarati: બાપુ, bāpu or ‘Father’). He is officially honoured in India as the Father of the Nation; his birthday, 2 October, is commemorated there as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday, and worldwide as the International Day of Non-Violence.

(excerpt from Wikipedia)

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In remembrance of Gandhi and many others who have shared in his teachings of non-violence and activism let us practice on this day, and let us strive to practice every day the observances of yoga: Nonviolence and compassion, commitment to truthfulness, non-stealing, control of the senses that we may not be driven by fleeting and sensory desires, non-hoarding of wealth.

Gratitude for the gift that Gandhi gave of his life and teachings! Namasté

“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”

“All the religions of the world, while they may differ in other respects, unitedly proclaim that nothing lives in this world but Truth.”

“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”

“Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.”

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.”

“Commonsense is the realised sense of proportion.”

“I do feel that spiritual progress does demand at some stage that we should cease to kill our fellow creatures for the satisfaction of our bodily wants.”

“Confession of errors is like a broom which sweeps away the dirt and leaves the surface brighter and clearer. I feel stronger for confession.”

“Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart.”

“Be the change that you want to see in the world.”

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