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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Lenten Mercy~Meditation: Remembering Gandhi

Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948) was the non-violent, Hindu advocate and leader of independence for India from British rule. I remember reading his vast autobiography (The Story Of My Experiments With Truth) in seminary. I don't know how I managed that; the required reading theology text books, when piled up on the floor, reached my chin. 

Anyway, the 1982 Oscar winning film, Gandhi, was on television the other day, and I remembered all of this and the impact his life made on me. So I did some research (computers weren't around for our use in the early 70's) and discovered many things Gandhi said. Here are a few. It is said that Jesus' Sermon on the Mount influenced Gandhi's thought. Have you ever read that teaching? Matthew 5,6,7.
  • "The real love is to love them that hate you, to love your neighbor even though you distrust him."
  • "To believe in something and not to live it is dishonest."
  • "An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching."
  • "The one religion is beyond all speech."
  • "To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer."
  • "Nothing has saddened me as much in life as the hardness of heart of educated people."
  • "Action expresses priorities."
  • "Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it."
  • "If you want real peace in the world, start with children."
  • "Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood."
  • "Say what you want but you never say it with violence."
  • "Non-violence is a weapon of the strong."
  • "There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread."
  • "You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."

These last two quotes are "cheeky" (British expression).

The interviewer asked Gandhi: "What do you think of Western Civilization?" Gandhi answered, "I think it would be a good idea." 

"I don't reject Christ. I love Christ. It's just that so many of you Christians are so unlike Christ." (My note: At that time, ruling England still called  itself a Christian country).


  1. Gandhi's nonviolent approach parallels Jesus' teachings which are universal. Love is not bounded by religion.

  2. Why are men of peace so often met with a violent death? Thankfully their message resonates long term with the majority of the that their efforts are not in vain.

  3. Thanks for sharing this bit about Gandhi. We tend to forget these peacemakers that paved the way for us to live freely today.

  4. Some people have beautiful souls. It is good to remember them and their life's work.