Friday, September 01, 2006

Arun Gandhi interprets Mahatma Gandhi

Quotes from “Nonviolence in the 21st Century: Challenges and Choices” by Arun Gandhi (Gandhis grandson) The whole article:


”The four essential principles of Gandhi's philosophy are quite simple to understand and implement. 
At the public level the four principles are: Truth, Ahimsa, Trusteeship and Constructive Action.

While at the personal level the four principles are: Respect, Understanding, Acceptance and Appreciation.”



”This attitude persists everywhere.  We still accept injustice because we are afraid of suffering and losing our possessions or our security?  True liberation comes when we can liberate ourselves of the FEAR that controls our lives.  In the final analysis that is the key.  In reality, this is not something impossible that nonviolence demands.  When we are forced by law tosacrifice our lives to protect our country in war we don't ask who is going to take care of the family or what will happen to my possessions.  We just go with the knowledge that we may not come back again.  This is a sacrifice that is forced upon an individual by a government.  Then, why is it so difficult for the same individual to make the same sacrifice to stand up for justice, ethics and values?

"I am prepared to die but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill,"  Gandhi said.”


”CONSTRUCTIVE ACTION is the natural corollary to trusteeship.  It means getting involved in finding constructive solutions to problems.  We are usually so pre-occupied with the Self that we don't have time for anyone or anything.  We usually want to hang the responsibility on someone's shoulders.  Usually the Government's shoulders yet they have severe limitations.  Bureaucrats or paid social workers don't always have the compassion needed for this kind of work.”


“He said: "Violence has two children -  Physical and Passive. “

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