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Gandhi Jayanthi-Marking the birth of a Mahatma


Written on 10:19 PM by Reethi

Gandhi Jayanthi marks the birth of Mohandas K. Gandhi.

Gandhi, affectionately known as the 'Mahatma' or Enlightened Soul, is renowned for being the person to head the movement for India to be a sovereign nation, without the rule of the United Kingdom. The reason why that his efforts to do this are so unique, is because he promoted the principle of Non-violence or Ahimsa, to achieve this feat. Gandhi Jayanthi is recognized by both Indians and non-Indians alike, who respect Gandhi and what hevdid for India, and how he achieved this. Celebrations to commemorate Gandhi's birth take place all over the world. It is celebrated in many ways, from special prayers to special formal events, all in honour of Gandhi. Gandhi Jayanthi is celebrated on October 2nd.

Mahatma Gandhi's Quotes:

Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim

at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.

As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, keep it.

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make


Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in


Hate the sin, love the sinner.

Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.

Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.

I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.

I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach

you not to bow your heads before any one even at the cost of your life.

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only

temporary; the evil it does is permanent.

I want freedom for the full expression of my personality.

In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is

elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long

and arduous quest after Truth.

Indolence is a delightful but distressing state; we must be doing something

to be happy.

It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the

cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.

It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded

that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.

One needs to be slow to form convictions, but once formed they must be

defended against the heaviest odds.

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an

indomitable will.

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.

When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love

have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time

they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always.

You must be the change you want to see in the world.

You 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.

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless,

whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or

the holy name of liberty or democracy?

Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.

Mahatma Gandhi, 'Satyagraha Leaflet No. 13,' May 3, 1919

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

Mahatma Gandhi, (attributed)

Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes

my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and

able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right.

Mahatma Gandhi, 1931

I think it would be a good idea.

Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization

139 years ago, an Octorber 2 became an important date in history, being the birthday of "Mahatma", or "Mahatma Gandhi". On 15 June 2007, it was announced that the "United Nations General Assembly" has "unanimously adopted" a resolution declaring 2 October as "the International Day of Non-Violence." In India, we celebrate it as Gandhi Jayanthi every year and mark the birth of a Mahatma who led the nation's freedom struggle....What do we think of Gandhi today?

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