Thursday, October 2, 2014

Remembering the great man who graced our lives...

  • Gandhi was nominated for the Nobel Peace prize five times and the committee regrets not giving him the Nobel Peace prize to this day.
  • Gandhi is the source of inspiration to most number of Nobel Peace prize winners - atleast 6 winners have attributed their principles and methods to him.
  • Gandhi was responsible for Civil Rights movement in four continents and twelve countries Gandhi was arrested 14 times and spent a total of 6 years in prison.
  • The funeral procession of Gandhi was eight kilometers long.
  • As a percentage of population, Gandhiji still holds the record for most number of people attending a leaders political gathering. When he held a public meeting, upto 80% of the local population showed up.
  • Bose once said: If I give a call then 20 lakh people would come, but if Gandhiji gives a call then 20 crore would come.
  • Great Britain released a stamp 21 years after he died.
  • Gandhi has influenced almost all leaders of the 20th century. Some include - Martin Luther King, Syu Ki, Nelson Mandela and many more.
  • Gandhi walked/travelled almost 18 kms a day (he averaged 15kms during the Dandi march) - totaling almost 80K during his campaigns from 1913 to 1938. That is enough to walk around the world twice over the equator.
  • Gandhi's title "Father of the Nation" was first used by Subhas Chandra Bose on 6th July,1944 when the Indian National Army started its march to Delhi.
  • Gandhi served in the army during the Boer war - he has crusaded against violence since the time he realized the horrors of war.
  • Gandhi maintained correspondence with a lot of people - Tolstoy, Einstein and Hitler were among the many, that deserve a mention.
  • Gandhi salary as a lawyer, adjusted for inflation would be Rs. 1213960/yr today. This would put him in the upper 5% of the income group, which he gave up to join Congress.
  • There was a regiment named after Gandhi in Indian National Army.
  • Gandhi never celebrated our independence, and he was not present during Nehru's tryst of destiny speech. He was in Kolkata fasting for religious harmony.
  • Gandhi rose from a volunteer to the leader of millions in just seven years - He arrived on Jan 9th 1915 and by 1920, he was leading the Non -Cooperation movement.
  • Most relics of Gandhi including the clothes he wore when he was shot are still preserved in Gandhi Museum, Madurai. 
  • Einstein said of Gandhi: Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this walked the earth in flesh and blood. 
  • Gandhi died without any property or a will.
  • The film "Gandhi" won eight academy awards - the highest for a movie based on a real life person.
  • Gandhi never held a official position in any political body during the final years of his life.
  • Gandhi was thinking of dissolving the Congress a day before he died.
  • Gandhi was held in high regard by every leader of the time in India - Jinnah, Bose and Gaffar Khan included, despite their political differences.
  • Steve Jobs was a fan of Gandhi - his glasses are a tribute
-Some mind boggling facts about Mahatma Gandhi by Amar Prabhu.

Truth alone can set you free.. 
I remember an occasion when I was travelling with my master. The station master in a town we were passing through came to me and said, “Sir, give me something to practice, and I promise I will follow it faithfully.”
My master said to me, “Give him something definite to practice.”
I said, “Why should one fool misguide another? It will be better if you instruct him.”
So my master said, “From this day on, don’t lie. Practice this rule faithfully for the next three months.”
Most of the employees of the railroad in that area were dishonest and took bribes. But this man decided that he would not take bribes or lie any more.
That very same week a supervisor from the head office came to investigate him and his assistants. The stationmaster answered the probing questions of the supervisor honestly. This inquiry brought serious trouble to his staff. All the employees who had been taking bribes, including the stationmaster himself, were prosecuted. He thought, “It has been only thirteen days, and look at the difficulty I am in. What is going to happen to me in three months’ time?”
Soon his wife and children left him. Within a month his life had crumbled like a house of cards from a single touch.
That day the stationmaster was in great agony, and we were some three hundred miles away on a bank of the Narmada River. My master was lying under a tree when he suddenly began laughing. He said, “Do you know what is happening? That man whom I instructed not to lie is in jail today.”
I asked, “Then why are you laughing?” He answered, “I am not laughing at him, I am laughing at the foolish world!”
Twelve people in that man’s office had gotten together and said he was a liar, although he had been speaking the truth. They accused him of being the only one guilty of taking bribes. He was put in jail and all the others were released.
When the stationmaster went to court the judge looked down at him from the bench and asked, “Where is your attorney?”
“I don’t need one.”
The judge said, “But I want someone to help you.”
“No.” said the stationmaster, “I don’t need an attorney; I want to speak the truth. No matter how many years you put me behind bars, I won’t lie. I used to share in bribes. Then I met a sage who told me never to lie, no matter what. My wife and children have left me, I have lost my job, I have no money or friends, and I am in jail. All these things have happened in one month. I have to examine truth for two more months no matter what happens. Sir, put me behind bars; I don’t care.”
The judge called a recess and quietly called the man to his chamber. He asked, “Who is the sage who told you this?”. The man described him. Fortunately the judge was a disciple of my master. He acquitted the stationmaster and said,” You are on the right path. Stick to it. I wish I could do the same.”
After three months that man did not have anything. On the exact day that the three months were up he was sitting quietly under a tree when he received a telegram saying, “Your father had a huge plot of land that was taken long ago by the government. The government now wants to give you compensation.” They gave him one million rupees. He had not known about the land, which was in a different province.
He thought, “Today, I have completed three months of not lying and I have been rewarded so much.” He gave the compensation to his wife and children, and they happily said, “We want to come back to you.”
“No,” he said. “Until now I have only seen what happens by not lying for three months. Now I want to find out what will happen if I do not lie for the rest of my life.”
Truth is the ultimate goal of human life, and if it is practiced with mind, speech and action, the goal can be reached. Truth can be attained by practicing non-lying and by not doing those actions that are against one’s own conscience. Conscience is the best of guides.
-------excerpt from “Living with the Himalayan Masters” by Swami Rama.

14 comments:

venkatapathy l said...

Namaste Ilango Sir.

Read 'The story of my experiments with truth' more than 50 years back. Feeling like reading again.
Thank you sir , thank you very much.

Love and regards,

LV

Social Media Earthworm said...

This piece on Mahatma here in justnifty is much better and lucid than 1000 of others crowding the news paper columns today on eve of Gandhi Jayanti... Master , you should should surely explore the role of editor( one more hat apart from TA , EW and Spiritualism ) .. .Present editors have forgotten the skill of engaging with the reader

gauresh59 said...

Many many thanks for this write up on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti....

"Remembering the great man..........."
Absolutely inspiring one......

He symbolizes :
-Firm determination,
-Powerful discipline,
-Too much self confidence,
-utmost trust and faith in God.

Manish said...

Great write up on Mahatma Gandhi master.Two famous quotes of the Father of the Nation....

1.“Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.”
2. “If you want something really important to be done you must not merely satisfy the reason, you must move the heart also.”

kapil said...
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kumar k said...

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Nilesh Patil said...

Buraai par hamesha acchai ki jeet,
dussehra laata hai ek umeed,
Dua Raavann ki tarhaan hamaare dukhon ka ant ho.
ek nai shuruaat ho ek naye savere k saath,
Happy Dasara

Prabhanshu Raman said...

Well said Sir, wish even i cud do this at least for a month ie do not lie.

Happy Dussehra to all...

kumar k said...

http://holybooks.lichtenbergpress.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/M.-K.-Gandhi-An-Autobiography-or-The-Story-of-my-Experiments-with-Truth.pdf?1b580f

gauresh59 said...

@ all,

"Swachh & Free India" is the dream of Mahatma Gandhiji. To make this endeavour of Mahatma Gandhiji a successful one, the Prime Minister has desired that each and every citizen of India should be a part of this "Swachh Bharat Campaign" and lend a helping hand to the efforts being made in this regard.

A humble request :
Let us put some quotes, lines or logs regarding this "Swachh Bharat Campaign" in our web pages, blogs, emails, business stationery like letter heads, envelops etc.

kumar k said...

parisubhra bharat is more apt title rather swachh bharat

arvindkering said...

Dear Sir,
Request you to kindly update JNSAR values in Stock wealth for BN and Stocks
Thanks and Regards
Arvind

Varadarajulu Venkatesan said...

Ilango Sir

Thank you very much for Jnsar values update in Stock Wealth for 07-10-2014.

chetas said...

@ For all

When Mahatma Gandhi was studying law at the University College of London, a professor, whose last name was Peters, disliked him intensely and always displayed animosity him.

Also, because Gandhi never lowered his head when addressing him as he expected, there were always “arguments” and confrontations.

One day, Mr. Peters was having lunch at the dining room of the University, and Gandhi came along with his tray and sat next to the professor. The professor said,”Mr Gandhi, you do not understand. A pig and a bird do not sit together to eat.”

Gandhi looked at him as a parent would a rude child and calmly replied, “You do not worry professor. I’ll fly away,” and he went and sat at another table.

Mr. Peters, reddened with rage, decided to take revenge on the next test paper, but Gandhi responded brilliantly to all questions.

Mr. Peters, unhappy and frustrated, asked him the following question:

“Mr Gandhi, if you were walking down the street and found a package, and within was a bag of wisdom and another bag with a lot of money, which one would you take?”

Without hesitating, Gandhi responded,

“The one with the money, of course.”

Mr. Peters, smiling sarcastically said,

“I, in your place, would have taken the wisdom.”

Gandhi shrugged indifferently and responded,

“Each one takes what he doesn’t have.”

Mr. Peters, by this time was fit to be tied. So great was his anger that he wrote on Gandhi’s exam sheet the word “idiot” and gave it to Gandhi.

Gandhi took the exam sheet and sat down at his desk, trying very hard to remain calm while he contemplated his next move.

A few minutes later, Gandhi got up, went to the professor and said to him in a dignified but sarcastically polite tone, “Mr. Peters, you autographed the sheet, but you did not give me the grade.”

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