The Way of Gandhiji
|From Mani Bhawan, Gandhi's Home in Mumbai, India|
I am praying for the light that will dispel the darkness.
Let those who have living faith in non-violence, join me in the prayer
– MK Gandhi
An Excerpt from the Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff:
"Know the masculine, but keep to the feminine.....Return to the infant state." "children, who play life, discern its true law and relations more clearly than men, who...think that they are wiser by experience, that is, by failure." "great man retains child's mind." The great man, we would say, plays like a child and attracts like a woman. His play may be serious and his attraction seem masculine on its surface, but they are childlike and feminine nevertheless.
And that brings us to someonw we consider the greatest Piglet of all time, who changed his life an the lives of millions by applying the tremendous power available to those who attract positive with positive. We will introduce him with these words by Chuang-tse:
wanting a more positive term, he and a cousin came up with Satyagraha, or Truth Power.
In South Africa, Truth Power brought about the Indian Relief Bill. In India, it achieved the grating of democratic reforms; united long-separated political territories, parties, and factions; stopped civil war; revived home industries; freed the nation from British rule; and freed the "untouchables" from the ages-old caste system that had persecuted and imprisoned them. It earned Gandhi-who held no government office, but led India just the same-a popular respect so high that he could exact political concessions by fasting. And it earned fro him, despite his strong distaste for it, the title of Mahatma, Great Soul. Gandhi insisted that he was no god-the success of Satyagraha in his life, he said, showed that anyone could achieve similar results.
Wherever Gandhi went, he tanformed situations and lives. As one friend and biographer worte, "He...changed human beings by regarding them not as what they thought they were but as though they were what they wished to be, and as though the good in them was all of them."
Many descriptions have been written of M.K. Gandhi and his Truth Power movment. But our favorite has never, we believe, been quoted. It was written by Lao-tse centuries before Mohandas Gandhi's birth, in chapter after chapter of the Tao Te Ching:
"I will not like to live in this world if it is not to be one"- MK Gandhi