8 Positive Life Lessons from Gandhi ~ A Tribute to His indomitable spirit

“You must be the Change you want to see in the world.” ~ Gandhi

Today marks the 70th Death Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. It’s the day a simple man, with a simple mission passed into the spirit world. His mission was of Non-violence, of peace, of Unity in diversity. His utter simplicity brought about a revolution of magnanimous proportions. A country was freed, people were heard, caste systems were banished and most of all love and peace prevailed. On this day…and everyday, I applaud this mission. I applaud his spirit, his courage, his unwavering and self-less motives.

I believe, rather firmly believe in Non-violence in thoughts and actions. In no circumstance or situation or state is violence physical or mental acceptable. I condemn war and fighting. There is so much of it going on around us already, that we are just adding to the Universe’s Mental Pollution, by thinking violently too. Be it just muttering harsh words under our breath or holding grudges or holding hate in our hearts. We are sending out the wrong energy into this Universe.

As Gandhi said, “You Must be the Change you want to see in the world”.

Are we truly? We constantly complain and bicker of failing systems around us…when in all reality, the fact that we are muttering, bickering and thinking such negativity is a failure of our own Human(e)ity as well as an addition to the Negative Mental Pollution.

There are many personalities in history that have left their mark. But, Gandhiji left his mark not only in history, but in our hearts. To say I find immense wisdom in his words, would be an understatement. I think he was truly very in-tune with his spiritual self.

As a Tribute to this beautiful Spirit, I share with you some of my favorite Life Lessons from Gandhiji. May you see the wisdom in them too –

8 Positive Life Lessons from Gandhi ~ A Tribute to His indomitable spirit

1} Revenge and violence are never productive nor healing. Forgiveness is the one way to heal yourself and the world.

“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

2} When your mind, heart and soul are in harmony, that is a surefire way to happiness.

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

3} When you feel like your purpose in this world seems unclear, immerse yourself in serving others. You will find yourself and your purpose in acts of pure selflessness.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

4} An indomitable will in your purpose and goal is where your true strength is.

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi 

5} When you consciously think positively everything in your life follows suit. You are the product of every thought your mind focuses on.

“A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

6} Make everyday you have count for something. Make it special. Live & Learn like your life depends on it. Learning is a life long process.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

7} No matter how small or big, take up a cause and give it your all. There is no better way to leave your mark in the world than with the good you did.

“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

8} Make every heart and every soul you encounter happy. Show other grieving souls kindness and love so that they too may happily live.

“To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Some more Wise Words from Gandhi:

On Love:

“Whether humanity will consciously follow the law of love, I do not know. But that need not disturb me. The law will work just as the law of gravitation works, whether we accept it or not. The person who discovered the law of love was a far greater scientist than any of our modern scientists. Only our explorations have not gone far enough and so it is not possible for everyone to see all its workings.”

On Non-Violence:

“Nonviolence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being.”

“However much I may sympathize with and admire worthy motives, I am an uncompromising opponent of violent methods even to serve the noblest of causes.”

On Forgiveness:

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

“To forgive is not to forget. The merit lies in loving in spite of the vivid knowledge that the one that must be loved is not a friend.”

On Acceptance & Religion:

“Like the bee gathering honey from the different flowers, the wise person accepts the essence of the different scriptures and sees only the good in all religions.”

I could write endlessly about this amazing man, but somehow I feel, you already know how wise he was.

Just think, if a simple man can bring about a non-violent, peaceful revolution and free a country with his sheer will and pure heart….How much can you do?

The possibilities, are indeed endless. You just need to believe in YOU!

Which is your favorite Life lesson from Gandhi? Share your favorites from in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!

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13 thoughts on “8 Positive Life Lessons from Gandhi ~ A Tribute to His indomitable spirit

  1. Gandhi is smiling! It amazes me that so much wisdom came from this tiny man…he was a force of nature and Spirit for sure. Thank you for highlighting his peace-full legacy, Zeenat.
    Namaste~

  2. So amazing, Zeenat! I love how you follow Ganhi’s quote: “You Must be the Change you want to see in the world” with your powerful question: “Are we truly?” That’s everything, in a nutshell, isn;t it? A beautiful selection of quotes from a man who was a true gift to humanity.

  3. Love love love this post with my fave quote As Gandhi said, “You Must be the Change you want to see in the world”.

    Are we truly? is a great question too. I like to believe I am being that change
    Thanks for the celebration of a giant hugs xxx

  4. Gandhi’s wisdom has always moved me. Having seen several movies about his stubborn persistence and his commitment to his beliefs, he is a timeless example for us all. One of my favourite quotes of his has to do with animals. “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” This strikes me as a very necessary message for us all, when we look at how cruelly the animal kingdom is treated in our world. Thank you for sharing this beautiful look at Gandhi, Zeenat. xo

  5. Love this article! So much good stuff! Thank you for reminding us of all this wisdom and goodness that Gandhi left us with! I could read this over and over again and still receive more!

  6. kelleygrimes

    I am so inspired by Gandhi as well Zeenat and love your blog and all the wisdom shared. I especially resonate with the idea that we are the change we are looking for and that ” Make everyday you have count for something. Make it special. Live & Learn like your life depends on it. Learning is a life long process.” We need more leaders like Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. guiding us toward nonviolent solutions to the challenges we face and embodying love as the most powerful transformational tool. I commit to using my love as a tool for change. Thank you!

  7. These words are jus the right words that I have to input in myself thank you so much .
    My fav of them all is To forgive is not to forget. The merit lies in loving in spite of the vivid knowledge that the one that must be loved is not a friend.”- I think there words helps me soothe my disturbed mind .

    Zeenat u r a great counsellor i find great comfort in ur energytic words the way u output them is jus right wat my heart need to hear right ….im in need of ur guidnace to see my life more in a positive way i ahve dropped u an email to the provided address in this blog ,hoping for a reply 🙂

    once again thank you ,it seems a start for my life to be changed .

  8. Hey Zeenat,

    I liked your post so much I returned to read it again. There’s some truly beautiful words and timeless wisdom here. Though some of it is sometimes so hard to put into practice in real life. Nevertheless, it’s truly inspiring reading your post.

    Just imagine if everyone of us could incorporate and practice these life lessons daily in our lives, how amazing our world would be?

    Then again, if each and everyone of us were more thoughtful, giving, considerate, kind, compassionate and followed The Golden Rule of “doing unto others”, there would really be no need to practice some of these concepts.

    But realistically, when is that going to happen?

    Thanks for sharing these thoughts.

    Mark
    LiveLoveLaughBeHappy,com

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