International Day of Non-Violence: Gandhi Jayanti
Posted by Admin Dino, October 2, 2012
International day of non-violence is celebrated on October 2nd honouring the birth of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi lovingly known as Mahatma (Great/Noble soul) or Bapu (Father). Mahatma firmly believed in two cardinal principles - Ahimsa (non-violence) and Satya (truth). He was instrumental in starting the peaceful non-cooperation movement and showed the world how much could be achieved by basic non-violence and peaceful resistance. He was a firm believer of satya and spent significant amount of time discovering the same. To discover truth through non-violence, Mahatma devised a philosophy called Satyagrah (Holding onto ultimate truth). He also coined the term Sarvodaya which meant 'universal upliftment' or 'progress of all'. Gandhi believed that a nation can progress only if it can uplift the masses and reduce the rich poor divide.
Mahatma was strongly inspired by Leo Tolstoy's work especially 'The Kingdom of God Is Within You' which encouraged him to follow nonviolent resistance to achieve his goals. In turn, he is said to have influenced important leaders such as Martin Luther King, James Lawson, Nelson Mandela, and Dalai Lama to name a few.
In today's cut-throat competition we do not always succeed in establishing the Gandhian values in our kids. While the instant gains may be good but in the long run having good strong values help in building character and suceeding in life.
Image courtesy: World Peace Summit