“Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self-becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man [woman] whom you may have seen, and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him [her]. Will he [she] gain anything by it? Will it restore him [her] to a control over his [her] own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to swaraj [freedom] for the hungry and spiritually starving millions?
Then you will find your doubts and your self melting away.”
Today we have so many philanthropists trying to make the world a better place. there are NGOs, govt recognized welfare associations, charitable trusts, foundations and what not, which often leads one to wonder – is there any particular time for realizing our onus in contributing to the cause? Well, Gandhi Ji had it figured out truly well as his teachings (read talisman) suggest that our every act of kindness and rationality would take us away from the realms of self-doubt towards the horizon of swaraj or self-dependence.
the world recognized this man’s true power for his teachings are a great benchmark of how we should peacefully co-exist amidst all these differences we have today and so the UN has declared the date 2nd October as the international day of non-violence. it’s a matter of great pride for us as a nation and also a matter of great responsibility as we are the ambassador’s of this nation which has given birth to such legends whose legacy guides us even today when we find ourselves knee deep in unsettling waters.
JAI HIND KI SENA!