The Wisdom of Gandhi

I enjoy promoting today as a day of remembrance and reflection, for it is Mohandas Gandhi's birthday. He was born on October 2nd, 1869 on the East Coast of British-controlled India.  

There is so much to learn from his vision, his mission, his patience, his endurance.   I pulled together a few quotes of his that are certainly worthy of a good pondering.  I find a lot of value in writing them down in my notebook or placing them on index cards somewhere where I will see them often, where I can revisit their insight.  

Along with some quotes of his below, I have included two pictures.  The first is Gandhi as a young lawyer.  Gandhi excelled in logical thinking and applying this thinking to emotional and spiritual issues. The second is an elder Gandhi with his iconic spinning wheel which came to represent local self-reliance. What I have learned most from Gandhi was his devotion to working on the self and the local community concurrently. 


It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.


As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world ... as in being able to remake ourselves.


A man is but the product of his thoughts.  What he thinks, he becomes.


Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.


Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.


Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

The foundation of Gandhi's vision was working towards peace with yourself through simple living and service to others.  An early proponent of local economics and local self-sufficiency, pictured here with his spinning wheel.