The Older I Get the More I Understand Ghandi

Today we take a look at Mahatma Ghandi.  We have referred to Ghandi several times in the last few months.  Now we will take a closer look at some of his ideas that have become important to me.

 

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A few ideas from Mahatma Ghandi that are important to me

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”  This idea has grown on me over the years.  When I first heard this idea I was in a place that I could not imagine changing myself.  I thought that I was what I was and that I could do nothing to change that.

 

As I travelled my path I gradually realized that I was able to change myself.  I began to see things in my false self that were getting in the way of my happiness.  I learned to change their control over me and found more of my own true happiness.

 

As I learned to find my internal happiness I realized how unhappy so many people are.  I realized that I could help them, but that I needed to be the example.  It was “walk the walk and talk the talk.”  If I wanted to see a change for true happiness in the world I had to be doing it for myself.

 

Since that realization several years ago I realized the importance of being the example.  Many times you do not have to say anything – being the example is all that is important.  Others see the example and will follow it without you ever having to say a word.

 

”The weak can never forgive.  Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.”  Many years ago when I was acting mostly from false self I had a very hard time forgiving anyone for anything.  After all, I had been wronged.  How could I forgive anyone for hurting me?

 

It took many years, but I gradually saw that by not forgiving others I was actually doing great damage to myself.  By not forgiving I was keeping tremendous amounts of anger inside of me.  This anger would frequently leak out in very self destructive behaviors.  I thought I was punishing those who hurt me by blaming them.  Eventually I realized that I was only hurting myself.

 

As I learned to forgive those who I thought were hurting me I learned a lot of other lessons.  First, I learned that until I forgave myself I could not forgive anyone else.  I learned self forgiveness and self acceptance.

 

Then I learned that many of my supposed hurts were actually judgments on my part.  I began to learn the difference between assessing a situation and judging a situation.

 

The difference is that a judgment is always an attachment to the way you want to see the situation.  An assessment is an open-minded attempt to understand the true nature of the situation without prejudices or attachments.  This became an invaluable lesson.

 

Well that is all for this week.  I hope everyone has a great weekend!

 

Until Monday –

 

Es kava turen hai

We work towards an identical goal.

 

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