Introduction: This series of posts will enclose my thoughts and reflection of a book with phrases from Mahatma Gandhi called “A thought for the day”. I don’t remember if I bought it or if my mum left it on my desk to read and so I picked it from my “To read” staple of books
The book is a collection of phrases Mahatma Gandhi wrote to a friend, Anand t. Hingorani, who has lost his wife. His friend was visiting Gandhi at his Ashram and every morning, he wrote him phrases, to think about all day. After he left, both agreed that Gandhi keeps writing him phrases, at the end for over 2 years (1944 till end 1946). After Gandhis death in 1948, Anand published all letters he received over this time.
As mentioned in the book, all quotes are “[…] not only thoughts, but expressions, which are reflected from concrete live experiences. Mahatma Gandhi described his life as “a biography of his experiments with the Truth”. […] his comfort words have an even much higher meaning since he built his life work on one maxim: living in accordance with thinking, speaking and acting.[…] Gandhi never wrote as Guru, someone who owns the truth, but as someone who seeks.”
Translated from “Wer den Weg der Wahrheit geht, stolpert nicht – Worte an einen Freund”
After I have read the introduction, I decided to read 1-2 phrases every morning after my meditation practice. His thoughts have been arranged into 15 chapters, for each one I am writing a post with my favorite quotes and thoughts.
Why do I want to do this? I want to give a you a chance to reflect on topics, which are important in our life’s. Stuck in the daily routine, we sometimes forget to take a break and let our mind free and see what our deep feelings and thoughts are.
I also want to contribute to a world of honest conversation, where we never have to feel to hide our thoughts our emotions.
So far, I am through the first chapter, and as you can read in the title, it is about “Truth”
- “The realization of the truth is not possible without ahimsa, non-violence. Therefore, it has also been said, that Ahisma is the supreme law (Dharma).”
I lately read also “Letter from Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King Jr., which is a great piece to understand, why non-violence was so important for their campaigns. Only with love we can change and thrive, never with hate. We have to look for those things which unites and not what separates us. It also explains, we he needed to act and not to wait for change. I highly recommend it.
- “Everyone agrees that it is foolish to do evil. But the view that bad means would be justified by a good goal must be considered even more foolish”
I had to think about my own decisions in my life, where I was untruthful to myself, in order to achieve something good/meaningful. I also had to think about politicians, who are excusing their action/laws this way. Did this happen to you as well?
- “A single word, if it is true, is enough. Untrue words, however, no matter how many, are of no avail”
- “One who walks the path of truth, does not stumble”
Those phrases have been important to me. We have to work for a honest world with honest conversation. We have to uncover the falsehood and support those, who spent and risk their life’s for the Truth.
- “One who is not vigilant in every moment of his life will never find the truth”
It reflect what what I have learned for myself over the past years (Being honest and truthful to yourself and others): You have to find first your inner truth, the search of who YOU are. Therefore, I have a question: What made you happy as a child and how do you/could you translate this to your adult life?
Me: As a child, I enjoyed laying outside at night and look to the stars or at the beach and look out to the ocean. Now, I see this in my curiosity in general and also, my thrive to explore, see what lays behind the hill, thinking whats on other side of the ocean and my believe that we are not alone in the universe.