Saturday, March 2, 2013

From ‘Mahatma Gandhi. Essays and Reflections’ by Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

John Haynes Holmes …….
Gandhi’s pre-eminence in this age is nothing that is ordinarily accounted genius or glory. He commands no armies and conquers no territory. He is not a statesman in high office, ruling the destinies of nations. He is not a philosopher or sage – has written no great books or poems. He does not even possess those elements of conspicuous and dominant personality which make a man outwardly at least an impressive leader. His genius lies where he would have it – in the realm of the spirit. It is his “soul-force” which has raised him to a position of unparalleled influence and leadership, and achieved things beyond the reach and range of all but a few of the greatest characters of history.

Ayam nijo paro veti ganana laghucetasam
Udaracaritanam tu vasudhaiva kutumbakam,
“Only base minds reckon whether one be kin or stranger. Men of noble conduct take the whole world for their home.”

Dil-i-shah larza girad zi gada-i-be-niaze.
“The heart of a King trembles at the sight of a begger who begs not.”

“Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.”

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