“A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Good morning peeps, meditation done.
Quote for the Day:
“A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.”
Gandhism designates the ideas and principles Gandhi promoted. Of central importance is nonviolent resistance.
A Gandhian can mean either an individual who follows, or a specific philosophy, which is attributed to, Gandhism.
M. Sankhdher argues that,
Gandhism is not a systematic position in metaphysics or in political philosophy. Rather, it is a political creed, an economic doctrine, a religious outlook, a moral precept, and especially, a humanitarian world view. It is an effort not to systematise wisdom but to transform society and is based on an undying faith in the goodness of human nature.
However Gandhi himself did not approve of the notion of “Gandhism”, as he explained in 1936:
There is no such thing as “Gandhism”, and I do not want to leave any sect after me. I do not claim to have originated any new principle or doctrine. I have simply tried in my own way to apply the eternal truths to our daily life and problems…The opinions I have formed and the conclusions I have arrived at are not final. I may change them tomorrow. I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and nonviolence are as old as the hills.
Historian R.B. Cribb argues that Gandhi’s thought evolved over time, with his early ideas becoming the core or scaffolding for his mature philosophy. In London he committed himself to truthfulness, temperance, chastity, and vegetarianism. His return to India to work as a lawyer was a failure, so he went to South Africa for a quarter century, where he absorbed ideas from many sources, most of them non-Indian.
Gandhi grew up in an eclectic religious atmosphere and throughout his life searched for insights from many religious traditions.
He was exposed to Jain ideas through his mother who was in contact with Jain monks. Themes from Jainism that Gandhi absorbed included asceticism; compassion for all forms of life; the importance of vows for self-discipline; vegetarianism; fasting for self-purification; mutual tolerance among people of different creeds; and “syadvad”, the idea that all views of truth are partial, a doctrine that lies at the root of Satyagraha.
He received much of his influence from Jainism particularly during his younger years.
Gandhi’s London experience provided a solid philosophical base focused on truthfulness, temperance, chastity, and vegetarianism. When he returned to India in 1891, his outlook was parochial and he could not make a living as a lawyer. This challenged his belief that practicality and morality necessarily coincided.
By moving in 1893 to South Africa he found a solution to this problem and developed the central concepts of his mature philosophy.
A. Toothi felt that Gandhi was influenced by the reforms and teachings of Swaminarayan, stating,
“Close parallels do exist in programs of social reform based on to nonviolence, truth-telling, cleanliness, temperance and upliftment of the masses.”
Gandhi’s ethical thinking was heavily influenced by a handful of books, which he repeatedly meditated upon. They included especially Plato’s Apology and John Ruskin’s Unto this Last (1862) (both of which he translated into his native Gujarati); William Salter’s Ethical Religion (1889); Henry David Thoreau’s On the Duty of Civil Disobedience (1849); and Leo Tolstoy’s The Kingdom of God Is Within You (1894).
Ruskin inspired his decision to live an austere life on a commune, at first on the Phoenix Farm in Natal and then on the Tolstoy Farm just outside Johannesburg, South Africa.
Ruskin’s influence reached across the world. Tolstoy described him as,
“One of the most remarkable men not only of England and of our generation, but of all countries and times”
Tolstoy quoted extensively from him, rendering his words into Russian
Gandhi wrote of the “magic spell” cast on him by Ruskin’s Unto This Last’ and paraphrased the work in Gujarati, calling it ‘Sarvodaya’, “The Advancement of All”
In 1909, Gandhi wrote to Tolstoy seeking advice and permission to republish A Letter to a Hindu in Gujarati. Tolstoy responded and the two continued a correspondence until Tolstoy’s death in 1910 (Tolstoy’s last letter was to Gandhi).
The letters concern practical and theological applications of nonviolence.
Gandhi saw himself a disciple of Tolstoy, for they agreed regarding opposition to state authority and colonialism; both hated violence and preached non-resistance and It was at Tolstoy Farm where Gandhi and Hermann Kallenbach systematically trained their disciples in the philosophy of nonviolence.
Although Gandhi was not the originator of the principle of nonviolence, he was the first to apply it in the political field on a large scale
Gandhi dedicated his life to the wider purpose of discovering truth, or Satya.
He tried to achieve this by learning from his own mistakes and conducting experiments on himself. He called his autobiography ‘The Story of My Experiments with Truth.’
In Yoga, satya is one of five yamas, the virtuous restraint from falsehood and distortion of reality in one’s expressions and actions.
Yamas, and its complement, Niyamas, represent a series of “right living” or ethical rules within Hinduism and Yoga.
Yoga is so much more than improving peoples health and fitness, it improves your Mind, Body and Soul and the poses or asanas helps you find the truth in your own body and your own mind, you have to be honest with the poses your body cannot cheat and learning to control your breath helps provide clarity to your mind.
Growing up as a mixed race only child in West Sussex I was heavily influenced by my white Grandmother and mother. I was taught always to tell the truth, the importance of good manners and the value of hard work and reading.
Most of my outside influences were provided by icons who were predominantly black and male, possibly because my Ghanaian father was not around when I was growing up and they were all people I was trying to emulate in sport – Pele, Muhammad Ali, Daley Thompson, Viv Richards, Bruce Lee and Sugar Ray Leonard.
Then when I got into dance it was the male ballet dancers Mikhail Baryshnikov, Kevin Pugh of the National Ballet of Canada and the male dancer/s of the Bolshoi and Dance Theatre of Harlem.
When you are a mixed race only child and brought up in a predominantly white, middle class area, research shows it is common to try and find your identity, ‘Your Blackness’ as you turn from teenager into a young adult, through studying black history Fredick Douglas, W. E. B. Du Boiss, Marcus Garvey, Kwame Nkrumah, etc who were the fore runners to my political and spiritual icons, Malcom X, Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali who was political, spiritual and sporting, Mahatma Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, Barak Obama and the Dalai Lama
Added to that I didn’t meet my father until my mid twenties, my sister in my late twenties and my brother in my early thirties.
When I read President Obama’s auto biographies I was amazed at the synergy between us, it was like I was reading about my own up bringing and the feelings I went through being brought up by my white grandmother, whilst my mother went to work, whilst having an absent African father, going from child to teenager, from youth to young man.
Then as I got older I found myself drawn back to my white, middle class background and a love of Greek philosophy, self-improvement books and yoga, which has inspired a lot of my daily Quotes For The Day, which basically follow the Seven Steps of my book The Elysium Way, which are,
1.Goals 2.Motivation 3. Nutrition 4. Breathing 5. Walking 6. Stretching and 7. Sleeping
I had a lot of confusion and anger inside me growing up as a child, through my teenage years and as a young man and I don’t think I really came to grips with my true identity until I turned forty and began taking yoga, which grounded me, reconnected me with my roots, helping me find calmness in my mind and clarity of thought through learning to control my breath and learning to let go of any excess baggage which could cause anger if left to simmer deep inside my subconscious.
If it worked for me, it could work for you?
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