Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Voice of the Mahatma: A Tribute to Bapu

We all know this man. Bespectacled, short and lanky, clothed in a loin cloth, donning a white hat and walking with a stick; he was dedicated to the service of his nation. He loved fighting for the right but his means and ways were different. His armor consisted of weapons like non violence, truth and swadesi in the battlefield of freedom. Preaching was never his cup of tea; instead, he believed in the practice of practicing. We all know that. Just like we all know him. And that's exactly where the essential magic of Bapu, of Mahatma Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi lay.

In his life.

2nd October, 2013, Gandhi Jayanti, Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948):

A tribute -- a little piece in the remembrance of the "Father of the Nation", so that the true significance of a date is never lost in the fog of time:

The life and its myriad philosophies,
through the voice of the Mahatma,
"Mahatma Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi"

Mahatma Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Sabarmati ashram, Ahmedabad - Gujarat

"He who always treads on the path of truth, never stumbles."

Salt Satyagraha or Dandi march in Sabarmati ashram, Ahmedabad - Gujarat

"To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act
is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer."

A nostalgic picture of Bapu and Jawaharlal Nehru, Sabarmati ashram, Ahmedabad - Gujarat

"It was only in South Africa that I got over this shyness,
though I never completely overcame it.
It was impossible for me to speak impromptu.
I hesitated whenever I had to face strange audiences
and avoided making a speech whenever I could.
Even today I do not think I could or would even be inclined
to keep a meeting of friends engaged in idle talk."

A picture of Gandhiji in jail, Sabarmati ashram, Ahmedabad - Gujarat

"What barrier is there that love cannot break?"

Gandhiji spinning wheel, Sabarmati ashram, Ahmedabad - Gujarat

"When every hope is gone, 'when helpers fail and comforts flee,'
I find that help arrives somehow, from I know not where.
Supplication, worship, prayer are no superstition;
they are acts more real than the acts of eating, drinking, sitting or walking.
It is no exaggeration to say that they alone are real, all else is unreal."

Mahatma Gandhi, Sabarmati ashram, Ahmedabad - Gujarat

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."

Gandhiji's memorial with words - Hey Ram

"My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as my successes and my talents and I lay them both at his feet."
 
|| Jai Hind ||

Note: All images are captured in Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad (also known as Gandhi Ashram - It was from here that Gandhiji led the Dandi march or the Salt Satyagraha in 1930), and all quotes are sayings by Mahatma Gandhi himself.

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45 comments:

  1. Great post. Sometimes the truth will kill us, but one never has to remember what to say, because it is the truth.

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  2. Arti, a rich tribute to the Father of the Nation who is even more relevant today as we see people clamoring for everything he detested in his life time!

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  3. Nice tribute..though I am of the opinion he was too much dependent and supportive of nehru and did not give equal chance to more deserving leaders such as sardar patel....

    but yes, his role as of other leaders such as veer savarkar (who spent almost 11 years in saza ei kala pani) is highly commendable....and something we cannot even start to imagine to do....

    http://www.myunfinishedlife.com

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  4. Such a beautiful post ! It felt so good reading it :)

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  5. Arti ,Great post and Tribute. Thanks for your post.

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  6. How inspiring! Gandhi is one of my inspirations.

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  7. A beautiful tribute post to this wonderful man.

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  8. Lovely Compilations and a Great Tribute Mahatma Gandhi

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  9. Very nice. Felt good to read and see the pictures.

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  10. A Great tribute I liked all the pictures.
    We are blessed that someone like him once lived in our Country.
    I try to follow his path in my life too.
    People like him are born in ages.

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  12. Nice collectible images :) Only the memories remain of the great man

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  13. A nice tribute to the Mahatma....
    An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Salute to the father of our nation

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  14. It is so difficult to find true people these days! Very gud article indeed..

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  15. Great post Arti. Although I have always respected Gandhi as a freedom fighter and a person, but I could never support some of his decisions especially when it comes from a person exactly opposite in belief and values.

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  16. Good morning Arti.
    Very impressive and a good tribute. I like to see the first photo of his childhood.
    Tomoko

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  17. Good morning, Arti.
    Very impressive and this is a good tribute. I like to see the first photo of his childhood. Thanks.
    Tomoko

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  18. Such a fabulous compilation Arti..A great tribute to father of nation. Many congratulations..

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  19. Hello, Arti.

     The encounter with your work is my pleasure.
     Thank you for visit.

     The prayer for all peace.
     I wish You all the best.

    Have a good weekend. From Japan, ruma ❃

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  20. I think all the world leader ,, need to learn from Him, no need violance and war to solve the problem, what the human need now is ahimsa, sat and tapasya.

    I love Gandhi :)

    Thanks for the inspiring post Arti, have a nice weekend,

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  21. Amazing choice of his quotes... Indeed inspiring.

    Thanks for sharing, Arti :)

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  22. Nice post with good pictures and some of the finest quotes of Gandhiji.

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  23. I remember his appearance in our textbook for high school. It just like what you express. This is nice tribute. I was surprised to know that his birthday is October 2nd. It's same day of my birthday. Thank you for remembering my birthday. I had a wonderful time on the day.
    Have a nice Autumn!

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  24. Αγαπημένη μου Arti
    Θερμά συγχαρητήρια για το αφιέρωμα σου στον σπουδαίο άνθρωπο!
    Έχω δει μια υπέροχη ταινία με την ζωή του.
    Συγχώρεσε με για την μεγάλη απουσία μου. Αυτό συμβαίνει κάθε καλοκαίρι, γιατί έρχονται τα παιδιά από τον Ιούνιο έως τον Σεπτέμβριο και δεν υπάρχει χρόνος για το blog μου.
    Ακόμα συγχώρεσε με που γράφω στα Ελληνικά, αλλά επειδή δεν ξέρω καλά Αγγλικά, δυσκολεύομαι με την μετάφραση.
    Το bloging continue :)
    Many kisses

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  25. Such a great soul - we need more men like him on this planet! Cheers to a lovely weekend Arti - hope you have a great time!

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  26. Hi Arti,

    Truly a wonderful tribute to such a great man - thanks for sharing and he really did have some great quotes.

    Happy weekend
    Carolyn

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  27. Hi! He is very famous in our country too. Thank you for your information.

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  28. What a lovely post, Arti:-) - so beautiful. I go to his home in Mumbai whenever we have visitors - I love the atmosphere there as well as the quotes he left behind:-)

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  29. °º °º✿✿
    º✿
    A vida e os ensinamentos de Gandhi são inspiração para jovens de todas as partes do mundo porque no fundo da alma todos querem paz, apenas paz.

    Bom domingo!
    Boa de semana!
    Beijinhos.
    Brasil
    ♫ ¸.•°♫♫♫

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  30. I almost cried reading this quote - "He who always treads on the path of truth, never stumbles."

    Thank you. This post is inspiring!

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  31. what a beautiful post in tribute to a great leader who leads by practicing, I love his peaceful philosophies in life, but I do believe and strongly in the strength and power of peaceful ways.

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  32. I really enjoyed the photos and quotes you shared. It has been so long since visiting my blogging friends. Seems life is getting busier and busier. But always enjoy my stops here.

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