So we can only pray, if we were Hindus, not that a Christian should become a Hindu; but our innermost prayer should be that a Hindu should become a better Hindu, a Muslim a better Muslim, and a Christian a better Christian.
I’ve been perusing through the highlighted sections (of which there are many) in order to start with a quote, but there are so many fantastic one’s that I’m finding it hard to choose. The short one below sums up the book, so seems like a good choice.
Move the world through love, not fear
This short book (153 pages) was written by Arun Gandhi, Gandhi’s grandson. Each chapter is a lesson, for example lesson one: use anger for good. These lessons were learnt at a time when Arun was a child and was living with Gandhi.
Gandhi taught Arun (and the world) numerous lessons about how we should all be treated as equal. He lived a very sparse life as he refused to have more comforts that the poorest Indian. The lessons sometimes frustrated the young Arun, for example when he threw a pencil stub away and Gandhi made him find it, to learn how waste is violence on the world. Essentially, though, these lessons were prophetic in the larger scope. Arun ties all the lessons in with current events so we see how they can still be utilised today.
The guiding principle which underscored all the others was that of non-violence. Gandhi believed that anger is useful when it’s utilised correctly and can be a force for good. All too often in today’s world we are told to stuff our anger, that it has no use, but that’s not what Gandhi believed. For example, the anger he felt at the British, for prohibiting Indians from gathering salt and imposing taxes on that which they sold, was used to fuel a peaceful protest where Gandhi and many others went down to the sea and took their salt from the water there.
I have learnt so much from this book, not just how to be a better person, but how to use my anger as a source for change. I’ll go back to it often.
This book was witten by the grandson of Gandhi and talks about how anger, which is now considered a taboo, is actually a gift, if utilised correctly.
Each chapter consists of a lesson from Ghandi and how it was related to Arun. He then considers this in a modern context.
Gandhi's right were abused AND he defended the rights of others, so this seemed perfect for the Human Rights square, number 7.
Already this audiobook is turning out to be wonderful. I can already see this being my top non-fiction read of the year.
Z e-bookowych promocji i książkowych dyskusji wynoszę przekonanie, że ogromnym powodzeniem cieszą się (rosnące jak grzyby po deszczu) wydawnictwa typu "Koronny świadek o niedzielnych deserach polskiej mafii" czy "Imiona psów prominentnych nazistów". Dziś chciałbym więc zachęcić do poznania osoby, która rzeczywiście i pozytywnie wpłynęła na obraz świata w XX wieku. Okazją jest promocja cenowa e-booka „Autobiografia. Dzieje moich poszukiwań prawdy” Mohandasa Karamćanda Gandhiego. Książka nie porywa akcją, ale pozwala lepiej poznać człowieka, który zasłużył sobie na przydomek Mahatma - „wielki duchem”.
Mahatma Gandhi na indyjskim banknocie pięciorupiowym
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