Sunday, September 30, 2007

advice from the Mahatma (Mohandas K. Gandhi)


It has been one of those days, and one of those weeks "when the self becomes too much with me." I don't know if I'm just tired, or if the fall is bringing with it the shortening of days and the ending of things. The news of the Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church seems to fall short of the high calling that I believe God calls the Church to be. Feeling tired and somewhat overwhelmed I was glad to run across this advice from the Mahatma (Great Soul), Mohandas K. Gandhi.

from Gandhi:

"I will give you a talisman.

Whenever you are in doubt or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test.

Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man whom you may have seen, and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him.

Will he gain anything by it?

Will it restore him to a control over his own life and destiny?

In other words, will it lead to swaraj for the hungry and spiritually starving millions?

Then you will find your doubts and yourself melting away."
Mahatma Gandhi, 1947

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