Author Topic: "You must be the change you wish to see in the world" - Ghandi  (Read 3589 times)

Matthew

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"You must be the change you wish to see in the world" - Ghandi
« on: October 09, 2007, 09:30:52 AM »
I have found this quotation from Ghandi to be an inspiration for many years - long before I was a Buddhist or a meditator.

Only since I started studying Buddhism and practicing meditation did the real depth of this quotation fully resonate with me - it is pointing out in such a bare-bones manner that the one thing in the world you have most influence on is you.

And it is pointing out that change in the external world is lead by interior change - so before going about changing the externalities one must first embody those changes one wishes to see in the world, for if you can not do that your efforts are destined to failure.

This one phrase has been a guiding light for me in both my meditation practice and my life.

In the Dhamma,

Matthew
~oOo~     Tat Tvam Asi     ~oOo~    How will you make the world a better place today?     ~oOo~    Fabricate Nothing     ~oOo~

Paul

Re: "You must be the change you wish to see in the world" - Ghandi
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2007, 10:28:53 AM »
I love that quote and have already written it in my planner :) 

metta fou

Re: "You must be the change you wish to see in the world" - Ghandi
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2008, 11:34:51 PM »
I believe that Gandhi's views were the most enlightened of all the political men in our time.
We should strive to do things in his spirit: not to use violence in fighting for our cause, but by non-participation in anything you believe is evil.
~
« Last Edit: November 12, 2008, 11:35:28 PM by metta fou »

 

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