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Vasu Reddy from Chicago
October 2, 2004 marks another birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who was born on that date in Porbandar, Gujarat. In these days of anxiety, intolerance, war, disturbance, genocide, religious strife and ignorance it is appropriate to remember on our nations Bapu as a wonderful reflection of peace and possibilities. I saw the movie Gandhi several times, and always wondered what would be his ability to communicate would have done to help with today’s world. It is hard to imagine that most of Gandhiji’s travels in India were by foot and rail and no 24-hour news or television broadcasting his words of wisdom to the world.
More than one hundred years ago he was just another immigrant who left India for to the west for better education and opportunity, but through incidents that he felt were inhuman and unacceptable transformed him as a national leader, and by returning to India and leading the quest for India’s independence. His messages of peace, non-violence and non-cooperation are time tested and everlasting to achieve human needs. It is appropriate to chronologically present his life and times, as the readers might appreciate the simplicity of his life, travels and achievements.
Albert Einstein (my other favorite gentleman) and Martin Luther King and Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela along many world leaders admired Gandhiji’s message, his work, his way of life and his persistence in achieving his goal. Just the thought of his simplicity makes life simpler.
Focus on two perspectives to interject into my own thoughts on Gandhiji’s life and contributions Patience and Persistence. Seldom the world seems to be patient with people, practices, work, education, travels, love or relationships. Each of our wants seems to be to achieve wanting it now, and must have it now. None of us seem to have any patience in achieving the means to our needs. Without patience it is impractical to be persistent, and without persistence how we pursue our meaningful needs. It is probably old fashioned to preach on patience and persistence, but most successful people and enterprises are where they are by doing so. Let us try to imagine of Gandhiji’s travels, his life, his words, his sacrifices, his patience, his persistence and eventual death in the hands of one of his own countryman. Even in death he said “Hey Ram”.
My homage to our nation’s father ends with his quote “The earth provides enough to satisfy everyman's needs, but not everyone's greed”.
Research is from the Internet. Chicago residents will have the opportunity to visit the life size statue of the Mahatma in the Village of Skokie, which will be unveiled on October 2nd, 2004, and more information is available at www.gandhimemorial.org.
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