Even Mahatma Gandhi believed in it

These are some excerpts from Gandhi’s Autobiography “The story of my experiments with truth”:-

“Finally, it is better that one do

His own task as he may, even though he fail

Then take tasks not his own, though they seem good

To die performing duty is no ill

But who seeks other roads shall wander still”

“My aptitude for nursing gradually developed into a passion, so much so that it often led me to neglect my work and on occasions I engaged not only my wife but the whole household in such service. Such service has no meaning unless one takes pleasure in it. When it it done for show or fear of public opinion, it turns the man and crushes his spirit. Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant not the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy.”

In the context of the Zulu war in South Africa, Gandhi ” At any rate my heart was with the Zulus, and I was delighted on reaching headquarters, to hear that our main work was to be on the nursing of the wounded Zulus”

At the kumbh mela in Hardwar, when Gandhi was not left alone by the people even during meals and baths, he concluded.  “Thus it was in Hardwar that I realized what a deep impression my services in South Africa had made throughout the whole of India.”

It can be concluded from all this that it was his passion for nursing and public service that queered the pitch for his being the Mahatma. Even fifty years after India’s independence, there has not been an encore because some of the powers that be have made politics a profession and put the cart before the horse.


27 Responses to Even Mahatma Gandhi believed in it

  1. Cybermenace says:

    Nice posts and thnaks for visiting my blog !

    Something that I came acoss recently is apt for your post ..

    “The true leader serves. Serves people. Serves their best interests, and in doing so will not always be popular, may not always impress. But because true leaders are motivated by loving concern than a desire for personal glory, they are willing to pay the price.”
    — Eugene B. Habecker

  2. Alka says:

    I have tried so hard to leave comments on your blog, titled “Stray Thoughts” but couldn’t. I don’t know what was the problem. It kept on flashing message, “You have to enable cookies. Which I did. Still I was unable…. You have asked about backups, and I wanted to leave information on your blog. But….. 🙂 Anyway two of my fellow bloggers left comment for you how to do it. It is on my post
    You write so well. I want to add you, if you permit.
    Sorry for being off track.

  3. neelakantan says:

    Thanks for commenting on my blog. Do share your lateral thinking piece with me.

  4. Hiren says:

    My link on lateral thinking is there under “Thinkng out of the box” under the heading “My published works” on the right hand side of my blogs. The other published article is “Don’t settle for less than a calling” which is also a published article on the subject of making your passion your profession.

  5. megha says:

    Thanks Hiren for your comments on my blog and keep visiting!
    Very well written…….it igves me an insight into the multifaceted personality of the Mahatma……I feel glad sometimes that the Mahatma is not alive today……because he would have to witness our soul less and blasphemous politicians and that would have pained him even more….

  6. Sugata says:

    A very nicely written blog. I also believe that one should choose a profession in which he/she finds happiness.
    And thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. I have just started blogging… keep visiting!

  7. Very nicely written hiren.
    i will visit this place often from now on

  8. witnwisdumb says:

    Hello! The idea behind this site is really great. God knows there is an acute need for career education in India – countless are the number of people I know who took up a particular profession simply because they didn’t know the choices possible.

    I’ve linked to your blog at http://blogchaat.com/2006/02/18/follow-your-passion/

    Keep blogging!

  9. Venkat Ramanan says:

    Hi Hiren!
    Another well written article!! I went through some of your earlier posts too and I seem to resonate with you in many of your thoughts, especially about Education. We need dedicated specialists, rather then B. Ed or M. Ed teacher… We need super specialists like the one in medical field. My passion is to teach too.
    And, Thanks a ton for dropping in my blog (Ashrama)! About the personality tests, What I would say is that, though some may qualify as time pass tests, some really help us to unearth our potentials. A Psychometric test that I took when I was in high school went on to say (after I took the test) that I would be a good commerce or finance student. I religiously ignored it and went ahead in science stream and did Engineering! Now I am everyday thinking as to why I did Engineering since the work I currently do has got nothing to do with my graduation. And I lack baic commerce or finance skills that could help me in a masters programme that I may do in future! What do you say pal?

  10. Hiren says:

    @cybermenace- Thanks for the wonderful quote
    @Alka-Thanks for everything
    @Megha-Very true
    @Sugata-Thanks to you too. See you soon
    @r Prabu karthik-Thanks
    @Witsnwindumb-Idea is to warn the future generation
    @Venkat-Many people share your plight, Venkat. The only solution to this is Quick, short term courses.

  11. Thank you. Gandhi is one of my heros.

  12. megha says:

    I was going through some of the articles and your articles on career planning are very well written….very true too. A lot of Indian youngsters are pressurised into doing what they dont want to do…and then they regret it for the rest of their lives…..very well said Hiren.

  13. the Monk says:

    he really was something, wasn’t he?I don’t think we’ll ever get the full measure of what a man he was…

  14. thulika says:

    A very good blog here. There is a lot of difference between job, work, career, profession and passion isnt it? It is really awful when somebody does something because they ‘got’ the job. Many times the green paper factor overrules the passion of the heart. How many times do we come across A can ment to contain kerosine shamelessly containing water?

    Thanks for visiting my Blog

  15. gapp says:

    Hey Hiren,
    Good to see this. I agree, only work with involvment can bring about change.

  16. supremus says:

    I agree. Very well written.


  17. Absolutely wonderful. Thank you for adding to our collective understanding about serving the world. Thank you very very much. ~ Stacy

  18. Dr Sandeep Kuulshrestha says:

    We should get inspired by such things. In real sense, we human beings love reading these inspirational stories but very few people have guts to do service to Humanity, although its not that difficult. If some people cant do nursing, they can as well visit an old age home or an orphanage while distributing clothes, sweets etc. Believe me, it gives a lot of contentment. And of course India is the only country in the world who had a saint-politician as the leader of Independence movement. We should be proud of him and take inspiration in our day to day life. Most of us shrugg him off and blame him for partition which is gross misunderstanding.

  19. gyg says:

    hey i loved the talk

  20. yugi says:

    heyheyhey i think that you are so cool man you think of real cool things man im learning this in school and yea i think that this is so deadly man your awesome dude you need to like write a book or something k man are you white?? cuz you seem to know alot or did you learn all this just like me.?cuz man if you didnt than your majorly smart man your soooooo awesome

  21. star says:

    you are like wiked you think that this is what you really believe and some people may not think that he is so mighty and powerful you know some people think hes weak and useless and sometimes i think they are right he was fighting for power but yet if we do then we get in shit and sorry if im affending anyone but im just not going to conform hilter was all mighty and powerful and people hate him and some people like him and i think thats awesome everyone sould like how they want to so why are some people more mighty and powerful than others we all try and do things to make the world a better place but it doesnt always work

  22. dork! says:

    this is real great dude. i think it’s great dude. your cool dude! like seriously dude you don’t even understand dude. read it out loud to yourself dude and you’ll really understand dude! sorry for saying dude so much dude. thats how i roll dude.

    peace out dude!

  23. NON-HATER says:

    Some of you people just need to stop being negative. Doesn’t matter what his intentions were he still helped people.

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