Thursday, February 09, 2006

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.


At 6:05 PM, Blogger Vikram said...

Hi Hiren,
Thank you for your good wishes!! i like your post!! too few people in india realize that our education system really isnt helping young minds make wise career decisions!! It really is very depressing to be forced to do the same job day in and day out if you do not like it.

Doctors, engineers, software professionals... are these the only professions around!! does everything else pale into insignificance!! but most importantly where does the solution lie?


At 1:29 AM, Blogger estel said...

First of all, thank you for your comments on my blog, its not very often that a teenage art buff gets told to do whatever pleases her :)

I liked this blog, and would like to agree with vikram in saying that there are too many doctors and engineers in the country, and the solution lies primarily in altering the mindsets of the people,(although the education system could also do with changes), people need to respect whatever work a person choses... I know people my age who think anyone who doesn't think of IIT as the only option is useless- I mean- what happened to "dignity of labour?"

Cheers, I will keep reading, keep up the excellent work!!!

At 2:56 AM, Blogger Dawn....सेहर said... here first time & thats coz of ur generous visit on my blog.
I read the post and am quite glad to know yout thought process...yes...its high time ppl realize and just not get type cast themeselves to some myths...but do what they want to do it...I think that thought itself is like a rebirth...rejuvinating...
awesome post...


At 11:03 PM, Blogger Komal Mehta said...

hey hiren....finally i can comment on your posts.......your world press blog required a login............good post.......keep it going!!!!!!!!

At 1:24 PM, Blogger Sara said...

hi Hiren....i agree with you on our education system being revamped...but i also feel that its we who have to do it...the ministers and the ministry wont...they are all too stuck with the old school thoughts...and again for people to accept change is very many parents can think of their children getting into sports or arts because they love doing it? i was very much into sports but was not let to do them during the time they really i am an engineer...but i am not hurt because in India u have no support for anything else but the "marks" that u get in exams...but i am sure that i would not do the same with my son (when he comes ;))...the nxt gen would have better opportunities for certain

At 1:43 AM, Blogger reva said...

Hi hiren,
Thanks for dropping by my blog,your blog is very informative for young minds, helping them to choose career that they can suit in.Will be comming here often to read your unique posts.

At 12:07 AM, Blogger venus said...

u seem to be quite ambitious, that's a good thing, you at lest know what you want.

you have an interesting perspective, keep it up!


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