[Gandhi's Quotations Walk (English & Japanese)] The spirit of love that shines brightly behind nonviolence
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It is well known that he advocated "non-violence, non-obedience" when he commanded the movement for independence from the British Empire, but it is detailed what kind of life he lived and what words and sayings he left from that life. Many people don't know.
Many people mistakenly think that Gandhi was a slave who grew up in a poor family, but in reality he is a rich child and is working hard as a lawyer.
Many of the words left by Gandhi can be used as a reference for those who are worried about modern work and relationships as a concrete development of his religious spirit and beliefs.
I will give you a deep dive into what Gandhi left behind, along with his life and episodes.
Gandhi's life as a background of quotes
Marriage with birth and Indian customs
His fatherPorbandar KingdomBecause he was the Chancellor and rich, he also lived in a wealthy environment with his servants.
Gandhi, who grew up without any inconvenience, attends an English-style elementary school and grows up without discrimination.
He was naughty when he was in elementary schoolHinduismIt seems that it was a bad type nowadays, such as eating foods prohibited in Japan and smoking cigarettes. He also said in his autobiography that he was sneaking money from a servant who worked at home when he was short on cigarettes.
In India, there is a custom called infant marriage, and when Gandhi was 13 years old, he was the daughter of a merchant who lived with him.She marries Castulva.
At this time Gandhi had a longing for a British gentleman. But after that, the experience of a big change in his destiny leaves him with a number of quotes.
He studied abroad in England to become a lawyer
He grew up in a wealthy family, but as Gandhi grew older, the kitchen situation in his family became more difficult and he lost his father.
At that time, his youngest child, Gandhi, decided to study in England because he studied abroad in England to study law and becoming a lawyer was the way to get rich.
His mother also ordered him to drink and stand, and at the age of 18, he began studying in London, England, carrying the expectations of his brother.
From that time on, Gandhi's consciousness changed, and she studied hard and became a prominent figure at school. She also awoke to vegetarian by standing her flesh.
She becomes a lawyerSouth AfricaWhat
He was Gandhi, who was supposed to work in an English court, but he couldn't find his job well. He returned to India and was invited by an Indian businessman to become a corporate lawyer, and he moved to South Africa.
At that time South Africa was a British colony, and many Indians worked in South Africa, but there were no Indian lawyers.
When Gandhi arrives in South Africa, he is racist for the first time. What he saw and experiencedRacismFor example, if you get on a train, even if you have a ticket, you will be racistly dropped off, and if you walk down the street, you will be violent because it is said to be a Western-only road.
Gandhi is about to fail, but this situation cannot be overlooked. At the end of his requested work period, he remained in South Africa and chose to fight racism.
It's famousNon-violence, non-obedience movementIs the beginning of. Over time, other Indians began to participate in the movement, and while being arrested and imprisoned on the way, they succeeded in eliminating discriminatory rules.
Exercise in India
Gandhi, who fought for racism in South Africa for about 20 years, then returned to his hometown of India. After returning to Japan, Gandhi begins a similar movement to make him independent of England in his homeland.
In India, Gandhi's achievements, such as the abolition of the bill against Indian discrimination in South Africa, make him a central figure in the National Congress.
However, during the movement, British police slaughtered many Indians in a shooting.
The Indians became more hostile to Britain and raided police in groups, forcing him to suspend his movement.
However, Gandhi continues to fight and becomes involved in the Indian independence movement.
Independence of IndiaAnd the end of the country's division and assassination
In 1947, India finally succeeded in becoming independent of Britain, but separated from Hindu India and Islamic Pakistan.
Riots were not uncommon, and Gandhi fasted and calmed down. However, in 1948, he was attacked by a Hindu fanatic who was uncomfortable with his actions and was shot at the end of his life.
Gandhi's quotes are all modern
Gandhi never forced others to do what he couldn't do。
And again, he believed that what one person could do was possible for everyone. That's why he was always trying to show in action. There are many such Gandhi sayings that are still relevant today.
Gandhi Quotations ①
Japanese: Find your purpose, the means will come later.
English: Find purpose, the means will follow.
Gandhi was always trying, in South AfricaAsian Registration Law」（8All Indians over the age of age will submit their fingerprints and carry their registration certificate with them at all times, and violators will be unconditionally imprisoned or expelled from South Africa) Demonstration activity was carried out.
He is arrested and imprisoned many times each time, but he never gives up. If there is a purpose, the means will come later, so he advises you to step forward without fear.
Japanese: Speeding up is not the only thing in life.
English: There is more to life than increasing its speed.
It is a Gandhi wise saying that resonates in the present age when cost performance and speed are emphasized.
I am telling you that living a life that emphasizes efficiency is not always the correct answer. Sometimes it's important to slow down, and you can see the scenery from there. Egocentric behavior and behavior become more prominent when speed is emphasized, making it difficult to maintain physical and mental balance.
Gandhi Quotations ③
Japanese:If you want to change the world, change yourself first.
English: Be the change you wish to see in the world.
This is a condensed version of Gandhi's words and is the most famous quote.
However, this quote seems to be a shortened version of the original Gandhi word. According to a report to the New York Times in 2011:
The world is nothing more than a mirror of myself. All the trends in the outside world are in ourselves. If you can change yourself, the world will change. For a man who has changed his sexuality, he changes his world and attitude. This is the secret of teaching. There is nothing like this. Happiness begins here.
Many are afraid to change themselves. Gandhi is, as the word says, a person who has changed himself and changed the world.
Gandhi Quotations ④
English: Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Japanese: Learn as if you live forever, live as if you die tomorrow
It's a Gandhi quote that pierces your heart. Many people back-calculate their time to live and give up trying new things as they get older.
It's also the founder of Apple that always lives a life that you won't regret even if you die tomorrow.Steve JobsI feel something that is also familiar to me. People who move people's hearts are living with all their might in every age.
Gandhi Quotations ⑤
English: To believe in something and not to live it is dishonest.
Japanese: People who believe in something but don't live according to it cannot be trusted.
Gandhi's quote, who has always practiced his beliefs, tells us that people sometimes lie out of their interests and bend their beliefs, which is wrong as a human being.
Gandhi Quotations ⑥
English: Eye-to-eye crushes eyes all over the world
Japanese: Eye for an eye will crush the eyes of the world
In an era of widespread colonial rule and the blood-washing struggle of World War II and the rest of the world, violence has been harshly criticized for producing nothing.
Gandhi Quotations ⑦
English: Humans are just the products of their thoughts, they are what they think.
Japanese: Humans are just the product of their thoughts, they do what they think.
It is a saying that gives a glimpse of Gandhi's thought, and the thought becomes a reality. What you are thinking determines your reality. Gandhi's life proves it in a way that is similar to Buddhist causal retribution.
Gandhi Quotations ⑧
English: There is no path to peace. Peace is the path.
Japanese: There is no way to peace, peace is the way.
Gandhi, who loved peace, continued to work for people to have equal rights and freedom. It is a saying with implications like a Zen question that the road he walked is not the road to peace, but the road that he walks in love with peace.
Gandhi Quotations ⑨
English: The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Japanese: The weaker you can't forgive the other person, forgiving is a sign of strength.
Gandhi's cause of death was a bullet shot during his speech by a Hindu militant.
At that time, Gandhi is said to have touched his forehead in Islamic manners, which means "forgive you."
Gandhi chose love to forgive without hating people, even after being hit by a bullet.
Gandhi Quotations ⑩
English: Strength is not physical ability, it comes from indomitable will.
Japanese: Strength is not physical ability, it comes from indomitable will.
It's a wise saying for Gandhi. The appearance of confronting racial discrimination by achieving colonial liberation without relying on violence is born from the indomitable will that springs from the depths of the heart and is stronger than anyone else.
Gandhi's will then influenced countries around the world, demonstrating that there is a peaceful solution in the world. If you have a strong will, it will tell you that anything is feasible.
Gandhi's Gandhi Quotations ⑪-25
★English: My life is my message
Japanese: My life is my message
The Gandhi movement is so famous that it appears in textbooks. Throughout his life (the practice of his love), he appeals to us for the strength of love, peace and courage.
★ English: If I didn't have humor, I wouldn't have been able to endure this long and difficult battle
Japanese: If I hadn't had humor, I wouldn't have been able to endure such a long and painful battle.
Gandhi's humor is about the lubricant and joy of life. It also shows us the importance of living flexibly and strongly.
★ English: Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
Japanese: Strength does not come from physical strength, it comes from indomitable will
You must have the will to continue the act of actually training your body. It is a word that expresses that the indomitable will to continue toward the ideal becomes the strength of the human heart.
★ English: The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Japanese: The weaker you can't forgive the other person, forgiving is a sign of strength
There are times when I encounter situations in which I cannot forgive the other person in my life. However, even if you continue to have a grudge or a curse, neither you nor others will be happy, and sometimes you need to forgive the other person. Forgiveness is also a manifestation of love. That leads to true strength as a human being.
★ English: Happiness is what you think, say, and do
Japanese: Happiness is a state in which thinking, saying, and doing are in harmony.
Speaking in Buddhism, "Thinking-Makoto, Saying-Makoto, Doing-Karma" of "Noble Eightfold Path"
It corresponds to. Through thinking right, speaking right, doing right, and doing things right, we can realize a right and harmonious life-a right life. And this is the path to true "happiness."
★ English: In the matter of conscience, the rule of majority is useless
Japanese: When it comes to conscience, the majority rule is useless.
★ English: Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.
Japanese: The truth is true, even if you are a minority.
Majority voting is the principle of democracy, but democracy requires a "conscience." If the majority of people without a conscience get their opinions, they have no value at all and are just "useless" to create a better world.
Gandhi says that even if many people share the same opinion, if it is against the human "conscience" or not the "truth", then we must fight decisively. It is a wise saying that shows the strong determination of.
★ English: A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.
Japanese: A timid person cannot express love. Expressing love is a manifestation of bravery.
A timid person is also a person who draws only on his or her own interests.
True love has no stake. Love is the feeling and holy act of giving to others, regardless of their own gains. Sometimes it also involves a spirit of self-sacrifice.
In that sense, those who can express love are selfless and brave.
★ English: Fear produces a distrust.If someone also stops to be afraid by himself, we'd stop to fight.
Japanese: Fear creates distrust. If any one stops fearing, we will stop fighting.
Fear is like a trigger that creates distrust of the other person, harms the other person, and leads to conflict. Gandhi's words of light, which saw that fear was the weapon of darkness and demons.
Fear is also an excessive self-defense instinct and a habit of the mind. Whenever fear arises, fight it. I want to make it a new mental habit to put in hope. Not limited to this word, Gandhi has left a saying about various fears.
★ English: It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
Japanese: Real wealth is health, not gold or silver.
In fact, if you are not healthy, various actions will be restricted. The importance of health will be conveyed because it will hinder not only work but also human relationships.
★ English: Find the purpose. The means will follow it later.
Japanese: Find your purpose. Means will follow it later.
The purpose here is also the ideal that we have decided to achieve.
If the purpose is pure and suitable for God's will, and you must fulfill it as your mission, then in the process of that effort, the means will appear one after another. I will.
★ English: The good thing moves at the speed of a snail.
Japanese: Good things move at the speed of snails.
Gandhi's activities were not immediately successful. When doing good deeds, it is important not to expect immediate results, but to continue patiently until they do, and to walk silently.
★ English: Our faith has to be the light which always keeps burning. That gives us light and also lights up the neighborhood.
Japanese: Our belief must be a constantly burning light. It not only gives us light, but also illuminates the surroundings.
Actions (light) from Gandhi's beliefs have influenced many, lit torches in their hearts, and participated in the movement to realize the truth.
★ English: You must notLosefaithInhumanity. Humanity is anoceanif a few;dropsOf theoceanAre dirty, theocean does does notBecome dirty.
Japanese: Don't lose your faith in people. Human nature is like a wide ocean. A few drops of dirt won't pollute the entire ocean
In Buddhism, human beings have Buddha-nature as a child of Buddha. The source of humanity is Buddha-nature, and if you polish Buddha-nature, you are a precious being with infinite possibilities. Therefore, one must believe that one is originally a wonderful child of Buddha.
Also, do not despise yourself too much and defile yourself with a few drops of bad filth, contrary to its precious Buddha-nature, and do not conclude that others are villainous.
In this way, behind this quote is Gandhi's great ocean of love, and the light of forgiveness and mercy shines brilliantly.
★ English: Nonviolence has no defeat. In contrast, the end of violence is always defeat
Japanese: There is no defeat in nonviolence. On the other hand, the end of violence is always defeat.
It is a word that should be called a representative of Gandhi who cited nonviolence. It would be easier to understand if we replace violence with war.
In fact, his confrontation, Britain, also allowed India to become independent because of its decline at the end of the war.
Gandhi's Familiar Episode
Gandhi has done his best to help the oppressed humans, but there are some surprising episodes before he wakes up in earnest.
・ ・ I was a bad boy when I was a kid
Gandhi was not a saint from the time he was born.
Rather, when he was in elementary school, he was a child with problems in both grades and behavior so that he was called a bad boy.
He repeatedly ate meat, which is prohibited by Hindu teachings, and sometimes stole money from his servants.
・ ・ He aimed to be a British gentleman while studying abroad
Of course, when he was studying abroad in England, he studied hard to become a lawyer.
While he worked hard to study, there are episodes of his efforts to become a British gentleman.
He started practicing the violin, dancing and fashion, which was unthinkable from his athletic appearance.
But his actions as a British gentleman helped him later in a conflict with Britain.
・ Gandhi who had a hard time as a parent
Gandhi also had problems at home.
It was his eldest son who was the source of his troubles, and he was drowning in alcohol and doing problems when he converted to Islam.
Gandhi also called it more difficult to associate with him than national independence.
But his eldest son may also have been vulnerable to corruption when compared to his father.
Fly to the wise man like Gandhi!
In this article, I introduced Gandhi's background to his quotes.
Great quotes will resonate with you no matter how the times change. Especially when Gandhi lived, it remained firmly as photographs and videos, and his "nonviolent and disobedience" movements were recorded as videos.
No matter how thorny it was, Gandhi, who lived by believing in people without bending his beliefs, is a truly wonderful person.
Also, Gandhi's quote is helpful for people living in the present, but he also left such words.
"It is healthy to keep in mind that it is unwise to trust human wisdom too much, the strong may be weak, and the wise may be wrong."
It is a Gandhi-like word that keeps humility from connecting the way even if people come to worship it.
To put it the other way around, the weak will eventually become happy. Gandhi also strongly hopes that you will fly into a true sage. I hope Gandhi's quote will be your source of energy.