In 1993, while studying Shrimad Bhagwad Gita in Gurukul at Nagpur, I sought wisdom from those who practiced its principles. My guruji, Shri Chandraguptavarnakarji, recommended I meet Bhapatji, a close ally of Gandhiji who had traveled with him. Gandhiji considered the Gita his eternal mother, turning to it for solace in times of stress. Even today, it guides us when we face challenges. Bhapatji taught me the importance of performing actions without expecting specific results, aligning with the Gita’s teachings. Shrimad Bhagavad Gita reminds us that no action is flawless, but it’s the anticipation of outcomes that can turn it negative. Like a honey bee making honey without expecting who will consume it, we should do our karma as a service to the divine. Gandhiji explained that people are driven by three qualities: knowledge, action, and emotion. Recognizing these traits in others, he used the symbolism of three monkeys, reminding himself to be conscious when interacting with them. This insightful perspective of Gandhiji, rooted in Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, continues to inspire us on Gandhi Jayanti.
Gandhigiri’ has added a touch of swag to what we, the old-school generation, refer to as the Gandhian way of life. As artists in the spotlight, we must acknowledge that our viewers and fans can find inspiration in the characters we portray, potentially turning us into role models. Therefore, it becomes an additional responsibility to consider how we conduct ourselves in public and in the media. Gandhiji’s principles, such as non-violence, tolerance, and social justice, among others, should be reflected in our lives in a broader sense, not just when discussing the subject. This can be challenging, as certain situations may not be conducive to adhering to these ideals. Even in the movie you mentioned, the main protagonist had to deviate from ‘Gandhigiri’ to make their point. Therefore, our off-screen behavior plays a significant role in raising awareness about critical issues and driving positive change in society. In conclusion, I would like to reference a quote from Mahatma Gandhi: “The greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane.
Positive thoughts are powerful contributors to our overall well-being, influencing how we relate to both ourselves and others. Embracing self-kindness, empathy, and genuine compliments while cultivating gratitude allows us to radiate positivity into the world. Maintaining a consistent eating and sleeping routine helps keep our moods balanced and tempers in check, while opting for nourishing, unprocessed foods supports our overall health. Environmental consciousness, with practices like using reusable bags, minimizing single-use plastics, and conserving natural resources, reflects the Gandhian principles of ahimsa (non-violence) and Gandhigiri. Additionally, regular exercise and meditation serve as potent stress relievers, helping us connect with our inner wellspring of love and wisdom, enabling us to respond to life’s challenges with greater compassion and acceptance.
So, basically, what the other person is doing doesn’t matter because that’s what they want to do. Our reactions are what matter. It’s about how I see myself. I look at their actions as a mirror for myself. It’s a reflection of my own feelings. Nobody can compel me to react in a certain way. So, I choose to react with a smile and move on. It’s that simple. Nobody in this world can hurt me. Nobody can harm my feelings or sentiments unless I allow it. I won’t let their actions pressure me. So, yes, I don’t feel vulnerable, and I am content with my state of mind, my place, and my space. That’s okay. Just smile and keep going.
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Dr. Acharya Vinod Kumar Ojha
I was fortunate to be raised in a Gurukul environment where principles of peace and non-violence were instilled in me from an early age. These values have become an integral part of my life, and I find myself naturally inclined to practice them. Honesty is a core principle for me; I always speak the truth, which not only aligns with the teachings of Gandhiji but also fosters trust and transparency in my interactions with others. Furthermore, patience is a virtue that I hold dear, and I make a conscious effort to maintain it, even in challenging situations. In my line of work, I often deal with people who are facing difficult circumstances, and patience allows me to provide them with the support and understanding they need. It also helps me avoid becoming aggressive or reactive, as I understand that such responses seldom lead to positive outcomes. Before reacting to any situation, I take a moment to reflect and consider the consequences of my actions. This reflective approach consistently leads to the cultivation of positive vibrations and a harmonious atmosphere around me. By adhering to these principles, I not only honor the teachings of Gandhiji but also contribute to a more peaceful and compassionate world in my own way.
Gandhi was a simple and peaceful person who did important things like stopping the unfair treatment of some people, bringing Hindus and Muslims together, and saying that education is essential. I try to follow Gandhi’s ideas in my life by being kind, understanding, and responsible in society. His teachings remind me to work for a world where everyone is treated fairly, no matter where they come from or what they believe. Gandhi’s example inspires me to be a kind, peaceful, and fair person in everything I do. I also admire him for supporting products made in his own country, which he called the Swadeshi movement, and his strong belief in non-violence. Gandhi’s Swadeshi movement was like a powerful call for everyone to use and support products made within their own country. I really connect with this idea because it’s about being self-reliant and not depending too much on things from other countries. Gandhi wanted to make local communities stronger, help our own industries grow, and reduce how much we rely on foreign products. This wasn’t just about money; it also made people feel proud of their country and brought them closer together. Gandhi’s focus on Swadeshi reminds us how important it is to take care of our own resources, and this lesson is still important in today’s world where everything is connected globally.