Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mahatma Gandhi on Embracing Poverty Voluntarily

Jesus, Muhammed, Buddha, Nanak, Kabir, chaitanya, Shankara, Dayanand, and  Ramakrishna were men who exercised an immense influence over and moulded the character of thousands of men. The world is richer for their having lived in it. And they were all men who deliberately embraced poverty as their lot.

 (Speeches and Writings of Mahatma Gandhi, G.A. Natesan, Madras, 1933, p.353)  

Civilization in the real sense of the term consists not in the multiplication but in the deliberate and voluntary reduction of wants, which promotes real happiness and contentment and increases the capacity for service. One can reduce one’s wants by perseverance, and the reduction of wants make for happiness-a healthy body and a peaceful mind.

 From Yeravada Mandir, 1945
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