Be the change you wish to see in the world
Today the whole world celebrates 150 years of the birth of Mahatmas (
Grat Soul) Gandhi.
Whenever we say about the man who became a legend during his lifetime and is still an icon of nonviolence and a symbol of freedom, notable to many. The name Mahatma Gandhi - the leader of the nationalist movement against the British rule of India - is now one of the most universally recognized on earth.
2 October is now one of the three national holidays of India, observed in all of its states and union territories - Gandhi Jayanti. An event celebrated annually in the country to mark the birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi - the man called
the father of the nation.
Today hundreds of thousands of people worldwide will commemorate his words, beliefs and legacies.
And eventually, just for a day we will remember to listen to those around us, to let go of the anger, to embrace the inner peace and enter a state of calm, and most importantly to try a little harder to be the change we want to see in the world.
Gandhi inspired the thinking of many world leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandella, Dalai Lama, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, and the former American President Barack Obama for his peaceful, nonviolent methods of protest (known as satyagraha) with which he managed to achieve political and social progress but most importantly freedom and independence for his fellow Indians.
On 15 June 2007 the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution which declared that 2 October will be celebrated as the International Day of Non-Violence in honor to Gandhi’s message of peace and love.
The same message, caring the brave of the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence is adopted by the United Nations, which they are bound to disseminate in order “to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence or simply to assure a better world with no hate, harassment or homicides for the generations to come.
Thousands of fresh flowers and gentle garlands will embellish the statues of Mahatma Gandhi throughout the world and the Hindu devotional song, Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram will sound the earth in his memory.
Dozens of events will take place all around the globe.
Artists, academicians, scientists, politicians at any age, religious belief, ethnicity and color will quote his words, reaching hundreds of thousands in person and billions of people with the help of the mass media.
But when the applause stopped and the silence enters what else will stay within us with it?!
150 years have passed but has the world changed?
Everyone must be his own scavenger
That’s why we won’t share yet another list with gracious events, which happened since the beginning of the year or tend to happen before it comes to an end.
Of course, that it is important to spread the word and somehow to show appreciation or respect. But why don’t we try to shake things a little this year.
Too many people are so concerned about themselves that they forget about helping others. Most would surely schedule a cleaning appointment to take care of their living space but are ignoring the pollution spreading all over the environment. Don't be like them.
Lending a hand to those in need is so easy. Why don’t you volunteer in a shelter, a hospital, a library? Why don’t you donate to cause - not money but time? Why don’t you bravely put the #TrashTag below the before and after pictures to the place, you’ve just cleaned?
The world today and we as a whole don’t need more words but major actions.
There’s more than enough Gandhi's quotes on social media already - so it’s about time to take the example itself, not the letters alone, and put in practise - in our homes, at our workplace, on the streets - wherever we are.
This year, the Indian government will commemorate the 150 anniversary of the birth of
the father of the nation not only by spreading the message in a form of a nicely put sentences but with the initiative
Fit India Plogging Run, as well.
The event, where participants will clean up trash and litter while jogging to honor Gandhi's message of cleanliness will take place all across the country.
As UN Secretary-General António Guterres wisely stated,
Gandhi constantly highlighted the gap between what we do, and what we are capable of doing. On this International Day, I urge each and every one of us to do everything in our power to bridge this divide as we strive to build a better future for all.
The future depends on what we do in the present
On 2nd October 2014, the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, launched a nation-wide cleanliness campaign on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary.
The main idea behind the SBM - Swachh Bharat Mission is to provide sanitation facilities to every family in the country, including toilets, solid and liquid waste disposal systems, village cleanliness, and safe and adequate drinking water supply.
Modi stated that the SBM is inspired by patriotism and stays beyond politics. He also asked the people of India to look at the motto -
I shall not litter and won't allow anyone to do so - not just as at some pretentious slogan, but as something which is our prior responsibility.
The PM has recalled the Gandhi's idea of cleanliness Sanitation is more important than independence said Mahatma then.
Today Indians may have gained their freedom and independence but the dream of a clean India is still unfulfilled (and some may say even unrealistic).
Gandhi’s desire was total sanitation for all. He said far too many times that cleanliness is the most important thing when it comes to physical well-being and a healthy environment.
Narendra Modi stated that this goal has to be achieved by 2019 as a befitting tribute to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, on his 150th birth anniversary.
This leads us back to the present days, when the aftermath is almost done and the advanced version of Swachh Bharat Mission’s results is expected any moment now.
In a gentle way, you can shake the world
People of different ages, races, religions and colours tend to live in Gandhi’s ashram and he guided them through all scavenging work, which was done by the inmates alone, and was quoted to say:
I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.
But it’s time to leave India alone and get back to the UK. Wherever on Earth or whenever in time we are, our actions always matter. We are the ones to design and decide in what world we want to live in. We are the ones who can make a difference and bequeath a better tomorrow for the ones to come.
It used to be thought that the events that changed the world were things like big bombs, maniac politicians, huge earthquakes, or vast population movements, but it has now been realized that this is a very old-fashioned view held by people totally out of touch with modern thought. The things that change the world, according to Chaos theory, are the tiny things. A butterfly flaps its wings in the Amazonian jungle, and subsequently a storm ravages half of Europe
You’ve certainly heard this legendary quote from Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman - but have you ever wondered - what if… Plus, it is a fact, that there’s always a certain amount of truth even in the biggest fraud.
And don’t forget - always be careful when putting things in your head, because they tend to stay in there... for long -
A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes - Mahatma Gandhi.