Living according to the truth

By Paulo Coelho

Mahatma Gandhi fought all his life, and succeeded in freeing India from English rule. When he was told that he was one of the greatest names in all Universal History, he replied:

“I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and non-violence are as old as the hills. All I have done is practice them on a far vaster scale that seemed possible to me. In doing so, I made some mistakes and learned from my mistakes.

“Those who believed in the simple truths I proclaimed, can only spread them if they live in accordance with them. I am absolutely convinced that any man or woman can achieve what I did, if he makes the same effort and nurtures the same hope and faith.

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  1. Chhavvo says:

    Rani -”This was the greatest famine India has ever known, an artificial one, food supply was cut off to those sections of the country, millions died, and it has been passed over by historians for their own complicated reasons”

    History repeats itself, doesn’t it?

  2. Rani says:

    Sometimes a man more than extraordinary like Gandhi comes along. A lot has been written on him. One of the most moving books I have read is a novel by the great Indian writer R.K. Narayan , “Waiting for the Mahatma”. Gandhi is not the protagonist but he is everywhere. The background of the book is the Quit India Movement, but seen by the common man. The Gandhi of the peasants, the middle-class small city shopkeepers and so on. He has been been appropriated by historians and intellectuals and we have forgotten that Gandhi’s message was for every man, but his tears were for the famine-sricken peasants in the villages, a man-made famine that was to avoid the Japanese during the second world war getting help from the villages from the northeastern section of the country. This was the greatest famine India has ever known,an artificial one, food supply was cut off to those sections of the country, millions died, and it has been “passed over” by historians for their own complicated reasons.

    But Gandhi lives on!

  3. Benjamin says:

    Truth is simply an absolute. It does not compromise and must be whole. As long as you are walking in truth it doesn’t matter what the others do…it is indeed like a mirror and the other could actually see their imperfection..

  4. Agnieszka says:

    Cool song – The man in the moon smiling.

    I was thinking,
    how do we know who lie, how can we know for sure, when even the closed to us can do that sometimes behind our backs?
    What if they’re afraid of losing us? Does it explain them? How can we tell if they’re telling the truth?
    love
    Agnieszka

  5. The man in the moon smiling says:

    Mm
    What if half the things ever said
    Turned out 2 be a lie…
    How will u know the truth?
    If u were given all the answers
    And u stopped 2 wonder why
    But how will u know the truth?

    Everybodys got a right to love
    Everybodys got a right to lie
    But the choice u make aint no piece of cake
    It aint no mf piece of pie

    {clock ticks}

    What if times only reason?
    Was to give us all somethin 2 fear?
    And if so yall, the end of the journeys so clear

    Questionaire, what did u stand 4?
    Questionaire, who did u save?
    When it gets right down to-wait a minute
    When it gets right down to the nitty of the gritty
    When it gets right down to it u take more than u gave

    Everybody got a right to love
    Everybody got a right to lie
    But the choice u make aint no piece of cake
    It aint no mfmf {o(+> screams the following} piece of pie {computer blips}

    Mmmm oh
    Gotta (gonna? ) tell the truth yall
    Gotta tell the truth
    Gotta tell the truth yall
    Gotta tell the truth
    Gotta tell the truth yall
    Gotta tell the truth

    If there was just one day
    That everybody tell the truth
    Wed all trade bank accounts & move to back to neptune

    The Truth by Prince

  6. Carmen Larisa says:

    Mahatma Ghandi was a great man! Even his physical appearance was not at all impressive, he was so spiritually powerful by using simple methods, like peace, understanding, non-violence. Hope is indeed essential in one’s life, the ingredient that spices all the nurture of life. I wish I had met him and talked to him, maybe his ideas would have inspired his discipline on me too… :-)
    It’s a shame that he was killed, such a wonderful man, full of peace, I really don’t understand why people were so afraid of him and wanted to kill him. Maybe because he was too peaceful and good and bad people thought he was influencing the masses to be like him too. Anyway, his example is worth following and his words need to be put in practice. Then his mission is fully completed, when his words become our deeds.

    Affectionately,
    Carmen Larisa

  7. Agnieszka says:

    yes.., amazing man he was,
    thank you
    love
    Agnieszka