Principles of Gandhi

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The Twenty-One Leadership And Self-Mastery Principles of Mahatma Ghandi Extracted by: Prof. Eduardo A. Morato from "Mahatma Gandhi" 1. Men should not feel honored by the humiliation of their fellow human beings. 2. Renounce material things. Lift yourself above materialism to free yourself for greater ideals. 3. All government is based on war and violence. One can counter these evils through passive resistance. (From Tolstoy's work: The Kingdom of God Is Within You.) 4. The basis of society is not wealth but the invisible gold of human companionship.....Pursue simple pleasures and inner tranquility, making the first possessions, self possession. (From Ruskin's work: Unto This Last) 5. Control all the senses at all times and all places in thought, word and deed. Greater control over the self means greater control over others. 6. The man who sheds all longings and moves without concern and is free from the sense of "I" and mine"mine" attains peace. (From the Bhagavad Gita) 7. Be selfless in action and free from apprehension about results or the advantages to be gotten from these results. 8. Believe in truth-force, love-force and soul-force. This is satyagraha, the vindication of truth not by infliction of suffering on the opponent but on one's self. The opponent must be weaned from error by patience and sympathy. Convert the opponent. Return good for evil until the evildoer tires of evil. 9. So long as there is even a handful of men true to their pledges, then there can be only one end to the struggle - victory! 10. Compromise is acceptable if a moral victory can be won. The triumph of principles, even if one compromises, is better than defeating an adversary. 11. It is more honorable to be right than to be law abiding.... a minority of one can bring about a change in government. (from Thoreau's work: Civil Disobedience ) 12. Desired virtues are fearlessness, self reliance, self denial, self sacrifice, and suffering. Embrace poverty and live in harmony with people...
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