Gandhi and the Dali Lama
Gandhi got married when he was 13 to the 14 year old daughter of another Indian family of great wealth and position. A year later in 1888 they had a son, Harilal Mohandas.
Apparently having his own vision on life, in 1911, at 21, Harilal struck out on his own, for a life as an alcoholic and an embezzler… accounts of his arrests, public drunkenness, and destitution became commonplace.
Gandhi for all his familiarity with the idea of love and forgiveness, eventually disowned Harilal. Well he had to, to put some distance between his ner’do’well oldest son and Gandhi’s developing message of pioty.
Later in life, he expanded that message to include the power of non-violence and the value of poverty and chastity.
And you say something bad to him, he’ll start a fast in a minute, smiling all the time, making you feel like a jerk. He would sleep platonicly with little girls and would bathe naked with his lady doctor.
Not what I’m thinking is a good ol’ boy, you know what I mean? Wouldn’t think we’d have that much in common… but listen, that man could think.
He’s say things like we wished we could. Maybe it was all that fasting he did, just cleared up the junk in his head and he could see and think things we can’t.
Although along lines of eastern mystics and their sayings, I have long held that the Dali Lama had the most simple, most poignant advice… which was also held by our forefathers. What’s below is a sampling of Gandhi thinking, and then that great line from Mr. Lama.
Here’s what’ll destroy your culture
Wealth without Work
Pleasure without Conscience
Knowledge without Character
Commerce without Morality
Science without Humanity
Worship without Sacrifice
Politics without Principle
Live as if were to die tomorrow; learn as if you were to live forever.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
A man is but the product of this thoughts… what he thinks, he becomes.
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean: if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful?
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
Action expresses priorities.
Fear has it use but cowardice has none.
All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and not take.
Those who know how to think need no teachers.
Truth never damages a cause that is just.
I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters.
An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.
Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.
It was the Dali Lama who famously said:
The purpose of life is happiness.