my friend ben posted the seven deadly sin’s according to gandhi, awhile back. for your reading and understanding i will post them here:
politics without principle
wealth without work
commerce without morality
pleasure without conscience
education without character
science without humanity
worship without sacrifice
these are really interesting to think about and try and grasp for the individual self. i have written these on a sticky note and just dare to read them every day.
these really got me thinking and seeking to understand why he decided these particular seven, so last weekend i bought a book called ‘the essential gandhi’. in short, it’s sort of an anthology of his life.
austin also recently wrote a blog that really got me thinking along these lines as well. peter, paul (and mary.) and many others that we learn about in the bible, did great and mighty through the power of God and the love and mercy He gives. (love. mercy. don’t write those words off. they have power.) yet, they were only human. they were men and women just like me and you.
kind of mind-blowing and hard to wrap yourself up in. it’s both empowering and uncomfortable.
when i began the book about gandhi, i was frustrated and upset for about the first 30 pages because gandhi most certainly did not start out his life pure. did you know he was only 13 when he was married? he fell into the wrong crowd who taught him to smoke and took him to a strip club. are these things wrong? that’s for you to decided in your own heart. to me, it was not what i pictured the peaceful gandhi doing as a youth.
it is absolutley fascinating reading about the decisions he made that got him to the way he will be forever remembered. he speaks a lot about ‘ashram’ which is the the act/thought/discipline of love and non-violence. this is a theme throughout his writings..a common thread through each stages of his life that sort of weave it all together.
gandhi educated himself and never stopped learning. he took his principles and lived by his convictions. the discipline he set for himself is incredible and through this was able to achieve rights for his people. this is what he stood for. unlike peter and paul, he did not do this in the name of Jesus, he did this for his own religious convictions and for the idea of ashram.
but just like peter and paul, gandhi, too, was only a man.
there are those feelings again…empowerment and discomfort.
what would you do if you knew you could not fail?