Insight, Inspiration, Motivation

International Day of Non-Violence

October 2nd, according to my ‘Ultimate Calender’, is the International Day of Non-Violence. I love this ‘app’ on my ipad – there are many weird holidays as well. Today, for example, is also Phileas Fogg’s Wager Day (I’ll have to check that one out later), National Custodial Workers’ Day (I’m glad – but wish that was publicised a little more. They do need to be recognised), Techie’s day (wow!), World Communion Day, World Farm Animals Day (not quite sure how the animals decided that)!

Coming back to the Non-violence Day, it immediately struck a cord with me. Growing up in India, we always celebrated Oct 2nd as Gandhi Jayanthi (Birthday of Mahatma Gandhi). This was celebrated in the school at the assembly with a speech from the Principal, followed by 2 minutes of silence, and special songs and prayers which always included “Vaishnava Janato” (which was his favourite hymn), and most importantly, the distribution of sweets, which is what we kids always looked forward to. Even though as children, we did not seem to pay attention to the entire ceremony, as an adult, I realise just how much we did assimilate, how much the life of this great person did influence our own.

Mahatma Gandhi was motivated by the firm belief that all men were created equal by virtue of the divinity of their creation – the same principle that the American Constitution was built upon, the same as the basis of all religions, the same principle that every court of justice would follow. Because of this strong conviction that he had, he felt no fear and was able to lead a whole nation to freedom through a non-violent struggle that totally disarmed its opponents. The other great value that was important to Mahatma Gandhi was Truth. There are many stories, even from his childhood, that tell us about how he upheld truth at all costs.

It was fitting, therefore, for the UN Assembly to declare this day as the International day of Non-violence. We simply need more publicity and education, to get more followers for this principle. Every year, it seems like we need this more than ever. One lives in hope.



October 3, 2011 - Posted by | Personal Journey, Psychology, Self Improvement

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