10 Things to learn from Mahatma Gandhi

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Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday on 2nd October is not only a national holiday celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti in India, it is also commemorated as the International Day of Non-violence by the United Nations General Assembly. The lifetime of the father of our nation or ‘Bapu’ as we call him was full of valuable lessons and insights. Let’s see what we can learn from him:

Mahtma Gandhi

1. Actions speak more than words: Gandhiji impressed people by diligently acting on his beliefs and even people who didn’t agree with him admired this quality of his.

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2. Perseverance: Gandhiji struggled for many years towards India’s independence. He did not give up even during times when things seemed impossible. You all know the results.

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3. Continuous Improvement: Bapu was not only involved with improving the status of women, Harijans, small-scale industries; he also believed in continuously improving himself and once quoted “learn as if you were to live forever”.

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4. Don’t stress yourself too much: Bapu avoided stress even in the direst of situations. You can see so many pictures of the Indian struggle where he is smiling.

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5. Simplicity: He lived a modest lifestyle, wore simple clothes, ate simple food and his long fasts were both a form of social protest as well as self-purification. Amidst all this simplicity, he created waves that moved thousands of people.

 

Gandhiji truly believed in simplicity

6. Lead by example: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world”. A major reason for his immense popularity and support for his non-violence approach was because he followed what he preached.

7. Don’t let others change your path: Amidst so many voices stating that his methods won’t work, Bapu stood with his beliefs and didn’t let the critics change any of it.

8. Forgiveness: Forgiveness is better than hatred. And it takes a great deal of strength for the same. As Gandhiji noted ” The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

9. Think positive: Gandhiji believed “A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes“. Enough said.

10. Don’t give up: Things cannot be achieved within a day. Sometimes it takes the time to see results. Don’t let this wait de-motivate you as Bapu once said: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

What was Ram famous for- his strength, smart convictions and patience?

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Would Ram have been Ram if he did not face Ravan and all the difficulties he underwent (14 years of Vanvas, fought Ravan for Sita)?

He would not have been “The Ram” had it not been for all the challenges that he had to go through to prove himself to be strong and come out as more powerful.

So in our daily lives, no matter how mundane things we are doing- be it working at office, dinner with family, driving, I feel there is a way that all of us can be Ram. In the sense, the biggest thing that comes across Ram is Anger.

People get hurt easily :

  • Parents complain that you are not spending enough time
  • Boss shouts for being late, siblings fight for things
  • friends get upset because you haven’t met them in long

All of this converts to Anger. Biggest enemy of any person is anger- People completely take the shape of Ravana and they will say the things they don’t mean, they’ll behave rudely and they might even break things. With an anger level of that you loose the act of performing any task with 100% sincerity.

Imagine, if you have had a big fight with your family in morning and then you had to work all day, you are present physically but mentally you are still in bad shape. You’ll be Ravan in some ways- creativity, thought process takes a toll. You keep reaffirming yourself. Thus, It is extremely important to kill that anger.

In every person there are two personalities.

  1.  Ram (being cool and balanced)
  2. Ravana (being angry).

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The one you feed more is going to grow more powerful. In an angry situation like that- you retaliate and become Ravana. When someone is super angry you have to wait calmly because in that situation no matter how hard you try, you have to wait for the person to become Ram again to have your thoughts heard.

  • Lots of people question that if you try and stay calm in such a situation will they not repeat it again?
  • Won’t that be a sign of weakness?

But when you think about it, it takes a lot of strength to be calm when someone is blaming you or yelling at you for no reason. So in such a a situation one must Invoke the ram in oneself and not Ravana. As soon as the other person will calm, the situation will look less worse.

Sometimes we say that have anger issues and keep angry all times. By saying such words you yourself are boosting Ravana in your blood. Anger gives you bad health, ugly face, high BP and all kinds of issues.

One way to help all the Ravans convert to Ram is by saying positive words to them. Tell them how you wish they were. Oh, you are cool and calm, Oh, you are kind, Oh, you are keeping super chilled these days. Because everyone tells them that you are angry and crazy so they will believe that about themself. What stands most important is to be all positive and tell them that you are awesome. Appreciate them to live upto. So they can transform into Ram.

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Conclusion :

Stay cool and calm through the entire day without getting angry, upset or irritated, and by the end of the day if you manage to do so- Pat your backs and be a RamSo here I challenge everyone reading the blog to take the “Ram challenge” for a day and see if you yourself can see Ram for a day!As Shah Rukh Khan says in Swades movie’s song-

Man se Ravan jo Nikale Ram Uske Man Mein Hai!

Be Ram and make everyone around you too! RAM IS CONTAGIOUS!

Important lessons from Narendra Modi

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He came, he saw, and he conquered.

Narendra Damodardas Modi is a name we all have heard of, and the Lok Sabha Elections were enough to prove the faith the country that happens to be the largest democracy of the world has put in this man.

1) Public Speaking Skills
The man has something in his voice that makes head turn. Even the people who don’t happen to like him have agreed that they never miss a speech by the Indian Prime Minister. And we can’t even say that this all is because of someone who writes his speeches, as the Independence Day saw him speaking without any written speeches, and this sure is going to be one of the most remembered speeches from an Indian PM.

Narendra modi speech
Narendra modi speech

 

2) Discipline
The 15th Prime Minister of India has always led a disciplined life. Ever since he was made abalswayamsevak in RSS, which is known to instill discipline in all its members, he has followed a disciplined regimen.

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Narendra modi with obama

3) Determination
Ever since he was a child who used to help his father and brother in their tea stalls, he was determined to make it big for himself. He has been associated with RSS since an early age, and that shows the determination that eight-year old possessed and this 64 year old possesses.

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Narendra modi small kid

4) Detailing
This is something for people who plan a lot. Learning from a meticulous planner that Mr. Modi is, you should care to have a love for detailing. For reaching out to the Indian population, Modi travelled more than 3.5 lakhs Kms and did 400 rallies, even to places where no one usually goes. This micro detailing helps a lot in efficient planning, leading to better results.

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Narendra modi sabarmati river front

5) Love For Technology
The man is tech-savvy and likes to keep himself up to date with all the developments in the field. He tweets and posts important details of his life and journey within minutes of it happening. Even as I write this article, I can see that his Facebook cover picture has already been updated. While we can learn from this, we should also know the clear difference there is between love for technology and being a slave for it.

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Narendra modi app
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Narendra modi techonology

6) Love For Fitness
Modi is a big yoga enthusiast and never forgets to do it, no matter how busy he is. Perhaps, this is the reason why he is this active at this age. This is also something that we can and should learn from him.

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Narendra modi yoga

7) Enthusiasm
Even at the age of 64, the enthusiasm with which Narendra Modi lives his life is commendable. Be it playing drums on his recent visit to Japan or answering questions of various Indian students on Teacher’s Day, he has never left his enthusiastic persona.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi shares a lighter moment with Japanese ceremonial drummers at the inauguration of the TCS Japan Technology and Cultural Academy, in Tokyo, Japan on September 02, 2014.
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi shares a lighter moment with Japanese ceremonial drummers at the inauguration of the TCS Japan Technology and Cultural Academy, in Tokyo, Japan on September 02, 2014.

8) Patience
After foolproof planning, which leads to his confidence, he is not a man who can be impatient and jump on to conclusions or be restless for results. This patience and the tendency of keeping his calm and not behaving like a kid has proved to be very useful for him. It’s a hard sight to see the man angry, overpowered by emotions, or losing his patience. This is something which if learned can prove to be a changing point in our lives.

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Narendra modi crying

9) Leadership Skills
If you remember well, he promised to work one hour more than his subordinates did in a public speech. This is not something an inefficient leader would be able to say. He is an efficient leader and leads by his words; learning this skill from him can be beneficial for our professional lives.

India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally at Hiranagar 55 kilometers (34 miles) from Jammu, India, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. India will hold national elections from April 7 to May 12, kicking off a vote that many observers see as the most important election in more than 30 years in the world's largest democracy. ((AP Photo/Channi Anand)
India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally at Hiranagar 55 kilometers (34 miles) from Jammu, India, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. India will hold national elections from April 7 to May 12, kicking off a vote that many observers see as the most important election in more than 30 years in the world’s largest democracy. ((AP Photo/Channi Anand)

10) Humbleness
Even though he is the Prime Minister of world’s largest democracy, his position has not gone to his head. He comes across as a very humble human being and this is evident by the way he addresses the nation and answers all the questions he is put across. Being humble can take you places and this is also something to learn from him.

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Narendra modi with kids

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Interesting facts about abdul kalam

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Former president of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, popularly known as India’s ‘Missile Man’, passed away in Shillong on the night of 27 July after collapsing while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Shillong.

He will be remembered for many reasons, but most of all his humility and inspirational personality.

HERE ARE SEVEN FACTS ABOUT HIM YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW

HE DONATED HIS PRESIDENTIAL SALARY TO CHARITY

 

  • After becoming president of India, Kalam donated his salaries and savings to a trust he had founded, called PURA (Providing Urban Amenities to Rural Areas).
  • He said that after becoming India’s president, he would be looked after by the government till the end of his life, and so he all his savings and salaries could be used for better things.

 

HE REFUSED TO SIT ON SPECIAL CHAIRS AT EVENTS

 

  • When he attended the Lakshmi Vidya Sangham in 2015, Kalam refused to take the larger chair that had been provided to him on the dais and sat on the same kind of chairs that the students used.
  • In 2012, attending a function at the Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL), Mysore, he had asked for a regular chair rather than the ceremonial one provided for him.

 

HE VISITED HIS COBBLER FROM THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

 

  • Visiting Thiruvananthapuram on an official visit to the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Kalam, even though he was president of India, went to meet his cobbler, George, who used to chat with him while repairing his shoes.
  • He also went to meet Parameswaran Nair, the owner of a lodge where Kalam used to lunch when he worked at the Space Centre.

 

HE ASKED A QUESTION ON TERRORISM ON YAHOO ANSWERS

 

  • Kalam had asked, “What should we do to free our planet from terrorism?” on Yahoo Answers, and received more than 30,000 answers.

 

This was his question:

  • As the current global population of 6 billion increases to 8 billion by 2025, national and international conflicts will continue to be a source of concern for humanity.
  • When evil minds combine, good minds have to work together and combat. In this context, what are the out-of-the-box solutions to free the planet earth from terrorism?
  • Your answers, when processed and implemented, can lead to a peaceful, happy and safe planet earth. “

 

HE WANTED TO HAVE RASHTRAPATI BHAVAN POWERED BY SOLAR ENERGY

 

  • Unfortunately, Kalam’s term ended before his proposal could be implemented.
  • Later, he said: “I would have liked the Rashtrapati Bhavan to be the first home in India to be powered completely by solar energy. “

 

HE WAS A CHAMPION OF WILDLIFE AND NATURE

 

  • Working at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Kalam had rejected a proposal to place broken glass on the walls of the institution to prevent break-ins.
  • Kalam said the broken glass would be harmful to the birds that perch on the walls.

THE DAY HE VISITED SWITZERLAND BECAME SCIENCE DAY

This was announced by the Swiss government, following his arrival on Wednesday night on a four-day state visit, considering his vast expertise in science and technology.

How to become Millionaire from Tomato

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On one fine day, there was an HR manager who interviewed a person and then watched him cleaning

The floor as a Test. “You are employed,” he said. “Give me your e-mail

Address and I’ll Send you the application to fill in, as well as the

Date When you may start.”

 

The man replied “But I don’t have a

Computer, nor an email.”

 

 

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man using the computer

 

“I’m sorry”, said the HR manager, “If you Don’t have an email, that

Means you do not exist. And who doesn’t Exist, cannot have the job.”

 

The man left with no hope at all. He Didn’t know what to do, with

Only $10 in his pocket. He then decided to Go to the supermarket and buy

A 10 Kg tomato crate. He then sold the Tomatoes in a door-to-door round.

 

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tomato bowl

 

In less than two hours, he succeeded To double his capital. He repeated

The operation three times, and Returned home with $60. The man realised

That he can survive by this Way, and started to go everyday earlier, and

Return late. Thus, his Money doubled or Tripled every day.

 

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Shortly, he bought a cart, then a Truck, and then he had his own fleet of

Delivery vehicles. 5 years later, The man is one of the biggest food

Retailers in the US. He started to Plan his family’s future

 

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talking in a tomato farm

 

And decided to have a life insurance. He Called an insurance broker, and

Choose a protection plan. When the Conversation was concluded,

The broker asked him his email.

 

 

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cash tomato

 

 

The man Replied, “I don’t have an email.”

The broker answered curiously, “You Don’t have an email, and yet

Have succeeded to build an empire. Can you Imagine what you could

Have been if you had an email?!!”

 

 

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Growing plant

The man Thought for a while and replied, “Yes, I’d be an office boy”

 

Moral of the story

 

  1. Internet / email is not the solution to your life.
  2. If you don’t have Internet / email and Work hard, you can be Millionaire.
  3. If you received this Message by email, you are probably already an Office boy/girl, and not any close to being a millionaire.

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