Mahatma Gandhi: The Great Soul

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Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948)

Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948)

Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948) was a politician, lawyer, activist, and writer, in addition to being the leader of the nationalist movement in India. He is also considered to be the father of the nation state of India.

Gandhi is famous for his use of Satyagraha, or nonviolent protest, to achieve his political goals. Due to his larger than life presence, his perseverance, and his commitment to peace, Gandhi was known by the title Mahatma, or ‘Great Soul’. His selflessness and the fact that throughout his life, he would rather sacrifice himself than instigate violence, made him well-loved throughout the world.

May many people be inspired by the commitment and courage of Mahatma Gandhi and be able to follow the path of peace, tolerance, and courage like this great soul.

 

Early Life

Gandhi was born on 2nd October 1869 in a coastal town on the Kathiawar Peninsula, Porbandar State, during the British Raj, which is now part of the Indian state of Gujarat. His parents named him Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. His father, Karamchand Uttamchand Gandhi (1822 – 1885), was the capable Chief Minister (diwan) of Porbandar State, and his mother was Uttamchand’s fourth wife, Putlibai (1844 – 1891). Putlibai was a pious lady who could take the most challenging vows and hold them well. She was known to be able to keep two to three consecutive fasts.

Gandhi’s parents Karamchan Uttamchand Gandhi (left) and his wife, Putlibai (right)

Gandhi’s parents Karamchan Uttamchand Gandhi (left) and his wife, Putlibai (right)

Uttamchand was married four times. His first two wives gave Uttamchand one daughter each, but they passed away at a young age. Because Utttamchand’s third wife was childless, she permitted Uttamchand to marry again. Therefore, Uttamchand married Putlibai, from Junagadh, another city in what is now known as Gujarat. Uttamchand and Putlibai had four children:

  1. Laxmidas (1860 – March 1914), a son
  2. Raliatbehn (1862 – 1960), a daughter
  3. Karsandas (1866 – 1913), a son
  4. Gandhi (1869 – 1948), a son
Gandhi as a young boy

Gandhi as a young boy

Gandhi was a lively child. His sister, Raliatbehn, described her brother as “restless as mercury, either playing or roaming about. One of his favourite pastimes was twisting dogs’ ears.” As a young boy, Gandhi was enthralled by the stories of Harishchandra, a legendary Indian king. The themes of love and truth within the stories were what most appealed to him. In his autobiography, Gandhi admitted:

“It haunted me, and I must have acted Harishchandra to myself times without number.”

In 1874, Uttamchand had the opportunity to move and take a leadership position in Rajkot, where the British regional political agency was located. A closeness with this institution was what provided a measure of security to the state’s diwan. In 1876, Uttamchand was promoted to the position of diwan in Rajkot for his outstanding work, and his family joined him there.

Gandhi and his young bride, Kasturba

Gandhi and his young bride, Kasturbai (Kasturba)

When he was nine years old, Gandhi attended a local school in Rajkot, where he studied history, arithmetic, geography, and the Gujarati language. At 11 years old, Gandhi was admitted to a high school in Rajkot. He was not a bright student in school and was a shy boy, with no interest in games. It is said that his only companions were books and school lessons.

When Gandhi was 13 years old, in 1883, he was married to the 14-year-old Kasturbai Makhanji Kapadia in an arranged marriage. His wedding was a joint event because his brother and cousin were also married at the same time. Gandhi recalled his early experience of the wedding,

“As we didn’t know much about marriage, it meant only wearing new clothes, eating sweets, and playing with relatives.”

Gandhi’s adolescent years were not without rebellion. His youth was marked with acts of petty thefts, smoking, a secret belief in atheism and, most shocking of all for a member of a respectable Vaishnava Hindu family, the eating of meat. Gandhi’s acts of rebellion could be considered harmless by some, however, they ultimately led him to take extraordinary steps not to repeat them. He made a promise to himself after each adventure that he would never again engage in the same act, and he kept his promises.

1885 was a tragic year for Gandhi. His father, Uttamchand passed away, and within the same year, Kasturbai gave birth to their first child, who only survived a few days. The death of two persons so closely related to him anguished him greatly. Throughout their marriage, Kasturbai and Gandhi had four more sons:

  1. Harilal, born in 1888
  2. Manilal, born in 1892
  3. Ramdas, born in 1897
  4. Devdas, born in 1900

In January 1888, after graduating from high school, Gandhi briefly enrolled in Samaldas College in Bhavnagar State. However, because his late father had expressed his hope for him to become a government minister, Gandhi had to set aside his aspiration of becoming a doctor.

Gandhi (right) with his eldest brother, Laxmidas, (left) in 1886

Gandhi (right) with his eldest brother, Laxmidas (left), in 1886

To fulfil his family’s aspiration, Gandhi had to first become a barrister. His brother, Laxmidas, raised enough money for Gandhi to study in England. At first, his mother objected to his plan to study in London, but later, she consented after Gandhi made a promise to abstain from alcohol, meat, and women while he was overseas. So, in 1888, Gandhi went to London, England to study law at the Inner Temple, one of the four law colleges in the city.

When he returned to India in 1891, more sad news awaited him. Gandhi learned that his mother had passed away several weeks before his return, but the news was kept hidden from him. Not long after his return, Gandhi set up a law practice in Bombay. However, during his first courtroom case, Gandhi was so nervous that he could not cross-examine the witness. Embarrassed, he reimbursed his client for his legal fees.

After the unfortunate incident, he returned to Rajkot and made a modest living by drafting petitions for litigants. However, this means of living soon stopped after he came into conflict with a British officer. In 1893, another door of opportunity opened for Gandhi. A successful Muslim merchant, named Dada Abdullah, contacted Gandhi and informed him that his cousin in Johannesburg was looking for a lawyer, and he was willing to offer Gandhi a salary of £105 per month in addition to travel expenses. Gandhi accepted the job offer, with the understanding that he had to stay in South Africa for at least one year.

The birth place of Mahatma Gandhi

The birth place of Mahatma Gandhi

 

The Birth of Gandhi’s Activism

Gandhi arrived in South Africa in April 1893 to work as the lawyer for Dada Abdullah’s cousin. He spent 21 years in South Africa, and it was in this place that he developed his ethical and political views.

Gandhi with his secretary, Miss Schlesin, and his colleague, Mr. Polak, in front of his office in Johhanesburg, 1905

Gandhi with his secretary, Miss Schlesin, and his colleague, Mr. Polak, in front of his office in Johannesburg, 1905

When he arrived in South Africa, Gandhi considered himself “a Briton first and an Indian second.” However, due to the race-based discrimination in South Africa, Gandhi’s life was challenging. He was not allowed to sit with light-skinned European passengers in stagecoaches and was told to sit near the driver on the floor instead. When he refused, he was beaten. In another incident, he was kicked and pushed to the gutter for walking near a house. On yet another occasion, Gandhi was thrown from a train in Pietermaritzburg after refusing to leave the first-class section. That night, Gandhi stayed in the train station, wondering whether he should stand up for his rights or return to India. In the end, he chose to stand up for his rights.

Gandhi was bothered by the prejudice against him. He wondered how someone could feel superior and derive pleasure or honour from humiliating other people. At the same time Gandhi also questioned his Indian status in the British Empire.

Gandhi as a young lawyer in South Africa

Gandhi as a young lawyer in South Africa

In 1894, Abdullah’s cousin’s case that had brought Gandhi to South Africa was concluded, and Gandhi was preparing to return to India. However, he decided to stay longer because the Natal authorities had issued another discriminatory proposal declaring that the right to vote was an exclusive European right, and other races, such as Indians, were denied the right to do so. One of his efforts was to ask the British Colonial Secretary, Joseph Chamberlain, to reconsider his position on the bill.

Although Gandhi failed in preventing the passage of the bill, his campaigns attracted attention to the unfair treatment suffered by the Indians in South Africa. Gandhi also established the Natal Indian Congress and presented the Indians in South Africa as a unified political force.

Gandhi with the founders of the Natal Indian Congress, 1895

Gandhi with the founders of the Natal Indian Congress, 1895

Due to his activism, in January 1897, a group of white settlers attacked Gandhi in Durban. However, Gandhi did not press charges against his attackers.

In 1900, Gandhi wanted to disprove the British assumption that Hindus were not fit to do “manly” tasks that involved danger and exertion. Gandhi recruited 1,100 medically certified volunteers to help the British fight the Boers. In the Battle of Colenso, the last battle of the Boer War, Gandhi’s team worked with the ambulance corps, and at Spion Kop, Gandhi and his team went to the front lines to carry wounded soldiers across difficult terrain. For their heroic contribution, Gandhi and 37 other Indian volunteers received the Queen’s South African Medal.

In the Battle of Colenso, the last battle of the second Boer War, Gandhi’s team worked with the ambulance corps

In the Battle of Colenso, the last battle of the Boer War, Gandhi’s team worked with the ambulance corps.

 

The Indian Struggle for Independence

In 1915, C.F. Andrews conveyed the request from Gopal Krishna Gokhale, one of the social and political leaders of India’s independence movement, for Gandhi to return to India. When Gandhi returned, he brought with him the reputation of being an Indian nationalist, theorist and community organiser.

Gopal Krishna Gokhale (1866 – 1915)

Gopal Krishna Gokhale (1866 – 1915)

Upon his return to his homeland, Gandhi joined the Indian National Congress. Gokhale updated Gandhi on politics, Indian issues, and the Indian people. In 1920, Gandhi took leadership of the Congress and escalated the demand for Indian independence from the British government.

On 26th January 1930, the Indian National Congress declared the independence of India. Although the British government did not recognise this declaration, negotiations between the Congress and the British government ensued, and the Congress was able to play a role in provincial government in the late 1930s. When the Viceroy declared war on Germany without consulting the Congress, the latter withdrew their support for the Raj.

Gandhi (centre, with white hat) and the members of Indian National Congress in 1922

Gandhi (centre, with white hat) and members of the Indian National Congress in 1922

In 1942, tensions between the Congress and the British government escalated when Gandhi demanded immediate independence. The British government responded by imprisoning him and other Congress leaders. Meanwhile, the Muslim league turned against Gandhi to work with Britain and demanded a separate Muslim state of Pakistan. In August 1947, the British partitioned the land for Pakistan and India, and they became separate independent countries.

 

Role in World War I

Indian troops during the World War I

Indian troops during World War I

In April 1918, the Viceroy of India invited Gandhi to a war conference. In this conference, Gandhi agreed to recruit combatants to help Britain in the war effort. In June 1918, Gandhi wrote an appeal to Indians to enlist as combatants in World War I. In this appeal, he said:

“To bring about such a state of things we should have the ability to defend ourselves, that is, the ability to bear arms and to use them… If we want to learn the use of arms with the greatest possible dispatch, it is our duty to enlist ourselves in the army.”

Source: Gandhi (1965), Collected Works, Vol. 17. Archived 15 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Chapter 67, “Appeal for enlistment,” Nadiad, 22 June 1918.

“Although outwardly, Gandhi encouraged others to enlist as soldiers, he wrote a letter to the private secretary of the Viceroy that he ‘personally will not kill or injure anybody, friend or foe.'”

Source: Gandhi (1965), Collected Works, Vol. 17. Archived 15 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Chapter 8, “Letter to J. L. Maffey,” Nadiad, 30 April 1918.

 

Champaran Agitations

In 1917, during the Champaran agitations, the British landlords were supported by the local administration and the peasants were forced to grow indigo, a cash crop whose demand had been decreasing for over two decades. To make things worse, the peasants were forced to sell their crops at a fixed price.

Unhappy with the situation, the peasants went to Gandhi’s ashram in Ahmedabad to appeal for his help. Gandhi agreed to help them and pursued a strategy of nonviolent protests and strikes against the landlords. Finally, the authorities agreed to grant more concessions to the peasantry.

Gandhi during India's first civil disobedience movement in Champaran

Gandhi during India’s first civil disobedience movement in Champaran

 

Kheda Agitations

In 1918, Kheda was experiencing famine due to floods and the peasants were demanding relief from taxes. To help the farmers, Gandhi moved to Nadiad and organised supporters and volunteers from the region. He employed a non-cooperation tactic and encouraged the peasants to pledge non-payment of revenue at the risk of losing their land. Gandhi won public support across the country. Finally, after five months, the administration gave in and relaxed the conditions until the famine ended. In Kheda, one of Gandhi’s prominent volunteers, Vallabhbhai Patel, represented the farmers in the negotiations and helped release all prisoners and relieve the peasants of their tax burden.

The protest during Kheda Satyagraha

The protest during Kheda Satyagraha

 

Khilafat Movement

Gandhi helped the British in World War I by recruiting combatants, hoping that the British government would fulfil their promise to give Swaraj (self-government) after the end of the war. However, the British government did not fulfil their promise; instead, they agreed to provide minor reforms. Due to the British government’s failure to honour their commitments, Gandhi declared he would implement Satyagraha (civil disobedience).

After Gandhi made this declaration, the British officials issued the Rowlatt Act to allow the British government to treat the participants of civil disobedience as criminals and to arrest these people without judicial review.

Gandhi had a good rapport with the Muslim Population and this was apparent with the Khilafat Movement.

Gandhi had a good rapport with the Muslim population and this was apparent during the Khilafat movement.

Gandhi felt Muslim-Hindu cooperation was necessary against the British. He gave the Khilafat movement the needed political leverage by supporting Sunni Muslims and the Turkish Caliph. The increasing Muslim support for Gandhi brought to a halt the occasional Hindu-Muslim communal conflict.

Unfortunately, in late 1922, Muslim support for Gandhi evaporated. The Khilafat movement ended, and Muslim leaders had largely abandoned Gandhi and his Congress, and the conflicts between Muslims and Hindus resumed.

 

Non-cooperation

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In his 1909 book, Hind Swaraj, Gandhi stated that British rule was established due to the cooperation of Indians and had survived because of this cooperation. Without it, Swaraj would be implemented, and British rule would collapse.

In February 1919, Gandhi cautioned the British Viceroy not to pass the Rowlatt Act, because if they did, he would appeal to Indians to start civil disobedience. However, this warning went unheeded, and the British government declared they would not bow to threats.

The Satyagraha civil disobedience started, and many people protested the Rowlatt Act. On 30th March 1919, British officers opened fire on unarmed peaceful protestors. Seven days later, on 6th April 1919, Gandhi asked the crowd not to use violence against the British, but instead use peaceful methods, such as boycotting British goods, burning British clothing, etc.

Dissatisfied with Britain, the Indians planned to gather in greater numbers to protest. The British government warned Gandhi not to come to Delhi, but Gandhi ignored this warning, and he was arrested on 9th April 1919. The news of Gandhi’s arrest sparked even more riots, and on 13th April 1919, many Indians gathered at Amritsar Park to protest. The British troops under the leadership of Reginald Dyer surrounded the protestors and fired on them. The event became known as the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

An artist’s illustration of Jallianwala Bagh massacre

An artist’s illustration of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre

The next day, Gandhi criticised the Indians “for not exclusively using love to deal with the hate of the British government.” Instead of asking the people to use violence, he requested the Indians to:

“Stop the violence, property destruction, and go on a fast unto death.”

The contrast between Gandhi’s non-violent response and the British massacre moved many people. The British formed an investigation committee, which Gandhi asked Indians to boycott. The event led Gandhi to believe he should turn his attention to Swaraj (self-rule) and Indian political independence because Indians would never be treated equally under British rule.

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Gandhi’s non-cooperation movement included the Swadeshi policy and the boycott of foreign-made goods. Because of this, Gandhi was arrested on 10th March 1922 and sentenced to six years in prison. However, he was released after only serving his sentence for two years due to health reasons.

 

Salt Satyagraha (Salt March)

Gandhi launched a new Satyagraha against the tax on salt in March 1930. From March 12th to April 6th, Gandhi marched 388 km from Ahmedabad to Dandi to make salt. On his way to Dandi, thousands of people, male and female, joined him. This campaign was one of his most successful, rocking the foundations of the British Raj in India. The British government responded by imprisoning over 60,000 people.

Gandhi and his followers during Salt March

Gandhi and his followers during the Salt March

 

Negotiations with the British Government

Lord Irwin, the 20th Viceroy and Governor-General of India

Lord Irwin, the 20th Viceroy and Governor-General of India

In March 1931, Gandhi and Lord Irwin, the representative of the British government, met. In this meeting, the British government agreed to free those who were imprisoned for political reasons in return for the termination of the civil disobedience movement. The agreement was documented in the Gandhi-Irwin Pact.

Lord Irwin invited Gandhi to the round table conference in London as the representative of the Indian National Congress. However, Gandhi was disappointed with the conference because the British directed the discussion to the subject of the Indian princes and minorities, and not to the transfer of power.

Later, Lord Willingdon, Lord Irwin’s successor, was not open to the idea of India as an independent nation. He launched a campaign to subdue and control the nationalist movement. Gandhi was arrested again. However, the British government did not manage to negate his influence by separating him from his followers.

Winston Churchill, a prominent British politician who would later become prime minister, was Gandhi’s critic, opposing his long-term plans. Churchill often ridiculed Gandhi, as can be seen in his 1931 speech:

“It is alarming and nauseating to see Mr. Gandhi, a seditious Middle Temple lawyer, now posing as a fakir of a type well-known in the East, striding half-naked up the steps of the Vice-regal palace… to parley on equal terms with the representative of the King-Emperor.”

Source: Arthur Herman (2008). Gandhi & Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age. Random House, p. 359. Archived from the original on 1 January 2016.

“Churchill’s dislike of Gandhi was widely recorded. He accused Gandhi as ‘seditious in aim’, ‘a dictator’, ‘a Hindu Mussolini’. Churchill’s criticism of Gandhi garnered support for both parties among the Europeans. Churchill was worried the ‘British themselves would give up out of pacifism and misplaced conscience.'”

Source: Arthur Herman (2008). Gandhi & Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age. Random House, pp. 378–381. Archived from the original on 13 September 2014.

 

Round Table Conferences

The British Government and Gandhi held round table conferences between 1931 and 1932. However, the parties did not see eye-to-eye because:

  • Gandhi was looking for a constitutional reform that would prepare for the end of British rule in India
  • The British were looking for a constitutional reform that would keep India as a British colony

During these conferences, the British representatives also questioned the authority of Gandhi to speak on behalf of India. Gandhi started another Satyagraha after he returned from the second round table conference. The British arrested and imprisoned him again in Yerwada Jail, Pune.

Mahatma Gandhi during the Second Round Table Conference in London, November 1931

Mahatma Gandhi during the Second Round Table Conference in London, November 1931

 

Congress Politics

In 1934, Gandhi resigned from the Congress, because he felt that if he resigned, his popularity would stop stifling the party’s membership, and the many elements within the Congress (i.e., socialists, communists, students, trade unionists, religious conservatives, and those with pro-business convictions) would have the opportunity to be heard. Although he returned to active politics two years later, a new generation of leaders had become established in the Congress.

 

World War II and Another Arrest

Gandhi did not agree to provide any support to the British war effort during World War II because he believed Indians could not participate in a war to preserve democracy and freedom, while they themselves were being denied such freedoms. Gandhi also condemned Fascism and Nazism. However, his demands were largely ignored because, despite what he said, over 2.5 million Indians volunteered and joined the British military.

The Quit India Movement protest

The Quit India Movement

As the war progressed, Gandhi intensified his demands for independence. In 1942, Gandhi delivered his most controversial speech, “British to Quit India,” which aimed to secure British exit from India. Within hours after delivering this speech, Gandhi and all the Congress Working Committee members were arrested. On hearing the news of this arrest, the Indians retaliated by burning government owned railway stations, police stations, and cutting down telegraph wires.

Gandhi was released from prison on 6th May 1944 due to his failing health and his need for medical treatment. He came out from prison to find that the political scene had changed (e.g. the Muslim League now occupied the centre of the political scene, and the other organisations that supported the war had become stronger, while the leaders of the Congress were imprisoned).

At the end of World War II, the British finally provided clear indications that power would be transferred to the Indians. Gandhi terminated the struggle, and approximately 100,000 political prisoners were released, including the leaders of the Congress.

 

The Murder of Mahatma Gandhi

30th January 1948 was a tragic day for India, when a Hindu extremist named Nathuram Godse murdered Mahatma Gandhi by firing three bullets into his chest. Gandhi was immediately carried to his bedroom, where he passed away 30 minutes later, while the verses from the Hindu scriptures were being recited to him. Some sources said he passed away immediately.

The body of Mahatma Gandhi before cremation

The body of Mahatma Gandhi before cremation

Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru made a statement about this tragic accident via All-India Radio:

“Friends and comrades, the light has gone out of our lives, and there is darkness everywhere, and I do not quite know what to tell you or how to say it. Our beloved leader, Bapu as we called him, the father of the nation, is no more. Perhaps I am wrong to say that; nevertheless, we will not see him again, as we have seen him for these many years, we will not run to him for advice or seek solace from him, and that is a terrible blow, not only for me, but for millions and millions in this country.”

Source: Jai Raj, Janak Dr., Commissions and Omissions by Indian Prime Ministers.

Gandhi’s assassin, Godse, did not try to escape. He was seized and arrested. Later, it was revealed that Godse murdered Gandhi due to his complacence towards the Muslims, and he blamed Gandhi for the partition of the Indian subcontinent into India and Pakistan. In 1949, Godse was found guilty and later executed for his crime.

Gandhi’s passing affected Indians nationwide. More than two million people joined the five-mile long funeral procession. Thousands of people from all religious denominations and faiths gathered in India House in London to mourn this great man.

Gandhi’s body was cremated in accordance with the Hindu tradition. His ashes were stored in urns and sent across India and overseas. The Birla House, where Gandhi was assassinated, has become a memorial, named Gandhi Smriti. The site of his cremation near Yamuna is now called Raj Ghat Memorial.

The residents of Andhra Pradesh created a play on Gandhi in the Telugu language that combined the legends and Indian mythology and connected them to Gandhi’s ideas, portraying Gandhi as a messiah. In this play, Gandhi was considered the reincarnation of Indian saints and nationalist leaders.

 

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Legacy

Today, almost 70 years after his death, Gandhi’s legacy can still be felt around the world. Statues and busts resembling his likeness can be seen in notable places across the globe. Many are still inspired by his courage and his ideas of humanity, peace, and nationalism.

The statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Geneva, Switzerland

The statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Geneva, Switzerland

The statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Tavistock Square in London, the United Kingdom

The statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Tavistock Square in London, United Kingdom

The 70-feet tall statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the historic Gandhi Maidan, Bihar, India

The 70-feet tall statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the historic Gandhi Maidan, Bihar, India

The statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the Church Street, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

The statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Church Street, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

The statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Copenhagen, Denmark

The statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Copenhagen, Denmark

The image of Mahatma Gandhi at the Garden of Peace in (i.e., Vienna, Austria

The image of Mahatma Gandhi at the Garden of Peace in Vienna, Austria

The statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Canberra, Australia

The statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Canberra, Australia

The statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the Memorial Garden in Jinga, Uganda

The statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the Memorial Garden in Jinga, Uganda

The bust of Mahatma Gandhi at Plaza Sicilia, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The bust of Mahatma Gandhi in Plaza Sicilia, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The statue of Mahatma Gandhi in San Francisco, California, the United States

The statue of Mahatma Gandhi in San Francisco, California, USA

The statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the India Garden in Cleveland, Ohio, the United States

The statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the India Garden in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

The statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Johannesburg, South Africa

The statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Johannesburg, South Africa

The statue of Mahatma Gandhi and two women at the Mahatma Gandhi Park in Bengaluru, India

The statue of Mahatma Gandhi and two women in Mahatma Gandhi Park in Bengaluru, India

 

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Sources:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahatma_Gandhi
  • https://www.biography.com/people/mahatma-gandhi-9305898
  • http://www.history.com/topics/mahatma-gandhi
  • https://www.britannica.com/biography/Mahatma-Gandhi
  • https://www.theguardian.com/film/2007/aug/10/india
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kasturba_Gandhi
  • http://www.history.co.uk/biographies/mahatma-gandhi
  • https://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/mahatma-gandhi-55.php

 

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  1. satkartar on Apr 6, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    Exceptional soul he was….one can only dream to aspire to to the peace methods he used…how successful they were too…World leaders take note****!!!

  2. Stella Cheang on Jan 21, 2019 at 10:36 am

    Thank you, Rinpoche and writing team for this article. I find Gandhi’s eventful life an interesting read. Never realised that his 21 years in South Africa set the foundation to Gandhi’s nationalist and activist reputation. The greatest achievement of Mahatma Ghandhi is gaining independence for India without violence. He pushed for swaraj (self-government) and peaceful transfer of power from the British colonial to the Indian congress. It was a success for mankind as Mahatma Gandhi achieved these before he was assassinated.

  3. Liang Jing on Dec 15, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. I enjoy reading this article about Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi is very talented, he is a politician lawyer, activist, and also the leader of the nationalist movement in India. I think that he is very compassion and loving, even thought he was caught in 1919, and his followers were attacked, he told them not to use violence and damage any property. At last, he gain independence for India without killing.

  4. Wai Meng Wan on Nov 15, 2018 at 12:40 am

    Gandhi has contributed a lot to the world, and he has shown the world that fights for independence can be in the nature of peaceful and non violent.

    His greatest contribution would be the fact that, peaceful methods can also solve problems and helps us achieve our goals.

  5. Lin Mun on Oct 20, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    It is interesting to read Mahatma Ghandi story. He is such a compassionate person who did everything for the benefit of others although he needs to go through so much pain, jail term and even death. His teaching always remain that is to deal the situation with peace and tolerance, not violent. When he was caught by the British in 1919, and his followers were attacked, his advise to his people is do not use violence and do not damage any property. For most of us, we are driven to revenge with hatred and violence once we are being ‘attack’. That’s how negative our mindset is.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such an inspiring article of Mahatma Ghandi.

  6. Samfoonheei on Oct 18, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Mahatma Gandhi was an out standing freedom activist and an influential political leader who played an important role in India’s struggle for independence. Mahatma Gandhi also known as the Father of the Indian nation. His bravery, and his ideas of humanity, peace, and nationalism to oppose British rule he had inspired many other political leaders all over the world. He led a simple life, wore the traditional Indian clothing. He is a truly a leader admired by many .
    Mahatma Gandhi was murdered by a Hindu extremist named Nathuram Godse . His passing was a great lost for millions and millions in the country and around the world. Even though he has long passed away yet his legacy still lives on. Many countries such as Switzerland , Austria, Uk, Australia to name a few, built statutes to commemorate of a great man.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing which i do enjoyed reading.

  7. Tsa Tsa Ong on Oct 17, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    Didn’t know that Mahatma Gandhi is such a multi talented man. A politician, lawyer, activist, and writer, in addition to being the leader of the nationalist movement in India. He is also considered to be the father of the nation state of India. Due to his larger than life presence, his perseverance, and his commitment to peace, Gandhi was known by the title Mahatma, or ‘Great Soul’. His selflessness and the fact that throughout his life, he would rather sacrifice himself than instigate violence, made him well-loved throughout the world. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for another inspiring great article!😍👍🙏

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    My Strange Addictions

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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 24. 2019 12:44 PM
    Beautiful art painting Of Vajrapani and Dorje Shugden paints a thousands words. As a protector and guide of Gautama Buddha and rose to symbolize the Buddha’s power and Dorje Shugden a Dharma Protector in order to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings form a powerful combination in this beautiful thangka. It will be wonderful to have it printed in our house or on our altar.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-lord-of-secrets-vajrapani
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 24. 2019 12:42 PM
    Beautiful art paintings of White Tara , Ushnishavijaya (Namgyalma), Amitayus, Dorje Shugden. In Tibetan Buddhism, White Tara is also known as Jetsun Dölma as a Buddhist saviour-goddess with numerous forms, widely popular in Nepal, Tibet, and Mongolia. She is the protective, helpful and comforting mother who shows limitless kindness, generosity and protection to all who rely on her.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

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    The importance of cleanliness in our lives cannot be denied. Maintaining a clean environment is for the health of all humans. As our health completely depends on the surrounding atmosphere. The practice of cleaning is not only for the environment, but also for our mind . We can change our recognition of cleaning from something that’s negative to something that’s positive, then our quality of life will improve. The importance of having a clean room, clean environment is to respect the people we invited to. To develop the clear mind, we need to be aware of being very mindful, everything should be clean. Make it as a practice, consistently .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-importance-of-having-a-clean-room
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    Wednesday, Apr 24. 2019 05:18 AM
    It’s so rejoiceful to see Mr Yao Ming the professional basketball player use his celebrities platform and reputation to lessen the suffering of others. Mr. Yao Ming speak for the unable to speak for themselves and so rely on us to protect them. Millions of sharks, which are endangered, will be saved thanks to Mr. Yao Ming’s actions. I hope more and more people will be inspired by his example to speak up against cruelty towards animals. With growing awareness of vegetarianism and so many options for food these days, even in mainstream restaurants, there is no need to keep consuming meat or seafood.
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    Do you know China is a multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-religious countries? There are more than 50 ethnic groups in China. Different ethnic groups have their own cultures, customs and traditions but all of them live in harmony. Check out the photos of these beautiful people, their traditional costumes are so colourful and vibrant.

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    Mount Fanjing in China at 2,572 meters above sea level, is situated in southwestern China’s Guizhou Province. In the 16th century, Mount Fanjing was one of China’s sacred Buddhist mountains. It is said to be the abode of Buddha Maitreya. In recent years, it has again become a popular tourist destination.

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  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Apr 23. 2019 07:14 PM
    Master Cheng Yen must have a very strong Dharma imprint. Even though in the beginning she did not have a teacher, she knew she wanted to be nun, she wanted to renounce and use her life to serve others. It was not easy to embark on the spiritual journey but it did not scare Master Cheng Yen. She found ways to spread Dharma and she has been very successful.

    Today, Tzu Chu foundation has its presence all around the world. Whenever there is a disaster, they will be the first to offer their help. Their selfless compassion is highly respected and acknowledged by many. This is how much impact one person can make if we walk the talk and show people by example. The most important thing is not to give up and be very determined in serving others.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 23. 2019 12:35 PM
    Back in 1996, H H Dalai Lama had made a controversial statement about Dorje Shugden that have caused much disharmony, sufferings among Tibetan Buddhism practitioners . The Tibetans were divided into two , families torn apart just as they do not agree and accept the practice of Dorje Shugden. The African Americans of black people and slavery , the women in Finland, Iceland, Sweden and some western U.S. states, slavery are some of the historical similarities with Dorje Shugden ban where they suffered badly such as physical abuses, denied services to hospitals, restaurants , schools and so forth having many signs and boards installed to prohibit them from entering. Those who refused to follow their order or to give up their practice were conform faced torture, imprisonment discrimination and abuse. Tibetans in exile, wicca, pagans and so forth are denied their rights of religious freedom. Everyone should have their own rights to choose what we believe and practice. The Dalai Lama have said that Dorje Shugden cannot harm him , as proven Dorje Shugden is not evil. It is recognised to be an emanation of the bodhisattva Manjushri and a dharma protector. They (CTA ) should stopped and should not be involved in religion. Allow religious freedom for the sake of all, and future generations to come. Peace and harmony must be maintained, for the growth of a nation.
    Thank you Velentina for this well researched article to bring more awareness and knowledge for many of us and these abroad.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/comparisons-of-the-dorje-shugden-ban-with-historic-persecutions.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 23. 2019 12:27 PM
    A beautiful story of guru devotion of a Russian princess Buddhist nun. Very inspiring , she was a Russian-born French-American socialite, film actress, and Gelug Tibetan Buddhist nun. The legendary Zina Rachevsky was the earliest Western student and patron of Lama Yeshe . She came from an incredibly wealthy family, having everything money, fame, beauty yet she was not happy and that triggered her soul-searching. Travelling to India, that’s where she met Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa. That’s the first time they encounters with Westerners and Lama Yeshe was glad to learn that this wealthy lady came to them in search of enlightenment. Zina became the first Western student of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa . It was her request and insisted that the Lamas to teach Westerners on Buddhism. She led her life to the fullest from her Hollywood days to renouncing everything.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring article of a princess turned nun.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/people/the-russian-princess-nun.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 23. 2019 12:25 PM
    Beautiful art thangka of Palden Lhamo,Guru Rinpoche, Lama Tsongkhapa, Nechung and Dorje Shugden. Palden Lhamo is a protecting Dharmapala of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. She is the wrathful deity considered to be the be an emanation of Saraswati, the Goddess of Wisdom. Interesting story of this fearsome and powerful protector.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/powerful-palden-lhamo
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 22. 2019 01:12 PM
    Beautiful art paintings of Saraswati , Manjushri, and Dorje Shugden. Saraswati is a well-known Indian goddess of music, wisdom and learning. While Dorje Shugden is an emanation of the bodhisattva Manjushri. Both depicted in this beautiful thangka paints a thousand words. Matching colours , its truly amazing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-all-pervading-goddess-of-art-saraswati

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    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
  • This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
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    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 weeks ago
    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 weeks ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    3 weeks ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    4 weeks ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    1 month ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    3 months ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    4 months ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    4 months ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
    4 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    4 months ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    4 months ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    4 months ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    4 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    Trijang Rinpoche never gave up his devotion to Dorje Shugden no matter how much Tibetan government in exile pressured him to give up. He stayed loyal inspiring so many of us.
  • Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
    4 months ago
    This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
    4 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
    5 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
  • Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
    5 months ago
    Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
  • Living off the grid in Australia
    5 months ago
    Living off the grid in Australia
    A Jill Redwood is a jack of all trades, Jill built her own house on her property and lives entirely off the grid with no mains power or town water, mobile reception or television. Living on around $80 a week, Jill has over sixty animals to keep her company and an abundant garden that out serves as an organic supermarket right at her doorstep. Her main expenses are animal feed and the rates on her property. Watch this incredible three minute video and be inspired to live differently.
  • Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
    5 months ago
    Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    1 years ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
  • Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
    1 years ago
    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
  • BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
    1 years ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    1 years ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    1 years ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    2 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    2 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    2 yearss ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    2 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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One day, we received a humble wish list from this poor family, an elderly mother who takes care of her grown up son with special needs. ‘It’s quite uneasy to use toilet without a proper door but I do not have enough money to fix it,’ said the mother. Without a second thought, our kindest sponsor, La Hong Eu has decided to make meaningful sponsorship to this case. Big thanks to Bernard Ting and Vickneshwaran for helping this family to replace the broken one with a brand new folding door. Together we are the reason that someone has a sweet smile on her face. #Kechara #foodbank #care - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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One day, we received a humble wish list from this poor family, an elderly mother who takes care of her grown up son with special needs. ‘It’s quite uneasy to use toilet without a proper door but I do not have enough money to fix it,’ said the mother. Without a second thought, our kindest sponsor, La Hong Eu has decided to make meaningful sponsorship to this case. Big thanks to Bernard Ting and Vickneshwaran for helping this family to replace the broken one with a brand new folding door. Together we are the reason that someone has a sweet smile on her face. #Kechara #foodbank #care - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Laying the rescued food down on the table would mean we will minimise chance of wastage from another level when our recipients will have the privilege to choose what they really need and want. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 days ago
Laying the rescued food down on the table would mean we will minimise chance of wastage from another level when our recipients will have the privilege to choose what they really need and want. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Have you ever done beading? Join us for a blessed Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! http://bit.ly/2IMh5eN - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Have you ever done beading? Join us for a blessed Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! http://bit.ly/2IMh5eN - shared by Pastor Antoinette
What do you do on Saturday mornings? Join us for a meaningful time and be blessed by the Buddhas during the Spiritual Saturday at Kechara Forest Retreat! - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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What do you do on Saturday mornings? Join us for a meaningful time and be blessed by the Buddhas during the Spiritual Saturday at Kechara Forest Retreat! - shared by Pastor Antoinette
With Dorje Shugden in your car, bus, bike, boat or lorry, you will be protected and blessed. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 days ago
With Dorje Shugden in your car, bus, bike, boat or lorry, you will be protected and blessed. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Recently in Kechara Forest Retreat, this bus was blessed and is now protected by the Three Jewels. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 days ago
Recently in Kechara Forest Retreat, this bus was blessed and is now protected by the Three Jewels. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart. In order to send the foodpack to our client in johor bahru area, we need a team that are always ready . Luckily, we have a group of wonderful volunteers that are commited to serve our community. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 days ago
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart. In order to send the foodpack to our client in johor bahru area, we need a team that are always ready . Luckily, we have a group of wonderful volunteers that are commited to serve our community. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Children paint their own mask for Halloween day. Lin Mun KSDS
4 days ago
Children paint their own mask for Halloween day. Lin Mun KSDS
Parents and students did a group discussion together on the Bully topic  Lin Mun KSDS
4 days ago
Parents and students did a group discussion together on the Bully topic Lin Mun KSDS
A talk on Bully by Peggy. A very informative sharing for students and parents. Lin Mun KSDS
4 days ago
A talk on Bully by Peggy. A very informative sharing for students and parents. Lin Mun KSDS
Great to start kids with dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
4 days ago
Great to start kids with dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Victoria guided the students to do prayer in the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
4 days ago
Teacher Victoria guided the students to do prayer in the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Creative horror drawing created by Teacher Kien. Alice, KSDS
4 days ago
Creative horror drawing created by Teacher Kien. Alice, KSDS
Teacher Asyley led the kids to participate animal liberation. Alice, KSDS
4 days ago
Teacher Asyley led the kids to participate animal liberation. Alice, KSDS
Healthy Meals for lunch sponsored by Mr Ravi & friends! We thank you for your unending support to #kecharasoupkitchen in our plight in serving the #homeless. Would you like to sponsor lunch for our street friends? To find out more, checkout our website for more details :) Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 days ago
Healthy Meals for lunch sponsored by Mr Ravi & friends! We thank you for your unending support to #kecharasoupkitchen in our plight in serving the #homeless. Would you like to sponsor lunch for our street friends? To find out more, checkout our website for more details :) Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 days ago
7 days ago
Bernard was briefing the volunteers on the details before they headed out last Saturday to PPR Kota Damansara. #kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Bernard was briefing the volunteers on the details before they headed out last Saturday to PPR Kota Damansara. #kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Seen here are team leaders giving their final briefing to the respective volunteers before they head out last night. Thank you very much to all the volunteers who turned up. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Seen here are team leaders giving their final briefing to the respective volunteers before they head out last night. Thank you very much to all the volunteers who turned up. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you very much to James and Shereen for sponsoring oranges for tonight's distribution. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
Thank you very much to James and Shereen for sponsoring oranges for tonight's distribution. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
We received a lot wine bottles for recycling. It was packed nicely by the person. KEP-Serena
2 weeks ago
We received a lot wine bottles for recycling. It was packed nicely by the person. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling activity at Kechara Soup Kitchen. You can drop the recycled items here if you are nearby. KEP-Serena
2 weeks ago
Today we are having recycling activity at Kechara Soup Kitchen. You can drop the recycled items here if you are nearby. KEP-Serena
The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! Here are photos taken during the distribution at government low cost flat. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! Here are photos taken during the distribution at government low cost flat. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you committed university students of University of Malaya for helping in our #foodrescue activities. These still good to eat and in date edible bread will be very useful for the needy students in universities! Thank you Komugi Malaysia for contributing and help reduce food wastage! #zerofoodwastage #kecharafoodbank #kecharasoupkitchen #endhunger - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
Thank you committed university students of University of Malaya for helping in our #foodrescue activities. These still good to eat and in date edible bread will be very useful for the needy students in universities! Thank you Komugi Malaysia for contributing and help reduce food wastage! #zerofoodwastage #kecharafoodbank #kecharasoupkitchen #endhunger - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right?
2 weeks ago
Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right?
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