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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  • Sofi
    Monday, Jul 22. 2019 10:34 AM
    Ullambana Festival at Kechara Forest Retreat

    According to the Ullambana Sutra, Maudgalyayana, one of Buddha Shakyamuni’s chief disciples, saw with his clairvoyance that his beloved mother had been reborn as a Hungry Ghost (preta) in the lower realms. She had a thin long neck, a huge belly and was always starving. When he tried to feed her, the food he offered turned into burning coals as soon as it touched her tiny mouth.

    Read more about this interesting story: http://bit.ly/UllambanaAtKFR
  • Sofi
    Monday, Jul 22. 2019 10:28 AM
    The Importance of Tibet Befriending China

    An interesting article on the importance of Tibet befriending China. On the one hand, the Tibetan leadership are (understandably) always criticising the Chinese leadership. But what is done is done, and whatever Tibet was or was not in relations to China and its sovereignty is not in the cards anymore. So do not keep talking about what Tibet was. If they want a better deal for Tibet, then it is high time they tone down the negative rhetoric and humbly reach out to China. So it is important that at every get-together with foreign dignitaries and their citizens, the Tibetan leadership stops criticising and talking about the evils of China.

    Read more here: http://bit.ly/TibetChinaFriends
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Jul 21. 2019 10:10 PM
    Rejoice for Jie that he can now speaks. All appreciation to the kindness of Guru, Tsem Rinpoche for blessing him and all the children. Besides, I believe it is because Chef Au has been working as a vegetarian chef and retrained himself from meat that have accumulated the merits to help his son. A wonderful miracle story to share to all. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing this story.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/behind-the-scenes/miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-4.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jul 21. 2019 12:49 PM
    First time coming across this game, sound interesting and challenging with difficult questions. Its through the way we answering will some how reveal individual’s behaviour and personality. Rinpoche is able to see the weaker and stronger side of us individually. It is a game of fun and laughter, learning as well even though it reveals each psyche behaviour .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/tales-with-my-lama-the-famous-pick-game
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jul 21. 2019 12:47 PM
    Dorje Shugden’s connection with the Sakya School began hundreds of years ago. The truth is Dorje Shugden was first practiced within the great Sakya tradition where Dorje Shugden was first enthroned as an enlightened Dharma Protector before becoming a widespread protector practice within the Gelug tradition. Many Sakya throne holders and many great lamas had practiced Dorje Shugden and proliferated the practice. Even though Sakya and Gelug are from a different schools and traditions the core teachings in Buddhism is the same. We are all connected to each other though the teachings comes from a different tradition. Living in a way that embraces respect, and tolerance, without violence, physically, mentally and spiritually. We should practice the Buddha Dharma, the benefits will be immeasurable, support the Guru and to benefit all sentient beings .
    (What we all want is peace, both inside and around us, for ourselves and for others.)….quoted.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/growing-up-with-rinpoche-we-are-all-connected
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jul 21. 2019 12:45 PM
    Wow…… incredible experiences with Rinpoche. I could imagine the joy of witnessing and feeling the powerful energy at that time. We won’nt see this happening often. Reading this article , I understand much better now. Wow….. that’s a miraculous picture , seeing a streaming of lights out from Rinpoche , that was after looking at the photo taken earlier. I am fortunate to see and first time coming across picture of lighting phenomena. Hence visualization in our prayers is very important whether we can see or not do not matter as long as we trust and have faith in our guru in the practice.
    (To keep our Samaya clean with our teacher, we will always see our teacher and Buddha as one.)…. I will keep in mind.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Joy Kam for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/rinpoche-through-my-eyes-invoking-the-buddhas-to-come-forth
  • Yee Yin
    Sunday, Jul 21. 2019 12:26 PM
    UFO is another interesting paranormal subject. There were many sighting reports on UFOs all around the world. It is not an isolated report. The universe is so big, there are still many things we have not explored. Therefore, there is a very high possibility there are UFOs out there.

    The fact that we are not able to encounter one face to face could mean that they are much more advanced and intelligent than human beings. They do not want to have direct connection with human beings because they know we will keep them in captivity and hurt them.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/second-ufo-sighting-baffles-china-malaysia.html
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Jul 20. 2019 12:57 PM
    Ganden Sumtseling or Songzanlin or Guihua Monastery is also known as “Little Potala Palace”. Sumtseling Monastery is located just outside the city of Zhongdian (later renamed to Shangri-la in 2001). It is the largest Buddhist monastery in Yunnan province. Established by the Great Fifth Dalai Lama in 1679, the monastery was built during the rule of Qing Dynasty Emperor Kangxi, who fully patronized the development of the monastery. One of the most special features of the monastery is its blending of Tibetan and Chinese-style architecture.

    Read more about this monastery at https://bit.ly/2xiTMCC
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Jul 20. 2019 12:52 PM
    Archaeologists have come across a vast network of underwater ruins making up the ancient Roman city once known as Neapolis, which was largely washed away by a powerful tsunami around 1,700 years ago.

    Read more this at https://bit.ly/2ZNWVXi
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Jul 20. 2019 12:47 PM
    He is known as the ‘guardian of Fukushima’s animals’ because of the work he does to feed the animals left behind by people in their rush to evacuate the government’s 12.5-mile exclusion zone. He is aware of the radiation he is subject to on a daily basis, but says that he “refuses to worry about it.” He does take steps, however, by only eating food imported into the zone.

    See more about his work https://bit.ly/2IQlI76
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 20. 2019 11:50 AM
    Over the last decades , China have since built more, huge impressive mega statues around the Chinese landscape. It seem these mega-statues are even more stunning than its towering skyscrapers and indeed very impressive. China is a great Buddhist land, with Buddha statues of all sizes rising up through history. And some of which are among the largest or tallest in the world. China has a long history of Buddhist art and sculpture. Through out history China been a great Buddhist land had built many awe-inspiring, Buddha statues, from been the highest to the largest statues in the world. I wish I could visit and see those huge Buddhist statues in future.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing with beautiful pictures of those huge statues.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/chinas-huge-buddha-statues.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 20. 2019 11:48 AM
    China is a vast country with many huge statues been built over the centuries. Having a long history of Buddhism, the statues been built with ancient architectures ,art and sculpture of various sizes . Some of those seem to be the world largest and tallest . Amazing to look at those beautiful statues been rich in their culture for thousands of years. They are built all over China, every province there are at least one or two amazing structure. Buddha statues are getting bigger on mainland China in bid to lure pilgrims and tourists. I would love to see those amazing structures Buddhist statues. Out of those 24 huge Statues in China , I have only visited Big Buddha of Lingshan (Buddha Shakyamuni), Big Buddha of Leshan, Sichuan, Samantabhadra, Sichuan Province and Manjushri, Shanxi Province.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/chinas-huge-buddha-statues-chinese.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 20. 2019 11:47 AM
    Wow ….what a fantastic discovery by astronomers’ search . There are other habitable planets out in the sky. Planets like earth in the out space are not rare to the scientist. There’s more to life on earth and earth is often referred to as a Goldilocks planet. Astronomers found a first truly earth-like planet in habitable zone after years of research. New discovery lead by Steven Vogt and Paul Butler suggested our galaxy may be teeming with potentially habitable planets . Could not have imagine there are 200 billion stars in the universe, there could be a possibility that there are more life in other planets which are not yet found. Steven Scott Vogt and Paul Butler are one of those astronomer whose main interest is the search for extra solar planets. The planet Earth was believed to be the center of the universe, there are innumerable beings in the universe. Interesting read.
    According to the Buddha, there are some other forms of life existing in other parts of the universe. I do believe that as found in other Buddhist scriptures.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/a-planet-discovered-that-could-have-life.html
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Jul 20. 2019 02:30 AM
    HONG KONG: Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the implications for health.

    Scores of tap water samples from more than a dozen nations were analysed by scientists for an investigation by Orb Media, who shared the findings with the Guardian. Overall, 83 per cent of the samples were contaminated with plastic fibres.

    The US had the highest contamination rate, at 94 per cent, with plastic fibres found in tap water sampled at sites including Congress buildings, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters, and Trump Tower in New York. Lebanon and India had the next highest rates.

    Read more about this article at https://bit.ly/2xRfi1x
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Jul 20. 2019 02:22 AM
    Every time you buy a fashion item made from leather – be it a trendy handbag, a piece of comfortable shoes – please think about the tremendous cruelty that stands at the foundation of that product. This petition targets both the Chinese government – who has repeatedly failed to adopt animal welfare laws and has allowed this industry to thrive – as well as consumers worldwide, to take the pledge to go cruel-free and stop purchasing leather products.

    Please stop buying leather products from today https://bit.ly/2sWcGMW

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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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Click on this picture and read about this very sad girl. Please offer your prayers for her to take a good rebirth. Tsem Rinpoche
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Click on this picture and read about this very sad girl. Please offer your prayers for her to take a good rebirth. Tsem Rinpoche
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Bigfoot cafe in Bentong, Malaysia-Delicious vegetarian food in a beautiful setting- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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Madam Glian Sim prepared the water bowls before the water offerings were started. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Madam Glian Sim prepared the water bowls before the water offerings were started. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels on behalf of KISG today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels on behalf of KISG today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Janice So has offered flowers to Lama Tsongkhapa, Mother Tara and all Buddhas prior to the prayer. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried a session of prayer recitations to Mother Tara in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Teacher Alice guided students to do prostration. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Alice guided students to do prostration. Lin Mun KSDS
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We have Robey showing us the right way to do plank during the exercise session. Lin Mun KSDS
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Students enjoyed activities last Sunday. Exercise and stretching lesson. Lin Mun KSDS
Thanks to Uncle Edward, Karen, Ashley Tan, Ashley Eng, Neil, Usha and Sudharshan for helping out for our lunch distribution today. We would also like to thank our sponsors Sogo and Munchy's for their continuous support. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to Uncle Edward, Karen, Ashley Tan, Ashley Eng, Neil, Usha and Sudharshan for helping out for our lunch distribution today. We would also like to thank our sponsors Sogo and Munchy's for their continuous support. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
These are some of the food distribution photos taken from our kitchen last Saturday. We thanked all volunteers who have come to help for the preparation since 3pm. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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These are some of the food distribution photos taken from our kitchen last Saturday. We thanked all volunteers who have come to help for the preparation since 3pm. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Teacher Julie taught children Nagomi Art and they love it. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - Children volunteered in Kechara Soup Kitchen. Lin Mun KSDS
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Today we are doing recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. KEP-Serena
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Winners for Blog Chat Quiz in June 2019: 1st Prize Winner is Stella Cheang. Congratulations! Stella wins a Dorje Shugden Puja worth RM400 + Dorje Shugden pendant on black onyx. (Joy - Blog chat moderator)
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Winners for Blog Chat Quiz in June 2019: 2nd Prize Winner is Wylfred Ng. Congratulations! Wylfred wins a Gyenze pendant + Original Red Crystal incense. (Joy - Blog chat moderator)
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Join us for the annual Ullambana Festival on Saturday August 10th at Kechara Forest Retreat and make the most of the auspicious Ullambana month. PROGRAMME: 9:00am – Opening speech & Dharma sharing 9:30am – Grand Ullambana Gyenze Puja for good fortune, long life & merits 12:15pm – Free vegetarian lunch 2:00pm – Grand Ullambana Trakze Puja for protection & blessings 5:00pm – End The highlight of the Ullambana Festival is two powerful & extensive pujas that will be performed according to the tradition of Gaden Monastery. We've also prepared a wide selection of traditional offerings to send bountiful merits to the people who matter in your life. Don't miss this opportunity to bring tremendous benefits to your dearly departed as well as those who are still with you. For more information on the Ullambana Festival and Ullambana offerings, please get in touch with us at +609 221 5600, +603 7803 3908, +6012 987 3908 (WhatsApp only), care@kechara.com or visit our online partner
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Join us for the annual Ullambana Festival on Saturday August 10th at Kechara Forest Retreat and make the most of the auspicious Ullambana month. PROGRAMME: 9:00am – Opening speech & Dharma sharing 9:30am – Grand Ullambana Gyenze Puja for good fortune, long life & merits 12:15pm – Free vegetarian lunch 2:00pm – Grand Ullambana Trakze Puja for protection & blessings 5:00pm – End The highlight of the Ullambana Festival is two powerful & extensive pujas that will be performed according to the tradition of Gaden Monastery. We've also prepared a wide selection of traditional offerings to send bountiful merits to the people who matter in your life. Don't miss this opportunity to bring tremendous benefits to your dearly departed as well as those who are still with you. For more information on the Ullambana Festival and Ullambana offerings, please get in touch with us at +609 221 5600, +603 7803 3908, +6012 987 3908 (WhatsApp only), care@kechara.com or visit our online partner
Join us this weekend for SPIRITUAL SATURDAY in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 13 JULY 9.00 am: Cook for the community - salted eggs & pineapple jam 11.00 am: Book Club - Compassion Conquers All (Eng) / Time To Wake Up (Chi) 12.30 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? To RSVP your place (and your meal!), contact us: +6017 965 9484 (WhatsApp) retreat@kechara.com See all July activities: bit.ly/2FCrJm6
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