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Remembering Gandhi – Becoming the Change

On Gandhi Jayanti our tribute to the greatest inspirational leader who became the change he wanted to see.

Some of his words from TOI collection

No power on earth can
subjugate you when you
are armed with
ahimsa.
It ennobles both the vic-
tor and the vanquished.

*

A principle is the expres-
sion of perfection, and as
imperfect beings like us
cannot practise perfec-
tion, we devise every
moment limits of its
compromise in practice.

*

A vow is a purely
religious act which
cannot be taken in a fit
of passion. It can be taken
only with a mind puri-
fied and composed and
with
God as witness.

*

All compromise is based
on give and take, but
there can be no give and
take on fundamentals.
Any compromise on
mere fundamentals is
surrender. For, it is all
give and no take.

*

Always aim at complete
harmony of thought and
word and deed. Always
aim at purifying your
thoughts and everything
will be well.

Mohandas Karamchand
Gandhi

The man who continues to drive leadership pradigms with his ageless philosophies in words and deeds

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Good Leaders Celebrate Life

This lesson couldn’t have come but for at the prayer meeting of death of a great soul Madhu Bhatia. The sons, daughters and grand children of the departed great “leadership model in motion” were dressed in their colourful sunday best to celebrate her life at the prayer meeting.

At first it appeared awkward for the Indian gathering, all mournfully dressed in white to see the household in a buoyant mood. Once the religious sermons were over the offsprings offered their tributes to this great lady through a series of light hearted reminiscences of her life – remembering her in death as they did in life. The hall full of sombre audience suddenly realised this great gesture and burst out in joy at each anecdote of Madhu’s life narrated with the wit and poise which only a great family leadership model can deliver. The customary tea thereafter had the desired air of  celebration – a celebration of  life, well spent.

In her passing away this great lady passed on to those present that life was a wonderful gift worth celebrating each moment. I reckon that is what made Madhu and her family leaders of a genre we seldom see in India.

This is not Deepak Chopra but much larger lesson of life one could ever have learnt at a prayer meeting.

Thank you Madhu for this wonderful life leadership lesson..you shall continue to inspire us

We dedicate this poem, (author not known) to the spirit of Madhu

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
when there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand,
to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying [to ourselves] that we are born to eternal life.