Wednesday, December 19, 2012


To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man’s injustice to woman. If by strength is meant brute strength, then indeed is woman less brute than man. If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man’s superior.
- M.K. Gandhi , Young India, 10-4-1930

Monday, December 10, 2012

Trusteeship As a Moral Foundation for Business



Trusteeship As a Moral
Foundation for  Business

C. GOPINATH

When corporate scandals  break out, a review of  corporate governance practices follows and fresh regulation is introduced. However, the public debate on  the standards of acceptable corporate behavior appears devoid of moral expectations. Our corporations should not only  be  legal  and economic beings but moral ones too.  Gandhi’s concept of “trusteeship” can serve as a philosophical foundation for businesses and provide requisite moral guidance.





Wednesday, September 5, 2012


" People say that the days of big public meetings, processions and
speeches are past, that the time has come to work while keeping the
mouth shut. But the organizers of conferences and public meetings
are always anxious to make great shows of them. In their zeal, many
times they forget the truth and practise deception on the innocent
public while making preparations for conferences. A notice about
some conference says:

It is a matter of great pleasure that the conference is going to take place
in a big way. Important leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, the Ali Brothers,
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr. Kitchlew, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Devdas
Gandhi, Shankerlal Banker, Rajagopalachari, Seth Jamnalal Bajaj, Maulana
A. Jafar Khan, Shrimati Gandhi, Bi Amma Sahiba, Tapasvi Sunderlal,
Makhanlal Chaturvedi , Shrimati Subhadra Kumari, etc., are expected to come.

It is possible that the reception committee has sent invitations to
these leaders. But till replies have been received from them saying that
they will try to come, it is not true to say that they are expected to
come. However commendable the intention may be, it is improper to
mislead people. Once or twice people may be deceived, but very soon
the workers lose their prestige as well as the I trust of the people.
Abraham Lincoln has rightly said: ‘You can fool all the people some
of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool
all the people all the time.”

- M.K.Gandhi , Hindi Navajivan, 1-6-1924

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Responsible Journalism


 I have taken up journalism not for its sake but merely as an aid to what I have conceived to be my mission in life. My mission is to teach by example and precept under severe restraint the use of the matchless weapon of satyagraha which is direct corollary of non-violence and truth. I am anxious, indeed I am impatient, to demonstrate that there is no remedy for the many ills of life save that of non-violence. It is a solvent strong enough to melt the stoniest heart. To be true to my faith, therefore, I may not write in anger or malice. I may not write idly. I may not write merely to excite passion. The reader can have no idea of the restraint I have to exercise from week to week in the choice of topics and my vocabulary. It is a training for me. It enables me to peep into myself and make discoveries of my weaknesses. Often my vanity dictates a smart expression or my anger a harsh adjective. It is a terrible ordeal but a fine exercise to remove these weeds.
-  M.K.Gandhi,  Young India, 2-7-1925

Friday, August 17, 2012


Invitation to the lecture on
'Mahatma Gandhi's Philosophy Today : Nonviolence  and Transforming Our Lives and the World'
by Prof. Douglas Allen*

on
23rd August, 2012 at 3.00 p.m. 
at Mani Bhavan, 19 Laburnum Road, Gamdevi, Mumbai 400007.


*Prof. Allen is Professor of Philosophy, University of Maine, Orono, Maine, USA. His most recent books are Myth and Religion in Mircea Eliade, Comparative Philosophy and Religion in Times of Terror and The Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi for Twenty-First Century.  Prof. Allen is in India on a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research  Fellowship at Mani Bhavan to do research on 'Mahatma Gandhi and Violence, Terrorism and the Contemporary World.'
***

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Rules for personal cleanliness – M.K.Gandhi 

       Indian Opinion, 2-2-1907 [Gujarati]



1. Avoid, as far as possible, blowing your nose or spitting on
swept or paved walks or in the presence of others.
Both these things should be done into a spittoon while at home, and into a handkerchief while out, and, as far as possible, in privacy.

2. One should not belch, hiccup, break wind, or scratch oneself
in the presence of others.
These [maxims] are useful for correct social behaviour. By
practice one can learn to check one’s instinct to do any of these
things.

3. If you want to cough, do so holding your handkerchief
against the mouth.
If one’s spittle gets blown on to others, it annoys them and if
one has any disease, the spittle carries it to them.

4. Even after a bath, in many men, some dirt remains in the ears
or under the nails. It is necessary to pare one’s nails and keep them as well as the ears clean.

5. Those who do not grow a regular beard should, if necessary,
shave every day. An unshaven face is a sign of laziness or stinginess.

6. One should not let mucus accumulate in the corners of the
eyes. One who allows this to happen is considered slothful and a
sleepyhead.

7. Every act of cleaning the body should be done in privacy.

8. The turban or cap and the shoes should be clean. The life of
the shoes is prolonged by cleaning and polishing.

9. Those who chew betel-leaf and nut should do so at fixed
hours, as with other kinds of food so as to avoid giving the impression that we are eating all the time. Those who chew tobacco have a lot to think about. They disfigure every spot by spitting. Addicts to tobacco, as the Gujarati proverb goes, spoil the corner of the house where they chew tobacco, the whole house if they smoke and their clothes if they take snuff.

-          Indian Opinion, 2-2-1907 [Gujarati]

Monday, June 18, 2012

Three days 32nd Annual Naturopathy Camp of Akhil Bhartiya Prakratik Chikitsa Parishad, Rajghat was concluded  on 17th June. Chairman of ABPCP Renowned Gandhian and Freedom Fighter Ex MP Sh Keyur Bhushan Ji had inaugurated the Funtion on 15th June with the ex Dy. Chief Minister Haryana Mr. Chandra Bhan.
Akhil Bhartiya Prakratik Chikitsa Parishad is a pioneer institute of Gandhian Philosophy. Out of 21 Dream Project work of Rastrapita Mahatma Gandhi, one of them is Naturopathy and RAM NAM Chikitsa. Akhil Bhartiya Prakritik Chikitsa Parishad is spreading of simplicity and divine life style in Hindusthan. web site is http://www.abpcp.com/

Friday, May 11, 2012



"  What I did was a very ordinary thing. I declared that the British could not
order me around in my own country. "  - M.K.Gandhi.

From the book  A Week With Gandhi by Louis Fischer

Monday, April 9, 2012

National Week Programme






Events
National Week Programme
Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, Mumbai
&
Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya
has organized programmes for the National Week
from April 06, 2012 to April 13, 2012
at Mani Bhavan, 19 Laburnum Road, Gamdevi, Mumbai - 400 007

 April 09, 2012
4.00 p.m.
Book release function "My Reminiscences of fifty years in Mani Bhavan" written by Smt. Usha Trivedi
 April 10, 2012
3.00 p.m.
Recitation of Ashram Bhajans by Smt. Madhavi Nanal

All are Cordially invited to attend the programmes.

Shri. Vasant Pradhan                               Smt. Usha Gokani
   
President                                            President
Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya         Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, Mumbai

http://www.gandhi-manibhavan.org/activities/c_news_36.htm

Monday, March 12, 2012

Gandhiji's thoughts on women

" Woman is the companion of man, gifted with equal mental capacities. She has the right to participate in the very minutest detail in the activities of man and she has an equal right of freedom and liberty with him. She is entitled to a supreme place in her own sphere of activity as man is in his. "



- Excerpts from Gandhiji's speech at Bhagini Samaj, (Bombay) Mumbai, February 20, 1918.



Monday, January 23, 2012

Martyrs' Day Programme 2012 at Mani Bhavan

 Gandhi Smarak Nidhi,  Mumbai
&
Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya
has organised programme for Martyrs' Day
              to mark 64th  Death Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi)
on  Monday , January 30th, 2012

at Mani Bhavan, 19 Laburnum Road, Gamdevi, Mumbai - 400 007
Programme:

7.30 - 8.00 a.m.
Mass Spinning

8.00 - 9.00 a.m.
Prayers & Bhajans by:


Smt.Gita Yannamandi, Saraswati Vrindagaan Mandal, Gamdevi.


Shrimati Sonali Borkar

Shri Sunil Varankar

J.B.Vachcha High School, Dadar







9.00 a.m. to  2:00 p.m.
Sarva Dharma Prarthna






You are invited to please join us to pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi.



Shri Vasant Pradhan
President
Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya, Mumbai.
Srimati Usha Gokani
President
Gandhi Smarak Nidhi,
Mumbai.



Friday, January 13, 2012

Gandhiji's articles suffer from condensation


 " I own that often my articles suffer from condensation. They are made to yield a meaning I had never intended. The Ajmer illustration quoted by my correspondent is clinching. This matter of copy-right has been often brought before me. But I have not the heart to copyright my articles. I know that there is a financial loss. But as Harijan is not published for profit I am content so long as there is no deficit. I must believe that in the end my self-denial must serve the cause of truth. "
- M.K.Gandhi
Harijan, 15-6-1940.
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