Today marks the 150th birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948). It is celebrated as ‘Gandhi Jayanti’ in India; and since 2007, it was designated by the United Nations as the “International Day of Non-Violence”. Gandhiji was revered by millions of Indians as ‘Mahātmā’, who worked indefatigably for the peaceful independence of India from colonial rule, while professing the ancient philosophy of non-violence, truthfulness, modesty and simplicity.
‘Non-violence’ is the practice of being harmless to oneself and others. Hurting people, animals or the environment has detrimental effects on the well-being of the world. Conversely, not delighting and abstaining from any form of violence either with intentions, thoughts, speech or actions lead to true peace and spiritual maturity.
Let us honour the legacy of non-violence by contemplating on the virtues of patience, loving-kindness, and friendliness, as well as incorporating them in our daily interaction with others. Have a joyful “Non-Violence Day”!