Friday, 2 October 2020

5 Lessons Kids Can Learn From Mahatma Gandhi

 

5 Lessons Kids Can Learn From Mahatma Gandhi



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This year, 2nd October is on Friday. It has been a thing of rejoice for schools, students as well as working staff owing to the lonnnnnnngggg weekend of Fri-Sat-Sun. 

Though the reason, primarily behind which we are having a 'holiday', is slowly losing its charm.

 Do our children have any significant knowledge of our 'Father of Nation'? 

No,  we cannot afford to make them mug up an entire history of Gandhiji and his role during the freedom struggle. But what best can we do is to imbibe the 5 important lessons taught by Mahatma Gandhi to the world.

 Especially in the present era of uncertainty, these lessons are what can keep us sane and poised.

What are those? Let's have a look!

#1 Swatchta (Cleanliness) 

"Sanitation is more important than Independence"

Gandhiji was keen on making people understand that the virtue of maintaining cleanliness is not just limited to our households but also to our surroundings. 
One should have no shame and is equally accountable to keep the surroundings clean and hygienic, leaving aside personal interests. 
He insisted that the habits of daily hygiene and cleanliness should be inculcated in kids right from a young age. 
Ironically, do we really need a pandemic to understand the importance of keeping our streets clean, not spitting on them, or washing our hands frequently? 

If not, let us teach our kids to be more responsibly clean and nurture sanitation. 

#2 Be the Change

"Be the Change You want to see in the World."

It all starts with you. Gandhiji taught us to be more resilient and poised in the constantly changing world. Through his own life experiences, he set the road to stay determined, true to self, and act in a way we want others to act towards us. 

Children need to learn right from an early age the importance of their speech, behavior, and outlook towards things. 
To command respect, give respect. To find everything positive, find the positives first inside self. 

Lessons like this will help children retain their emotional composure especially in a world of constant comparisons and hostility. 

#3 Difference between Need and Greed

"The world has enough for everyone's need, but not enough for everyone's greed."

One of the key lessons taught by Gandhiji is to shun materialism and embrace content in satisfaction of the basic needs of life. 

The simple but value-rich lifestyle of Gandhiji is an example to be followed by today's generation living in a world where the time clock is ticking a war of resources, luxuries, and ownerships. 

Let them learn content and happiness in limited means so that they are not vulnerable to an unprecedented shortage or deprivation now or in the future. 

What is their reason for happiness? You or luxuries? Help them find out.

#4 Power of Love and Non-Violence

"An eye for an eye will only make the world blind."

Hunger, imprisonment, lathi-charge, and whatnot. 'Baapu' suffered it all but didn't even raise his arm or a weapon to protest against the British.  In the world of hostility, communal sparks, and rampant allegations on the bank of democracy, children need to learn a great deal of self-control and patience. 

The main ideology is to handle every wrong-doing by raising voice in a way that is understood and not countered by the opponent blindly. Raise the voice, not the hand. 

Let your children stay away from destructive feelings of revenge and retaliation. 
Their upbringing should infuse the feeling of love, forgiveness rather than being reflexive and agitated in an unfavorable situation. 

# 5 Be True, Say NO

"Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress."

Last, but not the least, Gandhiji inspired us to remain true to ourselves and not 'adulterate' our voice to please someone. 
In today's high-speed competitive world, it has been literally imposed on kids to be what they are not, just to stand out and seek attention. Is this their real happiness. 

Let them learn the art of saying 'no'. A clear-cut 'no' is a thousand times better than an unsure 'yes' which is leading to unhappiness. 

A 'true' smile on a child's face is worth it. 


Nothing is more important than being truthful, content, respectful, and calm. 

We sum up the life-changing lessons given by Gandhiji through this beautiful Gujarati poem 'Vaishno Jana to' composed by  Narsinh Mehta.


Vaishnav jan to tene kahiye je 
Peed paraayi jaane re 
Par-dukhkhe upkaar kare toye 
Man abhimaan na aane re (Vaishnava)

Sakal lok maan sahune vande 
Nindaa na kare keni re 
Vaach kaachh man nishchal raakhe 
Dhan-dhan janani teni re (Vaishnava)

Sam-drishti ne trishna tyaagi 
Par-stree jene maat re 
Jivha thaki asatya na bole 
Par-dhan nav jhaalee haath re (Vaishnava)

Moh-maaya vyaape nahi jene 
DriDh vairaagya jena man maan re 
Ram naam shoon taali laagi 
SakaL tirath tena tan maan re (Vaishnava)

VaN-lobhi ne kapat-rahit chhe 
Kaam-krodh nivaarya re 
BhaNe Narsaiyyo tenun darshan karta 
KuL ekoter taarya re (Vaishnava)


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