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Gandhi's 11 Vows

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Gandhi's 11 Vows
Ahimsa
Nonviolence
Satya
Truth
Asteya
Non Stealing
Brahmacharya
Self Discipline
Aparigraha
Non-Possession
Sharirshrama
Bread Labor
Aswada
Control of the Palate
Sarvatra Bhayavarjana
Fearlessness
Sarva Dharma Samantva
Equality of All Religions
Swadeshi
Use Locally Made Goods
Sparshbhavana
Remove Untouchability



Ahimsa is not merely a negative state of harmlessness , but it is positive state of love , of doing good even to the evil-doer. - Young India,August 25, 1920

Ahimsa is a weapon of matchless potency. It is the summum bonum of life. It is an attribute of the brave, in fact, it is their all. It does not come within the reach of coward. It is no wooden or lifeless dogma, but a living and life giving force. - Young India, Sept 6, 1926.

Ahimsa is not the way of the timid or cowardly. It is the way of the brave ready to face death. He who perishes sword in hand is no doubt brave; but he who faces death without raising his little finger and without flinching, is braver. - Young India, Oct. 11, 1928

Asteya (Non-stealing)

Non-stealing does not mean merely not to steal. To keep or take anything   which one does not is also stealing. And of course, stealing is fraught with violence.- Bapu-ke-Aashirvad, November 24, 1944.

We are not always aware of our real needs, and most of us improperly multiply our wants and thus , unconsciously, make thieves of ourselves. One who follows the observance of Non-stealing will bring about a progressive reduction of his own wants. Much of the distressing poverty in this world has risen out of the breaches of the principle of Non-stealing.- From Yeravda Mandir, p. 20.

Brahmacharya (Self Discipline)

Brahamchraya means control of all the organs of sense. He who attempts to control only one organ, and allows all the others free play is bound to find his effort futile .- Bapu's Letters to Mira. P.257.

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