Vinoba Bhave (1895-1982)

“It is a curious phenomena that God has made the hearts of the poor, rich and those of the rich, poor.”

“When a thing is true, there is no need to use any arguments to substantiate it.”

“What we should aim at is the creation of people power, which is opposed to the power of violence and is different from the coercive power of state.”

“We have seen from experience that, if we are in the habit of walking regularly on the same road, we are able to think about other things while walking, without paying attention to our steps.”

“We cannot fight new wars with old weapons.”

“We cannot even recollect the actions of our infancy, our childhood is like something written on a slate and rubbed off.” 

“The river flows at its own sweet will, but the flood is bound in the two banks. If it were not thus bound, its freedom would be wasted.”

 “The natural movement of one’s soul is upwards. But just as any object is dragged down when a heavy weight is tied to it, the burden of the body drags down the soul.”

“A country should be defended not by arms, but by ethical behavior.”

“All revolutions are spiritual at the source. All my activities have the sole purpose of achieving a union of hearts.”

“Do not allow yourself to imagine that revolutionary thinking can be be propagated by governmental power.”

 “If a man achieves victory over this body, who in the world can exerciose power over him? He who rules himself rules over the whole world.”

“In nonviolence you must go full steam ahead, if you want the good to come speedily you must go about it with vigor.”

“If we wish our nature to be free and joyous, we should bring our activities into same order.”

“In the mind of man and in society which is its image, a great war rages between two attitudes, two ways of living, two sets of qualities.”

“There is no need for me to protest against the government’s faults, it is against its good deeds that my protests are needed.

  “What we should aim at is the creation of people power, which is opposed to the power of violence and is different from the coercive power of state.”

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