“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi
On Friday 18th January we were honoured to have His Excellency Dr. R. K. Raghavan, the Indian High Commissioner, speak to year 4 on the occasion of the 150 anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth.
Mr Lambon welcomed guests from the High Commission and an attentive year 4 followed videos on Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy, relevance today and favourite ‘Bhajan’ (devotional song).
His Excellency Dr Raghavan spoke on the topic and answered questions, and copies of Gandhi’s autobiography “My Experiments with Truth” were distributed among students and donated to the School Library. As Andreas Lois in 4Y said in his vote of thanks, Gandhi continues to inspire young people today.
Gandhi's teachings are convincing, consistent, and coherent, his philosophy based on three principles: non-violence ( ahimsa), the fight for truth ( satyagraha) and individual and political freedom ( swaraj). In his fight for peace he sought advice from the teachings of Buddha and the Prophet Mohammed. Gandhi also believed that pure faith could unite people of different religions. "I can see that in the midst of death, life persists. In the midst of untruth, truth persists. In the midst of darkness, light persists. Hence, I gather that God is life, truth, light. He is love. He is the supreme good."
Our thanks to all who took the time to share this inspiring event and insight to Indian culture