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Prose - Mahatma Living

Updated on November 28, 2011

It must be said
Once again
No matter how you tire
Of sin
And hopelessness
Where God lives
Is love
Understanding
Selflessness and wisdom
The Mahatma
Courage
Achievement
Humility
Without rank
Without ambition
Morality
Merit
Human
Determination
Dignity
Sacrifice
Pain
Patience
Kindness
Principle
Standards
Where oppression exists
There is no God
With power
Comes differences
Rank
Superiority
Predominance
Hierarchy
Religion
Patriotism
Nationalism
Jingoism
Legacy
Birthright
Force
Class
Pride
Privilege
Hypocrisy
Corruption
Humiliation
Indifference
Cruelty
Violence
War
All faiths
Should be considered equal
Before a God of all faiths
Acceptance
On Earth
You cannot kill God
By killing his believer
You cannot kill a believer
And be loved by God
No man or woman
Is subservient
To another
No man or woman
Is held above
Any other
All kneel before the maker
Worship
No man
No victory
No wealth
No fleeting beauty
Honor
Charity
Empathy
Tolerance
Diversity
Culture
Art
Justice
Freedom
Creativity
Fairness
Deference
Humanity
Where do you sit?
At the head of the table
Or at the foot?
What do you wish for?
Riches?
To be respected?
To be feared?
To be loved?
What do they say about you?
Do you know?
Do you care?
Are they fools
To be exploited?
Is life only for your gain?
Can you be trusted?
Can they count on you?
Or do you count on them
For your achievement?
For your glory?
For your power?
For your face to be carved in stone
Above men
And God?
Is that you?
Is that what you want?

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @pmccray - Thank you. I admire Ghandhi so much. I just wanted to try and capture his impact on the world.

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      pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

      So spiritually uplifting. Excellent hub,and subject matter, voted up, marked beautiful and interesting.

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @makusr - I enjoy Indian/Pakistani/British history. I've watched the movie Ghandhi several times and am fascinated by the transition from the British East India Company rule to independence. But the over-riding story is what I tried to say about our relationship with each other and God. Thank you.

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      Manoj Kumar Srivastava 6 years ago from India

      Suburban, Thanks for taking this topic about Mahatma, the greatest leader ever. You have this photo of Mahatma with Jinnah, the architect of modern Pakistan. To me Mahatma is not just a human being. He is a thought and a way of life. Thanks.

      With warm wishes,

      MAKUSR