November 18, 2005

Lead Kindly Light

Lead, kindly Light, amid th'encircling gloom, lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home; lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me

This was one of the great Mahatmaīs favourite hymns. And its just beautiful and more meaningful every single time I listen to it in my head. Itīs so easy to get distracted with the big picture with the big plans in your life. But what is most important is the next step. The one step for now!! Its not even for today.

What better message than that for a community and a society constantly in the rat race to get ahead… Get ahead where? Donīt quite know. Just need to move forward partly because everyone else is moving forward.

Its also easy to see this as a īcop outī, but if you look at Gandhiīs life, you can hardly say it was a cop out… That he was not practical. That he did not work in the real world!! He led the largest political mobilisation in the history of humankind against a colonial power that he felt was unjust and unfair to a country that was capable of ruling itself!

Did he have to make compromises? Yes… certainly and the most painful and documented one was the partition of India into two countries. However, this message that he carried with him still stays relevant.

Lead kindly light. Just a single step and thats more than enough for me!

Amen


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