The United Nations in 2007 declared that Gandhi Jayanti, (International Day of Non Violence) be a national holiday celebrated in India on 2nd October. It marks the birthdate of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation and to celebrate the ethos of non violence and peace.
With Gandhiji’s mentor Dadabhai Naoroji who is being celebrated as part of Balaji Temple’s Zoroastrian Hill Inauguration on 28 Sept 2013, it is fitting we are also celebrating Gandhi Jayanti, Non Violence and Peace at the same time.
Balaji Temple provides a perfect platform to celebrate similarities and appreciation of all religions. This is demonstrated by their multi Faith Hill concept.
From what we can understand, Zoroastrianism was an influence on Gandhiji. If you read the statement below from Gandhiji and link it with the Zoroastrian’s active participation of “Good Thoughts, Good Words and Good Deeds” in life you will appreciate the beauty of Gandhiji’s words and the influence of Zoroastrianism on him.
“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviour. Keep your behaviour positive because your behaviour becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”
Today, India has the majority of Zoroastrians in the world, Gandhiji once declared, “I am proud of my country, India, for having produced the splendid Zoroastrian stock, in numbers beneath contempt, but in charity and philanthropy perhaps unequalled and certainly unsurpassed.“