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Published on Apr 15, 2007
Mahatma Gandhi Funeral Cremation Click 'Show More' for Background Song translation.
The object of this massive tribute died as he had always lived - a private man without wealth, without property, without official title or office. Mahatma Gandhi was not a commander of great armies nor ruler of vast lands. He could boast no scientific achievements or artistic gift. Yet men, governments and dignitaries from all over the world have joined hands today to pay homage to this little brown man in the loincloth who led his country to freedom. Pope Pius, the Archbishop of Canterbury, President Truman, Chiang Kai-shek, The Foreign Minister of Russia, the President of France... are among the millions here and abroad who have lamented his passing. In the words of General George C. Marshall, the American Secretary of State, "Mahatma Gandhi had become the spokesman for the conscience of mankind, a man who made humility and simple truth more powerful than empires." And Albert Einstein added, "Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth."
Background Song translation: One who is a Vaishnav (one who is a devotee of Vishnu) Knows the pain of others Does good to others, especially to those ones who are in misery Does not let pride enter his mind
A Vaishnav, Tolerates and praises the the entire world Does not say bad things about anyone Keeps his/her words, actions and thoughts pure O Vaishnav, your mother is blessed
A Vaishnav sees everything equally, rejects greed and avarice Considers some one else's wife/daughter as his mother The toungue may get tired, but will never speak lies Does not even touch someone else's property
A Vaishnav does not succumb to worldly attachments Who has devoted himself to staunch detachment to worldly pleasures Who has been addicted to the elixir coming by the name of Ram For whom all the religious sites are in the mind
Who has no greed and deceit Who has renounced lust of all types and anger The poet Narsi will like to see such a person By who's virtue, the entire family gets salvation