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Vinoba Bhave

A commemorative postage stamp on Acharya Vinoba Bhave – 15 Nov 1983
Born Vinayak Narahari Bhave
(1895-09-11)11 September 1895
Gagode, Pen, Raigad district, British India
Died 15 November 1982(1982-11-15) (aged 87)
Paunar, Wardha
Other names Acharya
Known for Bhoodan Movement
Awards International Ramon Award in 1958
Bharat Ratna In 1983

We have seen from experience that, if we are in the habit of walking regularly on the same road, we are able to think about other things while walking, without paying attention to our steps.
Vinoba Bhave
Life does not mean mere karma or mere bhakti or mere jnana.
In nonviolence you must go full steam ahead, if you want the good to come speedily you must go about it with vigor.
Vinoba Bhave
A country should be defended not by arms, but by ethical behavior.
Though the names karma yoga and sannyasa are different, the truth at the heart of both is the same.
Vinoba Bhave
All revolutions are spiritual at the source. All my activities have the sole purpose of achieving a union of hearts.
Vinoba Bhave
It is a curious phenomena that God has made the hearts of the poor, rich and those of the rich, poor.
Vinoba Bhave
Innumerable actions are going on through us all the time. If we started counting them, we should never come to an end.
Vinoba Bhave
We cannot fight new wars with old weapons.
If we could only snap the fetters of the body that bind the feet of the soul, we shall experience a great joy. Then we shall not be miserable because of the body’s sufferings. We shall become free.
Vinoba Bhave
The main reason why we look constantly to the Gita is that, whenever we need help, we may get it from the Gita. And, indeed, we always do get it.
Vinoba Bhave
‘Talks on the Gita’ is the story of my life, and it is also my message.
Vinoba Bhave
When a thing is true, there is no need to use any arguments to substantiate it.
Vinoba Bhave
In this world of chance and change and mutability, the fulfillment of any resolve depends on the will of the Lord.
Vinoba Bhave
If we wish our nature to be free and joyous, we should bring our activities into same order.
Vinoba Bhave
It is only when our life proceeds within bounds and in an accepted, disciplined way, that the mind can be free.
Vinoba Bhave
We cannot even recollect the actions of our infancy, our childhood is like something written on a slate and rubbed off.
Vinoba Bhave
I may worship the image of the Lord; but that act is worthless if it is not accompanied with devotion. In the absence of devotion, the idol will just be a piece of stone, and so shall I; and the worship will only mean that a stone is facing a stone!
Vinoba Bhave
The natural movement of one’s soul is upwards. But just as any object is dragged down when a heavy weight is tied to it, the burden of the body drags down the soul.
Vinoba Bhave
God guides us from within. He does nothing more than that. There is no charm in God shaping us like a potter. We are not earthen wares; we are beings full of consciousness.
Vinoba Bhave
Human life is full of the play of samskaras – tendencies developed by repeated actions.
Vinoba Bhave
A sword in hand is a sure sign of a violent mind; but one does not become non-violent merely by throwing the sword away.
Vinoba Bhave
The river flows at its own sweet will, but the flood is bound in the two banks. If it were not thus bound, its freedom would be wasted.
Vinoba Bhave
Do not allow yourself to imagine that revolutionary thinking can be propagated by governmental power.
Vinoba Bhave
If a man achieves victory over this body, who in the world can exercise power over him? He who rules himself rules over the whole world.
Vinoba Bhave
In the Bhagavad Gita, there is no long discussion, nothing elaborate. The main reason for this is that everything stated in the Gita is meant to be tested in the life of every man; it is intended to be verified in practice.
Vinoba Bhave