Consolation, creativity and constructive power; that is what what Gandhi meant when he said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
These words are no bumper sticker slogan. They are not intended for motivational speakers, televangelists, or Presidential candidates. We can not suck them dry.
Gandhi’s call to “be the change” is a call to tell the truth in all occasions. It means to walk in the shoes of the refugee and to feel the pain of the war victim. It means to not just say let them in but let them eat with me and sleep in my house.
Gandhi once remarked that the true aim of nonviolence is to make”one’s thoughts, words and actions align.” To be in harmony with our spiritual purpose is Gandhi’s program. “Being the change” is just that: it means to be in harmony with a self that is always in flux yet always in control. It means to be in the right frame of mind. It means to be your highest principles and most sacred values at all times.