Saturday 28 January 2012

Be The Change, MC Yogi

"Be the change you want to see in the world", Mahatma Gandhi.


1st verse
Once upon a time not long ago
There was a boy who would grow and become a great soul
He lived in India and his name was Gandhi
He believed in human rights and he felt so strongly
That he made a vow to train himself
Because he realized first he’d have to change himself
He changed his clothes and decided to walk
Some days he practiced silence and refused to talk
When he was young he studied to be a lawyer
And then he became a great spiritual warrior
He read from the scriptures of every religion
Came to the realization that we’re all God’s children
Because he understood that we’re all equal
He became a spokesman for the people
A karma yogi devoted to service to spread truth and peace was his purpose

Be the change that you wanna see in the world, just like Gandhi

2nd verse
Gandhi dedicated his life to the cause
Even when it meant breaking unjust laws
He often faced prison and incarceration
But that only strengthened his determination
He said he would make every sacrifice
But that he would never kill or take a life
He used his heart instead of his fist
And he taught non-violence as the way to resist
A peaceful soldier who used his mind
To fight for the rights of human kind
But not just people, animals too
And his basic teaching “God is Truth”
he joined Muslims, Sikhs, & Hindus
Christians, Buddhists, Jains, and Jews
All the many paths that lead into the light
That shines bright inside of me and you

Be the change that you wanna see in the world, just like Gandhi

3rd verse
“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”
And it takes more strength and faith to be kind
With that in mind Gandhi took a stand
Against the foreign occupation of his land
When things got violent Gandhi would fast
Not eating for days until the riots would pass
But the biggest event that made the British halt
Is when Gandhi-ji decided to harvest salt
The British Empire installed a salt tax
And stealing salt was an unlawful act
So Gandhi and his peeps, took the streets
Ten thousand deep they marched to the beach
But when they arrived they were beaten with clubs
But they didn’t fight back instead they chose love
The British military realized they were wrong
And eventually decided to go back home
You see, Gandhi-ji was a very great leader
But before all that he was shy and meager
As a young child he was just like you and me
Before he became Mahatma Gandhi
The word “Mahatma” it means great soul
And its inside of us just waiting to unfold
If you follow your heart and act real bold
Next time it’ll be your story that’s told!

Be the change that you wanna see in the world, just like Gandhi

ACTIVITY - in teams:

First answer the questions below; then, share your conclusions with the class:

"Be the Change you want to see in the World"
  1. What did Gandhi mean by this? Give at least an example that can explain your point.
  2. What is the change you would like to see in the world?
  3. Is there anything you can do to bring it about – even on a small scale?
  4. Taking into account what Ghandi said, is there anything you need to change in your own life so that there is coherence between your life and this change?
  5. Draw a plan to start taking the steps to carry out the actions you have mentioned in the points 3 and 4 above.

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