Malala Yousafzai: We Meditate on a Modern Day Guru

malala yousafzai quotes on education and life

Malala Yousafzai is an inspiration for millions of women and men around the world. Dubbed The Bravest Girl in the World by CNN, Malala Yousafzai  risked her life for her dream: to see women in Pakistan educated and given equality.

All Malala Yousafzai wanted to do was to go to school. Living in the Swat Valley of India (a region where the Taliban have taken over), education was strictly forbidden, as were visible women and music.

Malala Yousafzai refused to be the victim of the Taliban’s orders. The 15 years old girl risked her life for her dream: to see women educated. She was shot in the face from point blank range. Miraculously, Malala Yousafzai survived the Taliban’s attempted murder. Her survival is a miracle for which we should all be thankful.   “I want to tell the Taliban to be peaceful,” says Yousafzai. “The real way is to fight through words, to fight with pens. That is my jihad. I am fighting for the rights of every girl.”

Malala Yousafzai quote: “They can shoot a body. They cannot shoot my dreams.”

One of Malala Yousafzai’s inspiring quotes: They can shoot a body. They cannot shoot my dreams.


When Malala Yousafzai awoke from a week long coma she asked for her parents by writing on a piece of paper; she was unable to speak as she was left with a breathing tube in her throat.

“I thanked Allah, God, for my survival.  My next thought was who was paying for me? My father ran a school but everything was rented. . . . “

Take a moment to consider those two thoughts. A fifteen years old girl’s first two thoughts on awaking after nearly being murdered: thanking god and worrying about her family’s finances. The fact that thankfulness (for her survival) was Malala Yousafzai’s first thought is testament to her astonishing mind.

Malala Yousafzai truly is a role model for enlightenment.

Everything about Malala Yousafzai speaks wonders of the power of her mind. The fact that she, a fifteen year old girl, risked her life for her principles (for principles that concern the wellbeing of others) is amazing. Clearly, here is a fifteen year old girl with the emotional maturity and spiritual development of the most enlightened adult.

Malala Yousafzai was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize (it was won by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons).

I expect Malala Yousafzai’s life and story will inspire people in more ways than the OPCW. She has provided us all with a guru. She is an icon, an inspiration for the billions of us who wish we had the mental fortitude to risk life and limb in standing up for our rights.

If only we all had the courage of Malala Yousafzai the world would undoubtedly be a much brighter place.

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