5 interesting and inspiring short stories of Mahatma Gandhi’s life.
Every year 30 January is observed as Martyrs Day in memory of Mahatma Gandhi in India.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi aka Bapu- the name itself is capable of carrying the whole universe in it.
He inspired masses during the course of his lifetime; he continues to inspire billions around the world through his visions, his teachings, his books and his writings.
Teachings of Gandhi are still a relevant in the 21th century and will be relevant until the universe survive.
Mahatma Gandhi’s personality had so many dimensions. The greatest leader of the world, visionary, an armed soldier, a fearless warrior, the man who believed in Ahimsa and Satyagraha and the man who sacrificed his whole life for the freedom of India.
It has been 70 years our beloved Bapu was assassinated but he will always be here, with us, as an inspiration, which even his death, cannot fade away.
So today on the death anniversary of father of nation we are sharing five stories and interesting facts of Mahatma Gandhi that will inspire you to adapt his teachings and respect the martyrs of the nation.
We are living comfortably because they are standing there to protect us.
They are our soldiers.
1. The whole world was his family
Long ago when a reporter asked Kasturba Gandhi how many children, she had, she replied, “Four, but Bapu, my husband, has four hundred million.”
(400 million was the population of India at that time)
2. He believed in the Dignity of Labour
Once upon a time Lalaji (Lala Lajpat Rai) and Mahatma Gandhi were staying at the house of an ardent nationalist, Shiv Prasad Gupta.
On their first day at the house of their host, Lala Lajpat Rai dressed new clothes after his bath and left his old clothes, in the bathroom.
The next morning he found the clothes washed and neatly folded, on his bed. He was delighted. Lalaji had been travelling a lot for Freedom Movement at that time and he had many more dirty clothes with him. He politely asked Mr. Gupta if he could put the whole lot of dirty clothes for washing.
Mr. Gupta said he certainly could.
So Lala Lajpat Rai got all his clothes washed.
When the time came for them to leave, the Lalaji said he would like to tip the servant who had washed his clothes. His host said it was not necessary but Lalaji insisted. Mt. Gupta went in search of the man who had washed the clothes of Lalaji but he shocked to knew that, the clothes had not been washed by any of his servants.
Finally, a servant said, “It was the other man in the room with Lalaji who washed all the stained clothes. “I saw him hanging out the clothes to dry.”
Can you guess now, who had washed the clothes?
3. We are here to serve not to be served.
A sanyasi, Swami Satydev spent spent a day at Sabarmati Ashram and then expressed a wish to stay there.
“I like the work you do here,” he told Gandhiji.
Gandhiji said he was welcome to stay as the ashram was meant for people like him, but added
“You will have to put away your saffron robes, and dress like the others here.”
The swami did not like that.
“I am sanyasi!” he protested.
“I’m not asking you to renounce sanyas,” explained Gandhiji.
“Sanyas is a state of mind. Dress has nothing to do with it. If you wear your ochre robes here, people will not allow you to do work out of respect for your robes, instead they will serve you, and that would be contrary to the principles of this ashram. We are here to serve, not to be served. ”
The swami thought the matter over and decided to join the ashram.
On other occasion, a man in an advanced state of leprosy came to the ashram and asked for shelter.
“I’ve come to shed me skeleton here,” he said.
“I won’t go even if I’m pushed out.”
“How can I say there’s no shelter for you here?”said Gandhiji .
Nursed by Gandhiji, the man spent several days in the ashram before succumbing to the disease.
4. He was Fearless
“I have no fear. That is why I’m unarmed.
That is what ahimsa is about.”
When he visited the Northwest Frontier to meet his Pathan supporters, he was dwarfed by their height. They were tall and rugged, and all carried guns.
“Are you afraid? ” he asked them.
“Why else would you carry guns? ”
They stared at him, stunned into silence. No one had ever dared to question their courage.
“I have no fear,” continued Gandhiji.
“That is why I’m unarmed. That is what ahimsa is about.”
The leader of the group, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, threw down his gun, and the others followed suit.
5. He was considerate.
Mahatma Gandhi suspended his individual Satyagraha campaign for almost a fortnight from 25th December 1940 to 4th January 1941 so that British officials enjoying their Christmas holidays would not have to come out to make arrests.