Let me begin with a small story:
Children loved visiting Gandhiji. A little boy who was there one day, was greatly distressed to see the way Gandhiji was dressed. Such a great man yet he doesn’t even wear a shirt, he wondered. “Why don’t you wear a kurta, Gandhiji?” the little boy couldn’t help asking finally. “Where’s the money, son?” Gandhiji asked gently. “I am very poor. I can’t afford a kurta.” The boy’s heart was filled with pity. “My mother sews well”, he said. “She makes all my clothes. I’ll ask her to sew a Kurta for you.” “How many Kurtas can your mother make?” Gandhiji asked.
“How many do you need?” asked the boy. “One, two, three…. she’ll make as many as you want.” Gandhiji thought for a moment. Then he said, “But I am not alone, son. It wouldn’t be right for me to be the only one to wear a kurta.” “How many Kurtas do you need?” the boy persisted. “I’ll ask my mother to make as many as you want. Just tell me how many you need.” “I have a very large family, son. I have forty crore brothers and sisters,” Gandhiji explained. “Till every one of them has a kurta, how can I wear one? Tell me, can your mother make kurtas for all of them? At this question the boy became very thoughtful. Forty crore brothers and sisters! Gandhiji was right. Till every one of them had a kurta to wear how could he wear one himself? After all the whole nation was Gandhiji’s family, and he was the head of that family. He was their friend, their companion. What use would one kurta be to him?
Today India pays homage to its One of the main architects of Free India. Mohan das karamchand Gandhi, popularly known Bapu ,was born on 2nd October, 1869 in Porbandar, Gujrat.
This is the day when bapu breathed his last uttering the last words Hey Ram !
Relevance of Gandhi ji teachings in Present day Scenario
This day the ideas and philosophy of Gandhi ji is more and more relevant, when the People of Egypt are at tremendous rage. Their concerns are genuine but barely fruitful results have been achieved with violence. The outrage in Egypt and the murderous incidents have already taken toll. A number of people have been injured without their fault. Times have changed a lot since Gandhi ji applied the ideas of Ahimsa (Non-violence) in South Africa and later in India, but the ideas are effective till date.
In Gandhi ji words:
The nation that is capable of limitless sacrifice is capable of rising to limitless heights. The purer the sacrifice the quicker the Progress.
Truth, purity, self-control, firmness, fearlessness, humility, unity, peace and renunciation are the inherent qualities of a civil resister.
Let us take a Solemn oath Come what may we will not resort to Violence
Story Courtesy: http://www.mkgandhi-sarvodaya.org/story.htm