Every year 30
January is observed as Martyrs Day in memory of Mahatma Gandhi in India.
Karamchand Gandhi aka Bapu- the name itself is capable of carrying the whole
universe in it.
masses during the course of his lifetime; he continues to inspire billions
around the world through his visions, his teachings, his books and writings.
Gandhi are still a relevant in the 21th century and will be relevant until the
Gandhi’s personality had so many dimensions. The greatest leader of the world,
visionary, an armed warrior and the man who worshiped Ahimsa and Satyagraha to
fought with the cruel britishers.
It’s 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 his, we are sharing five
stories of Mahatma Gandhi that will inspire you to adapt his teachings and give
respect to the martyrs of India.
living because they are standing.
They are our soldiers.
1. The whole world was his family
Once 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
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
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.