Dharamu na doosar satya samaana | Aagam nigam puraan bakhaana ||
Param dharm shruti bidit ahinsa | Par ninda sama agha na gareesa ||
There is no virtue equal to truthfulness, so declare the Agamas, Vedas and Purans.
A vow of non-violence is the highest religious merit know to the vedas and there is no sin as heinous (horrible, evil, hateful) as speaking ill of others
Today we are beginning Ram katha in this Gandhi teertha; it is a place charged with the saint’s vibrations. Gandhi jee went from here to Dandi, but Ram katha has come here after going to Dandi first. I invite people from all walks of life, without any kind of discrimination of caste, creed or class, to come to this ashram’s Ram katha. This katha is to make the people, especially the youth, aware of Gandhi jee’s thought and ideology. He walked through his life with the two feet of Truth and Non-violence. He said that His God was his truth and to attain it in the ultimate form, the only medium was the practice of non-violence.
The seven Kand of Shri Ram Charit Manas denote the characteristics of a mahatma (a saintly person).
- Bal kand – ‘Nikhaalasta’ i.e. innocence/virtuousness.
- Ayodhya kand – ‘Samyak sanyam’ that signifies appropriate control over action, mind and speech.
- Aranya kand – ‘Tapasya’ refers to penance.
- Kishkindha kand – ‘Maitri’ i.e. friendship or inter-personal solidarity.
- Sunder kand – ‘Mukta karna’ means providing freedom.
- Lanka kand – ‘Virodh ho par shatruta nahin’; there is an opposition but without the feeling of enmity.
- Uttar kand – ‘Nirvaan’ or salvation.
If we see the personality of Gandhi jee, all the above traits are seen in him. We would discuss them in detail in coming days.
Vinoba jee used to say that the people might be classified in four types .
- Lowest – who only see the faults of others.
- Middle – who analyze the faults as well as qualities of others.
- Higher – who only see the positive traits of others.
- Highest – who catch the positive qualities of people around and spread them further.
The same classification can be used to describe the speakers and listeners of katha.
Bapu says, “ I’ve been saying that the world has tried to use wars and fights to solve disputes. But it is seen that these methods were not so successful. Therefore, it is time to experiment the ways of love and integration to lead a peaceful life.”
Bapu is glad that the chief minister of Gujarat and the Editor (the yajaman of this katha) of Gujarat samachar, a newspaper of the state, are together on this stage. Bapu expresses his happiness and says that his katha works as a setubandh to join various people of distinct fields.
Bapu also clarifies that it is not his birthday today, but still accepts the good wishes of people gracefully.
Discussing the qualities of Gandhi jee, Bapu says that he (Gandhi Jee) was a person who did not have any place of hypocrisy in his life. Gandhi jee’s personality was transparent and thus his speech, in spite of not being very illustrious, had intense impact on the people. He never bore any double standards (duraav) or hatred (dwesh) towards anything; such was his purity of heart (nikhaalasta).
He did not hide the fact that he borrowed certain concepts of his life from ideologies of various people. For example, he took the famous prayer-‘raghupati raghav raja ram..’ from Guru Gobind singh’s verses. The concept of ashram was taken from Ruskin.
Gandhi jee practiced necessary control (samyak sanyam) over materialism. In an instance, when he realized that people of his country did not enough clothes to cover their bodies, he decided on the spot that he would only wear an under cloth himself.
Gandhi jee stuck to truth and that was his major penance (tapasya) all his life.
The love for humanity signifies the maitri (friendship with all) feature of this mahatma.
Gandhi jee led India towards freedom from British rule, his faith in mukti is evident. He did not consider them as enemies but he was assertive in his opposition. And it is well known that he finally attained the ultimate goal, salvation, spiritually.
Question – have you practiced the philosophy of Gandhi jee, like abolition of untouchability?
Bapu’s answer – yes, I’ve tried to do it in my own way. I’ve done two kathas in a village of harijans where I stayed in the house built by them, ate what they cooked.
Question – Do you eat at a muslim’s place?
Bapu’s answer – yes, I’ve eaten. When I go out for bhiksha sometimes, I never ask the religion of a person from where I get the food.
Tulsidas jee’s nationalism is evident in Shri Ram Charit Manas. As he first salutes the state, Ayodhya, then the rivers etc. which are the natural treasures of the place, then the citizens and then finally the ruler.
Bandaun avadh puri ati paavani | Saraju sari kali kalush nasaavani || Pranavaun pur nar naari bahori | Mamata jinha par prabhuhi na thori ||
A true nationalist is the one who is ready to forgo his personal interests for the best of nation at any time/ any place.
According to a Sanskrit literate, the word ‘Sant’ (saint) refers to ‘Shudhh astitva’ or pure existence. Thus, a saint is free of any malign altercation with anyone.
In India , some of the great personalities have been described as the following:
- Bhagwaan Ram – Satya-avataar
- Bhagwaan Krishna- Poorna-avataar
- Chaitanya Mahaprabhu- Prem-avataar
- Budhha- Karuna-avataar
- Mahaveer- Tyaag-avataar
- Mohammed Paigamber- Bandhutva-avataar
- Jesus Christ- Prem-avataar
- Sardar Patel- Ekta-avataar
- Vinoba jee- Pragya-avataar
In the similar way, Gandhi jee can be ideally described as “Ahinsa-avataar”. Non-violence was the inherent fundamental in all the decisions of his life.
Gandhi jee followed 11 resolutions (vrat) in his life. We can say that the eleven can be seen in Shri Ram Charit Manas through different characters. Let us see how:
- Satya (truth) – As stated earlier, Bhagwaan Ram was personified truth. The main chaupai of this katha –‘ Dharamu na doosar satya samaana | Aagam nigam puraan bakhaana ||’ is Bhagwaan Ram’s statement for Sumantra jee. He abandoned the throne and every kind of comfort to keep the words of his father.
Gandhi jee’s truthfulness is well known to world. He was not ready to sacrifice truth at any cost.
- Ahinsa (non-violence) – Ma Kausalya is the perfect example of non-violence, as she did not hurt anyone even with her words. In the state of distress also, at the time of Bhagwaan Ram’s vanvaas, she did not utter harsh words. She only said-‘ Jaun pitu maatu kaheu bana jaana | Tau kaanan sata avadh samaana ||’.
Gandhi jee could not bear any kind of violence. At the hour of independence, when the country was celebrating, he was busy serving the injured who were hurt in communal riots.
- Asteya (not to steal)- In Ayodhya Kand, it is seen that the kole- kiraat (tribals) abstained from stealing when Bhagwaan Ram started staying in Chitrakoot. They say-‘ Yaha hamaari ati badi sevakaai | Lehin na baasan basan choraai ||’.
- Aparigrah (non-accumulation of material goods)- Bharat jee lived an ascetic life, in spite of being the in charge of the state of Ayodhya ( Ramaa bilaasu ram anuraagi | Tajat baman jimi jana bada-bhaagi) . Necessary goods for survival are reasonable, but the one who accumulates beyond measure shows his faithless-ness in the Almighty. Bapu says, “In my experience, the more detached you become from inside, the more Lord gives.”
- Brahmcharya (celibacy)- Lakshman jee’s conduct is apt to describe the ideal control over senses. Gandhi jee also experimented with various ways to follow brahmcharya.
- Swaashraya (self-dependence)- In Shri Ram Charit Manas, Ma Jaanaki did all the daily chores herself, even after being back from vanvaas.
Gandhi jee believed in doing all the chores himself, to extent of cleaning the toilets of the ashram.
- No untouchability- Bhagwaan Ram reached out to the neglected. He touched Ahalya jee with his feet and ate the fruits offered by Shabari jee.
Gandhi jee wanted all mankind to be one without any differentiation of caste or creed.
- Abhaya (fearlessness)- It is not possible to be free of fear unless one is truthful. Bhagwaan Ram befriends Sugreev and makes him fearless.
Gandhi jee never feared anyone and was able to send away the British with his sheer faith in truth and non-violence.
- Swadeshi (use of own country’s resources)- Kole-kiraat welcomed Bhagwaan Ram with whatever they had in forests.
Gandhi jee always encouraged the people to use only country made goods, so that it could generate employment to people.
- Swaad-tyaag (not getting addicted to a particular taste)- One should remain ‘sahaj’ in daily life without being rigid about petty things.
- Equal respect for every religion- All religions cannot be equal as each has its own time and place of origin. But, an individual should have due respect for every dharma. Bharat jee led such a life that one could see the amalgamation of all the religions in him- ‘ Jaun na hote jaga janam bharat ko | Sakal dharam dhur dharani dharat ko ||’.
- Anybody who comes to satsang should do their inner self-analysis whether the faults/weaknesses are reducing or not. If you don’t pay attention to this, then you are wasting your time is satsang. An aspirant should be extremely careful of the faults as they burn up the saadhana.
Bapu recalls, “I was 9-10 yrs old, learning Shri Ram Charit Manas from my Dadajee. Once, he asked me that with which shloka will you start your katha? I said that I liked the shlokas of Ram raksha stotra (Lokabhiramam…). Then he asked that why not with any shloka of Shri Ram Charit Manas? I answered that this shloka appealed to my heart because in this shloka, Bhagwaan Ram does not carry any weapons.”
Once, a journalist asked Gandhi jee if he was really a mahatma. Gandhi jee replied that he never considered himself as a mahatma. The people have given the title “mahatma”. He said that I am one amongst the common people, but when you see that special arrangements are being made for me, they are actually done for the title ‘mahatma’! Gandhi jee was so unassuming in spite of being a great personality. Around 40,000 books have been published about him all over the world.
Bapu says, “I believe in traditions; but the traditions should not be made rigid. They should be flowing (pravaahi parampara) with the changing times, so that any individual is able to follow them in accordance with the prevalent scenario.”
In Shri Ram Charit Manas, Aranya Kand professes the concept of ‘tapasya’ i.e. penance. This kand discusses the characters of Sage Attri, Ma Ansuya, sages like Sharbhang and Suteekshna and Ma Shabari. It also shows the Tapa of Bhagwaan Ram in his separation of Ma Jaanaki and also the tapa of Lakshman jee who has to see Bhagwaan Ram in grief. The patience and faith of Shabari jee is one of the highlighting features of this kand. To wait for someone with unbending perseverance is a big tapa.
Tapasya is a characteristic of a mahatma. It can be seen on three levels- physical, mental and in speech.
Physical penance may be in the form of taxing the body to achieve a particular goal. But, an individual should be careful that he should not lose inner happiness in the process of physical tapa. Penance should lead to inner joy and not to mental frustration. Bhagwaan Krishna says in Bhagwad Gita that an aspirant should have a balanced lifestyle.
Mental penance is to accept every situation, whether favourable or unfavourable, as a blessing of the Lord with a positive attitude. Be ready to face the pain after experiencing pleasure; it is a cycle that goes on and on. Don’t remember the person who abuses you, but remember the omnipresent Almighty who is present in him also.
Penance in speech refers to abstaining from speaking harsh words. Abandon the mentality to take revenge by words also.
Gandhi jee’s physical tapa i.e. fastings etc. were not for some other means but for cleansing of the soul (aatma-shudhhi). It came from his nature and it was not done as a fad at that time. His ahinsa (non-violence) was also not orthodox. It also means ‘anivaarya-hinsa’, which means that there was no other option but to put an end to something for betterment. Like, once in the ashram, a baby goat was suffering from severe physical pain and the injury was beyond cure. Gandhi jee decided to exterminate the incurable suffering by bringing an end to its life. Thus, he was practical in his approach.
Gandhi jee mental penance is seen in the fact that there was never an ill will in his mind towards anybody.
Gandhi jee’s words were spoken in the shadow of ‘Ram naam’. He also practiced ‘maun’ many times.
Bapu says, “Where there is Vishwaas (faith), there is Vishwanath (Almighty).”
Tulsidas jee says that if a person listens to Manas katha, he experiences peace. But the one who implements the sutras of this katha achieves peace permanently.
In Shri Ram Charit Manas, the one of the highlighting features of Kishkindha kand is the building of friendship (maitri) between Bhagwaan Ram and Sugreev. Bhagwaan Ram discusses the essentials of an ideal relationship of friends.
“Maitri” is a characteristic of a mahatma with which he bonds with everyone. It is mainly based on three aspects:
“Vivek-Budhhi” – friendship should be based on intellectual understanding with each other, only then it can be ever-lasting. In case of any discussion with a friend, the reasoning (tark) also should be in the shadow of understanding/wisdom. Bhagwaan Ram says that there are certain ways to be an ideal friend-
“Jey na mitra dukh hohi dukhaari | Tinhahi bilokat paatak bhaari ||
Nij dukh giri sama raj kari jaana | Mitrak dukh raj meru samaana ||
Det let mana sunk na dharayi | Bal anumaan sadaa hit karayi ||
Bipati kaal kar satagun neha | Shruti kaha sant mitra guna eha ||”
A true friend is the one who takes care of his friend hundred times more in the times of crisis. He takes the friend’s troubles more seriously than his own and never doubts in any kind of transactions with him.
Gandhi jee’s understanding and sheer wisdom was well acknowledged. The witness of this quality was Mahadev bhai Desai, who worked with him for many years.
“Vivek-Vinod” – There is healthy humour in mahatma’s life: humour that does not lose the sanity (saatvikta).
Many incidents of Gandhi jee’s life depict his good sense of humour.
“Vivek-Vairaagya” – Abandoning (tyaag) anything without understanding can lead to false pride/arrogance. The inner feeling of detachment (vritti) is more important than the thing abandoned (vastu). Bapu says, “ I feel that discarding with the hand is tyaag. But detaching anything from the heart is vairaagya.”
Gandhi jee’s lifestyle was extremely simple. People now worship the minimal things that he used in daily chores.
It is not always that satsang has to be done in a religious discourse. Satsang can happen anywhere, in silence, in the lap of nature, provided the aspirant is receptive to divine vibrations.
Every individual can do charity according to one’s own capability. It may not be in the noticeable form, but may be significant in its own way. For example, if you cannot build a school, then you can sponsor one needy child’s education.
This katha’s outcome should be that at least the generation of today does not ignore Gandhi jee’s thoughts as out-dated and gets aware about the importance of this great saint’s thoughts in the present world. Gandhi jee should be seen from all angles, as there are many unique facets of this mahatma. His life had the fusion of karma yoga, gyaan yoga and bhakti yoga.
Every Indian should first know his mother tongue. Then the national language, Hindi. Then should try and learn some stotras of our heritage language, Sanskrit and then know English.
“Ali Maula…Ali Maula…” -Bapu says, “ Many people come and say that you do a kirtan of Muslims in Ramkatha, but they never take Hari-naam. I tell them that it is their will to take Hari-naam or not, but I can’t stop myself from integrating all…mera paigaam mohabbat jahaan tak pahunche.”
In Shri Ram Charit Manas, the daughter of the mother earth i.e. Ma jaanaki was abducted by Raavan and kept under the control of demons. A saint like Hanuman jee could make a plan to release her from there. In the times of Gandhi jee, the situation was somewhat similar. The earth was in the control of some exploitative powers and a mahatma (Gandhi jee) came to its rescue. He led the country towards freedom from British oppression.
Question – Writing an autobiography is a western concept. Why is it that Gandhi jee and some other national leaders have followed this concept?
Bapu’s answer – Gandhi jee did not write the book as his autobiography. He has said that he has only shared his various experiments with truth during his lifespan. There are many important incidents of his life that are not included in this book. Narayan Bhai Desai’s work on Gandhi jee in four volumes discuss these unmentioned but significant incidents of Gandhi jee’s life.
Every individual should take some time out and spend with nature. Try to listen to the sounds of birds, rivers and trees. It can bring about positive changes in a person’s nature. If a person sleeps under the sky continuously for some time, he can become large-hearted. One should share his resources (saadhan) with others to purify them. Gandhi jee called this open-minded behaviour as saadhan-shudhhi.
Bapu says, “Every single person should take steps to bring about unity in different communities. Even the smallest effort may do wonders. Gandhi jee’s soul would be very pleased with our efforts for integration. The media should play a responsible role in this and should work constructively to bring about harmony amongst people. In Hindu-Muslim meetings, where there are discussions of solidarity, I always appeal to Maulanas to propagate the same message of peace and brother-hood in their own groups also.” Bapu invited Osman Mir (Ghazal singer) to sing something as homage to Gandhi jee.
Tulsidas jee described a ‘Dharma-Rath’ (a chariot of dharma) in Lanka Kand. Gandhi jee also had a similar Dharma-rath, with which he successfully led the freedom movement. Following are the various parts of Gandhi jee’s chariot:
The two wheels of Dharma-rath are bravery and patience ( Sauraj dheeraj tehi rath chaaka) . Gandhi jee’s physical form was frail but his spirit was too brave.
The flags of this Dharma-rath are truth and mannerly behaviour ( Satya seel driddh dhwaja pataaka). Gandhi jee held on one truth but there were various incidents where his perfect manners were seen.
Strength, understanding, control over senses and welfare of others are the horses of this Dharma-rath and these horses are to be controlled by forgiveness, grace and equality. ( Bal bibek dama par-hit ghorey | Chhama kripa samata raju jorey). Gandhi jee had the power of prayer in him. His understanding of shastras of various religions gave him a sound thought. His compassion for all was eminent as he forgave everyone who hurt him. His sense of equality was evident, as he made sure that his family followed the rules of the ashram in the same manner as others.
The charioteer is most important for any rath. The Lord’s bhajan drives us to victory ( Ees bhajanu saarathi sujaana | Birati charm santoshe kripaana). Gandhi jee’s faith on bhajan was immense and his respect for all religions is well known.
The weapons of this Dharma-rath are charity, sharp intellect and scientific innovations ( Daan parasu budhhi sakti prachanda | Bara bigyaan katthin kodanda). Charity never goes waste; the results may take time to come. Gandhi jee left his well-paid barrister-ship and laid his life for the freedom struggle. His belief was that science should only be used for constructive purposes and not for destruction.
Tulsidas jee says that the steady and pure mind works as a vase for various resolutions ( Amal achal mana trone samaana | Sama jama niyam seelimukh naana). Gandhi jee’s resolutions were successful as his mind was free of any malignity towards anybody.
The blessings of recognized souls save an aspirant from defeat in any field ( Kavach abheid bipra gur pooja | Ehi sama bijay upaay na dooja). Gandhi jee paid due respect to anyone who followed the path of truth. He took inspiration from many Masters and Philosophers.
There are three levels of relationship between a learner (disciple) and the trainer (Teacher):
- The relationship between a teacher and a student (shikshak-vidyaarthi) is limited to books and words and it is mainly for academic purposes.
- The relationship between a master and disciple (guru-shishya) is based on heart. For a shishya, the giver of knowledge is more impotant than knowledge itself.
- When shishya grows into a devotee (bhakta), the guru moves aside and opens the doors (guru-dwaar) of the Almighty for him.
Like an atom bomb bursts with flow of energy. The saints of this country flow their spiritual energy at significant places to revitalize the sanity of teerthas. Jain tirthankars went to Parshvanath mountain for this reason. Ma Ganga remains pure as since lakhs of years saints have doing their saadhana on its banks. Similarly, Gandhi jee’s ashram also gets recharged with such satsang-yagnas. This katha was decided by the supreme existence (astitva); we all just became medium in this katha.
In Sunder Kand, Hanuman jee took a mission to search Ma Jaanaki so that she could be freed from Raavan’s control. He took some monkeys and bears till the shore of sea and then took a big leap towards Lanka. Hanuman jee took a mudrika (ring of Bhagwaan Ram) in which Ram-naam was embossed.
On similar lines, Gandhi jee took up a mission to free the nation from foreign rule. He travelled across the country to find and bring together the people who could contribute in this freedom struggle. He also stuck to power of Ram-naam with dedication.
According to Vinoba jee, Gandhi jee’s mission was equipped with three factors:
Vedaanta – It usually refers to the essence of Vedas. But Vinoba jee said that it could also mean that the controversial and unnecessary matters in any scripture of any religion (not just in Hindu dharma) should be eliminated, as they may be harmful to the cordiality in the society. Such issues should be saluted and buried forever with due respect.
Vigyaan – Science is an essential power that should be used wisely for the betterment of mankind. Gandhi jee emphasized a lot on the view that resources should only be used for constructive purposes. Science should not become callous and lose all sensitivity. It should lead to development (vikaas), but not as the cost of peace (vishraam).
Vishwaas – The merger of vedanta and vigyaan should result in building faith in conviction. The breath of a person (shwaas) only lasts till he is alive, but the faith of a person (vishwaas) lives forever. Narsinha mehta, Vallabhacharya jee and Gandhi jee etc. are remembered for their unbending faith.
Never do a ‘sat-karma’ or a holy deed for showing off to others. Do it in a way that nobody gets to know that you have done it. Do it for enhancing your faith (nishttha) and not for prestige (pratishttha).
In the times of crisis, an aspirant should do the best of his efforts to come out of the situation. The next step is to pray to the Lord with true feelings. And the final step is to wait patiently for the grace of Almighty. Aspirants usually follow the first two steps but then lose courage to wait for divine grace.
Every person should take a resolution to give something to someone in a day. It may not be in the form of money or any thing; you can make person smile, share a good thought or give a sound advice to the needy. Charity can done in any form.
Lanka Kand shows that there may be differences between Bhagwaan Ram and Raavan, but there’s no hatred. There is distance between them but no enmity.
Gandhi jee also experienced a difference of opinion with many contemporary British as well as Indian leaders, but he never bore any malign feelings for anybody. In face-to-face interactions with Gandhi jee, others used to end up saluting his ideology. The frail feet of Gandhi jee had such a thoughtful influence that many heavy heads with prejudices used to bow down to him after meeting him.
Bhagwaan Shankar keeps trishool for curing the shool (troubles) of devotees. Bhagwaan Ram also keeps bow and arrow but uses them only when there is no other option. Bhagwaan Krishna used the Sudarshan chakra when required. In the following times, many great characters of our tradition used their own weapons for the betterment of society.
But, Gandhi jee never kept any weapon with him, still was successful in his freedom struggle. His ‘Laatthi’ (stick) was not for attacking anyone (prahaar), but for his own physical support (aadhaar). In other context, he consoled the earth by his laatthi that he will go with his principles of truth and non-violence until the country is freed from foreign rule.
Question – In spite of having a master like Shrimad Raj chandra, why did Gandhi jee incline towards Christianity at one time. Was that his weak moment?
Bapu’s answer – Gandhi jee took inspiration from positive points of every thought. It is a characteristic of a saint to derive the best out of anything.
Don’t trust the person who does not look beautiful even while smiling, as he may be very cunning or purely artificial. And bow down to the person who looks good even while crying as, he may be a genuine and pure at heart. Bapu says, “smile and tears are boons to a human being.”
Applying chandan (sandalwood paste) on the nail of foot and forehead is not just a ritual. It is a constant reminder to remain and free of aggression.
Today is a great day for us, let us bow down to the humble birthplace e of Mahatma Gandhi, Dandi and Rajghat along with various ashramas, from where he carried on his freedom mission. It is not just the birthday of Gandhi Bapu, but the birthday of our country as well; wherever there is a light of freedom and equality, Gandhi is born.
In the world, some people are ‘chaal mast’ i.e. their character is flawless and pure. Some are ‘haal mast’ meaning they remain composed in unfavourable and favourable circumstances. Whereas, some are ‘maal mast’ i.e. they are equipped with moral values. But the one who has a amalgamation of all the above three are ‘kamaal mast’. Gandhi jee was one such person who had the shaastra (scripture) of truth with him and he fought for freedom with his unique shastra (weapon) of non-violence.
Rabindranath Tagore had once said that Gandhi jee may be called as Mohandas Gandhi, but his appropriate name is ‘mahatma’ due to the saintly qualities. Mahatma is not his title, but his name. His poem from Gitanjali- ‘where the words come out from the depth of truth..,, where knowledge is without fear, world is not broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls’, ideally describe the works of Gandhi jee.
The qualities of various characters of Shri Ram Charit Manas are all seen in Gandhi jee in some form or the other. They are mentioned as follows.
- Dasarath jee’s Vachan paalanata (keeping the word)- Gandhi jee promised the nation independence and fulfilled it.
- Bhagwaan Ram’s satya (truth) was absorbed by Gandhi jee with absolute dedication.
- Ma Jaanaki jee’s sahan-sheelata (tolerance) and dhairya (patience) were seen in Gandhi jee at many places.
- Lakshaman jee’s jaagaran (awareness) was followed by Gandhi jee as there was no place for whimsical dreams in his thought/philosophy. He was extremely practical.
- Bharat jee’s satta-tyaag (dispassion for throne) is evident in Gandhi jee when he refused to hold any political post after independence.
- Shatrughna jee’s maun (silence) was seen in Gandhi jee as he kept maun once a week. Maun of a person can reduce enmity in the opponents’ mind. The lesser you speak, the safer you are from controversies.
- Bhagwaan Ram went to forest and met the most neglected. He went to Ma Shabari’s ashram, who had been waiting for him. Gandhi jee also reached out till the last man and did many efforts to bring them out of poverty.
- Jataayu’s bravery was in fighting with Raavan for saving Sita jee. Gandhi jee did best of his efforts to save our country from domination of British.
- Like Hanuman jee went for a mission to find out Sita jee, Gandhi jee went across the length and breadth of the nation to find people with patriotic sentiments, who were ready to contribute in his mission for freedom.
- Bhagwaan Ram sent Angad as a envoy to Lanka so as to avoid conflict with Raavan. Similarly, Gandhi jee went to England in the second round-table conference to save the division of the country and preserve unity.
- The bridge was build by Nal and Neel and the stones that were used for it bore Ram-naam. Gandhi jee tried hard to build integration amongst various castes, classes and communities and his strength was Ram-naam.
The thought of giving and sacrificing always brings you closer to Shaastra (holy scriptures). Whereas, the thought of breaking or killing can only result in shastra (weapons/conflicts). An individual should do sincere efforts to refrain from negative thoughts.
Many things were said in this katha, but please hold on to the thoughts that struck your heart. Try to implement them in your life with faith. A thought can do wonders only if it is supported by strong faith.
Bapu says, “This katha was to pay homage to Gandhi jee and I did his shraadhh with my words.”
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