Mahatma Gandhi

@borhan (1345)
United States
June 3, 2010 5:00am CST
I am posting a great inspiraing true story here: Mahatma Gandhi went from city to city, village to village collecting funds for the Charkha Sangh. During one of his tours he addressed a meeting in Orissa. After his speech a poor old woman got up. She was bent with age, her hair was grey and her clothes were in tatters. The volunteers tried to stop her, but she fought her way to the place where Gandhiji was sitting. "I must see him," she insisted and going up to Gandhiji touched his feet. Then from the folds of her sari she brought out a copper coin and placed it at his feet. Gandhiji picked up the copper coin and put it away carefully. The Charkha Sangh funds were under the charge of Jamnalal Bajaj. He asked Gandhiji for the coin but Gandhiji refused. "I keep cheques worth thousands of rupees for the Charkha Sangh," Jamnalal Bajaj said laughingly "yet you won't trust me with a copper coin." "This copper coin is worth much more than those thousands," Gandhiji said. "If a man has several lakhs and he gives away a thousand or two, it doesn't mean much. But this coin was perhaps all that the poor woman possessed. She gave me all she had. That was very generous of her. What a great sacrifice she made. That is why I value this copper coin more than a crore of rupees." Hope you enjoyed the story.
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@Baluyadav (3644)
• India
3 Jun 10
hi,borhan,thank you for a good topic to share with us.After so many days i happened to saw this type of good topic.At least people will remind about GANDHIJI,OUR NATIONAL FATHER. All the best and have a nice day.
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@borhan (1345)
• United States
3 Jun 10
We remember Him only, but do not follow him. Great India is great for Gandhiji.
@srganesh (6349)
• India
3 Jun 10
This story depicts Mahatma's sincerity towards the public offerings.He did not valued the money as it is but also from whom he took it.We didn't have such leaders tomorrow.There are more politicians who are in favor of the riches and they want to satisfy those who donate more for the party.
@borhan (1345)
• United States
3 Jun 10
Days are changed now. Today's politicians are really different. Has anyone really followed him? I don't think so. People talk about him and his ideologies, but see the lifestyles of today's politicians..!