Gandhi’s Talisman


I am most distracted to do the last task on my priority list when the top most one is under Red-light-flashing, critical state. However, my urge to write over-powers my need to getting back to books for the Mid-Term due in seven hours.

Though, committed to do exceptionally well in the test later today, I have a quick few words to share. Words that I tumbled upon yet again:

One of the last notes left behind by Gandhi in 1948, expressing his deepest social thought:

“I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man [woman] whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him [her]. Will he [she] gain anything by it? Will it restore him [her] to a control over his [her] own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to swaraj [freedom] for the hungry and spiritually starving millions?
Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away.”

Source: Gandhi’s Talisman

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