Mahatma Gandhi stepped aboard a train one day; one of his shoes slipped off and landed on the track. He was unable to get it back as the train was moving. To the astonishment of his companions, Gandhi calmly took off the other shoe and threw it back, along the track, to land close to the first. Asked by a fellow passenger why he did so, Gandiji smiled and replied: “The poor man, who finds the shoe lying on the track, will now have a pair he can use.” (Excerpt from “Golden Bricks” by Dr.Madhuri Shah and Kallolini Hazarat.)
Bharat: When he was in South Africa, we see him in a suit, why did he start wearing only a loin cloth?
Teacher: He felt sorry for the poor people of India, who could not afford clothes to wear; so he gave up wearing we stem clothes and stared wearing only a loin cloth.
These examples show the care and concern our leaders had for the people of India and how sensitive they were to their feelings and problems. These are two examples but there are many more which you will be finding for yourselves as you read about these great leaders.
Tony: Near our house, there is a slum. In such a small area, about 100 families live. Some of the children work with their parents as rag pickers. They hardly have anything to eat. We often see them eating the leftovers give by people. There is so much we could do to help them but the problem is too great for one person.
Teacher: This is the reason why Swami Vivekanad admonished: “Elevate the masses without injuring their religion”. No doubt the problems are too many, but we can do whatever we can, when we see people in trouble. Guru Govind Singh said, “Service to Humanity is service to God”.