Mahatma Gandhi evolved from an individual to an idea. Indeed, Gandhijiʼs life became a lifestyle that is a source of inspiration not only for Indians but for people all around the world even today. A life connected to Truth, all good work done in association with and for Truth make Gandhi and his thoughts eternal because Truth is eternal.
Five out of Bapuʼs eleven vows, which include truth, non-violence, non-hoarding, non-theft and celibacy, are found in Jainism, Buddhism and Patanjali Yoga Darshan. Bapu accepted these and added six more.
One important fact for us to reflect on as we review our lives today is the diminishing importance given to the dignity in hard work today. We have reduced hard work to the category of manual labour. This, if taken down a notch lower, is called paid menial labour. Manual labour is still done by heart, for one works with spirit to fill the stomach but that work which is done without heart is considered menial.
For Bapu, work was worship! Be it cleaning toilets, weaving, praying, political meetings, everything was the same to him and he had a great capacity for skilfully multi-tasking.