When Bapu gave up eating jaggery: On Gandhi's 149th anniversary, a heartwarming anecdote from his life 

WION Web Team
Delhi, India Published: Oct 02, 2018, 05.09 PM(IST)

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One of the heartwarming tales of Gandhi's interaction with a mother and her child speaks volumes about his practice of self-interrogation and inspection. 

Be the change that you wish to see in the world,” Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

The Father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, was the living example of the change that he sought and yearned for India. His beliefs were deeply rooted in the idea that it is imperative to change oneself before expecting the same to permeate in the immediate surrounding. 

One of the heartwarming tales of Gandhi's interaction with a mother and her child speaks volumes about his practice of self-interrogation and inspection. Gandhi was a staunch believer of the fact that without changing oneself, nothing else with ever change. 

That is precisely why when a mother came to Bapu complaining about her child's habit of eating excessive jaggery, Gandhi kept asking her to come after a week. The tirade went on for about four weeks when the woman got frustrated and finally inquired after Bapu's intention. Gandhi replied saying that he took four weeks to get rid of his own habit of eating too much jaggery, it is only now that he will now be able to coax and cajole her child into leaving the habit. 

Many similar delightful anecdotes from Gandhi's life have been documented in scores of books and journals, these exhibit his teachings and life mantras.  

On Bapu's 149th anniversary, let us all take a cue from this little, uplifting tale from his life and pledge to inculcate the change in ourselves first before expecting to see it around us. 

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