Mahatma Gandhi and
You have heard the name of
Mahatma Gandhiji. For India he is the father of the Nation just as
George Washington is the father of America. As a mark of respect for him, we
call him Gandhiji. His father's name was Karamchand Gandhi and mother's name
was Putlibai. He was born in Porbandar, in the state of Gujarat.
His mother was very
religious. Gandhiji too was very religious. It once so happened that a group
of people came to perform a drama in Porbandar. It was about the ancient
King Harishchandra who was very truthful. Gandhiji saw how much
Harishchandra had to suffer to be truthful. This had a lasting effect on
Gandhiji. He decided that he would also always tell the truth. Soon truth
became his way of life. He made up his mind that even if the truth led him
to trouble, he would never give it up.
One day, his father gave him
a book about Shravan who was extremely devoted to his parents. Gandhiji
quickly finished the book. He saw a picture in which Shravan was carrying
his parents on his shoulders, since both of them were blind, and wanted to
go to all the holy places. Gandhiji decided that he would also take care of
When his father went to the
temple, he took Gandhiji with him. When Jain monks visited their house, they
discussed religious matter and Gandhiji attentively listened. Leaders of
other religions also visited them and they discussed their religions.
Gandhiji was influenced by different religions in his life.
Gandhiji was also vegetarian.
When he decided to go to Europe to study law, his mother told him, "My son,
since you are going abroad, make sure that you never drink alcohol, eat
meat, or indulge in gambling." Gandhiji gave his promise to his mother to
abide by her wish and took a vow in the presence of a monk that he would
never drink alcohol, eat meat, or resort to gambling.
Gandhiji used to say, "If
someone is kind and generous to us, we should return that favor; but we
should be kind and generous even to those who do not possess those
qualities." Mahatma Gandhi was virtuous and will always be remembered for
1) Who was Mahatma Gandhi?
2) What drama had a big impact on his life?
3) What did he decide after seeing the drama?
4) What types of visitors used to visit his
5) What promise did Gandhiji give to his
mother before he went to Europe?