Saturday, 7 February 2009


Gandhi’s shoe

Mohandas [Mahatma] Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948), the great Indian statesman and spiritual leader is noted for his unusual humanity and selflessness, which this story epitomises. One time, during his travels throughout India, Gandhi was waiting at a train station with a number of his companions and followers. When the train arrived, Gandhi moved forward to board, and as he raised his foot to get on, his shoe slipped from his foot and disappeared in the gap between the train and platform. He looked down and realised he would be unable to retrieve it, so he took off his other shoe and threw it down by the first. His companions were very puzzled.
“What are you doing Mahatma?” they asked. “Well, if a poor person finds a single shoe than they are no better off” Gandhi explained. “What's really helpful is if they find a pair.”

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