The Swaraj or Freedom that Gandhiji dreamed was not merely of a political character. It
was to be a means to create a new man, who would strive to create a new society,a new
civilization and a newculture. He called the new social order 'Ramraj' - 'the Kingdom of
God on Earth'. Lovewould be the sole law there.All would be dutiful. There would be no
distinction of caste, religion and community. No one would be treated as untouchables.All
would beequal in the eyes of religion, All would live by the sweat of their brow. The
intellectual worker and the manual worker would be equals; neither could claim
superiority.There would be no intoxicating drinks. Women would be honored. Every one would
be ready to give up his life for the good of his country. Gandhiji called such a state of
society 'Sarvodaya (The Prosperity of All).
To realize Sarvodaya, man has to live with fellow men, with other living beings and nature
in understanding and harmony.
Service to the lowly and the lost in society was Gandhiji's first step towards Sarvodaya.
Gandhiji taught that knowledge and wealth devoid of religion and morals led to the fall of
men. He died as a martyr in the cause of true religion.
A leader's responsibilities are high. He has to examine himself severely time and again,
to convince himself that he is fit to lead others. He has to bear all the moral
responsibility for all that his followers do. If he feels unable to do so, he has to
retire from the field of action.Through self- criticism and self-confidence, he has to
work to lead this imperfect world in the way of perfection. This is the deathless message
that Gandhiji has left us.
to the God of Truth and prayer are lights that Gandhiji has bequeathed to us. He could not
remain without prayer even for a single day. 'Silent prayer is my greatest strength' - he
used to say.
'Raghupathi Raghava Rajaram, Pathitha Pavana Seetharam.'
Whenever we hear this prayer Gandhiji's memory becomes alive. His soul will be present
there unseen, and blesses all. It is the task of religion to purify the fallen; it is the
power of goodness in man. What does it matter what name we give it? Let us all is blessed
with goodness. This is the perennial message that Gandhiji has left to mankind.
As a boy Gandhiji was afraid of ghosts and devils. A good
nurse, Rambha by name, taught him to repeat the name of Shri Rama to get over this fear.
It brought him hope and courage. He chanted it day in and day out. It is significant that,
when the assassin shot at him and his bodyslumped to find eternal rest in the lap of
Mother Earth, the last words he uttered were 'Rama', 'Rama'.
Mahatma Gandhiji, called 'Bapu' by his loving countrymen, will
ever be remembered as a saint and a great leader of men.