God, the Creator, gives every
one of us some talent and ability and sends us to the earth. The man who uses the
God-given talent and ability and lights up his surroundings and spreads fragrance passes
the test of life. His life is the really successful life; it is an ideal life. A man who
led such an exemplary life was Bharata Ratna Maharshi Dhondo Keshava Karve.
Dhondo Keshava Karve was born and grew up in abject
poverty, but throughout a fruitful life of a hundred and four years he kept the lamp of
knowledge burning, to remove the darkness of ignorance; like a piece of sandal wood he
wore himself out to spread fragrance. He saw people who were leading a miserable life of
blind customs; he showed them how to enrich their lives. Like a father, he brought solace
to broken hearts.