Volume 12 - Issue 01
January 2014
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Posted on: Jan 21, 2014

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Simple Living High Thinking

Dear Children,

At the time of India's independence in 1947, large sections of this country were so poor that they could not afford to buy enough clothes to even cover themselves fully. When Gandhiji saw this he too took to wearing only a loin cloth; he did not waste a single thing because so many in this country did not have adequate food to eat or money to buy basic needs. This lofty example of Gandhiji was followed by so many in India at that time. Just like a child likes to do what his/her father does, hundreds and thousands in this country too lead such a life of absolute simplicity, always feeling for the pain and suffering of their fellow brethren. And here is one such example of someone who followed Gandhiji's footsteps steadfastly.

Did you see how Maniben lead a life that exemplified Swami's dictum, 'Simple Living and High Thinking'? No wonder Swami quoted her life to give us this lesson. We often are led to believe that we need a 'lot' of things to be happy. We always see advertisements that show us new toys, clothes and gadgets, and how the children who possess them are so happy. But that happiness does not last long and is not real.

Also we must remember that even as we seek a new dress, there are poor children who don't have enough clothing to protect them from cold; while we desire for more toys, there are children who don't have enough food to eat. If we remember these unfortunate people, we will be grateful for what we have and also desist from making too many demands to our parents and ask for only what is necessary. And needless to say, we will make Swami happy in the process. Now, isn't that what all of us wish to do? May we all be able to please Swami through our efforts. Sai Ram.


Illustrations by: Esha Narayanan

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