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ANECDOTES OF MAHATMA GANDHI : UNFAILING COURTESY

Horace G. Alexander was at Gandhi's Ashram at Sabarmati, and had walked with him to the prayer ground. When the prayer was over, there was a roll-call of the members of the Ashram, and each one reported on the quantity of yarn that he or she had spun on the Charkha. Horace happened to notice thus : "While the names were being called out and the record of the week's events read, Mr. Gandhi enjoyed himself stretching out his hand as if to touch one or two small infants who were running about near him; and when he did catch them they crowed with joy.

I found it hard to feel that I was looking at one of the great souls who has shaken the world. He has not the 'presence' of Tagore. Perhaps he could show it, but he prefers to keep his great soul veiled behind his marvellous humility. So what you see is a man, full of human emotions: very pick to understand, with a genius for giving and inspiring trust. His eyes have, indeed, a beautiful expression, and when he comes to the point of something he is saying he looks at you with a quick glance Alia is eery direct; his eyes seem to say: 'Just that is what I mean; I hope you see.' His face has the look of one who has undergone much spiritual conflict; but in his expression there is peace that comes to those who have overcome. "Mr. Desai, Mr. Gandhi's secretary, a very fine man, kindly arranged for me to have a talk with him af four the next afternoon. Needless to say I was impatient for the hour to come, and looked at my watch a 'good many times. But, having been in the East for some months, I thought it more polite to arrive five minutes late.

When I appeared- Mr. Desai, looked. Into Gandhi's room, and then said to me: 'Do you mind waiting for a few minutes? He is not quite ready for you: That did not surprise me. What are ten or fifteen minutes. to those who dwell in eternity? when I did go in his first words told me that 'he was no son of the East in the matter of time. “I am sorry to have kept you waiting,' he said, 'but at two minutes to four II asked if you had come, and when I found that you had not, I thought I had better have my milk (he is on a very strict and plain diet) so as to save time and give us more time for a good talk.' Two minutes to four, indeed! And to save time! But there was not a suggestion of impatience in his tone of voice; just a simple, friendly explanation of his seeming lack of punctuality and of immediate hospitality to the invited guest."

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