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ONCE A RENOUNED REVOLUTIONARY FREEDOM FIGHTER, PANDIT PARMANAND JHANSIWALE WENT TO MEET GANDHIJI IN HIS ASHRAM AT SEWAGRAM, WARDHA. PANDITJI WAS THEN RELEASED FROM JAIL AFTER THIRTY SIX LONG YEARS. HE WAS ARRESTED AT THE TEENAGE IN 1912 AT SINGAPORE PORT WHEN HIS FIREY SPEACH PROVOKEDE 250 ARMY MEN TO REVOLT AGAINST THE BRITISH COLONIAL RULE. PANDITJI AFTER SUFFERING LONGEST TERM IN JAIL, WAS EAGER TO MEET GANDHIJI.

WHEN IN SEWAGRAM, GANDHIJI SUGGESTED PANDITJI TO MEET VINOBAJI ALSO TO WHOM PANDITJI HAS NEVER MET OR HEARD OF AS PANDITJI WAS IN JAIL. SO PANDITJI AGREED. GANDHIJI SENT AN ASHRAMITE ON BICYCLE TO ACCOMPANY PANDITJI. WHEN PANDIT REACHED PAWNAR ASHRAM, VINOBAJI WAS IN THE FIELD WORKING IN THE BRINJALS BED. THE ASHRAMITE TOLD VINOBAJI THAT THIS FRIEND HAS BEEN SENT BY GANDHIJI TO MEET YOU. VINOBAJI CONTINUED HIS WORK WITHOUT GIVING ANY ATTENTION TO THE GUEST. PANDITJI WAS STANDING AT A DISTANCE WAITING FOR VINOBAJI. AFTER FEW MINUTS PANDITJI HIMSELF GONE NEAR THE BRIGALS FEILD. BUT VINOBAJI DID NOT PAY ANY HEED. THIS LOOKED VERY ODD TO PANDITJI AND HE WENT NEAR TO VINOBAJI AND TOLD THAT GANDHIJI HAS SENT ME TO MEET YOU. EVEN THEN VINOBAJI DID NOT HEAR AND CONTINUED HIS WORK. THIS IRRITATED PANDITJI. WITH A LOUD VOICE, PANDITJI ONCE AGAIN TOLD VINOBAJI. AT THIS POINT VINOBAJI RAISED HIS HEAD AND TOLD PANDITJI THAT DON'T YOU SEE THAT I AM DIGGING THE ROOTS OF BRINJALS PLANTS?

AT THIS DRY REPLY, PANDITJI GOT ANGRY AND TOLD VINOBAJI, "DAM WITH YOUR BRINJALS, I HAVE BEEN DIGGING THE ROOTS OF BRITISH COLONIALISM FOR THE LAST 36 YEARS! AND PANDITJI CAME BACK TO SEWAGRAM AND TOLD BAPU WHAT HAD HAPPENED. BAPU LAUGHED AND ADMITTED HIS MISTAKE AND TOLD PANDITJI THAT I SHOULD HAVE INFORMED FULLY AS TO WHO YOU WERE. THE STORY DID NOT END HERE.

AFTER SO MANY YEARS, IN 1960-61, DURING BHOODAN YATRA, VINOBA JI WAS PASSING THROUGH JHANSI. LOCAL PEOPLE ORGANISED A PUBLIC RECEPTION OF VINOBAJI AND INVITED PANDIT PARMANAND JHANSIWALE TO PRESIDE OVER THIS RECEPTION. WHEN VINOBAJI CAME ON THE DIAS AND SAW PANDITJI, VINOBAJI TOUCHED HIS FEET AND TEARS ROOL INTO HIS EYES AND HE SAID, "PLEASE PARDON ME, AT THAT TIME WHEN YOU CAME TO MEET ME IN MY ASHRAM I WAS A DRY AND HARD LIKE A MANGO SEED". THE ACTUAL WORDS USED BY VINOBAJI WERE IN HINDI LANGUAGE, " MAI UOS VAKT AAM KI GUTHLI KI TRAHE KATHORE AUR SUKHA THA." TEARS ROOLED IN PANDITJI'S EYES AND HE ALSO TOUCHED VINOBAJI'S FEET. FINALLY, BOTH OF THEM TOLD TO THE AUDIENCE AS TO WHAT HAD HAPPENED.

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Comment by Elahe Amani on November 13, 2010 at 21:30
Very good story. Thank you for sharing it. It is easier on the eyes to read if it is not all in caps. I retype it and share it with friends.
Peace,
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