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Mahatma Gandhi went from city to city, village to
village collecting funds for the Charkha Sangh. During one of his tours he
addressed a meeting in Orissa.
After his speech a poor old woman got up. She was bent with age, her hairwas
grey and her clothes were in tatters. The volunteers tried to stop her, but she
fought her way to the place where Gandhiji was sitting. "I must see him," she
insisted and going up to Gandhiji touched his feet. Then from the folds of her
sari she brought out a copper coin and placed it at his feet. Gandhiji picked up
the copper coin and put it away carefully.
The Charkha Sangh funds were under the charge of Jamnalal Bajaj. He asked
Gandhiji for the coin but Gandhiji refused. "I keep cheques worth thousands of
rupees for the Charkha Sangh," Jamnalal Bajaj said laughingly "yet you won't
trust me with a copper coin."
"This copper coin is worth much more than those thousands," Gandhiji said. "If a
man has several lakhs and he gives away a thousand or two, it doesn't mean much.
But this coin was perhaps all that the poor woman possessed. She gave me all she
had. That was very generous of her. What a great sacrifice she made. That is why
I value this copper coin more than a crore of Rupees."
Inspiring articles by Dr.Ramesh Kamth