Mahatma Gandhi goes shopping

By Paulo Coelho

After he had won independence for India, Mahatma Gandhi visited England. He was walking through the streets of London with some other people when his attention was drawn to the shop window of a famous jeweler’s.

Gandhi stood there studying the precious stones and the exquisitely made jewelery. The owner of the shop recognized him at once and came out into the street to greet him.

‘I am greatly honored by your presence here, looking at our work. We have many objects of immense value, beauty and artistry and we would like to give you something.’

‘Yes, I’m amazed by all these marvelous things,’ replied Gandhi. ‘And I’m even more surprised at myself, for, even knowing that I could receive a valuable present, I nevertheless can manage to live and be respected without the need of jewels.’

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  1. fLUXman says:

    I am born here in India , and I feel Mahatma was the front man ( actor ) of the british. What have the British really done ? stolen all out treasures,divided us, introduced a type of non accountable, corrupt government. And even today for every cup of chai some britisher still earns a penny.Its a disgrace out here.
    bo0om
    fLUXman

  2. singh says:

    Gandhi, Father of India. In his autobiography My experiments with Truth Gandhi

    rcalls that his childhood and teen age years were characterized by education in a

    local school, marriage to Kasturba at the age of 13 and an intrinsic love for ‘truth’
    and ‘duty’.Gandhi Jayanti is national holiday celebrated in India to mark the

    occasion.

    Gandhi Friend.
    http://www.desievite.com/Desi-Indian-ecards.asp

  3. Ineshka says:

    Hi,

    Gandhi was someone who continue to inspire me. A great, great man! This is indeed a lovely post about him. In a world where people believe almost all the time that there can be no alternative for War, Gandhi proved that through peace and non-violence it is still possible to win the fight!

    Lov,
    Ineshka

  4. saumay says:

    though gandhiji is considered to b a real good man i hav sum misconceptions ….may b i m rit or rong ….as far as i thnk im ….!!i do thnk it was due to hus effrts dat british left dis country bt he was also responsible fr bhagat singhz death?hw cn v over look dat?yes mayb v r nt considerin dat fact hre n v r jst tryin to say dat he wasnt a materialsitic man ….bt setin him as an xample i thnk v shud hav c ol his qualities n refer to him ….

  5. the bridge maker says:

    … so candid a hypocrisy… considering that he, Now, had India, “The Jewel in The Crown”… and who would go shopping for the koh-e-noor, anyway… but it’s a classic and the smile “c’est de rigueur”… with a touch of nostalgia pour “les neiges d’antan” and the likes of mumtaz mahal…

  6. Ewelina says:

    beutiful. I’m realy impressed how inteligent person Ghandi was. :)

  7. fLUXman says:

    I am born here in India , and I feel Mahatma was the front man ( actor ) of the british. What have the British really done ? stolen all out treasures,divided us, introduced a type of non accountable, corrupt government. And even today for every cup of chai some britisher still earns a penny.Its a disgrace out here.
    bo0om
    fLUXman

  8. Celia says:

    How beautiful is this?

    Ghandi was far above material value in his life.
    And how true it was, he could most certainly live and be respected without material gifts in his life.

    Love
    Celia

    xxxx