You, the people of Ahmedabad, have designated me in your citation the foremost disciple of Gandhiji. I pray, may God make me worthy of it! But I know for sure that I am not worthy of it. I don’t know how many lives I will have to spend before I could acquire it. But, I still want to emphasise that you have cited many things with exaggeration purely out of your love for me. I may accept all those things but not this one.
All of you know that in the Mahabharat, there
was a Bhil disciple of Dronacharya He had never met him personally. He made
Dronacharya’s statue, which he worshipped everyday and would visualise it
teaching him archery. How did it happen? Because he worshipped his teacher
and had absolute faith in him. His soul was pure. The person you call my
teacher is always with me. In spite of this, I am not worthy of being his
favourite disciple, or perhaps not worthy of being his disciple even. I
don’t have any doubts about it. There may be so many disciples of him in
this country who might not have seen him personally. Yet they might have
worshipped not the ‘person’ but the ‘mantra’ he has given. This sacred land
must be having someone like that. People may say, “What if Gandhiji is
gone?” But I have no misgivings about it. He did whatever he had to. Now
it’s up to us to do whatever remains to be done.