Mohandas came of age.
Dave, an old friend and advisor of the family would say, "Send Mohandas to
Europe to be a barrister so that he would be able to look after his father's
not easy to go abroad. His father had been a 'deewan' (chief manager) but did
not leave much money behind. They tried to get help from the state but in vain.
But his elder brother was generous. He vowed to collect the money anyhow.
was another obstacle too. If he goes abroad, then what about the religion? What
to answer the people of the caste?
Putlibai said, "No, no! He will get defiled (polluted) there. He will eat flesh,
drink alcohol and would behave immorally. It's better not to send him there."
Sadhu (a saintly man) suggested a solution. He said, "Would it not be better if
we ask him to take a vow?"
said, "Yes! I won't object to it then."
said to Mohandas, "Make three promises to your mother and vow to keep them. Then
you will be allowed to go."
first would be not to drink alcohol. Secondly, you promise not to touch
non-vegetarian food. The last promise would be that you would treat all other
women as your mother or sister. Are you willing to take the vows?"
would be glad to do that!"
I bow at your feet and promise that I won't eat flesh, won't drink alcohol and
look upon other women as my mother or sister!"
considered these vows of utmost importance in his life. A vow is a symbol of a
person's self-confidence and only it can save a person in case of weakness.
this belief right from his childhood.