When someone in Bengal requested a message from Gandhiji, he said four words in Bengali: ‘Amar Jivani Amar Vani’- My life is my message. That means, he wished that his message should be found in his work and practice, rather than just in words. The purpose of presenting incidents of Gandhiji’s life here, in the form of a ‘Gandhi Katha’, is to focus on several scattered incidents of his life in order to introduce ourselves to the manifestation of different levels of greatness of his life. Each of these incidents represents and brings out various powerful aspects of his grand personality. Each incident is a camphor lamp. It would be worth the effort if such a lamp provides and creates a special vision of the magnificent and beautiful life image of Gandhiji, which he generated and carved out from each and every moment of his life, before it extinguishes.
One may try to arrange these incidents, as those of fearlessness, truthfulness,
Ahimsa, and so on, thus arranged together in different groups. But, a single
incident may cover fearlessness and Ahimsa both. That is why they are not
divided in such groups here. Incidents can also be given in chronological order.
But, then a question might be raised in our mind that, why in between incidents
of few years are missing. So such order is again not necessary, because, it is
not our purpose here to give complete chronology of his life. Hence, they are
presented here as they were being written and published in ‘Sanskriti’, in the
anniversary year 1969 of Gandhiji, from January to October.
Gandhiji, in his life was always extremely keen on ascertaining the facts and
details of any event and happening. Therefore, I have made best of my efforts to
check out the facts in each and every case.
I have used Bapu’s own writings for choosing the incidents. In addition to that,
I have used ‘Madevbhai’s Diary’ parts 1-9, the books of Ravjibhai Patel, books
of Kakasaheb Kalelker and Manuben Gandhi, ‘Jivannu Paroth’ by Prabhudas
Gandhi, ‘Reminiscences’ of Ramdas Gandhi, and ‘Gandhiji and Rashtriya Pravruti’
by Shankarlal Banker. I am grateful to all these authors. Thanks are also due to
the publisher of Gandhiji’s books- the Navajivan Prakashan Mandir and also the
other publishers of the books by Mahadevbhai and Manuben. Also, some incidents I
have received from some individuals. For this, I would like to express my
special thanks to Smt Vijyaben Pancholi, Smt Prabhavati Narayan and Smt Madalsa