Gandhiji was like a waterfall of work. It was as if he was like the giant Niagara waterfalls.
But, all the same, he had developed a tremendous capacity to take rest during
his busy schedules. Whenever he felt tired, he could immediately go to sleep for
a few minutes and he would again wake up fresh for further work.
It was his habit to finish some work even as he slept. For example, after having
his massage, Gandhiji would sleep in a water tub and Manuben would use this time
for his shaving. But, Manuben would feel hesitant thinking that, Bapu hardly
finds some time to rest and shaving would disturb his sleep. So, she would stop
But, Bapu was very alert in extracting work from others. He explained to Manuben,
“Even if I am sleeping, you should continue your work, only then can I sleep
more and along with that, my work is also done. But, you have not learnt that
yet and so I have to suffer the results. I have to remain awake to stimulate you
to continue this work.
Manuben: “Bapuji, you are amazing! When you are very tired, you just rest for
five, seven minutes and even then you insist me to continue shaving. This is too
much! Moreover, you say that then only you are able to sleep without any
anxiety. What an amazing power to sleep!”
Bapu: “As far as I can sleep in this manner, I have no worry. But, the day I
lose this power, you should understand that my fall is close by. In such a
situation I would know that it is a result of some pretension within myself and
the Rama nama is not in my heart. But as far as God has bestowed this power upon
me, I am not bothered. So, having faith in God, you should also continue your
work. He is generous to all and never does any harm to anyone. It is only we
people who harm ourselves and then we blame the God for our deeds.”