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The Three Monkeys
Gandhiji used simple and clean but beautiful stones as his paperweights. But the monkeys of china clay were the best. These monkeys are like toys. They are sitting side by side. One has put its hands over its eyes; the second one over its mouth the third over its ears. Gandhiji used to keep these monkeys with him as if they were telling not to here untruth and to speak untruth.
Gandhiji encouraged people to become SADHAKS and train themselves as servants of the society.
In those days it was common that snakes and scorpions were seen in the Ashram. While sleeping Bapu used to keep some potassium, bandage, some thread and a blade by his side, so that if anybody was bitten by a snake, he could be treated immediately. Snakes were not killed, but were left free in the surrounding forest. The enclosure used for keeping the snakes in the night is now kept in Gandhiji's office hut, so also is the wooden scissors used to catch snakes.