When Gandhiji established his Ashram on the banks of Sabarmati he declared that if a deserving Harijan came to him, he would be allowed to stay there.
were doubtful that any Harijan would come there. So people didn't pay attention
to it and kept helping Gandhiji in the establishment. They never let Gandhiji
worry about money.
few days, a Harijan family really came there. The husband, wife and their child
came there. Thakkar Bappa sent them there.
thought that God was trying to test him. He asked the Harijan man if he knew the
rules of the Ashram.
you be able to follow them?"
are welcome! Feel at home here!"
way the Harijan family started living there. They lived there with others. They
worked with them and ate with them too.
the inmates of the Ashram were not understanding enough. Many of them were
disturbed by this incident. So Gandhiji told them clearly, "I want them here!
Those who don't want to follow the rules may leave. Rules won't change even if
it's my wife or children."
spread out in the town that Gandhiji has allowed a Harijan to stay in the
thought, "He did what he declared. Why should we help his corrupt deeds?" The
orthodox businessmen then stopped donating money to the Ashram.
Gandhi used to look after the management of the Ashram. He told Bapuji, "The
store room is empty now. What would we do next month?"
assured him, "Have faith in God! When nothing remains, we will go to the Harijan
colony and work for earning our livelihood. But we will still not leave the path