It was a joy to get back to the homeland after so many years of exile.
Gokhale and the members of the
Servants of India Society* overwhelmed
me with affection. So far
as I recollect, Gokhale got all of
them together to meet me. I had a
frank talk with them all on every
sort of subject.
I wanted to have an Ashram
where I could settle down with my
Phoenix family, preferably somewhere
in Gujarat, as being a
Gujarati, I thought I was best fitted
to serve the country through serving
Gujarat. Gokhale liked the
idea. He said: “You should certainly
do so. You must look to me
for the expenses of the Ashram,
which I will regard as my own.”
My heart overflowed with joy. It was a pleasure to feel
free from the responsibility of raising funds.