At Skandashram there is a little platform facing Tiruvannamalai town -
there was only a stone at that time. Bhagavan would sit on it and brush his
teeth. It used to be very cold and Bhagavan wore only a loin cloth. Kunju Swami
felt that he should not sit there in the early morning cold, yet Bhagavan
continued to do so. He found the reason for this only later: There was a lady
called Sowbhagyamma who used to come to Skandashram every day. She had become
old but had taken a vow that she would not cook, eat or even bathe, without
having Bhagavan‟s darshan first. She did not come one day and Bhagavan asked
her, “Why did you not come yesterday?” She replied, “Bhagavan, I had the great
fortune of having your darshan from my house. When you were seated outside on
the stone slab, I could see you.” From that day onwards, whether it was raining
or cold, Bhagavan sat on that rock so that Sowbhagyamma could have his daily
The movie Gandhi inspired me - particularly one scene. In it Gandhi is fasting again to try and end the horrific riots between the Hindus and Moslems. A trio of Hindu men comes to tell Gandhi that they have stopped inciting their people, and that he must now end his fast.
One of them flings a piece of bread onto Gandhi's cot and tells him, "I am going to Hell, but you must eat and live."
Gandhi says, "Only God determines who goes to Hell. Why do you think you are?"
The man replies, "I killed a Moslem child."
Gandhi winces, then says quietly,"Why?"
The man replies, "They killed my wife and my son."
After a moment of silence, Gandhi says quietly, "I know a way out of Hell."
The Hindu man looks shocked. It is clear that he never considered redemption for himself.
Gandhi says, "Go find a child without parents and raise him as your own. But, first make…