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…
20th July, 1948(48) THE DELIVERANCE OF LAKSHMI, THE COW In my letter to you under the caption “Worship of the Cow”, I described to you the grandeur of Lakshmi, the queen of the cows, and the amount of regard Sri Bhagavan had for her. To that queen, as for His own mother, Sri Bhagavan on Friday the 18th instant gave Videha Mukti (deliverance from the body). That morning when I went to the Asramam, I was told that Lakshmi was seriously ill and would not survive the day. So, I went straight to the cow shed, without seeing Sri Bhagavan even. The room built for the calves was vacated, cleaned and Lakshmi was given a bed of straw to lie down upon. As it was Friday, she was as usual decorated with turmeric paste, vermilion mark on the forehead and a garland of flowers round the neck and horns. Venkataratnam was sitting by the side fanning her. Lakshmi was lying down with her majestic look spreading lustre all round. She reminded me of Kamadhenu going to Kailas to do Abhishekam with milk over …