Thursday, March 5, 2009

Gandhi's Legacy

During my drive in to work today, I heard on the radio that some items belonging to Mahatma (or is it Mohandas?) Gandhi were to be auctioned in New York. It brought to mind a Gandhi-related item that I would like to share.

Gandhi got around by walking, and he often did this either bare-foot, or with very thin sandals on his feet. As a result, the soles of his feet grew thick and hardened. He was also given to frequent fasting, which made him physically weak. The fasting helped him to develop a deep spirituality, and when he did eat, he ate some rather strange things, which caused his breath to become noxious.

You could say that Gandhi was a super-calloused fragile mystic vexed with halitosis (say it fast while thinking of Mary Poppins).


wife, mother and so much more! said...

Oh great!! Now I have Mary Poppins song in my head.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

Did you know that P. L. Travers was a disciple of some kind of Theosophist, namely Gurdjeff?