Letter to the Mahatma

We have never really talked,
But I think I can,
Knowing I am the son of the same soil that anointed you,
And I come from the same city you started it all,
Before I say something I would like to touch your feet,
Pay my respects
I don’t know where to start from,
Probably, in school they taught your lessons,
I didn’t know back then it was a blessing,
Instead I made fun of you,
disfiguring your picture in the textbook,
Now I think, How could I?
I hope you can forgive me
And you said “hate the sin, not the sinner”,
But it was 2nd October and didn’t miss your movie,
It feels so nostalgic to me,

My grandfather once saw you,
He used to tell me stories about you,
How a nation was saved,
And the struggles you braved,
They say your thoughts are obsolete,
But not for me,
What you have instilled in me is priceless,
Beyond caste, color and race,
I wish I could tell you face to face,
From shaking the empire to your fasting,
Time in prison to the Salt March,
I wish I could take a part,
Shaking the foundations,
To making us a proud nation,
Bringing to us that moment of Salvation,
From Indigo to salt to cotton,
You fought them,
To millions under starvation,
Making us think from a common man’s point of view,
It was you,
From self reliance,
To defiance,
You did it,
And all that without use of force,
I wished you could have stayed longer,
Bless some of the lost souls,
Left some of us on crossroads,

And they say Jesus told us what to do,
You taught us how to do it,
Forgive me, younger me was stupid,
You paved the way for King Jr. and Mandela to aspire,
And many others feel inspired,
But the sad part is that,
Against you they still conspire.
Living free,
Not knowing you did it for us,
How a thin barely clothed man could do wonders,
You taught us to stand for injustice,
You don’t need a Nobel Prize, the only true ambassador of peace,

And the loyalists still follow,
Your word is never leaving,
Words are not enough,
But I feel your sorrow,
You made me believe,
Anything is possible
If you stay focused and work for it,
There’s so much more to learn,
Nothing but gain knowledge,
And I try to pay homage,
Statues around the world,
Left us true word
The legacy lives on,
No matter how much I say
It will not be enough
Nobody can fill your shoes
Even if they try to,
The world calls you Mahatma, I call you Bapu*

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Letter to Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma stands for
Maha is great and Atma means Soul, in sanskrit
In my home town, Ahmedabad, He is lovingly called “Bapu” which means Father in Gujarati
Father of my Nation- India
Real Name: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Birth Date: 2nd October 1869
Death : 30 January 1948

Comments

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omarabout 6 years ago

    Oh, Vulcan, this is absolutely the most wonderful tribute to one of the greatest men that ever
    lived…I have read so much of Mahatma….and have grown to love this man of peace….this says
    it all…He is looking down on you SMILING!!!!!!! Love & Hugs, Sally xxxxxxxxooooooooo

  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillabout 6 years ago

    So wonderfully well written, and one of my heros you wrote about. He was a most wonderful man, a true man of peace, not what was in it for him, but for India and all the peoples of India. I too would love to call him Bapu. love and hugsxxx

  • Thanks so much
    Hilary
    my honor
    a small soul like me paying homage to the Mahatma i.e. Great Soul and also beloved “Bapu”
    The pleasure is yours Hilary

    – Vulcan Spark Studios

  • amagala
    amagalaover 5 years ago

    Wonderful words, wonderful feelings.. You’re blessed to have been touched by him like so many others of us. He’s gone, but his spirit remains. Let’s hope more leaders will be touched by him as well… We need it so…

  • Well I gotta be touched coz i am from the same city where he started it all
    Bless You
    i think u wud know but still
    apart from the concept of nonviolence he also advocated the concept of vegetarinism and the whole Martin Luther King’s ideals were based on his.

    – Vulcan Spark Studios

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