The Talisman

I will give you a talisman.

Whenever you are in doubt or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test: Recall the face of the poorest and weakest man you have seen and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him.

Will he gain anything by it?

Will it restore him to a control over his own life and destiny?

In other words, will it lead to Swaraj (freedom/empowerment) for the hungry and spiritually starving millions?

Then you will find your doubts and your self melting away.

~ Mahatma Gandhi

* The Talisman is a special object or amulet believed to confer on its bearer supernatural powers and protection. It is also thought to bring healing and success. The word “talisman” has its origins in the Arabic “tilsam” and from the Greek verb “teleo” which means primarily to accomplish, to bring into effect or to initiate into the mysteries.