Gandhiji on Trusteeship


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Following are some of Gandhiji’s favourite quotes from the Gita:

Na twaham kamep rajyam na swarnam na puparbhavam
Kamaye dukh taptanam praninamarti nashwam

Neither I desire a Kingdom nor do I crave for heaven or salvation, I simply desire the end of miseries of all creatures who are afflicted with grief.

Javata Priyate Dehuh Tavatsatva Hidehinam
Adhikam yo bhibhanayat sa stano Dand marhati

As much as is necessary for one’s own living only that much is one entitled to have. One who has excess of this is a thief and deserves punishment.

Ishtan bhogan hi wo deva dasyante yagna bhavitah
Tairdattan pradaryabhyo yo bhangyakte sten aiv sah

Fostered by sacrifice (hard work) you will get all enjoyments. He who enjoys it without sacrifice and giving in return is undoubtedly a thief.

These words from the Gita shaped Gandhiji’s thoughts on┬áhis concept of trusteeship of wealth.Following is an explanation of the concept in his own words:

‘Suppose I have earned a fair amount of wealth either by way of legacy or by means of trade and industry. I must know that all that belongs to me is the right to an honorable livelihood no better than what is enjoyed by million of others, the rest of my wealth belongs to the community and is to be used for the welfare of the community.’ Read more of this post

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