Mahatma Gandhi and Good Health

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Today – Oct 2nd is  M K Gandhi’s  Birthday, also known as “Father of the Nation”.  We all know Gandhi-ji  for his immense contribution to India’s freedom struggle, non-violence movement and his experiments with truth. However, there is little known about his immense contribution to healthcare in India.

While in South Africa, Gandhiji had written several articles on health ( no blogs  in those days 🙂 )Gandhi for Indian Opinion under the “Guide to Health” topic. Later, Gandhiji wrote these chapters while he was confined in the Aga Khan Palace at Poona during 1942-1944.  To him the subject was so important that he hesitated to release them at once,and took time to go through them again and again till the treatment was to his full satisfaction.He intended to correct these chapters if his ever-growing experience so dictated. The original was written in Gujarati and Gandhiji got it translated into Hindi and English by Dr. Sushila Nayar under his own guidance. He also went through both the translations to give them the final touches.

You can refer and download this from

http://www.scribd.com/doc/8656632/MAHATMA-GANDHI-ON-HEALTH

Also,Vaishnava jana to is one of the most popular Hindu Bhajans, written in the 15th century by the poet Narsinh Mehta. It is in Gujarati . The bhajan was included in Mahatma Gandhi’s daily prayer.  A good version of this sung by Lata Mangeshkar is available for listening at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIvCtJEispY

Happy Gandhi Jayanthi to all !!!

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