Happy Charkha Jayanti! Sarvodaya! Toward the uplift of all.
October 2nd, 2011 marks the 142nd birthday of Mohandas Karamachand Gandhi. Instead of celebrating his image as a Mahatma or a great nonviolence leader, Gandhi insisted that his birthday be called “Spinning Wheel Birthday.” The spinning wheel, or charkha, was at the heart of the Indian Freedom Struggle as a form of constructive programme, i.e. building a better world while the former world dissolves. Every day, thousands of Indians spun khadi in order to break free from their dependency of the British Empire’s monopoly on cloth (from the cotton they were producing in India), weakening the lie of colonial domination with every spin. Spinning was a concrete sign of participating in the movement: a person didn’t go to jail or to protests every day, instead she or he committed to produce cloth and, in doing so, kept the movement alive and positive.
via Nonviolence Inspiration of the Week: Charkha Jayanti. from Metta Center