Lot 205GANDHI, MOHANDAS K[ARAMCHAND].
Autograph letter signed as "Bapu", two pages on a sheet of inexpensive paper, addressed to "My Dear Aprakash" and dated 12 April 1935 [12 4 35]. 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches (22 x 13.5 cm); about 35 lines written in purple ink. Some soiling, toning of paper, ink rusting at right margin, some separation at folds, a fragile document but with excellent legibility.
An extraordinary letter in which Gandhi greets a new disciple, and expounds on his philosophy of village industry. (Aprakash was an editor of The Tribune newspaper of Delhi, and later became one of Gandhi's secretaries during Indian independence.) The letter reads:
"My Dear Aprakash,
I have been wishing to write this for some time but preoccupations have prevented it until now. I regard you as a gift from God. You have come with the abundance of conviction like Mirabehn [i.e. Madeline Slade] and Mahendera [the son of Gopaldas Ambaidas Desai]. I therefore want you to master all the things one after another. One can master them because we want to become villagers & villagers activities do not need years of study, they require application.
Anyone therefore who has the will can do the thing. You have the will or you would not have come. You will therefore not merely become a master of the ghani. You will also acquire control over the carding bow, the spinning wheel, the chakki etc. I am in no hurry. I simply tell you of my expectation.
You must keep your body fit for all this manual labor. I therefore look to you to tell me, whatever your body may need."
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