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When someone in Bengal requested a message from Gandhiji, he said four words in Bengali: ‘Amar Jivani Amar Vani’ — My life is my message. That means, he wished that his message should be found in his work and practice, rather than just in words. The purpose of presenting incidents of Gandhiji's life here, in the form of a ‘Gandhi Katha’, is to focus on several scattered incidents of his life in order to introduce ourselves to the manifestation of different levels of greatness of his life. Each of these incidents represents and bring out various powerful aspects of his grand personality. Each incident is a camphor lamp. It would be worth the effort if such a lamp provides and creates a special vision of the magnificent and beautiful life image of Gandhiji, which he generated and carved out from each and every moment of his life, before it extinguishes.

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Carlos G. Vallés was born in Spain in 1925, joined the Jesuits in Loyola at 15, and came as a missionary to India at 24. He took his M.A. degree in mathematics in Chennai, studied theology leading to the priesthood ordination in Pune, and resided for 40 years in Ahmedabad. He there thought mathematics at St Xavier’s College and Gujarat University, learned the Gujarati language, wrote and published more than a hundred books in that language, and obtained the Ranjitram Gold Medal in 1978. He also was awarded the Kumar price (1966) for his articles in newspapers and magazines, the Kalelkar award (1995) for his contribution to Gujarati culture, and the Radhakrishna Jaydalal Award (1997) for his work towards the universal harmony of all religions. For many years in Ahmedabad he lived as a wandering guest from house to house among families, a week in each house, in an authentic ‘viharyatra’. He went back to Spain in 1990 and now he resides in Madrid where he continues with his literary activities. He has his own web site www.carlosvalles.com which he updates every fifteen days.

Author(s) : Carlos G Valles

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