Mahatma Gandhi’s Wife and the Tribute She Wrote For Him

by TheOasisWithin


This love letter is so devout and true that it reverberated a vibration of sincere love, gratitude, and contentment in my heart. It is a tribute written dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi from his wife, Katsurbai Gandhi. So, I decided to share it with you all:

” I thank you for having had the privilege of being your life-long companion and helpmate. I thank you for the most perfect marriage in the world based on brachmacharya (self-control) and not on sex. I thank you for having considered me your equal in your life work for India. I thank you for not being one of those husbands who spend their time in gambling, racing, women, wine, and song, tiring of their wives and children as the little boy quickly tires of his childhood toys. How thankful I am that you were not one of those husbands who devote their time growing rich on the exploitation of others.

How thankful I am that you put God and country before bribes, that you had the courage of your convictions and a complete and implicit faith in God. How thankful I am for a husband who put God and his country before me. I am grateful to you for your tolerance of me and my shortcomings of youth, when I grumbled and rebelled against the change you made in our mode of living, from so much to so little.

As a young child, I lived in your parents’ home; your mother was a great and good woman; she trained me, taught me how to be brave, courageous wife and how to keep the love and respect of her son, my future husband. As the years passed and you became India’s most beloved leader, I had none of the fears that beset the wife who may be cast aside when her husband has climbed the ladder of success, as so often happens in other countries. I knew that death, would still find us husband and wife. ”

– Katsurbai Gandhi