“I re­quested Bapu to al­low me to sleep sep­a­rately”

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Fe­bru­ary 25, 1947, Haim­char, Bi­har

Bapu told Bapa ( Am­rit­lal Thakkar was pop­u­larly called Thakkar Bapa) that Brah­macharya is one of the five com­mand­ments of re­li­gion and he was try­ing to pass that test. He said this was his yagna for at­mashud­dhi ( self- pu­rifi­ca­tion) and he can’t sus­pend it be­cause of the pub­lic opin­ion against it. Then Bapa told him that his def­i­ni­tion of Brah­macharya was quite dif­fer­ent from that of the com­mon

man and asked what would hap­pen if the Mus­lim League comes to know about it and uses it to make in­nu­en­dos. Bapu replied say­ing he won’t leave what he saw as his re­li­gion be­cause of a cer­tain fear and that he had told Birla ( G. D. Birla, in­dus­tri­al­ist) that if his mind is im­pure dur­ing the ex­per­i­ment and he was be­ing hyp­o­crit­i­cal, then he would die a mis­er­able death. Bapu also told Bapa that even if Val­lab­hb­hai ( Pa­tel) or Kishoreb­hai ( Mashruwala) leave him, he will con­tinue the ex­per­i­ment.

March 2, 1947, Haim­char, Bi­har

To­day Bapu re­ceived a se­cret let­ter from Bapa. He gave it to me for read­ing. The let­ter was so mov­ing that I re­quested Bapu to al­low me to sleep sep­a­rately from to­day for the sake of sat­is­fy­ing Bapa. When I told Bapa about my de­ci­sion, he said af­ter talk­ing to Bapu and me he was sat­is­fied with the aim of the ex­per­i­ment but my de­ci­sion to sleep sep­a­rately and bring an end to the ex­per­i­ment was proper. Then Bapa wrote a let­ter to Kishore­lal Mashruwala and Dev­das Gandhi that the chap­ter had now ended.

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GANDHI WITH THAKKAR BAPA IN MADRAS, 1946

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GANDHI WITH SAR­DAR VAL­LAB­HB­HAI PA­TEL IN SHIMLA, 1945

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