Khadi is the sun of the village
Khaddar was conceived with a
much more ambitious object, that is, to make our villages
The Khadi spirit means
fellow-feeling with every human being on earth.
The Khadi spirit means also an
Khaddar delivers the poor from
the bonds of the rich and creates a moral and spiritual bond between the
classes and the masses.
Khaddar does not displace a
single cottage industry.
Khaddar brings a ray of hope to
the widows broken-up home.
Khaddar has the greatest
organizing power in it because it has itself to be organized and because
it affects all India.
Khaddar is an activity that can
absorb all the time of all available men and women and grown-up
children, if they have faith.
Khadi service, village service
and the Harijan service are one in reality, though three in
Khadi will be the sun of the
whole industrial solar system.
Khadi mentality means
decentralization of the production and distribution of the necessaries
Khadi has been conceived as the
foundation and the image of ahimsa. A real khadi-wearer will not utter
an untruth. A real khadi-wearer will harbour no violence, no deceit, no
I had bargained for a khaddar
hut, but I was insulted with a khaddar palace.
I would ask you to come in
khadi, for khadi links you with the fallen and the
Even if masses of people were to burn
khadi publicly and say that it is and insane programme, I will
declare that those people have gone mad.
My Swadeshi chiefly centers round the
hand-spun khaddar and extends to everything that can be and is
produced in India.
Khaddar of my conception is
that hand-spun fabric which takes entirely the place of mill cloth in
Khadi to me is the symbol of
unity of Indian humanity, of its economic freedom and equality and,
therefore, ultimately, in the poetic expression of Jawaharlal Nehru,
the livery of Indias freedom.
Khadi will cease to have any
value in my eyes if it does not usefully employ the
All the order industries will receive
warmth and sustenance from khadi industry.
Boycott brought about anyhow of
British cloth cannot yield the same results as such boycott brought
about by hand spinning and khaddar.
Coal is not dear for the coal-miner
who can use it there and then, nor is khadi dear for the villager who
manufactures his own khadi.
Even as satyagraha is a weapon unique
of its kind and not one of the ordinary weapons used by people, so is
khadi, a unique article of commerce which will not, cannot, succeed on
terms common to other articles.
For a firm believer in Swadeshi, there
need be no Pharisaical self-satisfaction in wearing
Handsome is not he who is handsomely
clothed, handsome is he who handsome does.
If we have the khadi spirit in us,
then we should surround ourselves with simplicity in every walk of
Organization of khaddar in
infinitely better than co-operative societies of any other form of
The art that is in the machine-made
article, appeals only to the eye; the art in khadi appeals first
to the heart and then to the eye.
The foundation of service and your
real training lie in spinning khaddar.
Knowledge without devotion will be
like a misfire.
Knowledge and devotion, to be true
have to stand the test of renunciation of the fruits of
True knowledge gives a moral standing
and moral strength.
The dry knowledge of the three Rs is
not even now, it can never be, a permanent part of the villagers
Krishna of the Gita is perfection and
right knowledge personified; but the picture is
What will tell in the end will be
character and not a knowledge of letters.
Without devotion, action and knowledge
are cold and dry and many even become shackles.
Knowledge of the tallest scientist or
the greatest spiritualist is like a particle of dust.
One rupee can purchase for us Poison
or nectar, but knowledge or devotion cannot buy us either salvation or
The renunciation is the central sun,
round which devotion, knowledge and the rest revolve like
My Varnashrama refuses to bow the head
before the greatest potentate on earth, but my Varnashrama compels me to
bow down my head in all humility before knowledge, purity, before every
person where I see God face to face.