Reminiscences of Kasturba Gandhi
She Stood Above Me
- M. K. Gandhi
Ba was not behind me in any essential respect. If anything she stood above me.
But for her unfailing co-operation
I might have been in the abyss. . . . . she helped me to keep
wide awake and true to my vows. She stood by me in all my political fights and
never hesitated to take the plunge in the current sense of the word, she was
uneducated; but to my mind she was a model of true education. She was a devoted
Vaishnava. But she had obliterated all feeling of caste from her mind and
regarded a harijan girl with no less affection than her own children. She
personified the ideal of which Narasimha Mehta has sung in the
Vaishnavajan Hymn. There were occasions when I was engaged in a grim wrestle
with death. During my Aga Khan Palace fast, I literally came out of death's
jaws. But she shed not a tear, never lost hope or courage but prayed to God with
all her soul.