The Value of a Copper Coin

 
Contributed by : Ravina Sewani   
The Value of a Copper Coin

This is a story of Mahatma Gandhi.

Moral(s) of the story: gratitude and helpfulness

Mahatma Gandhi, honored as the father of India, was a very special person. The following story illustrates one of the reasons for him to be called ‘Mahatma’ (great soul).

Once, Gandhi went on an expedition to collect funds from various cities and villages for an organization to help the poor. He went to several places and finally reached Orissa. He organized a meeting in Orissa.

There, he gave a speech to the public, requesting them to give him funds for the organization. At the end of his speech, a very old woman with bent back, tattered clothing, white hair, and shrunken skin got up. She requested the volunteers to allow her to reach Gandhi. However, the volunteers stopped her. She did not give up. She fought with them and reached Gandhi.

She touched the feet of Gandhi. Then she took out a copper coin kept in the folds of her saree and placed it at his feet. Then the old lady left the stage.

Gandhi very carefully took the coin. The treasurer of the organization for the poor asked Gandhi for the copper coin, but Gandhi refused to give it.

“I keep cheques worth thousands of rupees,” said the treasurer. “Yet you won’t trust me with a copper coin!”

Gandhi said, “This copper coin is worth much more than those thousands. If a man has several lakhs and gives away a thousand or two, it doesn’t mean much.”

This poor old lady gave away the only coin she possessed. She did not even have proper clothes and could not even afford good food. Yet she gave everything she had. That is why Gandhi regarded the coin as very precious.




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