Charkha

Charkha is an instrument of service. T-2-253
The Charkha in the hands of a poor widow brings a paltry price to her, in the hands of Jawaharlal; it is an instrument of India’s freedom. T-6-32
The Charkha is an outward symbol of truth and nonviolence. T-5-265
The Charkha is intended to realize the essential and living oneness of interest among India’s myriads. T-2-215
The Charkha is the symbol of nonviolence on which all life, if it is to be real life, must be based. MM-405
The Charkha is the symbol of sacrifice, and sacrifice is essential for the establishment of the image of the deity. T-2-277
The Charkha supplemented the agriculture of the villagers and gave it dignity. MM-408
Seek ye first the Charkha and its concomitants and everything else will be added unto you. T-2-263
The Charkha, which is the embodiment of willing obedience and calm persistence, must therefore succeed before there is civil disobedience. XXV-587
Unless the charkha adds to your ahimsa and makes you stronger every day, your Gandhism is of little avail. T-5-24
The turning of the charkha in a lifeless way will be like the turning of the beads of the rosary with a wandering mind turned away from God. T-5-242
I believe that the yarn we spin is capable of mending the broken warp and woof of our life. MM-405
I claim that in losing the spinning wheel we lost our left lung. T-2-63
I crave to die with my hand at the spinning wheel. MM-406
I have called spinning the yajna of this age of India. XXVI-298
If Gandhism means simply mechanically turning the spinning wheel, it deserves to be destroyed. T-5-242
I have pinned my faith to the spinning wheel. On it, I believe, the salvation of this country depends. XXV-523
In my dream, in my sleep, while eating, I think of the spinning wheel. The spinning wheel is my sword. To me it is the symbol of India’s liberty. XXV-351
My heart is drawn backwards and forwards between the spinning wheel and books. T-2-108
For every minute that I spin, there is in me the consciousness that I am adding to the nation’s wealth. T-3-5
The spinning wheel and the spinning wheel alone will solve, if anything will solve, the problem of the deepening poverty of India. XXVI-292
The spinning wheel means national consciousness and a contribution by every individual to a definite constructive national work. XXVI-49
The spinning wheel is a symbol of nonviolence for me. T-5-290
He who spins before the poor, inviting them to do likewise, serves God as no one else does. TIG-136
I would like to assure those who would serve Daridranarayana that there is music, art, economy and joy in the spinning wheel. T-2-275
The spinning wheel is not meant to oust a single man or woman from his or her occupation. T-3-5
The spinning wheel is as much a necessity of Indian life as air and water. T-2-38
The spinning wheel is the one thing to which all must turn to in the Indian clime for the transition stage at any rate and the vast majority must for all time. T-2-63
The spinning wheel is itself an exquisite piece of machinery. My head daily bows in reverence to its unknown inventor. XXV-476
The spinning wheel for us is the foundation for all public corporate life. XXV-74
The spinning wheel is the auspicious symbol of sharir yajna, body labour. XXV-56
There is no better way of industrializing the villages of India than the spinning wheel. T-2-246
If you will express the requisite purity of character in action, you cannot do it better than through the spinning wheel. T-2-377
Every woman will tell the curious that with the disappearance of the spinning wheel vanished India’s happiness and prosperity. T-2-38
There is no “playing with truth” in the Charkha programme, for satyagraha is not predominantly civil disobedience but a quiet and irresistible pursuit of Truth. XXV-587
The socialism that India can assimilate is the socialism of the spinning wheel. T-3-284
The study of Indian economics is the study of the spinning wheel. XXV-561
The yajna of our age and for us is the spinning wheel. T-2-247
The foundation of service and your real training lie in spinning khaddar. XXVI-378-9
The restoration of spinning to its central place in India’s peaceful campaign for deliverance from the imperial yoke gives her women a special status. T-5-206
Without proper, careful organisation of the spinning wheel and khaddar, there is absolutely no civil disobedience. XXVI-246
There is a vital connection between satyagraha and charkha, and the more I find that belief challenged, the more I am confirmed in it. T-5-264
The music of the spinning wheel will be as balm to your soul. MM-405
Every widow I have met has recognized in the wheel a dear forgotten friend. T-2-38
It was our love of foreign cloth that ousted the wheel from its position of dignity. T-2-63
When the wheel was accepted as part of the national flag, it was surely implied that the spinning wheel would hum in every household. T-3-300
Hand-spinning is designed to put millions of rupees in the hands of the poor villagers. MM-409
If hand-spinning is an effective method of making India self-supporting, it must be made part of the franchise. XXV-317
My Swaraj takes note of bhangis, dheds, dublas and the weakest of the weak, and except the spinning wheel I know no other thing which befriends all these. XXV-564
A plea for the spinning wheel is a plea for recognizing the dignity of labour. T-2-63
Hunger is the argument that is driving India to the spinning wheel. T-2-63
India as a nation can live and die only for the spinning wheel. T-2-38
Just as there are signs by which you can recognize violence with the naked eye, so is the spinning wheel to me a decisive sign of nonviolence. T-5-277
Nothing can so quickly put the masses on their legs as the spinning wheel and all it means. XXVI-538
Restore the spinning wheel to its place and you will solve the problem of poverty. XXVI-292
The cause of the spinning wheel is too great and too good to have to rest on mere hero-worship. T-2-229
If the poet* spun for half an hour daily, his poetry would gain in richness. T-2-215 (The reference here is to poet Rabindranath Tagore).
If we are true servants of the masses, we would take pride in spinning for their sake. T-3-300
One hour spent in spinning should be an hour of self-development for the spinner. T-7-381
There is no yajna (sacrifice) greater than spinning calculated to bring peace to the troubled spirit, to soothe the distracted student’s mind, to spiritualize his life. XXV-577

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