Ways to be Simple
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Chapter - III
“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler;
solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weaknes
weakness.” - Henry David Thoreau
Great Men are Simple
The most renowned men in the world are all simple. List out the beacons who lead a great, yet simple life. They may be from different class, kind, clan and nationality. However, the common thread, which runs through all such names and personalities, is 'simplicity'. Here is a sample list:

The great Gowthama was not famous as a Prince, but he became world famous, after he became 'Buddha', leading a simple life, renouncing the charm of being a prince.

Same way, Jesus, Mohammed the prophet, Confucius, Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Mother Teresa, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swami Vivekananda, Arutperum jyothi Ramalinga Adigal, Guru Nanak, Mahaveer, Leo Tolstoy, Bernard Shaw, Albert Einstein, Poet Subramania Bharathi, 'Iron Man' Sardar Vallabhai Patel, Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, Thiruvalluvar, Tamil poetess Avvaiyaar, Rabindranath Tagore, Gopala Krishna Gokhale, Bala Gangadhara Tilak, Ramana, Arabindo, Raghavendra Swami, Swaminarayan, Dr. Ambedkar, C.Rajaji, Karma warrior Kamaraj, Kakkanji, Lalbahadur Sastri, Annadurai, the saint who ploughs through your mind, 'Live prosperously' Mahan. Vethathiri Maharishi,… and so on. If I again start listing such great souls of this soil, this book will be over flowing. Most of them listed here came from affluent background, but adorned simplicity. They never lived a pompous and rich life.

Gandhiji was from an affluent family and a Barrister from London. The world hails him not for his Barrister Law degree, but for his simple lifestyle, for living one among the masses, like a common person. He travelled the length and breadth of our country; saw the plight of many poor peasants wearing almost nothing except their loincloth.

He shed away lavish clothing and wore just a dhoti and a small towel on his frail shoulders. Even Winston Churchill ridiculed Gandhiji as, "Half naked fakir' from India. However, it was not the well-dressed suit attired Churchill, who won, but this so-called half-naked man of India, Gandhiji!

A small girl told her mother, " Ma, leave me for serving the Church. Let me become a nun!” Her mother refused and said, “You are still a small girl. Become 18 and then you can decide on your life path." After several years, the girl, now a grown-up woman, went to her mother again and retorted, "Ma, leave me now. I am 18. Let me become a nun."

The mother with tears rolling down her eyes, allowed her daughter to join the monastery. What is shocking is the fact that, after this incidence, the mother and daughter never met again!

The young nun, who reached the shores of Calcutta, saw the poor and downtrodden dying in the streets with no shelter, but for the sky as their roof. Many were dying due to hunger, in footpaths. She sheds tears for them. She goes to her seniors in the Church, asking them permission to serve the mankind instead of serving the Lord

She is an Albanian by birth, and white skinned. Will the locals accept her? She immediately sheds away her nun robes and gowns and wore a simple sari, the Indian attire. Do you know which sari she chose to wear? It was the saree that the sweepers of Calcutta wore, which just costed her Rs.2.00.

She is none other than the famous mother of deprived, down trodden and the beacon of hope for the destitute, the founder of Missionaries of Charity, Mother Teresa. Is there any other better example of a Great person leading a simpler life, yet becoming famous?

Other Simply Great personalities
The then Chief Minister of Tripura, Mr. Nirupan Chakraborthy was a bachelor. After his tenure, he went to live in a small rented room, leaving away the posh Government Bungalow. Do you want to know what he carried along when he vacated the Government accommodation? It was a simple trunk containing three sets of dresses!

The then Chief Minister of Kerala Namboodiripad donated all his ancestral property to his party, before entering politics.

The other Kerala Chief Minister Achyutha Menon was seen shopping like a commoner, the next day after his tenure ended. Even ex-Chief Minister A. K. Anthony is known for his simplicity even by his political adversaries.

A member of the parliament, who held various ministerial posts in the erstwhile Madras State Shri. Kakkan preferred to travel by public bus. During his last years, he could not even afford a private hospital and stayed in the general ward of a Government Hospital.

Mr. Kamarajar, the 'King maker', who was known for his ability to select the Prime ministerial candidate of India, was then the chief minister of Tamilnadu. He did not own even a small piece of land in this country, where we know that politicians who hold even the smallest of smaller posts, are having Swiss accounts to save discreetly their ill-gotten money.

Mr. Kamaraj did not even have a savings account in his name. Perarignar Anna, another erstwhile Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu is very famous for his great literary works, which he wrote squatting on the plain floor. Rajaji was also known for his simplistic lifestyle.

Guljari Lal Nanda, who was a minister for a long period in the Central Ministry, struggled in his late years unable to pay his room rent. He used to stitch his torn cloth to wear them again.

Is there anyone greater than these Great men I mentioned? Did the society boycott these men because they were simple? Even long after their death, they are remembered forever, as an epitome of simplicity. So, shall we all agree that simplicity is not to be ridiculed but to be hailed?

The recent incumbent president, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam is a living example for this generation. Similar to him, is also the current Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh. Both lead a very simple life.
 
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