El Amor Materno de un Hombre / A Man’s Motherly Love

–por Vinoba Bhave (Oct 3, 2014) [English below]

El-Bapu“Aprendí la lección de noviolencia de mi esposa cuando traté de doblegarla a mi voluntad. Su abierta resistencia a mi voluntad, por una parte, y su tranquila sumisión a sufrir mi estupidez, por otra, acabaron por hacer que sintiese vergüenza de mí mismo y me sanaron de mi estupidez de pensar que había nacido para gobernarla; y por último se convirtió, pues, en mi maestra de noviolencia.” –Gandhi

Muchas de las grandes personas son compasivas y amorosas. Esconden la sabiduría mientras muestran compasión. Gandhiji era una de ellas. Compasión y amor le hicieron trabajar para el pueblo hasta el final.

Tod@s le aceptaban tal como era, porque les hablaba a tod@s a su mismo nivel. Si alguien le dolía el estómago, Gandhiji le sugería un remedio. Si una pareja tenía un malentendido conyugal por alguna razón, ell@s iban corriendo para recibir el consejo de Gandhiji. Él, por su parte, en medio de asuntos importantes, encontraba el tiempo para dedicarse a los problemas personales de ell@s, tomaba un interés en ell@s y les ofrecía un consejo apropiado. Hablaba como una madre, respondía como una madre y entonces mucha gente, sin dudar, corrían hacia él. Así, su compasión encontró un camino de expresión.

Entre l@s niñ@s, él era un niño. Entre mujeres él era una de ellas. Le hablaban sinceramente. Tod@s pensaban que era un miembro de la familia.

Tod@s aqell@s cerca de él le llamaban Bapu (Dad). […] Pero cuando pienso en Bapu pienso en él más como una madre que como un padre. Nuestras sagradas escrituras dicen: “La gloria de la madre es mil veces la del padre.” Bapu era tanto como una madre como un padre.

Cuando quiera que pensamos en él, la calidad que más se me viene a la mente es su amor. Su amor era sentido tanto por aqull@s que estaban lejos como por aquell@s que estaban cerca de él. De todas sus cualidades su amor y compasión eran las principales. Así encontramos en Bapu una conexión entre el pasado y el futuro, una gran persona que personificó el espíritu de la época, un pensador social del tipo que crea leyes, un gran ser humano desbordando amabilidad y amor materno.

 

— Vinoba en Vinoba On Gandhi, capítulo Grandeza Única, compilación de Kanti Shah.  [Ilustración ofrecida como un regalo anónimo :-)]


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“I learnt the lesson of nonviolence from my wife, when I tried to bend her to my will. Her determined resistance to my will, on the one hand, and her quiet submission to the suffering my stupidity involved, on the other, ultimately made me ashamed of myself and cured me of my stupidity in thinking that I was born to rule over her and, in the end, she became my teacher in nonviolence.” –Gandhi


Many great people are compassionate and loving. They hide wisdom while showing compassion. Gandhiji was one of them. Compassion and love made him work for people to the last.

Everyone accepted him as his own, for he talked with everyone from his own level. If someone had a pain in the stomach, Gandhiji would suggest a cure. If a couple had conjugal misunderstanding for some reason they would run to Gandhiji for advice. He in his turn, in the midst of important preoccupations, would find time to devote to their personal problems, take keen interest in them and offer suitable advice. He talked as a mother, responded as a mother and so many people unhesitatingly ran to him. Thus his compassion found expression.

Among children he was a child. Among women he was one of them. They talked to him frankly. Everyone thought he was a member of the family.

All those close to him called him Bapu (Dad). […] But when I think of Bapu I think of him more as a mother than as a father. Our holy books say: “The glory of the mother is a thousand times that of  the father”. Bapu was as much a mother as he was a father.

Whenever we think of him, the quality that comes most strongly to mind is his love. His love was experienced as much by those who were far away as by those who were near him. Of all his qualities his love and compassion were the chief. Thus we found in Bapu a link between the past and the future, a great person who embodied the spirit of the age, a social thinker of the class of the law-givers, a great human overflowing with kindness and motherly love.

 

— Vinoba in Vinoba On Gandhi, chapter Unique Greatness, compilation by Kanti Shah. [Illustration offered as an anonymous gift :-)]

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