Today is Gandhi's birth anniversary- the 147th. Known as "Mahatma" or "The Great Soul", he is a national hero & leader for India like no other. His life, his writings and above all, his actions stood for certain principles that are timeless and valuable to all of us across the world:
Holding onto Truth [satyagraha] & non-violence.
Equality, simplicity & compassion
Village craft & dignity of labor
Building character through communal life & work.
It is at the meeting point of village craft, communal life, simplicity & work that one finds "khadi" which means handspun or handwoven.