Soldier of Peace
Fearlessness is indispensable for the growth of the other noble qualities. How can one seek Truth, or cherish Love, without fearlessness?
We are constantly being astonished at the amazing discoveries in the field ofviolence. But I maintain that far more un- dreamt of and seemingly impossible discoveries will be made in the field ofnonviolence.
It happened in a dormitory room at Sarva Seva Sangh's national headquarters in Benares, at a meeting to organize relief for flood victims in Bihar state.
In came Narayan Desai -- head of the National People's Committee, director of training for Sarva Seva Sangh, right-hand man to Jayaprakash Narayan during the first months of the Bihar Movement, and longtime leader of Shanti Sena, the Gandhians' "Peace Army " -- one of the top Gandhians. He was carrying a wooden box, about the size of a large telephone directory.
When he had settled himself cross-legged on a cot, he opened the box by a hinge at one end and began rearranging the contents. Soon, with one hand, he was turning a wheel inside the box. As the mechanism gave off a soft buzz, he drew out, with the other hand, a fine white line of cotton yarn. When his arm had stretched to its limit, he wound the yarn back onto a spinning metal needle and began again. He kept this up throughout