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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

The Charkha

"Take to spinning to find peace of mind. The music of the wheel will be as balm to our soul. I believe that the yarn we spin is capable of mending the broken warp and woof of our life. The charkha (spinning wheel) is the symbol for nonviolence on which all life, if it is to be real life, must be based."
Mahatma Gandhi - Harijan, April 27, 1947, p. 122


If you are interested to learn spinning on a charkha, you can get yourself one from Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan. (This box charkha was sourced from the Chennai outlet)
Peter Ruhe of GandhiServe Foundation very kindly shares useful links for getting started with your charkha.
Assembling the charkha
Spinning tips
Instruction manual
To participate in vibrant discussions on personal experiences with spinning, you may like to join a Charkha online community.
Should we see some significance in this year's Oct 2? Gandhiji certainly may wish for that, as each Indian celebrates a festival that day.
About the Charkha: It's easy to assemble; the compact box measures 41cm X 25cm X 10cm.
Listen to Vaishnava jana to...

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9 Comments:

Blogger Kat said...

You can truly kindle the interest and curiosity in people..!!!

As I'm a tai-chi student now, will someday try this.

Can see the meditational effect the charka has. True. Thank you for sharing.

01 October, 2008  
Blogger RAJI MUTHUKRISHNAN said...

Swarna, we have most of us forgotten what Gandhi and the charka stand for. A timely reminder.

02 October, 2008  
Blogger Swarna said...

Kat, Raji, thanks
Let's strive to live Gandhi-ism.

02 October, 2008  
Blogger Kat said...

Yes, yesterday me and my duaghter were watching the Gandhi movie... must be the 5th time or so. yet to get over the spell. What a great leader he was.

I liked that word 'strive'. Will surely do so, Swarna.

03 October, 2008  
Blogger Swarna said...

True, Kat
When I watched the movie the other day on TV, I heartily wished I could turn the clock back...

04 October, 2008  
Blogger Lakshmi Bharadwaj said...

wow, thanks for informing. i didn't know an online community for chakras existed. Sounds so interesting, trying to spin your own cloth!

05 October, 2008  
Blogger kallu said...

Swarna, it was great listening to vaishnava.. long long time. thanks
and the notes on the charka too. I find just doing a little embrodery (uncomplicated) and stitching on my saree falls very relaxing too.

10 October, 2008  
Blogger Inner Vision said...

Good reminder and the video were lovely. Thanks

12 October, 2008  
Blogger Swarna said...

Lakshmi,
As you may know, it is also a good stress-buster.

Kallu,
right, and gives you some satisfaction of creating something!

Inner Vision
Directing the thanks to YouTube.

16 October, 2008  

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