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  • Indeed, the Bhoodan movement unfolded on a large scale, but it's important to clarify that magnitude was not the ultimate aim. It was the human change, the spirit of love and generosity that I wished to evoke. When a villager willingly gave a part of his land to his landless neighbor, it was not the act of donation that was significant. Rather, it was the transformation in the heart of the giver - from possessiveness and fear, towards love and empathy.

    Small or large, all scales are significant in service. What is essential is that we remain sincere and dedicated in our efforts, whether we touch one life or a thousand lives. For example, if we are able to bring tranquility and unity in one village, it may seem small in comparison to the world's population. However, it stands as a beacon of hope, a model for others to learn from and replicate.

    While it is critical not to shy away from grand endeavors, we must not let the magnitude intimidate us into inaction. The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step, and likewise, societal transformation begins with changing one heart at a time. Remember, it is the depth of change that matters, not just the breadth.

    Furthermore, societal change should not be coerced or forced upon people. It should be accepted and welcomed by them. That is why I emphasized eliciting agreement and co-operation among people when initiating any program. Only when the people voluntarily participate and share the vision of a more compassionate society, can any movement have a lasting effect.

    To summarize, let us not constrain ourselves to the scales of change. Instead, let us be like a humble gardener, planting the seeds of compassion, non-violence, and service, wherever there is fertile ground. Whether those seeds grow into towering trees or delicate flowers, let us rejoice in their blooming. Patience, dedication, and faith in the principle of non-violence will guide us through our journey of societal transformation.
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