So you heard, didn’t you? About the great man sleeping naked with a girl on each side, also naked? (nothing happening, of course, but still….). If you haven’t, what world are you living in?. Read on now.
I am not even remotely qualified to make a comment on the life (style) of such an eminent and great soul. I can only wonder that his greatness seems to diminish by this unique “experiment” (the only in the entire world, through the entire history) but at the same time the same greatness is enhanced manifold by his frank and straight forward admission when the act was discovered and by his insistence upon continuing with it till end of his life. He called it atmashuddhi yagna (soul purification act) but forgot to think how it affected his partners of the experiments. I wonder how he would react if his wife, whom he left alone since he was 37, in the name of (his) celibacy , started sleeping naked with two naked men, for she never wanted celibacy apparently. If you strike a chord on a sitar, you hear music and you are amused. Do you ever think what pains the tightly stretched wire is itself experiencing? Similarly, did the Mahatma gave any thought to what psychological and physical effects would be on his partner girls?
Below I am reproducing the article about this “experiment” from India Today magazine.
(I thank my friend Dinesh Chugh for lending me the India Today magazine copy)