Attire and the actions should matchArriving at the Sabarmati Ashram, the monk liked the atmosphere there. He approached Gandhiji for permission to spend the rest of his life there. Gandhiji said: It is our good fortune that you are staying here. But you have to give up this attire.
The monk asked: Am I not a monk? Why leave this costume then?
Gandhiji replied: I told you to leave not asceticism, but to change the costume only. If you walk here in this guise, the ashram residents will not allow you to do any work here. Moreover, they will rush to serve you out of respect for you. We are all people who can serve each other.
The costume will tell the attitude and deeds. One's clothing is a clear example of condition and function. The costume of a king and a servant is different. The outward appearance of the leader is not to a follower. It is not the actions that are suitable for the attire, but the attire that is suitable for the actions is acceptable to people.
It is unbelievable that anyone in a position of authority wearing a scepter and crown and telling loudly they are servants. Not enough ordinary clothes and facilities to serve the common people? If you are not able to get acquainted and assimilate, then do not tell the service is the mission. Respecting those in authority is enough, there is no need to decorate. No one has a greater obligation to love and help one another.