He alone deserves to be called an inmate of the Ashram who has ceased to have any worldly relation - a relation involving monetary interests-- with his parents or other relatives, who has no other needs save those of food and clothing and who is ever watchful in the observance of the eleven cardinal vows. Therefore he who needs to make savings, should never be regarded as an Ashram inmate.
- M. K. Gandhi
Within the vicinity of the Ashram a small hut which was constructed for Parchure Shastri, who was suffering from severe wet leprosy for a number of years and had come to Sevagram to die in peace, has also been maintained properly. Parchure Shastri was a co-prisoner of Gandhiji in jail. He was a Sanskrit Scholar. When Gandhiji found him lying on the roadside in a pit he was deeply touched and got Parchure Shastri removed to the Ashram for shelter. Bapu started massaging his wounds with his own hands. The inmates of the Ashram hesitated to follow even Gandhiji's example for several days. They were mortally afraid of leprosy. But Gandhiji's example ultimately proved infectious and several co-workers took up the massage work in right earnest. After some weeks Parchure Shastri improved considerably and Gandhiji began to utilise his services for teaching Sanskrit to some of the children of the community. The Maharashtra scholar was also requested to solemnise several marriages in the Ashram, specially between Harijans and the caste Hindus.
Gandhiji's eagerness towards the service of mankind could be realised from this incidence.