Nandalal Bose abandons his shoesNandalal Bose was good friends with the great Mahatma Gandhi, who was highly venerated all over India and throughout the world. Once Gandhi and Bose went out for a walk to the beach. The artist entered into the water, but Gandhi stayed on the beach to take care of Nandalal's shoes because there were many people around and Gandhi did not want the shoes to be stolen. Gandhi usually liked to stroll along the beach, walking to and fro, but instead he just stood in front of the shoes, watching over them.
When the artist came out of the water, he was deeply embarrassed that Gandhi, who was so great, had had to look after his shoes while he was enjoying a swim. So he decided to give up wearing shoes.
Sri Chinmoy, Transfiguration and other stories, Agni Press, 2007