In India, during the 1930’s, a child consumed so much sugar that his mother became desperately concerned with his welfare. She pleaded with him, and attempted all the means at her disposal to get him to stop. But, he would not. She became so discouraged that she packed him up to see his idol, Mahatma Gandhi. They had to travel a great distance over a very hot terrain. When she arrived she told Gandhi about her dilemma, confident that he would have wisdom to share with her and her son.
“Bapu (Father), my son eats too much sugar. It is not good for his health. Would you please advise him to stop eating it?”
Gandhi considered, pondered for a time then said: “Please come back after two weeks. I will talk to your son.”
Perplexed, she agreed to do as Gandhi said. So she made the difficult, hot sojourn home. After two weeks passed, the mother and son again made the journey back to see Gandhi.
Gandhi faced the boy directly and said, “Boy, you should stop eating sugar. It is not good for your health.”
The youth consented, and made an oath that he would not continue his habit. Confounded, the mother turned to Gandhi and inquired, “Bapu (Father), Why didn't you tell him that two weeks ago when I brought him here to see you?"
Gandhi nodded and spoke softly into her ear, "Mother, at that time I was not qualified to advise the little one because I too, was eating a lot of sugar.”