The Mahatma asked the mother and son to see him after a week.
After a week or so , Mahatma Gandhi called the mother and the son to his house. He took the boy aside and looked him in the eye and said " You are very important for your mother's happiness and your health worries her, It is my wish that you follow doctor's orders and stop taking salt in your diet ".
The boy who was in awe of the Mahatma was so pleased with the Mahatma worrying about him,agreed at once . He turned to his mother and said" no more salt for me Ma."
The relieved mother stood puzzled for a while and asked Gandhiji "But Bapuji, you could have told him this when we came a week ago, why didn't you?"
To this Gandhiji replied"But madam at that time I was taking salt in my diet and it has taken a week for me to give up salt myself. How can I advice your son to eat a diet without salt with a clear conscience? How can I tell someone to do something which I myself do not practice .
This is the great man who said" Be the change you want to see in the world".