Baba said, "Fakir was the real Lordship as it was everlasting, and the so called Lordship was transient" in Sri Sai Satcharitra, Ch. VIII.
Those were dark days for Japan. A massive earth quake had hit the country. Millions were rendered homeless; famine broke out; disease followed; danger of anarchy loomed large.
The Emperor of the day realized that there must be an efficient administrator for the organization of relief measures – distribution of food, making available medical help and the provision of shelter to the homeless millions. There was only one man who was equal to the tremendous task – Kagawa.
Ironically enough, this great leader was in jail. He was released by a special order. The Government offered him a large salary, a huge residence, a car and all other comforts – if only he would undertake the task of organizing the relief.
Kagawa loved the poor folk. "Gladly will I accept this onerous responsibility, "he said. "But I shall accept no salary, no perquisites. To work with poor, I must be poor!"
Rightly is Kawaga known as the Gandhi of Japan.