The Story of My Experiments With Truth by Mahatma Gandhi

bookshelves: autumn-2015, tbr-busting-2015, published-1993, nonfiction, india, autobiography-memoir, dip-in-now-and-again

Read from December 16, 2013 to September 10, 2015
Description: In 1999, this book was designated as one of the ”100 Most Important Spiritual Books of the Twentieth Century” by HarperCollins Publishers.

”When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall — think of it, always.” — Gandhi

A holy man to Hindus, a hero to Muslims, and a criminal to the British, Mohandas K. Gandhi was an inspiring figure of the twentieth century, a man whose quest to live in accord with God’s highest truth led him to initiate massive campaigns against racism, violence, and colonialism.

From his youthful rebellion against vegetarianism, to his successful law practice in South Africa, his struggle with his own sexual excesses, and his leadership of the movement to free India from British rule, Gandhi describes the story of his life as a series of spiritual ”experiments” and explains how he developed his concept of active nonviolent resistance, which propelled the Indian struggle for independence and inspired countless other nonviolent struggles.

(Translated from the original in Gujarati by Mahadev Desai.)

Narrator – Bill Wallace

Gasp! And there he was, meeting teh Blavatsky and Annie Besant…

I picked this up primarily wanting to know the reverse of Letter To A Hindu, not particularly wishing to find the spiritual but not willing to diss that aspect out of hand when faced full-on. This is wonderful, we get to find that the man was, as a youngster, a thief, a liar, and a con artist. From such humble beginnings came a great human being.

Blinking marvellous read. We were only given the snippiest snippet of his pernickety character/early life in the Attenborough film so it was lovely to acquaint myself with his version of events.
Fully recommended.

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