The Essential Gandhi: An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas

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Vintage Books, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 338 pages
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Mohandas K. Gandhi, called Mahatma (“great soul”), was the father of modern India, but his influence has spread well beyond the subcontinent and is as important today as it was in the first part of the twentieth century and during this nation’s own civil rights movement. Taken from Gandhi’s writings throughout his life, The Essential Gandhi introduces us to his thoughts on politics, spirituality, poverty, suffering, love, non-violence, civil disobedience, and his own life. The pieces collected here, with explanatory head notes by Gandhi biographer Louis Fischer, offer the clearest, most thorough portrait of one of the greatest spiritual leaders the world has known.
“Gandhi was inevitable. If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable. . . . We may ignore him at our own risk.” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

With a new Preface drawn from the writings of Eknath Easwaran

In the annals of spirituality certain books stand out both for their historical importance and for their continued relevance. The Vintage Spiritual Classics series offers the greatest of these works in authoritative new editions, with specially commissioned essays by noted contemporary commentators. Filled with eloquence and fresh insight, encouragement and solace, Vintage Spiritual Classics are incomparable resources for all readers who seek a more substantive understanding of mankind's relation to the divine.
 

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Contents

Beginnings of a Great Man
3
Gandhi in England 2I 3 Gandhi Fails
27
The Method Is Born
31
The Struggle
58
Victory in South Africa
75
Facing the British in India ioi 8 Segregation in India II6 9 Civil Disobedience Succeeds i 2 i
130
Gandhis Road to Jail
142
The Power of the Mind
156
The Liberty March
224
How to Enjoy Jail
236
Fast Against Indian Prejudice
241
Blueprint for a Better Life
246
Gandhi on Socialism and Communism 24 Gandhi About Himself
268
Gandhis Advice to Negroes
280
Love Versus War and Dictators
284
Quit India
295

National Independence Is Not Enough
164
Gandhis Message to All Men
173
Gandhis Political Principles
182
Sex Sanitation and Segregation
207
Independence and Sorrow
307
Last Victory
322
Suggestions for Further Reading Index
325
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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, also known as Mahatma Gandhi, was a major political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian Independence movement. Born in 1869 in British India, he was the pioneer of Satyagraha--a philosophy that is concerned with truth and resistance to evil through active, non-violent resistance. He led India to independence from Britain and inspired movements for freedom and civil rights around the world. Gandhi lived a simple life, organizing an ashram that was self sufficient and even made his own clothes. He lived on a vegetarian diet and later on a fruitarian diet. He often underwent long fasts, for both self purification and for protest.He was assassinated in 1948 in New Delhi, India.

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