In 1999, this book was designated as one of the "100 Most Important Spiritual Books of the Twentieth Century" by HarperCollins Publishers.
A holy man to Hindus, a hero to Muslims, and a criminal to the British, Mohandas K. Gandhi was an inspiring figure of the 20th 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.
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A good read, but lots that I didn't care about. I have more and less (moral) respect for Ghandi now that I've listened to it. He was bound to a a strict conscience without a doubt. I don't know that I would recommend this over any of the biographies written about him....
I learned a lot about Ghandi from this book. He wasnt really a religious figure, definitely interested in spirituality (as in, how to be in a life-giving state of being) but could not really spell out his Hindu beliefs until after he came in contact with a lot of evangelical Christians in South Africa (which was post-college, beginning his career). Those people drew him to begin to try to articulate his religion. He was most influenced by John Ruskins 'unto this last', Tolstoy's 'the kingdom of god is within you' and Jesus' sermon on the mount (Matthew 5-7). He could not accept the exclusivity of evangelical Christianity, but valued and even took part in many christian beliefs and practice especially when the result was love, joy, peace etc... Despite his Christian influences He read the Bhagavad Gita in a more devotional manner than he did the Bible or any other religious works.
He was really a principle driven lawyer. He had a strong conscience that he endeavors to be faithful to. There are countless times when doctors tell him to drink milk for his health, but he will not as he was different forms of vegan his whole life. A lot of the book is dedicated to describing court cases with which he was involved. He would not take any case which was false. One time he was tricked and recommended to the judge the case be dismissed.
This book is dedicated to his experiments with truth. Everything was an experiment to him, I like that mindset a lot, it is ok to fail. He experimented a lot, even with his own family. He spent a lot of time away from his wife and kids (his marriage was pre-arranged). And later decided he would seek bramacharrya aka celibacy.
I also enjoyed hearing him talk about various Eastern ways of thinking and his endorsement of smaller class sizes/customization of education...mostly 1 on 1!
In retrospect, Gandhi and his emphasis on celibacy and dedication to law and only mild connection to previous theological thinking reminds me a lot of Augustine. Obviously a little different on the specific religion angle, but If they get past their religions, I think they are buddies...maybe Gandhi is Augustine reincarnated. hah!
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True simple soul !
M.K. Gandhi, because of his experiments, commitments and delivery through truth.
It made me think a lot and touched my inner self.
Ghandi yes, Bill Wallace, depends.
The telling/reading in my opinion did not match the book. Bill Wallace's performance is casual, at times flippant-like and does not match the content. I would have loved for this to be read by someone different. Had a hard time finishing it, in fact I skipped some pieces.
Gandhi has a wonderful memory and recalls significant events in his life. He identified how to contunue an improvement in the human race and challanges your thoughts toward self.
Yes I love when people tell their own story.
This is a fantastic book. I think it is a must read for everyone. However the narration does not do this book the justice it deserves.
This was a bit of a strange book. I was expecting something more poignant around the life changing events in Gandhi's life. Instead this book revolves around Gandhi's belief in Brahmacharya (celibacy) and vegetarianism. There is some information on his early career and his education as a barrister but beyond that it is a very long book with a lot of white space.
This is the autobiography of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, covering his life from early childhood through to 1920. It was ooriginally written in weekly installments and published in his journal Navjivan from 1925 to 1929 because of this the narrative is not a continuous story but is instead a collection memories in a rough timeline. With that said it is an incredible look into the growth and development of a pivotal, historical figure. I had to smile as he was far from perfect even at his best and that made me feel better about my own development and for someone famous for great compromises he was very certain that he was right in his beliefs and that others ought to capitulate to his superior sensibilities out of plain common sense. i highly recommend this novel and the narration is superb.
I simply cannot stop listening to that. I did not know beforehand Gandhi has written its autobiography. The story told this way (directly by
I got suprised with many details he tells about his story and youth.
He interpretates Gandhi thougths, fears and doubts very well. He is very good at it.
I have not finishet it yet, and have listen to ~4 hours. I am always thinking about what will come next! Very intersting!
Very, very long and boring audio. I did not finish it. It assumes you know the political events and personalities of the day in South Africa, England & India. To much detail of areas that did not seem worth mentioning at all. On the positive side it gave detailed insights into his thought process. It showed things like his lack of confidence when young and his characteristic of sticking to his principles no matter the cost for himself and those he was responsible for. To give an example when his son was deathly sick and the doctors said to give him meat he decided against that in order to stick with his beliefs.
I have nothing personally against Gandhi. I unfortunately purchased this book thinking it would focus more on the political events of his life but instead was centered more around his experiments with celibacy and eating nothing but fruits to name a few topics that are covered.
I still have great respect for the Ghandi's accomplishments but I'm just not interested in his philosophical reference, more the actual events that occurred because of him.
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