Gandhi the Man

How One Man Changed Himself to Change the World
Narrated by: Paul Bazely
Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (158 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This is the story of Gandhi's spiritual evolution - the turning points and choices that made him not just a great political leader but also a timeless icon of nonviolence.

Eknath Easwaran grew up in India and witnessed how Gandhi inspired people of all races, backgrounds, and religions to turn anger into compassion and hatred into love.

How had Gandhi transformed himself from an ineffective young lawyer into the Mahatma, the "great soul" who led 400 million ordinary men and women in their nonviolent struggle for independence? To find out, Easwaran visited Gandhi's ashram and watched the Mahatma absorbed in meditation on the Bhagavad Gita - the wellspring of Gandhi's spiritual strength.

Easwaran, a leading authority on the Bhagavad Gita and on spiritual living, explains the principles underlying Gandhi's nonviolence. He highlights how we can all use Gandhi's teachings to make our families, workplaces, and communities more peaceful in the world today.

This audiobook is a complete narration of Easwaran's Gandhi the Man but excludes the short Foreword, and the Afterword ("How Nonviolence Works") that are by other writers.

©1997 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (P)2009 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation

Critic Reviews

"Comes closer to giving some sense of how Gandhi saw his life than any other account I have read." (Bill McKibben, New York Post)  

"Every few pages, the text is interspersed with something Gandhi said or wrote - I resonated with almost every quote.... You cannot deny the life and spirit of this man. It leaps out at you from every page. And so, in the end, it's a great book. Simply because of the strength of the man and his words, this book has an emotional/spiritual power that you can't help but notice." (NewPages.com) 

"Its great contribution is its emphasis on the spiritual foundation of Gandhi's life journey." (The Nonviolent Activist)

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Narration left a lot to be desired

What didn’t you like about Paul Bazely’s performance?

I thought the narrator was mocking the accents of Indian people in general. I personally didn't think, there was any need for that accent.

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The secret behind Gandhi’s wisdom and power

Though I was born and raised in India, like many Indians, I never asked how he could influence hundreds of millions of people. This book written by Eknath Easwaran, goes to the heart of Gandhi’s enormous strength and wisdom, which turns out to be The Bhagavad Gita. I am deeply grateful to the author for bringing out the source that shaped Gandhi’s character, conduct and consciousness.

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Gandhis transformation inspires ours

This is to say that gandhi the man is an outstanding book I had hoped to read but audible made it super easy. Bravo.

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My hero

We should all be like this loving man. He loved India so much all Hindu Seik andMusslim.

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Poor vocal rendition

Prejudiced towards the Indian accent, the narrator has made a hash of his version of Gandhi's voice. It is jarring to hear him pronounce Indian words. It made me wince at all such utterances. Definitely a Thumbs Down for the narration.

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Great book. truly inspiring

loved it. truly inspiring. shows us how we can all be part of Gd's Will and Love

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Insightfull listen - learn Ahimsa and integrity

What does it mean to realy live and breathe in full harmony - ahimsa - non violence - and how this effect your actions and choices.
A very insightfull story about the power of true aligned integrity represented by Ghandi

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Amazing life

Everyone should aspire to such a transformation. Meditation. Gandhi is a great role model. Renounce and enjoy 🙏

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Great

What did you love best about Gandhi the Man?

his strong will and compassion for human race

Who was your favorite character and why?

Gandhi, he is the centre of the transformation story

Which character – as performed by Paul Bazely – was your favorite?

Gandhi, Paul Bazely did a great job here, his voice and style fit the story perfectly

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

this is one of the greatest audiobooks that i have ever listened to

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Paul Bazely is a great narrator, I wish there is allot of books narrated by him

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A beautiful inspiring biography

Listening to how Gandhi lived his life and how he approached the issues of living gives me a great way to aspire to become a better person!

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  • 06-05-19

Truely inspirational

I have enjoyed this book deeply and was moved by Gandhi’s example and life. It brought my own life into review and made me to ask the question, how can I love more, serve more, be more...?

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  • 05-30-19

Perfect summary

Love this summarised version. And loved the impersonations as it brings out what he said.

Gandhi summed it all up as ‘renounce’ and ‘enjoy’ from the Gita.

Great intro for those seeking to understand Gandhi.