• Gandhi the Man

  • How One Man Changed Himself to Change the World
  • By: Eknath Easwaran
  • Narrated by: Paul Bazely
  • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (230 ratings)

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Gandhi the Man

By: Eknath Easwaran
Narrated by: Paul Bazely
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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.

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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

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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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This book has moved to center stage in my life. I am 67 years old, practicing internal medicine and addiction medicine for over 36 years. I meditate on Chapter 3 of this book either when I am alone, or with my patients, at least three times daily. It contains the CURE for addictive illness.

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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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Excellent book. Extremely informative. And definitely one to order.

This is a very well written important work. I highly recommend purchasing this. History is not complete without understanding Gandhi.

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Too short :-)

I was very touched and moved by this story. However, the title "Gandhi the Man" implies that it would also address more earthly, mundane matters, such as Gandhi’s complex relationships and responsibilities to his wife and children, but it never did.
I felt the performance was perfect. I loved the different accents that the reader skillfully used: American, when Americans were speaking, Indian, when Indians were speaking, and British, when British were speaking, etc. These accents added tremendous texture and clarity to the book for me.

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Agape love for all mankind, no matter the race or color of ones akin, no matter ones flaws.

Agape love towards all mankind no mater their race or color of their skin. Not matter their economic status

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Must listen but disappointing performance

I’d recommend the book to everyone interested in a new perspective of viewing the world. However, the performer could have done better by avoiding the Indian accent, as it just sounds plain raciest or a mockery.

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Must read for modern times

This inspired me, challenged me and filled me with hope in ways that I can live my life in service and help for the common good of humanity, honouring our Creator.

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Bio life story example

Detach and serve others with all your heart and love. Renounce and enjoy. Clearly that is the message of this story. Many self reflections arose as I listened.

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