An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth

An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth

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by Mohandas K. Gandhi
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807059099

ISBN-13: 9780807059098

Pub. Date: 11/28/1993

Publisher: Beacon Press

Mohandas K. Gandhi is one of the most inspiring figures of our time. In his classic autobiography he recounts the story of his life and how he developed his concept of active nonviolent resistance, which propelled the Indian struggle for independence and countless other nonviolent struggles of the twentieth century.

In a new foreword, noted peace expert and teacher

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Overview

Mohandas K. Gandhi is one of the most inspiring figures of our time. In his classic autobiography he recounts the story of his life and how he developed his concept of active nonviolent resistance, which propelled the Indian struggle for independence and countless other nonviolent struggles of the twentieth century.

In a new foreword, noted peace expert and teacher Sissela Bok urges us to adopt Gandhi's "attitude of experimenting, of tesing what will and will not bear close scrutiny, what can and cannot be adapted to new circumstances,"in order to bring about change in our own lives and communities.

All royalties earned on this book are paid to the Navajivan Trust, founded by Gandhi, for use in carrying on his work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807059098
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Publication date:
11/28/1993
Edition description:
None
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
100,352
Product dimensions:
5.39(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.65(d)
Lexile:
1010L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Forewordxi
Translator's Prefacexix
Introductionxxiii
Part I
Chapter IBirth and Parentage3
Chapter IIChildhood6
Chapter IIIChild Marriage8
Chapter IVPlaying the Husband11
Chapter VAt the High School14
Chapter VIA Tragedy19
Chapter VIIA Tragedy (Contd.)22
Chapter VIIIStealing and Atonement25
Chapter IXMy Father's Death and My Double Shame28
Chapter XGlimpses of Religion31
Chapter XIPreparation for England35
Chapter XIIOutcaste39
Chapter XIIIIn London at Last42
Chapter XIVMy Choice45
Chapter XVPlaying the English Gentleman48
Chapter XVIChanges52
Chapter XVIIExperiments in Dietetics55
Chapter XVIIIShyness My Shield59
Chapter XIXThe Canker of Untruth63
Chapter XXAcquaintance with Religions67
Chapter XXIINarayan Hemchandra72
Chapter XXIIIThe Great Exhibition76
Chapter XXIV'Called'--But Then?78
Chapter XXVMy Helplessness81
Part II
Chapter IRaychandbhai87
Chapter IIHow I Began Life90
Chapter IIIThe First Case93
Chapter IVThe First Shock96
Chapter VPreparing for South Africa100
Chapter VIArrival in Natal102
Chapter VIISome Experiences105
Chapter VIIIOn the Way to Pretoria109
Chapter IXMore Hardships113
Chapter XFirst Day in Pretoria118
Chapter XIChristian Contacts122
Chapter XIISeeking Touch with Indians125
Chapter XIIIWhat It Is to Be A 'Coolie'128
Chapter XIVPreparation for the Case131
Chapter XVReligious Ferment135
Chapter XVIMan Proposes, God Disposes138
Chapter XVIISettled in Natal141
Chapter XVIIIColour Bar145
Chapter XIXNatal Indian Congress148
Chapter XXBalasundaram153
Chapter XXIThe [pound] 3 Tax155
Chapter XXIIComparative Study of Religions158
Chapter XXIIIAs a Householder162
Chapter XXIVHomeward165
Chapter XXVIn India168
Chapter XXVITwo Passions172
Chapter XXVIIThe Bombay Meeting175
Chapter XXVIIIPoona and Madras178
Chapter XXIX'Return Soon'180
Part III
Chapter IRumblings of the Storm185
Chapter IIThe Storm188
Chapter IIIThe Test191
Chapter IVThe Calm After the Storm196
Chapter VEducation of Children199
Chapter VISpirit of Service202
Chapter VIIBrahmacharya--I204
Chapter VIIIBrahmacharya--II208
Chapter IXSimple Life212
Chapter XThe Boer War214
Chapter XISanitary Reform and Famine Relief217
Chapter XIIReturn to India219
Chapter XIIIIn India Again222
Chapter XIVClerk and Bearer225
Chapter XVIn the Congress227
Chapter XVILord Curzon's Darbar229
Chapter XVIIA Month with Gokhale--I231
Chapter XVIIIA Month with Gokhale--II233
Chapter XIXA Month with Gokhale--III236
Chapter XXIn Benares239
Chapter XXISettled in Bombay?243
Chapter XXIIFaith on Its Trial246
Chapter XXIIITo South Africa Again249
Part IV
Chapter I'Love's Labour's Lost'?255
Chapter IIAutocrats from Asia257
Chapter IIIPocketed the Insult259
Chapter IVQuickened Spirit of Sacrifice262
Chapter VResult of Introspection264
Chapter VIA Sacrifice to Vegetarianism267
Chapter VIIExperiments in Earth and Water Treatment269
Chapter VIIIA Warning271
Chapter IXA Tussle with Power274
Chapter XA Sacred Recollection and Penance276
Chapter XIIntimate European Contacts279
Chapter XIIEuropean Contacts (Contd.)282
Chapter XIII'Indian Opinion'285
Chapter XIVCoolie Locations or Ghettoes?287
Chapter XVThe Black Plague--I290
Chapter XVIThe Black Plague--II292
Chapter XVIILocation in Flames295
Chapter XVIIIThe Magic Spell of a Book297
Chapter XIXThe Phoenix Settlement300
Chapter XXThe First Night302
Chapter XXIPolak Takes the Plunge304
Chapter XXIIWhom God Protects306
Chapter XXIIIA Peep into the Household310
Chapter XXIVThe Zulu 'Rebellion'313
Chapter XXVHeart Searchings315
Chapter XXVIThe Birth of Satyagraha318
Chapter XXVIIMore Experiments in Dietetics320
Chapter XXVIIIKasturbai's Courage322
Chapter XXIXDomestic Satyagraha325
Chapter XXXTowards Self-Restraint328
Chapter XXXIFasting330
Chapter XXXIIAs Schoolmaster333
Chapter XXXIIILiterary Training335
Chapter XXXIVTraining of the Spirit338
Chapter XXXVTares Among the Wheat340
Chapter XXXVIFasting as Penance342
Chapter XXXVIITo Meet Gokhale344
Chapter XXXVIIIMy Part in the War346
Chapter XXXIXA Spiritual Dilemma348
Chapter XLMiniature Satyagraha351
Chapter XLIGokhale's Charity355
Chapter XLIITreatment of Pleurisy357
Chapter XLIIIHomeward359
Chapter XLIVSome Reminiscences of the Bar361
Chapter XLVSharp Practice?363
Chapter XLVIClients Turned Co-Workers365
Chapter XLVIIHow a Client Was Saved367
Part V
Chapter IThe First Experience373
Chapter IIWith Gokhale in Poona375
Chapter IIIWas it a Threat?377
Chapter IVShantiniketan380
Chapter VWoes of Third Class Passengers383
Chapter VIWooing385
Chapter VIIKumbha Mela387
Chapter VIIILakshman Jhula391
Chapter IXFounding of the Ashram395
Chapter XOn the Anvil397
Chapter XIAbolition of Indentured Emigration400
Chapter XIIThe Stain of Indigo404
Chapter XIIIThe Gentle Bihari406
Chapter XIVFace to Face with Ahimsa409
Chapter XVCase Withdrawn413
Chapter XVIMethods of Work416
Chapter XVIICompanions419
Chapter XVIIIPenetrating the Villages422
Chapter XIXWhen a Governor is Good424
Chapter XXIn Touch with Labour426
Chapter XXIA Peep into the Ashram428
Chapter XXIIThe Fast430
Chapter XXIIIThe Kheda Satyagraha434
Chapter XXIV'The Onion Thief'436
Chapter XXVEnd of Kheda Satyagraha439
Chapter XXVIPassion for Unity441
Chapter XXVIIRecruiting Campaign444
Chapter XXVIIINear Death's Door450
Chapter XXIXThe Rowlatt Bills and My Dilemma454
Chapter XXXThat Wonderful Spectacle!457
Chapter XXXIThat Memorable Week!--I460
Chapter XXXIIThat Memorable Week!--II466
Chapter XXXIII'A Himalayan Miscalculation'469
Chapter XXXIV'Navajivan' and 'Young India'471
Chapter XXXVIn the Punjab475
Chapter XXXVIThe Khilafat Against Cow Protection?478
Chapter XXXVIIThe Amritsar Congress482
Chapter XXXVIIICongress Initiation486
Chapter XXXIXThe Birth of Khadi489
Chapter XLFound at Last!491
Chapter XLIAn Instructive Dialogue494
Chapter XLIIIts Rising Tide497
Chapter XLIIIAt Nagpur500
Farewell503
Index506

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An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will change your perspective of gandhi as being a mahatma, and a saint. One can clearly understand the other side of gandhi, the self questioning youngman and the dilemmas he faced on being caught in the middle of history. It shows his broad perspective of life and the book definitely offers insight into what could have made the man into what he was. But the book has no account of the period when he refined his concepts of satyagraha and of his involvement in the freedom struggle. This is not a history book, but a book that offers a glimpse into his thought process and his principles, and how he conceived them in the first place. Some of the events that gandhi describes in the book are surprising. Among these is his first introduction to the bhagavad gita through reading Edwin Arnold's translation of Gita(Light of Asia), and his shame of his ignorance of hinduism. Equally surprising is his stand towards the british empire, whom he goes forth to serve among the ambulance corps in the boer war and in other ways during worldwarI. A very good book if one were to try to understand this great person.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mathatma Gandhi is a truly inspirational man. He has defeated an entire country, which was very strong at that, without npthing but his mouth. Did you know that many-including Martin Luther King Jr.-were inspired by him? If you wish to feel almost enturely in his presence, visit his abode in Ahmadhabad, India. Mother Bharat (India) will dearly welcome those who wish to prosper and be blessed by Her holiness.
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Very good goes onto detail and is compleatly about mahat ma ghandis life
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This, as Mahatma Gandhi says himself, is no ordinary autobiography. Gandhi wanted not to write an autobiography about himself, but instead about the things that he has done to accomplish his nonviolent goals, and Gandhi did this in hopes that people in other areas of the world would agree with him and imitate him. This book, written mostly while Gandhi was in prison his these very ideals, does eactly that. It brings across Gandhi's message of peace, equality, nonviolence, and human harmony. Along with this, it gives the reader an idea of where Gandhi came from, and what influenced him to believe these things. Gandhi was an incredible man, and this novel was extremely informative, passionate, and inspirational. I would strongly recommnd this to anyone interested even slightly in human rights, or just history in general.
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I was hesitant when was about to purchase this book, but decided to give it a try. Then found myself reading thoroughly each and every page more than once. This book has had a profound effect on my life, iin terms of 'everything' that it delivers. You are reading Gandhi's mind and not his words. Peering into the humbleness he carried even when called a 'saint'. I very much recommend it to people.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It has change several aspects of my life and the way I used to view them.
Bo-Wilson More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful piece! His prose is fantastic. The book's substance could provide spiritual and intellectual sustenance for ages. An added bonus is that Gandhi truly inspires one to look at one's diet in regard to spirituality. A very practical and inspiring book.