Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth


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 satyagraha, or active nonviolent resistance, which propelled the Indian struggle for independence and countless other nonviolent struggles of the twentieth century.

In a new foreword, peace expert and teacher Sissela Bok urges us to adopt Gandhi's "attitude of experimenting. Of testing what will and will not bear...

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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 satyagraha, or active nonviolent resistance, which propelled the Indian struggle for independence and countless other nonviolent struggles of the twentieth century.

In a new foreword, peace expert and teacher Sissela Bok urges us to adopt Gandhi's "attitude of experimenting. Of testing 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789650060343
  • Publisher: Beta Nu Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,450,414
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Translator's Preface xix
Introduction xxiii
Part I
Chapter I Birth and Parentage 3
Chapter II Childhood 6
Chapter III Child Marriage 8
Chapter IV Playing the Husband 11
Chapter V At the High School 14
Chapter VI A Tragedy 19
Chapter VII A Tragedy (Contd.) 22
Chapter VIII Stealing and Atonement 25
Chapter IX My Father's Death and My Double Shame 28
Chapter X Glimpses of Religion 31
Chapter XI Preparation for England 35
Chapter XII Outcaste 39
Chapter XIII In London at Last 42
Chapter XIV My Choice 45
Chapter XV Playing the English Gentleman 48
Chapter XVI Changes 52
Chapter XVII Experiments in Dietetics 55
Chapter XVIII Shyness My Shield 59
Chapter XIX The Canker of Untruth 63
Chapter XX Acquaintance with Religions 67
Chapter XXII Narayan Hemchandra 72
Chapter XXIII The Great Exhibition 76
Chapter XXIV 'Called'--But Then? 78
Chapter XXV My Helplessness 81
Part II
Chapter I Raychandbhai 87
Chapter II How I Began Life 90
Chapter III The First Case 93
Chapter IV The First Shock 96
Chapter V Preparing for South Africa 100
Chapter VI Arrival in Natal 102
Chapter VII Some Experiences 105
Chapter VIII On the Way to Pretoria 109
Chapter IX More Hardships 113
Chapter X First Day in Pretoria 118
Chapter XI Christian Contacts 122
Chapter XII Seeking Touch with Indians 125
Chapter XIII What It Is to Be A 'Coolie' 128
Chapter XIV Preparation for the Case 131
Chapter XV Religious Ferment 135
Chapter XVI Man Proposes, God Disposes 138
Chapter XVII Settled in Natal 141
Chapter XVIII Colour Bar 145
Chapter XIX Natal Indian Congress 148
Chapter XX Balasundaram 153
Chapter XXI The [pound] 3 Tax 155
Chapter XXII Comparative Study of Religions 158
Chapter XXIII As a Householder 162
Chapter XXIV Homeward 165
Chapter XXV In India 168
Chapter XXVI Two Passions 172
Chapter XXVII The Bombay Meeting 175
Chapter XXVIII Poona and Madras 178
Chapter XXIX 'Return Soon' 180
Part III
Chapter I Rumblings of the Storm 185
Chapter II The Storm 188
Chapter III The Test 191
Chapter IV The Calm After the Storm 196
Chapter V Education of Children 199
Chapter VI Spirit of Service 202
Chapter VII Brahmacharya--I 204
Chapter VIII Brahmacharya--II 208
Chapter IX Simple Life 212
Chapter X The Boer War 214
Chapter XI Sanitary Reform and Famine Relief 217
Chapter XII Return to India 219
Chapter XIII In India Again 222
Chapter XIV Clerk and Bearer 225
Chapter XV In the Congress 227
Chapter XVI Lord Curzon's Darbar 229
Chapter XVII A Month with Gokhale--I 231
Chapter XVIII A Month with Gokhale--II 233
Chapter XIX A Month with Gokhale--III 236
Chapter XX In Benares 239
Chapter XXI Settled in Bombay? 243
Chapter XXII Faith on Its Trial 246
Chapter XXIII To South Africa Again 249
Part IV
Chapter I 'Love's Labour's Lost'? 255
Chapter II Autocrats from Asia 257
Chapter III Pocketed the Insult 259
Chapter IV Quickened Spirit of Sacrifice 262
Chapter V Result of Introspection 264
Chapter VI A Sacrifice to Vegetarianism 267
Chapter VII Experiments in Earth and Water Treatment 269
Chapter VIII A Warning 271
Chapter IX A Tussle with Power 274
Chapter X A Sacred Recollection and Penance 276
Chapter XI Intimate European Contacts 279
Chapter XII European Contacts (Contd.) 282
Chapter XIII 'Indian Opinion' 285
Chapter XIV Coolie Locations or Ghettoes? 287
Chapter XV The Black Plague--I 290
Chapter XVI The Black Plague--II 292
Chapter XVII Location in Flames 295
Chapter XVIII The Magic Spell of a Book 297
Chapter XIX The Phoenix Settlement 300
Chapter XX The First Night 302
Chapter XXI Polak Takes the Plunge 304
Chapter XXII Whom God Protects 306
Chapter XXIII A Peep into the Household 310
Chapter XXIV The Zulu 'Rebellion' 313
Chapter XXV Heart Searchings 315
Chapter XXVI The Birth of Satyagraha 318
Chapter XXVII More Experiments in Dietetics 320
Chapter XXVIII Kasturbai's Courage 322
Chapter XXIX Domestic Satyagraha 325
Chapter XXX Towards Self-Restraint 328
Chapter XXXI Fasting 330
Chapter XXXII As Schoolmaster 333
Chapter XXXIII Literary Training 335
Chapter XXXIV Training of the Spirit 338
Chapter XXXV Tares Among the Wheat 340
Chapter XXXVI Fasting as Penance 342
Chapter XXXVII To Meet Gokhale 344
Chapter XXXVIII My Part in the War 346
Chapter XXXIX A Spiritual Dilemma 348
Chapter XL Miniature Satyagraha 351
Chapter XLI Gokhale's Charity 355
Chapter XLII Treatment of Pleurisy 357
Chapter XLIII Homeward 359
Chapter XLIV Some Reminiscences of the Bar 361
Chapter XLV Sharp Practice? 363
Chapter XLVI Clients Turned Co-Workers 365
Chapter XLVII How a Client Was Saved 367
Part V
Chapter I The First Experience 373
Chapter II With Gokhale in Poona 375
Chapter III Was it a Threat? 377
Chapter IV Shantiniketan 380
Chapter V Woes of Third Class Passengers 383
Chapter VI Wooing 385
Chapter VII Kumbha Mela 387
Chapter VIII Lakshman Jhula 391
Chapter IX Founding of the Ashram 395
Chapter X On the Anvil 397
Chapter XI Abolition of Indentured Emigration 400
Chapter XII The Stain of Indigo 404
Chapter XIII The Gentle Bihari 406
Chapter XIV Face to Face with Ahimsa 409
Chapter XV Case Withdrawn 413
Chapter XVI Methods of Work 416
Chapter XVII Companions 419
Chapter XVIII Penetrating the Villages 422
Chapter XIX When a Governor is Good 424
Chapter XX In Touch with Labour 426
Chapter XXI A Peep into the Ashram 428
Chapter XXII The Fast 430
Chapter XXIII The Kheda Satyagraha 434
Chapter XXIV 'The Onion Thief' 436
Chapter XXV End of Kheda Satyagraha 439
Chapter XXVI Passion for Unity 441
Chapter XXVII Recruiting Campaign 444
Chapter XXVIII Near Death's Door 450
Chapter XXIX The Rowlatt Bills and My Dilemma 454
Chapter XXX That Wonderful Spectacle! 457
Chapter XXXI That Memorable Week!--I 460
Chapter XXXII That Memorable Week!--II 466
Chapter XXXIII 'A Himalayan Miscalculation' 469
Chapter XXXIV 'Navajivan' and 'Young India' 471
Chapter XXXV In the Punjab 475
Chapter XXXVI The Khilafat Against Cow Protection? 478
Chapter XXXVII The Amritsar Congress 482
Chapter XXXVIII Congress Initiation 486
Chapter XXXIX The Birth of Khadi 489
Chapter XL Found at Last! 491
Chapter XLI An Instructive Dialogue 494
Chapter XLII Its Rising Tide 497
Chapter XLIII At Nagpur 500
Farewell 503
Index 506
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2005

    Not what you would expect from an autobiography.

    This book must be read in context or else the reader will be disappointed. It is not the best book to read if you want to learn about Gandhi. It isn't much of an 'autobiography' in a typical sense. Gandhi doesn't directly cover the main events of his life that we know him today for. There is very little treatment about his non-violence movement and the protest marches. If you want to learn about the life of Gandhi, reading this book will leave you unfulfilled. For that, you're better off starting with Louis Fischer's 'Gandhi: His Life and Message for the World'. But Gandhi's Autobiography shows the reader how absolutely honest and humble he was. Gandhi exposes his idiosyncrasies, quirks, and his odd beliefs to anyone who cares to read. He completely downplays himself and his accomplishments by not writing about them and spends most of the pages dwelling on his faults, personal inner struggles, mundane aspects of his life, and strange experiments in diet. This is the closest anyone can get to glimpsing Gandhi's steam of consciousness and the ramblings of his mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2003

    A must read for the younger generation

    The younger generation is growing up with the news of war, violence, bombs, and missiles. They should know that non-violence was the only method used to free India from the colonial rule.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2001

    A must read for one and all.

    Gandhi's life is an open book. His thoughts on non-violence, truth, and perseverance are examples to whole mankind irrespective race, creed, nationality and gender. He exemplifies simple life and is an inspiration to one and all. His bravery needs no armies, guns, or bombs. Truth is his only weapon and the mighty British Empire crumbles. His love for people for all peoples and life is unprecedented. He says 'A nation's greatness is measured by the way it treats its animals'

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    Posted October 17, 2008

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