Overview

An essential compendium for understanding Gandhi's profound legacy.

"One has to speak out and stand up for one's convictions. Inaction at a time of conflagration is inexcusable."—Mahatma Gandhi



The basic principles of Gandhi's ...
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Gandhi on Non-Violence

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Overview

An essential compendium for understanding Gandhi's profound legacy.

"One has to speak out and stand up for one's convictions. Inaction at a time of conflagration is inexcusable."—Mahatma Gandhi



The basic principles of Gandhi's philosophy of non-violence (Ahimsa) and non-violent action (Satyagraha)
were chosen by Thomas Merton for this volume in 1965. In his
challenging Introduction, "Gandhi and the One-Eyed Giant," Merton
emphasizes the importance of action rather than mere pacifism as a
central component of non-violence, and illustrates how the foundations
of Gandhi's universal truths are linked to traditional Hindu Dharma,
the Greek philosophers, and the teachings of Christ and Thomas Aquinas.



Educated
as a Westerner in South Africa, it was Gandhi's desire to set aside the
caste system as well as his political struggles in India which led him
to discover the dynamic power of non-cooperation. But, non-violence for
Gandhi "was not simply a political tactic," as Merton observes: "the
spirit of non-violence sprang from an inner realization of spiritual
unity in himself." Gandhi's politics of spiritual integrity have
influenced generations of people around the world, as well as civil
rights leaders from Martin Luther King, Jr. and Steve Biko to Václav
Havel and Aung San Suu Kyi.



Mark Kurlansky has written an
insightful preface for this edition that touches upon the history of
non-violence and reflects the core of Gandhi's spiritual and ethical
doctrine in the context of current global conflicts.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Editor Thomas Merton, who also provides an intro, took the best of Ghandi's nonviolence teachings and compiled them into this 1965 volume. Original publisher New Directions updates with a new preface by Mark Kurlansky.


—Michael Rogers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811220125
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/30/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 901,531
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Educated as a Westerner in South Africa, Mahatma Gandhi's desire to set aside the caste system as well as his political struggles in India, led him to discover the dynamic power of non-cooperation.
Thomas Merton (1915-1968) entered the Cistercian Abbey of
Gethsemani in Kentucky, following his conversion to Catholicism and was
ordained Father M. Louis in 1949. During the 1960s, he was increasingly
drawn into a dialogue between Eastern and Western religions and domestic
issues of war and racism. In 1968, the Dalai Lama praised Merton for
having a more profound knowledge of Buddhism than any other Christian he
had known. Thomas Merton is the author of the beloved classic The
Seven Storey Mountain
.
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