Gandhi the Man: How One Man Changed Himself to Change the World [NOOK Book]


This is the moving story of a nonviolent hero, illustrated with more than 70 photographs, and told by a highly respected author who grew up in Gandhi’s India.

Gandhi’s life continues to inspire and baffle readers today. How did an unsuccessful young lawyer become the Mahatma, the “great soul” who led 400 million Indians in their struggle for independence from the British ...
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This is the moving story of a nonviolent hero, illustrated with more than 70 photographs, and told by a highly respected author who grew up in Gandhi’s India.

Gandhi’s life continues to inspire and baffle readers today. How did an unsuccessful young lawyer become the Mahatma, the “great soul” who led 400 million Indians in their struggle for independence from the British Empire? What is nonviolence, and how does it work?

Easwaran answers these questions and gives a vivid account of the turning points and choices in Gandhi’s life that made him an icon of nonviolence. Easwaran witnessed at firsthand how Gandhi inspired ordinary people to turn fear into fearlessness, and anger into love. He visited Gandhi in his ashram to find out more about this human alchemy, and during the prayer meeting watched the Mahatma absorbed in meditation on the Bhagavad Gita, the scripture that was the wellspring of his spiritual power.

Quotations highlight Gandhi’s teachings in his own words, and sidebar notes and a chronology, new to this updated edition, provide historical context.

This book conveys the spirit and soul of Gandhi – the only way he can be truly understood.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586380670
  • Publisher: Nilgiri Press
  • Publication date: 4/11/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 669,491
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Eknath Easwaran (1910 – 1999) was born in South India and grew up in the historic years when Gandhi was leading India nonviolently to freedom from the British Empire. As a young man, Easwaran met Gandhi, and the experience left a lasting impression.

Following graduate studies, Easwaran joined the teaching profession and later became head of the department of English at the University of Nagpur.

In 1959 he came to the US with the Fulbright exchange program and in 1961 he founded the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, which carries on his work with publications and retreats.

Easwaran’s translations of the Indian spiritual classics (The Bhagavad Gita, The Upanishads, and The Dhammapada) are all bestsellers in their field. More than 1.5 million copies of his books are in print.

Easwaran lived what he taught, giving him enduring appeal as a teacher and author of deep insight and warmth.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Michael N. Nagler 7

Introduction Gandhi: Then & Now 15

Chapter 1 The Transformation 25

Early years in India, London, & South Africa

Chapter 2 The Way of Love 59

Nonviolence in South Africa & India

Chapter 3 Mother & Child 125

The Bhagavad Gita as the source of spiritual strength

Chapter 4 Gandhi the Man 149

Nonviolence in all the affairs of life

Chronology, Maps, & Notes 173

Afterword: How Nonviolence Works Timothy Flinders 187

Further Reading 205

Acknowledgments 207

Index 209

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

    The REAL Gandhi

    This beautiful little book from Nilgiri Press, with its attractive cover and myriad photos, belies its simple but revelatory title. It goes behind the political persona of the Ghandi we all know so well to reveal the power that produced his political genius: his unshakable faith and devotion to the spiritual ideals contained in India's ancient text, the Bhagavad Gita, which he called his "mother" and upon which he meditated daily. Few Gandhi biographers, it seems to me, have pointed this out. In fact, I was happy to find actually the Gita passage that influenced him most on pages 146-7 of this 200-page, original gem of a book. As a language professor for many years, I would say also that it is perfect for the classroom.

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  • Posted March 22, 2011

    A treasure!

    From front to back cover, this book cannot help but draw you in. Pick it up and simply flip through it: with even more photographs than before - all of them digitally restored - you'll see Gandhiji walking and laughing in the pages. And the detailed chronology with map and notes make this a useful reference for anyone - young and old - trying to understand the historical stage on which he lived.

    Easwaran's introduction (not in the previous edition) brings to light his deep desire to understand Gandhiji's mesmerizing effect on Easwaran himself as well as the circle in which he lived. His quest to discover the underlying cause prompted a visit to Gandhi's ashram so that he could spend time with the Mahatma, and understand the deep inner transformation that Gandhiji underwent - to the end of his life - so that his every action was consistent with his deepest beliefs.

    I love Easwaran's ability to unlock historical events by illustrating, for example, how by conserving his anger at injustice and harnessing it instead through "the fierce discipline of satyagraha", Gandhiji became an instrument for the welfare of both British and Indians alike. Ultimately, as we see here, Gandhi's actions are far from "political"; instead, they are driven by a deeper understanding of the unity of life. There is no book on Gandhi that captivates my heart as much as this one, or shows me how to become even a small part like him, through my own inner transformation.

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  • Posted March 22, 2011

    An extraordinary book!

    This is an extraordinary book. Not only because Gandhi is one of the most extraordinary figures in recent history but because this book gets at the basis for the remarkable way he conducted his life - first and foremost as a person of deep faith and compassion. Easwaran has drawn on Gandhi's wide-ranging writings to show how his spiritual and political philosophy developed between 1893 when he first travelled to South Africa and his assassination in 1948. There are marvelous vignettes throughout book about the effect Gandhi had on supporters and foes alike. One such poignant relationship was the one he shared with Abdul Ghaffar Khan who came to be called "the frontier Gandhi". In a sharp counterpoint to today's Afghanistan, Abdul Ghaffar Khan created a non-violent force of a 100,000 Pathans who voluntarily laid down their arms and devoted themselves to non-violent resistance in the North West Frontier of British India. This latest edition is filled with digitally restored photos, which bring the characters vividly to life. There is also a useful chronology pp. 173-185, which will please history buffs and students.

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