Mohandas Gandhi: Essential Writings

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Orbis adds to its Modern Spiritual Masters series with Mohandas Gandhi: Essential Writings, edited and introduced by John Dear. Dear, who writes that Gandhi's example "challenges us to become prophets and apostles of nonviolence," organizes the short selections thematically, arranging them around issues such as nonviolent resistance, the discipline of prayer and fasting, the search for God and the pursuit of truth. Dear has chosen accessible, passionate excerpts from Gandhi's writings, resulting in a valuable compendium for students and spiritual devotees.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570754326
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Modern Spiritual Masters Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,019,885
  • Product dimensions: 5.45 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Chronology of the Life of Mohandas Gandhi 11
Sources and Recommended Readings 15
Introduction: Mahatma Gandhi, Apostle of Nonviolence 17
1 My Life is My Message: Autobiographical Writings 49
To See God Face to Face 50
The Gita and the Sermon on the Mount 52
The Most Creative Experience of My Life 54
The Infinite Possibilities of Universal Love 56
Beginning a Life of Nonviolence 57
Building a New Community in India 60
My First Experiment in Nonviolence in India 61
The National Strike 65
The Spiritual Path of Nonviolence and Purity 66
2 The Search for God 69
God Is Truth and Love 70
The Unseen Power 71
Truth Is God 72
The Requirement of a Living Faith 73
Finding God through Serving Humanity 75
God Is within All of Us 77
Respect All Religions 78
Christ's Gospel of Love and Peace 78
Compassion and Solidarity with the Poor 80
Joy in the Search for God 81
3 The Pursuit of Truth 83
Devotion to Truth 84
The Method of Satyagraha 86
The Qualities of a Satyagrahi 89
The Willingness to Suffer for Truth 91
4 The Practice of Nonviolence 94
Nonviolence Is the Most Active Force in the World 96
Nonviolence Means Pure Love 101
Nonviolence is the Way of Truth and Peace 104
The Virtue of Nonviolence 106
Training in Nonviolence 107
Nonviolence Is the Rule of Life 114
Nonviolence Can Be Practiced by Nations 116
My Experience of Nonviolence 120
Nonviolence Belongs to the Brave 125
The Amazing Discoveries of Nonviolence to Come 127
Gandhi's Prayer for All 127
5 The Discipline of Prayer and Fasting 128
Prayer Is the Core of Life 129
Thy Will Be Done 131
Prayer Is a Longing for God 132
Prayer Purifies the Heart 132
The Humility of Prayer 133
The Practice of Prayer 134
Prayer Is Never Fruitless 136
My Experience of Prayer 137
A National Day of Prayer and Fasting 138
The Method of Fasting 139
A Daily Resolution 140
Gandhi's Prayer 140
The Weapon of Prayer 140
Leave the Results in God's Hands 141
Live a Saintly Life to Obtain Peace 141
God Gives Enough Light for the Next Step 142
6 The Urgent Need for Nuclear Disarmament 143
Nonviolence and Nuclear Weapons 144
Disarm Now or There Is No Hope for Peace 147
Gandhi's Last Words 147
7 The Life of Steadfast Resistance 149
Victory Is Ours: The Johannesburg, South Africa, Mass Meeting, September 11, 1906 150
Obeying the Divine Law, Resisting Unjust Laws 152
God Will Give Us Our Rights: Speech upon Release from Prison, Johannesburg, South Africa 154
To Serve with One's Whole Life: The Draft Constitution for the Satyagraha Ashram, Ahmedabad, India 155
The Hindu Mission of Nonviolence 158
Love Ever Dies: Satyagraha Leaflet Number 20, For the National Strike 159
The Great Trial: Statement to the Judge, 1922 160
Speech on the Eve of the Salt March to Dandi, March 11, 1930 161
The Jews in Germany and in Palestine 163
A Message to America, 1942 169
A Message to America, 1946 171
The Mission of Peace: The Work of the United Nations 171
Selected Letters 173
8 Epilogue 185
If One Gains Spiritually, the Whole World Gains 185
Peace Comes Only through Satyagraha 185
No More War, No More Greed 186
Take Up Nonviolence or We Are Doomed 187
Peace Comes through a Living Faith 188
Peace Comes from the Heart 189
The World of Tomorrow, a World of Nonviolence 189
The Gandhi Talisman 190
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