Eknath Easwaran grew up in India and witnessed how Gandhi inspired people of all races, backgrounds, and religions to turn anger into compassion and hatred into love.
How had Gandhi transformed himself from an ineffective young lawyer into the Mahatma, the “great soul” who led 400 million ordinary men and women in their nonviolent struggle for independence? To find out, Easwaran visited Gandhi’s ashram and watched the Mahatma absorbed in meditation on the Bhagavad Gita – the wellspring of Gandhi’s spiritual strength.
Easwaran, a leading authority on the Bhagavad Gita and on spiritual living, explains the principles underlying Gandhi’s nonviolence. He highlights how we can all use Gandhi’s teachings to make our families, workplaces, and communities more peaceful in the world today.
More than 70 photographs illustrate his life, and a detailed chronology provides historical context.
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About the Author
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 Indian classics, The Bhagavad Gita, The Upanishads, and The Dhammapada are the best-selling English translations, and 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.
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
What People are Saying About This
"You and I can touch Gandhi's person and heart through this compelling creation." – Rajmohan Gandhi, Research Professor, University of Illinois, and author of Gandhi: The Man, His People, and the Empire