I have never tried, for I have always believed God to be without form. The book can't possibly do justice to a modern spiritual master who some would claim is more an example of Christ-like living than anyone. The man who flies from suffering is the victim of endless tribulation before it has come to him and is half dead when it does come. He was 24 and he gave his first public speech. Training is necessary as well for Civil Disobedience as for armed revolt. His methods against British are well known and have been described in these later parts of the book.
He exposed even the innermost personal thoughts which individuals usually regard as private. It is more than the fact that it is packed with a bunch of quotes you might find on dentist office posters or written on your mirror though which there are plenty of that I will note at the end of this review. He had his own way of assessing students and made it a point to encourage those students who were weak in their studies, something that he implemented in Phoenix Farm, outside Johannesburg. Gandhi, political liberator of India and Hindu spiritual master, sought to translate Jesus' Sermon on the Mount into a practical political philosophy. The press declared me to be innocent and condemned the mob. Gandhi's heart and soul were lost in translation. Also do not make qualitative statements that will diminish your authority.
He became a leader of Muslims protesting the declining status of the Caliphate. As much as I enjoyed the narrative quality of the way Ghandi's writings were organized and the historical background interspersed throughout, I can't help but feel the editor was a little too heavy handed here. In this book you will know how Gandhi has transformed himself from an ordinary man to an extraordinary personality. The editing was poor, and it tended toward taking a paragraph here and there from different writings and pasting them together. Leave the outward expression, the doctrine, the dogma and the form and behold the unity and oneness of spirit.
The Power of the Mind 14. Experience in South Africa shows that Indians will neither deserve nor gain the respect of their European neighbors until they give unmistakable signs of their own capacity for self-respect. Not something people in the U. If he was such an expert, how could he bring himself to do the exact opposite of what Gandhi strived to do? Only his desire for humanity drove him towards national movement, but neither political reasons nor patriotism could do it. Throughout the book you will come across his different views of life and humanity.
It must be sheathed if Islam is to be what it means---peace. I'll be thinking about this into the unforeseeable future. He had more success in trying to abolish the untouchables among the Hindus than he did in resolving Hindu-Muslim conflict; he sadly lived to see massive communal violence around the time of independence. The book weaves together some of the Great Soul's best writings and introduces us to his beliefs, political views, philosophies and his relationship with his own spirituality. The pieces collected here, with explanatory head notes by Gandhi biographer Louis Fischer, offer the clearest, most thorough portrait of one of the greatest spiritual leaders the world has known. He had a difficult relationship with his wife and in mastering his lust for her.
Belief and Human Welfare 18. The Vintage Spiritual Classics series offers the greatest of these works in authoritative new editions, with specially commissioned essays by noted contemporary commentators. Full indexes make the material easily accessible. The Method Is Born 5. Could Gandhi have been Gandhi and still put his family first? Had to make myself read it, which I very seldom make myself do. He often underwent long fasts, for both self purification and for protest.
He refused to prosecute them: I have no anger against them. Gandhi was born in India in 1869, he was married at the age of 13, and went to England to study to be a lawyer in 1888. The son of a senior government official, Gandhi was born and raised in a Hindu Bania community in coastal Gujarat, and trained in law in London. Facing the British in India 8. I found much of his writing inspiring. You will know what other strong reasons that led him towards it. Born in 1869 in British India, he was the pioneer of Satyagraha--a philosophy that is concerned with truth and resistance to evil through active, non-violent resistance.
The author did provide fastidious footnotes for the quotes, but I really wouldn't want to have to check that many sources by hand. If you were a school student in India, you must have studied this and written the sentence while preparing essays, answers and passages. It enhanced the prestige of the Indian community in South Africa and made my work easier. . For example, they let us know which features and sections are most popular. Love versus war and dictators -- 27.
His was a remarkable case of second birth in one life time. Gandhi's achievements give us hope that if we embrace our enemies with love and compassion, and constantly battle our own demons and vices, then we have a real chance at living in this world free of war, violence and bloodshed. Starting out I kind of had pre-set ideas of Gandhi and his beliefs. The reason I purchased t There are far too many ellipses in this book for my taste. It was as unmistakable as some human voice definitely speaking to me, and irresistible.
National independence is not enough -- 15. The Essential Gandhi introduces us to his thoughts on politics, spirituality, poverty, suffering, love, non-violence, civil disobedience, and his own life. Murder in an Indian Garden -- 11. He says more than any particular lesson in school, it was his extensive reading in college that enabled him to get to know more about Gandhiji. For Civil Disobedience it means the Constructive Program.