An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth
by Mahatma Gandhi
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Gandhi's nonviolent protest movement, Satyagraha (satya = true, agraha = firmness), came to stand, like its creator, as a moral principle and a rallying cry. This is Gandhi's story of the path to his vision of Satyagraha and human dignity. Gandhi made scrupulous truth-telling a religion. His simply narrated account of boyhood in Gujarat, marriage at age 13, legal studies in England, and growing desire for purity and reform has the force of a man extreme in all things. He details his gradual conversion to vegetarianism and ahimsa (non-violence) and the state of celibacy (brahmacharya, self-restraint) that became one of his more arduous spiritual trials. In the political realm he outlines the beginning of Satyagraha in South Africa and India, with accounts of the first Indian fasts and protests, his initial errors and misgivings, his jailings, and continued cordial dealings with the British overlords.
Gandhi's non-violent struggles against racism, violence, and colonialism in South Africa and India had brought him to such a level of notoriety, adulation that when asked to write an autobiography midway through his career, he took it as an opportunity to explain himself. He feared the enthusiasm for his ideas tended to exceed a deeper understanding of his quest for truth rooted in devotion to God. His attempts to get closer to this divine power led him to seek purity through simple living, dietary practices, celibacy, and a life without violence. This is not a straightforward narrative biography, in The Story of My Experiments with Truth, Gandhi offers his life story as a reference for those who would follow in his footsteps.
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- Mahatma Gandhi
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- ISBN 13
- Dover Publications
- Place of Publication
- New York
- Date published
- June 1983
- autobiography, Satyana prayogo athava atmakatha, biography, statesmen, Gandhi, Mahatma, Mahadev Desai, India
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