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Gandhi the Man

How One Man Changed Himself to Change the World, 4th Edition
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April, 2011
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“I am not a visionary. I claim to be a practical idealist.” —Gandhi

In 1892 Mohandas K. Gandhi was 23 years old, a shy, tongue-tied man whose past was full of failure; thirty years later—called a saint even by those who opposed him—he was the acknowledged leader of 400 million Indians in their struggle for independence through nonviolent revolution. The story of a great soul and the power of nonviolence, Gandhi, the Man does what no other book does: it describes the astonishing inner revolution by which M.K. Gandhi became the Mahatma who brought about India’s independence after 300 years of foreign rule.

When growing up in Gandhi’s India, author Eknath Easwaran (1910–1999) sought and came face to face with the personal power of Gandhi. It is that power—not of Gandhi the political leader, but of Gandhi the man—that is revealed in this book.

A human being is an immense spiritual force barely contained in a physical form. When all his hopes, all his desires, all his drive, all his will fuse together and become one, this force is released even in his own lifetime, and not even the death of his body can imprison it again. Gandhi made himself the force of nonviolence. He is a force which cannot die, which awakens again wherever a person, or a community, or a nation turns to nonviolence with all its strength and all its will.

Once, while Gandhi’s train was pulling slowly out of the station, a reporter ran up to him and asked him breathlessly for a message to take back to his people. Gandhi’s reply was a hurried line scrawled on a scrap of paper: “My life is my message.” It is a message which does not require the vast stage of world politics, but can be put into practice here and now, in the midst of daily life.

A new cover and revised text (Gandhi, the Man was first published in 1973) enhance this widely acclaimed profile that begins in South Africa, where Gandhi’s remarkable transformation took place. More than 70 photographs, many not published elsewhere, enrich the story of Gandhi’s development, and revealing quotations from Gandhi display that progress against the backdrop of his social and political work. Timothy Flinders, an educator and student of Easwaran, contributes “How Nonviolence Works,” a chapter relating Gandhian techniques to contemporary problems and shows readers how to apply Gandhi’s principles to promote peace in their own lives.

Revealing how one gentle yet determined man became a force for human progress and freedom, Gandhi, the Man “comes closer to giving some sense of how Gandhi saw his life than any other account I have read.” —Bill McKibben



“I have not the shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have, if he or she would make the same effort and cultivate the same hope and faith.” —Gandhi




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