This is the moving story of a nonviolent hero, richly illustrated, told by an author who grew up in India and met Gandhi. Gandhi's life is both inspiring and baffling to modern readers. How did an ineffective young lawyer become the Mahatma, who led 400 million Indians in their nonviolent struggle for independence? How did he endure the terrible hardships joyfully and with love for all? What is nonviolence, and how does it work?
Easwaran, who grew up in Gandhi's India, offers authentic answers to these questions. While visiting Gandhi's ashram, Easwaran watched as Gandhi meditated on the Bhagavad Gita, the Indian scripture that was the source of his inspiration and strength.
This biography gives a moving account of the turning points and choices in Gandhi's life that made him both a great leader and an icon of the transforming power of nonviolence. With 70 photographs, quotations from Gandhi's writings, historical notes, and a chronology, this book conveys the spirit and soul of Gandhi - the only way he can be truly understood.
* New introduction by Eknath Easwaran, "Gandhi Then to Now"
* 70 digitally restored photographs from the GandhiServe archive.
* New detailed chronology with maps and background notes.
* Foreword by Michael N. Nagler, professor emeritus and co-founder of the Peace and Conflict Studies program, University of California, Berkeley.
About the Author
Eknath Easwaran (1910 - 1999) was born in South India and grew up in the historic years when Gandhi was leading India nonviolently to freedom from the British Empire. As a young man, Easwaran met Gandhi, and the experience left a lasting impression. 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 translations of the Indian spiritual classics (The Bhagavad Gita, The Upanishads, and The Dhammapada) are all bestsellers in their field. 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.
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