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An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth by [Gandhi, Mohandas K., Desai, Mahadev]
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  • File Size: 1033 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
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  • Publisher: Formax Publishing (August 27, 2008)
  • Publication Date: August 27, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001EWEB5I
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By A. Vinayak on December 21, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book should not be read for literary purposes. It will come as an disppointment for people who expect poetry or prose in their readings. My idea was to learn more about Gandhi and I was very satified as this book nearly accomplished that for me. This book is as simple to read as the man himself. Gandhi tells us most sincerely and honestly that he would not have been what he became, if it was not for certain events that changed his life. Even in his writings Gandhi reflects his modesty and simplicity. He does not fall short of acknowledging his weaknesses and his wrongs. Great philosphy right out of the mind of the great philospher!
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Well, we all follow "the experts" (although at 48, I am beginning to learn). We all follow the authorities. What would happen if one just kept a totally blank mind toward everything and learned from just plain LIVING. Gandhi makes it clear at the beginning of the book that this is the only way to gain truth. Not to be strongly influenced by others. His agreements and fondness of other theologians really only comes after his experiments. They have to agree with him first. As you begin to read this book, you are on a jouney. It's like being a Martian or being from another planet simply because Gandhi will simply not take anything as truth unless he has experimented with it himself. He was very much the spiritual scientist. This book is also very easy reading. The chapters are short enough to stop and come back to as well. And it is journey which Gandhi makes clear that anybody can follow. You can't really follow this man's experiments. He wants you to do your own experiments. So this book is really quite an adventure. Gandhi's politics, as he makes clear in this book, really stem from his experiments in truth. You can begin yourself. Wake up, tell your wife she is fat, and see what happens! Gandhi came to the conclusion of always practicing "ahimsa". He would practice it over and over again to see if it worked. And he came to the conclusion that it did. As he once said, "Ahimsa is heaven". Ahimsa means non-violence in thought, word, and deed. One can still defend oneself while loving one's enemy. He saw "satya", or truth as synonymous with non-violance. This man stole at one point, eat meat, was far from celibacy. Buy and read this fabulous scientific inquiry into "How to Live". Then start experimenting for yourself. Good luck on your journey. And please be careful! Gandhi nearly killed himself SMOKING!
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I have always admired Mr. Gandhi, but really knew very little about him. This book tells of his early life, something most biographies skip choosing to focus on his life in India.
Great historical detail of colonial India, living in England and South Africa. A must read for anyone interested in Mr. Gandhi or that period of history.
The book has also influenced greatly the way I view life. A very spiritually uplifting book, even for non-Hindus.
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I am not good with reviews, so i decided to write down all of Gandhi's quotes about truth :

God, as Truth, has been for me a treasure beyond price. May He be so to every one of us.

An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.

Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.

Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality.

Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.

I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world.

In short, Gandhi teaches that it doesn't take an army to learn the truth, nor does it take an army to become a part of that truth. His story explains that an individual dedicated to the empowerment of honesty and love can overcome any violence or hatred that can exist. It is within this context that one can use this book to change themselves.
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Want to read this book, but the Kindle edition for sale here is plain awful and clearly was not edited or proofread. It is rife with misspellings, formatting errors, and random line breaks in the middle of sentences. Oh well -- I should have checked out the sample first, but for 0.99 cents it seemed like a no-brainer. I suppose if you really want a cheap version, it could suffice, but I will either be looking for a hard-copy or getting it somewhere else.
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Firstly, I'd like to note that it is difficult, for me at least, to opine on a topic like Gandhi's life. My experience has been that there is hardly anyone of any consequence who does not hold an opinion regarding Gandhi. I'd also note that such opinion usually tends to be not very favorable, among my generation, & part of the reason I read this book was indeed to express a more informed point of view when ever the occasion presented itself.

This book starts with Gandhi's birth & ends somewhere around the end of the first world war. The language, in the second decade of the twenty first century, seems a little archaic. I cannot seem to recollect if this work was penned by Gandhi much like a diary written regularly or he wrote it down all together at a certain time. If it is the latter, then Gandhi definitely possessed a very remarkable memory. Of mirth & humor, there is very little.

By & large, there are some traits that consistently emerge. Conviction definitely stands out. Needless to say, there are many principles that Gandhi espoused that have stood the test of time - non-violence, satyagraha, non-cooperation etc - however, certain others really appear awfully obstinate - like refusal to take medicines regardless of the criticality of the disease, emphasizing building character in children at the cost of regular grammar & arithmetic, his fascination with the spinning wheel etc.

However, the most outstanding trait in all of this is Gandhi's scrupulous honesty. And it is from this that his great courage emerges.
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