Gandhi the Man: How One Man Changed Himself to Change the World

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Nilgiri Press, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 217 pages
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This is the moving story of a nonviolent hero, illustrated with more than 70 photographs, and told by a highly respected author who grew up in Gandhi's India.
Gandhi's life continues to inspire and baffle readers today. How did an unsuccessful young lawyer become the Mahatma, the "great soul" who led 400 million Indians in their struggle for independence from the British Empire? What is nonviolence, and how does it work?
Easwaran answers these questions and gives a vivid account of the turning points and choices in Gandhi's life that made him an icon of nonviolence. Easwaran witnessed at firsthand how Gandhi inspired ordinary people to turn fear into fearlessness, and anger into love. He visited Gandhi in his ashram to find out more about this human alchemy, and during the prayer meeting watched the Mahatma absorbed in meditation on the Bhagavad Gita, the scripture that was the wellspring of his spiritual power.
Quotations highlight Gandhi's teachings in his own words, and sidebar notes and a chronology, new to this updated edition, provide historical context.
This book conveys the spirit and soul of Gandhi - the only way he can be truly understood.

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Review: Gandhi the Man: How One Man Changed Himself to Change the World

User Review  - Charles - Goodreads

Great introduction to an amazing man. While not an in-depth biography, the book captures the essence of who Gandhi was. I would recommend this to anyone that was looking to get a brief look into Gandhi's life. Read full review

Review: Gandhi the Man: How One Man Changed Himself to Change the World

User Review  - John Fredrickson - Goodreads

I really liked this book. Ironically, it is terrifically easy to read, but offers a direct challenge to readers to rethink their approach to life. Read full review

About the author (2011)

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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