An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth

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The Floating Press, Jan 1, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 891 pages
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In this autobiography, also titled The Story of My Experiments with Truth, Mohandas K. Gandhi recounts his life from childhood up until 1921, noting that "my life from this point onward has been so public that there is hardly anything about it that people do not know." HarperCollins chose this work as one of the "100 Most Important Spiritual Books of the 20th Century." The pursuit of truth was a guiding principle for Gandhi. He states that it "is not my purpose to attempt a real autobiography. I simply want to tell the story of my numerous experiments with truth, and as my life consists of nothing but those experiments, it is true that the story will take the shape of an autobiography." He also notes that this "will of course include experiments with non-violence, celibacy and other principles of conduct believed to be distinct from truth."
 

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Contents

Translators Preface
11
Introduction
13
PART I
20
I Birth and Parentage
21
II Childhood
25
III Child Marriage
28
IV Playing the Husband
33
V At the High School
37
VII Experiments in Earth and Water Treatment
428
VIII A Warning
432
IX A Tussle with Power
436
X A Sacred Recollection and Penance
440
XI Intimate European Contacts
444
XII European Contacts Continued
448
XIII Indian Opinion
453
XIV Coolie Locations or Ghettoes?
457

VI A Tragedy
44
VII A Tragedy Continued
49
VIII Stealing and Atonement
54
IX My Fathers Death and My Double Shame
59
X Glimpses of Religion
64
XI Preparation for England
70
XII Outcaste
77
XIII In London at Last
81
XIV My Choice
86
XV Playing the English Gentleman
91
XVI Changes
96
XVII Experiments in Dietetics
101
XVIII Shyness My Shield
107
XIX The Canker of Untruth
113
XX Acquaintance with Religions
119
XXI Nirbal Ke Bala Rama
124
XXII Narayan Hemchandra
128
XXIII The Great Exhibition
134
XXIV Called but then?
137
XXV My Helplessness
141
PART II
145
I Raychandbhai
146
II How I Began Life
151
III The First Case
156
IV The First Shock
161
V Preparing for South Africa
166
VI Arrival in Natal
170
VII Some Experiences
175
VIII On the Way to Pretoria
181
IX More Hardships
187
X First Day in Pretoria
194
XI Christian Contacts
200
XII Seeking Touch with Indians
206
XIII What it is to be a Coolie
211
XIV Preparation for the Case
216
XV Religious Ferment
221
XVI Man Proposes God Disposes
226
XVII Settled in Natal
230
XVIII Colour Bar
237
XIX Natal Indian Congress
242
XX Balasundaram
248
XXI The 3 Tax
252
XXII Comparative Study of Religions
257
XXIII As a Householder
262
XXIV Homeward
267
XXV In India
272
XXVI Two Passions
278
XXVII The Bombay Meeting
283
XXVIII Poona and Madras
288
XXIX Return Soon
292
PART III
296
I Rumblings of the Storm
297
II The Storm
301
III The Test
306
IV The Calm After The Storm
313
V Education of Children
318
VI Spirit of Service
323
VII Brahmacharya I
327
VIII Brahmacharya II
332
IX Simple Life
338
X The Boer War
342
XI Sanitary Reform and Famine Relief
346
XII Return to India
349
XIII In India Again
355
XIV Clear and Bearer
359
XV In the Congress
363
XVI Lord Curzons Darbar
367
XVII A Month with Gokhale I
370
XVIII A Month with Gokhale II
374
XIX A Month with Gokhale III
379
XX In Benares
383
XXI Settled in Bombay?
390
XXII Faith on Its Trial
395
XXIII To South Africa Again
400
PART IV
404
I Loves Labours Lost?
405
II Autocrats from Asia
409
III Pocketed the Insult
413
IV Quickened Spirit of Sacrifice
417
V Result of Introspection
420
VI A Sacrifice to Vegetarianism
425
XV The Black Plague I
461
XVI The Black Plague II
465
XVII Location in Flames
470
XVIII The Magic Spell of a Book
474
XIX The Phoenix Settlement
478
XX The First Night
482
XXI Polak Takes the Plunge
486
XXII Whom God Protects
490
XXIII A Peep into the Household
495
XXIV The Zulu Rebellion
500
XXV Heart Searchings
504
XXVI The Birth of Satyagraha
509
XXVII More Experiments in Dietetics
511
XXVIII Kasturbais Courage
515
XXIX Domestic Satyagraha
521
XXX Towards SelfRestraint
525
XXXI Fasting
529
XXXII As Schoolmaster
533
XXXIII Literary Training
537
XXXIV Training of the Spirit
541
XXXV Tares Among the Wheat
545
XXXVI Fasting as Penance
548
XXXVII To Meet Gokhale
552
XXXVIII My Part in the War
556
XXXIX A Spiritual Dilemma
560
XL Miniature Satyagraha
564
XLI Gokhales Charity
571
XLII Treatment of Pleurisy
575
XLIII Homeward
579
XLIV Some Reminiscences of the Bar
582
XLV Sharp Practice?
586
XLVI Clients Turned CoWorkers
590
XLVII How a Client was Saved
593
PART V
598
I The First Experience
599
II With Gokhale in Poona
602
III Was it a Threat?
606
IV Shantiniketan
612
V Woes of Third Class Passengers
617
VI Wooing
620
VII Kumbha Mela
623
VIII Lakshman Jhula
629
IX Founding of the Ashram
635
X On the Anvil
639
XI Abolition of Indentured Emigration
644
XII The Stain of Indigo
650
XIII The Gentle Bihari
654
XIV Face to Face with Ahimsa
659
XV Case Withdrawn
664
XVI Methods of Work
669
XVII Companions
673
XVIII Penetrating the Villages
677
XIX When a Governor is Good
681
XX In Touch with Labour
684
XXI A Peep into the Ashram
688
XXII The Fast
692
XXIII The Kheda Satyagraha
698
XXIV The Onion Thief
702
XXV End of Kheda Satyagraha
706
XXVI Passion for Unity
709
XXVII Recruiting Campaign
714
XXVIII Near Deaths Door
725
XXIX The Rowlatt Bills and my Dilemma
731
XXX That Wonderful Spectacle
737
XXXI That Memorable Week I
742
XXXII That Memorable Week II
750
XXXIII A Himalayan Miscalculation
755
XXXIV Navajivan and Young India
759
XXXV In the Punjab
764
XXXVI The Khilafat Against Cow Protection?
769
XXXVII The Amritsar Congress
776
XXXVIII Congress Initiation
782
XXXIX The Birth of Khadi
786
XL Found at Last
790
XLI An Instructive Dialogue
794
XLII Its Rising Tide
798
XLIII At Nagpur
804
XLIV Farewell
807
Endnotes
811
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