The Words of Gandhi: Second Edition

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HarperCollins, Oct 28, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 128 pages
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Gandhi's ideas are as meaningful today as they were during his long and inspiring life. His enlightening thoughts and beliefs, especially on violence and the atomic bomb, reveal his eloquent foresight about our contemporary world. The words of one of the greatest men of the twentieth century, chosen by the award-winning director Richard Attenborough from Gandhi's letters, speeches, and published writings, explore the prophet's timeless thoughts on daily life, cooperation, nonviolence, faith, and peace.

This bestselling volume includes an introduction by Attenborough and an afterword by Time magazine Senior Foreign Correspondent Johanna McGeary that places Gandhi's life and work in the historical context of the twentieth century. This book and the film Gandhi were the result of producer/director Richard Attenborough's long commitment to keeping alive the flame of Gandhi's spiritual achievement and the wisdom of his actions and his words. They are the wisdom and words of peace. Also included are twenty striking historical photographs, specially selected from the archives at the National Gandhi Museum in New Delhi, that capture the important personal, political, and spiritual aspects of Gandhi's career.

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A book of quotations from Gandhi, selected by Richard Attenborough and published at or near the release of his film Gandhi. Quotes are arranged under five subjects: Daily Life, Cooperation, Nonviolence, Faith, Peace. Read full review

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غاندي .. سيرة وكاريزما وكلمة
قراءة: عبداللـه الحكيم/
تناولت كتب عدة حياة المهاتما غاندي، «فقد كان زعيماً بكل ما تعنيه الكلمة تألقاً وروحاً وفكراً عبر نتاجات الفلسفة الإنسانية في تاريخها العريق» هكذا كتبوا عنه.
يشير محرك البحث إلى ما لا يقل عن سبعمئة ألف إحالة لدى إدخال الباحث كلمة «غاندي» من غير استلحاقها بعبارة مهاتما أو زعيم سياسي أو قديس.
الكثير من أفكاره تغمر مكتبات العالم في الشرق كما في الغرب أيضاً، وكتاب ريتشارد أتينبورو هو عبارة عن اقتباس وإعادة صياغة لكثير من مفترقات الطرق التي مر عبرها الزعيم غاندي وهو في طور صياغة الحكمة التي تركها من ورائه لكي يتتلمذ عليها الكثير من مريديه.
ترك غاندي من ورائه سيرة ضخمة لا زال الدارسون شرقاً وغرباً ينقبون عبرها لاستخراج أفكار ورؤى بقيت لوقت طويل من بين أسرار كاريزما القيادة.
وبقيت كتابات غاندي مصدر إلهام لكثير من الدارسين والزعامات بمن فيهم مفكرون من إنجلترا، ناهيك عن تأثير كتاباته في الزعيم المصري محمد أنور السادات لدى إصدار الأخير كتابه حول البحث عن الذات.
ويوجد كتاب يروي تفاصيل جوانب مضيئة وتاريخية من حياة غاندي بقلم المهاتما نفسه وعنوان هذا الكتاب «السيرة الذاتية للمهاتما غاندي بقلمه»، ومعظم الكتب والأفكار وصناعة السينما التي تلت حياة الزعيم غاندي لا تستطيع تجاهل سيرته الذاتية بقلمه.

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About the author (2008)

Mohandas Gandhi is well known as a political activist and pacifist who played a key role in achieving India's independence from Great Britain. Although born in Porbandar, India, to parents of the Vaisya (merchant) caste, he was given a modern education and eventually studied law in London. After returning briefly to India, Gandhi went to South Africa in 1893, where he spent the next 20 years working to secure Indian rights. It was during this time that he experimented with and developed his basic philosophy of life. Philosophically, Gandhi is best known for his ideas of satyagraha (truth-force) and ahimsa (nonharming). Intrinsic to the idea of truth-force is the correlation between truth and being; truth is not merely a mental correspondence with reality but a mode of existence. Hence, the power of the truth is not what one argues for but what one is. He developed this idea in conjunction with the principle of nonviolence, showing in his nationalist activities that the force of truth, expressed nonviolently, can be an irresistible political weapon against intolerance, racism, and social violence. Although his basic terminology and conceptual context were Hindu, Gandhi was impressed by the universal religious emphasis on the self-transformative power of love, drawing his inspiration from Christianity, Western philosophy, and Islam as well.

Richard Attenborough is the director of the 1982 film Gandhi, winner of eight Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Best Director. His international film and stage career as an actor, producer, and director spans sixty years.

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