Mahatma Gandhi's Autobiography

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Gandhi's Autobiography Gandhi's autobiography is in many ways unconventional and certainly not what I expected from such a renown figure in history. Firstly, the book does not cover a large portion if his politically active life, as Gandhi lived for approximately another twenty years after the events he describes. Gandhi wrote this book in the language of Gujarati (to promote the use of Hindi and Gujarati), it has been translated although left unedited in this edition. The subtitle of the book is very appropriate, in that this book is not a 'history' book mapping out the political and social struggles of Gandhi, but rather a self-reflection on his life, told through a series of experiments. A large part of this book consists of Gandhi's own personal struggles and self-discovery. He attempts to attain moksha (release from the cycle of samsara) by finding truth, as he believes that this is the only path to God. Ghandi adopts the policy of bramacharya (celibacy) and also what he is most well known for, the way of ahimsa (non-violence). From his early recollection of family ties and a child marriage aged only thirteen, Gandhi continues to give the reader an insight into his thoughts on relationships, friends and family. His personal philosophy of taking nothing for granted shows clearly through the pages of this book. Gandhi experiences everything for himself and this book is a clear reflection of how, it was only through experimenting and exploring different lifestyles, religions and theologies, that his own personal philosophy and spirituality developed. This autobiography is a painfully honest one. Gandhi lays out his faults and ... ... middle of paper ... ...oject a certain image of himself. Ghandi says that he would rather be remembered for his actions than for what he said or what he wrote. If this book is judged on the issues it raises rather than the prose it is written in, it has to be one of the more challenging yet profound books that I have read. It provides a great insight into philosophy, human nature and politics. In addition to this, it explores the rich culture of India; traditions, religions and history. Although in the end Gandhi returns to his roots, of Hinduism, Indian culture and vegetarianism, he does not insinuate that this is the only 'path to truth', but rather that it is through exploring and understanding different cultures and traditions that we can find our own path in life. This book reflects how Gandhi was a true 'Mahatama' - a great soul.
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