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The Story of My Experiments With Truth

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Mohandas K. Gandhi is one of the most inspiring figures of our time. In his classic autobiography he recounts the story of his life and how he developed his concept of active nonviolent resistance, which propelled the Indian struggle for independence and countless other nonviolent struggles of the twentieth century.

In a new foreword, noted peace expert and teacher Sissela
Paperback, 560 pages
Published November 1st 1993 by Beacon Press (first published 1940)
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Yogesh Dahal For me, if it seems to tell the true incidents which include the bad ones too, den its a good one. Also it should have me running pages faster.
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Riku Sayuj
fundamentally changed my view of the world...

Oft In My Thought

Ah, how often I have sought in my days,

To emulate the great leaders, and be gently led,

By their virtuous actions and well-laid plans.

How often I charted the best courses to take

To reach those heights of thought and action;

And thought evermore of what best will portray

Their everlasting influence on this humble self,

That will make this world to be as they always saw,

In their lofty wishes and their fanciful dreams.

But all those thoughts,
Nov 01, 2007 Janet rated it really liked it
This was a fascinating read. Gandhi's writing is oddly simple, even almast naive in places. He faithfully records small personal struggles, giving them the same wieght as major political battles. Gandhi's zeal and idealism comes across powerfully, as does his lifelong concern with self-discipline and purity (bramacharya).

I was especially interested in his evolving understanding of satyagraha and his increasingly strict vegetarianism. His ascetism increased in direct proportion to his growing po
وتحطمت الأسطورة!!!0

ما يلي هو وجهة نظر شخصية بحتة معرضة للنقص والقصور...مع احترامي لجميع وجهات النظر الأخرى

ما الذي كنت أعرفه عن غاندي قبل قراءة هذه السيرة؟؟وما الذي أضافته لي قراءتها؟؟؟

قرأت سابقا عن الظروف التي ظهر فيها غاندي في الهند، وعن الأسباب الحقيقية التي جعلت منه أسطورة الهند وروحها، وعن الأهداف التي مهدت لظهوره، وعن علاقته ببريطانيا وتعاونه معهم من خلال الحاكم البريطاني "ريدينج" لكسر شوكة المسلمين في الهند، من أجل ضمان تسلم الهندوس لمقاليد الحكم فيها...غاندي الذي دعا للرجوع إلى الحضارة ال
Jeff Lanter
Nov 12, 2009 Jeff Lanter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
After seeing the movie biopic, I knew I needed to find out more about Gandhi so I picked this up. Don't let the width of the book fool you, it isn't a thousand pages like it appears. The translation of the book is actually pretty good and it reads easily. For the most part, Gandhi spends time talking about the little details in his life before he became famous. That is sort of the opposite of what you would expect in an autobiography, but as he says, his life was well known by then. This may ...more
Description: In 1999, this book was designated as one of the ''100 Most Important Spiritual Books of the Twentieth Century'' by HarperCollins Publishers.

''When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, always.'' -- Gandhi

A holy man to Hindus, a hero to Muslims, and a criminal to the British, Mohandas K. Gandhi was an inspiring
Feb 13, 2015 Fiya rated it it was ok
Intended for a very limited audience

My copy of the book had torn spine, small print, dog-eared cover and the quality of paper so inferior, that it set a new precedent for me -- but I shouldn't complain because a friend of mine had lent it to me.

Let me first clarify something about this book's genre. Gandhi says in the foreword that this book was a memoir of 'his experiments with truth', thus the subtitle; but he particularly says that this was not an autobiography. He gives his reasons for t
Hajer Fahad
Mar 10, 2010 Hajer Fahad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
أحب قراءة السيّر لأنها تمنحنا حياة آخرى و تجارب أكثر ,
و سيرة غاندي من أروع السير الحياتيه.
Tyler Jones
Jul 23, 2011 Tyler Jones rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-violence
Excuse the ramblings of a mind coping to understand...this really is a book review...of sorts.

Yesterday, a man in Oslo set off a bomb that killed seven people then went to a kid's camp and killed eighty four young people. The world is sickened. Why do these things happen? Details are still coming out. At first I heard an Islamic militant group had claimed responsibility. Now it seems that the killer may be an extreme anti-islamic; a christian fundamentalist. What is clear is that somehow he was
Nasser Moh'd
Jun 18, 2013 Nasser Moh'd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
غاندي والحقيقة
أُعجبت بشخصية غاندي الفذة ، الصبوره ، المثابرة ، الذكيه ، الصلبة بمبادئها ،
(ولو اني كنت ارى بان هذه المباديء تشكل عائقاً امامه ، لكن بوجهة نظر غاندي ان المباديء ما هي الا حقائق تشكل إلهٌ واحد)
ومن هنا يجب علينا ان ننظر بأن غاندي معذور ان ضحى بنفسه من اجل مبدأ واحد

وبما ان الكتاب أشبه بالسيره الذاتيه فانا ساحاول جاهداً ان اكتب فقط عن شخص غاندي لا غير ....ب
غاندي الرجل الطيب ، المتواضع، المحب والواثق للاخرين، الصادق ، المؤمن ، الزاهد بالدنيا ، ، المحب والغيور على وطنه،
كل هذه الصفات تج
Miles Kaufman
Apr 03, 2008 Miles Kaufman rated it it was amazing
In Gandhi’s Autobiography (which was hand written by someone else, but told supposedly word-for-word by Gandhi.) the book starts off with Gandhi as a child and his recollections. From here to his teenage years its pretty exciting and an overall page turner. I don’t want to give away anything, but his childhood was pretty weird in comparison to the American lifestyle.

Anyway I found that the chapters later on that involved his life in England overall drab and boring. Gandhi seemed to recall borin
Nawal Al-Qussyer
كتاب ضخم ان صح التعبير.. يحتوي علي تفاصيل دقيقة عن حياة المهاتما غاندي وسيرته الذاتية في حقل المحاماة وتجارب الدراسة في بريطانيا و العمل في جنوب افريقيا والبقية تأتي. بدت في البداية ممتعة، وممتعة جدا حتى أني تجاوزت المائة صفحة في مدة وجيزة، سرني أن أتعرف عن قرب على جزء من المجتمع الهندي وهم الهندوس وبعض عاداتهم في القرن الماضي..
الجزء الأول تحدث عن طفولته وصباه بشكل مركز ودقيق. وعن شعوره وبعض مغامراته.. ودراسته وزواجه المبكر جدا والذي أحززني كما أحزنه.. ومن ثم انطلاقه للحياة في بداية التجربة للد
Erik Graff
Jan 11, 2013 Erik Graff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: Kelly Fox, who introduced me to India
Shelves: biography
Having read Fischer's biography of him in high school led to reading a whole lot of Gandhi's own writing in college--until, that is, hitting his commentaries on the Gita--starting with his early autobiographical My Experiments with Truth.

My primary interest in Gandhi was his pacifism and his reasons for it. The United States' invasion of the south of Vietnam had been going on since my childhood and I had become a draft counselor in college and, ultimately, a draft resister after I'd started fill
Jul 18, 2012 لونا rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

قد يستغرب البعض لما سأقوله هنا أنا "لست" من المعجبين بشخصية غاندي .. .. وخلال قراءة هذا الكتاب تأكدت من ذلك

شخصيته الانطوائية، شديدة الخجل وسأكون جريئة وأقول سلبية حققت ما لم يحققه الكثير وخلقت مفهوم جديد للمقاومة

لماذا إذا منحت الكتاب 4 نجوم؟! لأن الكتاب يندرج تحت تصنيف الكتب التي تتربع على عرش نوعيتي المفضلة "السيرة الذاتية" وأيضاً الكتاب مكتوب بطريقة جميلة .. .. والأهم من ذلك أن تأثير غاندي الإيجابي في العالم بمقاومته السلبية أمر يدعو للإعجاب سواء شئت أم أبيت
gumireddy srikanth
Jan 20, 2010 gumireddy srikanth rated it it was amazing
I owe my life to Mahatma Gandhi, This is a life-changing book. When we think of Gandhi, we think of a man who must’ve been perfect, I have learn’t about Gandhi at my school nobody discussed about this flaws , We were only taught about his extraordinary simple principles ,But in his autobiography, I learned that he had his own flaws . But his immense determination to overcome his problems , slowly and and persistently stuck me . I have learned lot of simple extra ordinary principles like Women ...more
Jan 31, 2013 Dimple rated it really liked it
"My experiments with truth" describes perfectly the stoic life of Gandhiji! How he developed himself through 'good company', 'good books' and 'self-will'.
This writing is an Apotheosis for showing,"Winners are not born, they are made!"

I thought this book will be more about British East India and our Freedom struggle but its basically about "experiments" of Gandhiji in his journey and it's remarkable how he sticked to his beliefs!
Though many of his beliefs or rules I didn't find right(or orthodox,
Mar 13, 2012 James rated it it was amazing
Self-revealing and fascinating to read alongside Erik Erikson's at-a-distance psychoanalysis of the saint, Gandhi's Truth (1960). The autobiography is full of surprises: At one point in his youth, Gandhi became convinced that India was behind the times because of vegetarianism, so he vowed to convert all of his homeland to carnivorious wisdom. Perhaps the only vow he did not keep.

Would that his teachings on non-violent resistance (satyagraha) were more widely applied. Detractors argue, however,
Jijo Varghese
Feb 06, 2015 Jijo Varghese rated it did not like it
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May 02, 2011 Pawan rated it it was amazing

This is the first post I am writing on my blog where I want to write about the books that I have read and how they have changed my life or sometimes just given me moments of happiness in otherwise stressed life.
There cannot be a better book than “My Experiments with Truth” to start this journey. A book that helped me 20 years ago when I had read it for the first time and now again when I read it last month. The author of the book “Mahatma Gandhi” is probably one p
Extremely interesting view of the growth and spiritual development of one of the most illuminating figures of the last century. Covers a wide variety of topics. A shame that it only ends in the 1920s (but what autobiography could ever be called complete?), but it is still a fascinating portrait of the man.
Mike Moore
Nov 08, 2009 Mike Moore rated it it was amazing
I had trouble deciding whether to give this four stars or five. This book poses major problems for a contemporary western audience. It frequently alludes to another volume (Satyagraha in South Africa) which I have been unable to procure as a necessary companion volume. The final part (of five) assumes a more thorough knowledge of the birth of India as an independent nation and the events and persons that were involved in it than I possess. It becomes clear in this section that Gandhi was writing ...more
Razan Alghriafi
لم أستطع التوقف عن القراءة .. لأن غاندي اختار أسلوباً لا أستطيع الفكاك منه " الإسلوب القصصي "
وإلا فإن هذا الكتاب قد كان
الأطول وقتاً
والأكثر ثقلاً
والكثير جهداً
أتعبني غاندي .. فلم أستطع التماشي مع معتقداته ومبادئه
التي لطالما قرأتها في اقتباساتٍ له أو حكم
ولكن، يبدوا بأنه يجيد لكّ الكلمة في فاههِ فقط
ساعده كثيراً عناده وفراسته للوصول لمتطلعاته
التي كثيراً ما شعرتُ بتورطه فيها أصلاً
فقد كان يعلمُ جيداً كيف يظل في دائرة الحظ
ويستخدمُ الأشخاص المناسبين في الوقت المناسب
وهذا ما ميزه
وفيما يتعلق عن بحثه عن الحق
Jul 23, 2007 Apelger is currently reading it
Recommends it for: apathetic people
I should probably wait till I actually finished the book to write a review. But I feel like writting now because I've got something to say now. I tentaivley picked up this book and that is how I am making my way through the pages. I've only just begun, Gandhi is about thirteen. But I find myself angry at him. I can't get through a page without watching his struggle with a thought, idea or truth. His life, from the very early stages, reveals his struggle towards ahimsa,non-violence, and ...more
Elliot Ratzman
Sep 02, 2016 Elliot Ratzman rated it liked it
Orwell: “Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proven innocent.” Gandhi may be a saint, but he is one fussy holy man. His autobiography only takes us to 1927, before the campaign to free India of British rule. He had become famous for leading a civil rights movement for Indians in South Africa where he lived for years before taking the “satyagraha” movement back to India. On the way, he is a young anglophile who admires the Empire, studies law in London and sides with the colonial ...more
Jun 22, 2013 ريفيّة rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
محامي، هندوسي، ملتزم بتعاليم دينه، نباتي، يسعى إلى حياة بلا عنف، يقدم مصلحة الجماعة على مصلحته ومصلحة عائلته، من ركاب الدرجة الثالثة في القطار، وفي أحيان نادرة من ركاب الدرجة الأولى.
لم يفاجئني في شيء، لم أرَ أنه تميّز في شيء، كان عادياً جداً، بل و مملاً بالنسبة لي، كل ما حدث أن هذا الإنسان وُهِب من العالم فرصة أن يكون مشهوراً.
لا أرىٰ أن الإلتزام و الإخلاص للديانة و تعاليمها شيءٌ صعب، ولا أرىٰ كون الإنسان نباتيٌّ جداً، شيء مميز، ببساطة حتى تكون نباتياً فكل ما عليك هو الإستغناء عن قطعة "الستيك" ف
Marcus Trott
Oct 17, 2016 Marcus Trott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel as though I know Ghandi after reading this autobiography. His life was a struggle to gain internal consistency between his beliefs and his actions. Simply written, Ghandi describes his many experiments in self-control and political efficacy based on principles of nonviolence. Recommended reading for those interested in the Father of India. I bought this book at special price from here:
Jun 26, 2013 Zainab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
تقييمي 4 نجوم لا علي غاندي في شخصه بل علي كتابه : الذي وجدته يتكلم فعلا علي انسان له عيوب كما له مزايا
و له اخطاء وهفوات كما له انجازات وامجاد
وهذا نادرا ما تجده في كتب السيرة الذاتيه التي تكتب شخصيا ، فعادة مايميل الانسان لمدح وثناء اكثر
اما غانادي فيتكلم حتي علي اخطائه داخل بيته وخلافاته مع زوجته لائما نفسه اولا ومعترفا بأخطائه
و لا يجد حرجا في ذكره ... وهذا ما زاد اعجابي بالكتاب ، اما ان تكلمت عن مسيرته فـ بغض النظر عن اختلافي معه في بعض اساليبه وقناعاته الا ان سيرته تظهر شخصا ليس ذو مبادئ فقط
Michael Scott
May 27, 2010 Michael Scott rated it it was ok
Gandhi's autobiography is one of those books that you just have to read, a story of developing oneself and raising the conscience of a people. The Mahatma (Great Soul, name apparently first used in relation with Gandhi by the great Indian poet Tagore) presents with a great deal of detail his life and development of beliefs such as vegetarianism (then fruitarianism), simplicity, brahmacharya (abstinence), non-violence, and pursuit of truth; there are also slight mentions of swaraj (right of self ...more
Jul 23, 2012 woodshadows rated it really liked it
This is not what I expected from a book entitled "My experiments with truth", written by Gandhi himself. A better title might perhaps be "I am really obsessed with nutrition and weirdo fad diets and enjoy privation as a means of feeling in control, including my strange aversion - but huge (did I mention huge?) huge, passion for - sex!" I was expecting lots of satyagraha, lots of moral wisdom, lots of practical info on how Gandhi implemented his sociological victories. Instead we are presented ...more
Apr 11, 2015 Rajat rated it really liked it
I read it a long time ago. I will surely read it again. I don't really recall much of it, only glimpses. But, those flashes of memory are the ones that had the most profound effect on me. And, it's true that you never cease to learn from one of the greatest souls that has ever walked this planet.
Aman Arora
The book is a story of a simple,lustful man that gradually changed into a man who is well known as "FATHER OF THE NATION" today . It deals with the minute to minute happenings of Gandhi's life from his birth to 1920s.
After reading it, one comes to know about the greatness of Gandhi and his firm belief in AHIMSA as well as one comes to know about the follies of Gandhi like his pseudo belief in goodwill of British Raj. The incidents of South Africa are beautifully portrayed.
If one is a pragmatic
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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi, was the preeminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India. Employing non-violent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for non-violence, civil rights and freedom across the world.

The son of a senior government official, Gandhi was born and raised in a Hindu Bania community in coastal Gu
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