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सत्य के प्रयोग
भारत की धरती ने एक ऐसा महान मानव पैदा किया जिसने न केवल
भारत की राजनीति का नक्शा बदल दिया अपितु विश्व को सत्य,
अहिंसा, शांति और प्रेम की उस अजेय शक्ति के दर्शन कराए जिसके
लिए ईसा या गौतम बुद्ध का स्मरण किया जाता है।
गांधी जी का धर्म समूची मानव-जाति के लिए कल्याणकारी था।
उन्होंने स्वयं को दरिद्र नारायण का प्रतिनिधि माना।
गांधीजी का विश्वास था कि भारत का उत्थान गांवो
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Hardcover, 640 pages
Published 1948 by Navajivan Publishing House (Ahmedabad) (first published 1925)
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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,
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Janet
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
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طَيْف
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
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Hajer Fahad
أحب قراءة السيّر لأنها تمنحنا حياة آخرى و تجارب أكثر ,
و سيرة غاندي من أروع السير الحياتيه.
Jeff Lanter
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 lea ...more
Fiya
The man who took his mother's advice literally

After reading it I felt Gandhi was "this dysphoric worthless loner with zero self-esteem; someone without an iota of individuality"

Why, then, give this impression when we know Gandhi was more than this?


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 -- It was an old edition printed in India. But I shouldn't complain because a friend of mine had lent it to me.

L
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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
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Tyler Jones
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
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Nasser Moh'd
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
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Miles Kaufman
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
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Lona

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
Salhah Hamad
بدأت بقراءته ، اعجبتني الصراحة والوضوح .. والكثير من الافكار الساميه لدية
سيره ذاتيه راءعه وملهمه اعجبتني انجازاته وكفاحه وجهاده لرغباته. والتزامه. بنذوره وحفاظه عليها في اسوء الظروف
اشعر انه جعل للقلم والحرف قوه كبيره حقق من خلالها اهدافه كتب وكتب وكتب حتى نال مايريده
اكثر شي ازعجني هو تعامله مع زوجته
خصوصا لما اوشك على طردها من المنزل في جنوب افريقيا
إضافه الى اجبارها على تنظيف مراحيض نزلاءه
انصح بقراءتها للجميع
Erik Graff
Jan 11, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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Jijo Varghese
Gandhi..called as Mahatma??? A self deceiver can be called as Mahatma?? I call him self deceiver only because of his rules and regulations which was maintained or still maintaining in his ashram..

He calls Gita his mother!!then what about Quran or Bible?? What about Buddhist scriptures?? And there are still people who goes on calling these people as Mahatmas???People like him were always against rebels..I calls him traditional..the very stupid mediocre mind of vedic period..and this so called Mah
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Pawan
http://iandbooks.wordpress.com/

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
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James
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,
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Dimple
"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,
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gumireddy srikanth
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 de ...more
Elliot Ratzman
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
Apelger
Jul 23, 2007 Apelger is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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 brahmacha ...more
ريفيّة
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
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Michael Scott
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
Mike Moore
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
Zainab
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
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krsna
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 wi ...more
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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Darshana
to understand Gandhi through his own words was a wonderful experience. There is a kind of a picture that is painted into our minds during childhood by our elders of Gandhi as an ideal person. Reading this book changed my perception of Gandhiji. Now what I see is a person who has strong principles/belief systems and someone who admits to being a human with a weak side but strives to make it strong by relentless efforts.
mai ahmd
شخصية مثيرة لا يمكن أن تحترم نبل هذا الرجل أعجبني الجزء الأول جدا
كان مدهشا بالنسبة لي هذه الروحانية الشديدة التي كان يتعامل بها مع الأشياء
حتى في عاداته الغذائية التي أذهلتني
كم نضعف أمام الطعام لكن غاندي كان بطل
مثالا لقوة الإرادة
الجزء الثاني لم أقرؤه بحب وتمللت منه كونه يتناول الجانب السياسي الذي أنفر منه في العادة


بالمجمل سيرة مختلفة تستحق القراءة
Hadrian
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.
Robert Fischer
If the name "Gandhi" conjures up an image of some fantastical demigod of peace and tranquility, this book will solve that for you. It's Gandhi's own account of his life (written in the 1920s, so it wasn't nearly over yet[1]), and it reveals the inner working of a man who is constantly pushed by his own high expectations for himself and for all of humanity.

On the one hand, the book is frustrating, because it thoroughly demolishes the superhuman reality of Gandhi. On the other hand, this book is l
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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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