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Mohandas Gandhi: Essential Writings

(Modern Spiritual Masters)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  341 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948) is widely acknowledged as one of the great souls of the twentieth century. As the leader of the Indian independence movement he defined the modem practice of nonviolence, wedding an ethic of love to a practical method of social struggle. In the end, however, his philosophy was rooted in a deep spirituality. For Gandhi the struggle for peace and ...more
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Published September 15th 2002 by Orbis Books (first published June 1970)
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Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had been meaning to read this for a long time now. I had to stop and giggle every so often at some of the silly and simplistic things Gandhi touched on and felt so inclined to comment on. Not as heavy a read as I had imagined. Amazing nonetheless. Gandhi will always be my #1 hero!
Jun 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Maureen by: UMW
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An overview of Gandhi's writings, this book samples every period of his life. The pieces vary in length and subject matter, and include his time in Britain, South Africa, and India. What does not vary is Gandhi's voice: he speaks out against oppression in a variety of situations. For anyone wanting an introduction to Gandhi's work, this is an edifying collection, and a good place to begin. ...more
Ben Siems
Feb 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
I would argue that the editor/narrator of this book has infused too much of himself into it, and would have been better served keeping his presence to a minimum. Nevertheless, I can hardly think of better writings to read in these tumultuous times than those of the Mahatma, and this book presents a great collection of them. Some day, I might write a length review titled, 'Arguing with the Mahatma,' in which I take up some of the areas where I dare to disagree with one of the greatest thinkers of ...more
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the book that all the people related to goverment and education must read. Religious part would be bit specific but it was great time to enjoy and get to know about him by reading this comprehensive book. Many thanks to the editor ;)
Jan 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: social revolutionaries (note: do not read this for religious insight)
Gets 5 star for social change and revolutionary commentary but gets 1 star for religious commentary.

Gandhi's teaching of nonviolence is amazing and world changing and served as a great example for men like Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela and for those ideas I give him all the credit in the world. I also applaud his well thought out opinion on Jews in Palestine. I think he changed the course of history in a great way.

Here is where I think he was wrong/misguided. Not condemning Hitler. H
Dan Smee
Dec 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Mahatma Gandhi, or the Great Soul, remains known some 62 years after his death by assassination for his steadfast forwarding of non-violence as a political and spiritual movement, and accredited with gaining India’s independence from British rule in 1947. Gandhi’s legacy is rooted in his moral authority by acting in concert with his beliefs. John Dear in the introduction to Mohandas Gandi Essential Writings describes Gandhi as an “apostle of non-violence” Though considered an agitator by the Bri ...more
Gandhi was an amazing man, who carved an amazing path to battle injustice, through love and self-sacrifice. I'm still trying to figure out how to fit these truths into my daily life, but I believe it will be worth the effort.

10/2/2015: My husband reminded me of a great quote from the book: "The means are the ends."

Whatever your goal, the means that you use to achieve it will ultimately be the end.
I only read the first two sections. I liked reading about Gandhi's influences but had some issues with his ideas about how individuals should live there lives, and I don't think I have much interest in reading more since this was all I needed for the class. ...more
Jul 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Provides a wealth of food for thought but clearly shows the agenda of the person selecting the writings, placing a heavy emphasis on particular topics while I would have appreciated a more even handed approach.
Jun 30, 2009 rated it did not like it
This was a disappointing read and in all truthfulness, I never finished it. Once I started it I realized that it was Gandhi's autobiography I thought I'd checked out. I look forward to the autobiography, but this book was too choppy for my taste. ...more
Jan 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I will always be "currently reading" this book. This man was a prophet. We all have something to learn from him and his teachings of non-violence.. .especially our own country's leaders. ...more
Jan 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book interesting in it's ability to show us a Gandhi I was not as familiar with as I thought. ...more
Mar 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
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This is a great book! Full of many words of wisdom. I checked it out of the library but I almost wish I owned it because its the kind of book that one can read and read again...
Annie Oey
Sep 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Read many years ago. On my list to read again soon...
M.J. Mandoki
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book offers an insight into Gandhi's philosophy of life. It is interesting and educational. It helps to know about his life story and general viewpoint to truly appreciate it. ...more
Michelle Wruck
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Although I had, of course, heard a lot about Gandhi and was expecting great things from this book, I was still surprised by how much I liked it.

Gandhi was a role model more than he was an author but that is only because he understood that the purpose of writing is to point beyond itself.

This collection pulls together and organizes snippets from a comprehensive publication of his work, and organizes these snippets into topics: Autobiographical Writings, The Search for God, The Pursuit of Truth,
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tässä kirjassa oli koottuna Mahatma Gandhin kirjoituksia mm. Satyagrahasta, Uskonnosta ja moraalista, Väkivallattomuudesta, Nationalismista, Poliittisesta ja taloudellisesta järjestelmästä, sekä Rauhasta ja kansainvälisistä suhteista.

Kirjoituksia oli valittu teemoittain ja siitä syystä ne eivät missään nimessä olleet kronologisessa järjestyksessä. Onneksi joka kirjoituksessa oli mainittuna päivämäärä ja vuosi, milloin ne oli kirjoitettu, ja niin pystyi tekstejä lukiessa sijoittamaan ja suhteutt
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
While Gandhi's words and ideas retain their power, as a product I'd have to rate this book a disappointment. The introduction to this book of fewer than 200 pages is nearly 50 pages. Much of the introduction is repeated later on, which, needless to say, gives the book a slight and repetitive feel. I'll go to one of the many Gandhi biographies for a better understanding of what drove this incredible man. ...more
Sebastian Melgin
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautifull and powerfull life philosophy from Mohandas Gandhi. Recommended book for every human in this world!
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
From the 95 volumes of Gandhi's writings, John Dear has carefully selected writings which present the reader with a view of Gandhi's life and philosophy. This is a valuable compilation. ...more
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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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