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Non-Violent Resistance (Satyagraha)

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This volume focuses on Gandhi's vision of Satyagraha, whereby one appeals to reason and conscience, and puts an end to evil by converting the evil-doer. The book begins with an explanation of Satyagraha, and proceeds with detailed discussions of the self-training and courage necessary for Satyagraha.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published May 29th 2001 by Dover Publications (first published 1961)
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Rivera Sun
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book changed how I thought about everything. I read one section, closed the book, and thought about it for two or three days before continuing on. Ganghi's perspectives on the importance of non-violence, and it's ultimate effect on India (and perhaps the entire world) are worth pondering. This book inspired me to read more about Gandhi and his philosophies, shifting me from a passive believer in non-violence to ardently seeking to understand the principles.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nue
Eterna è infatti la durata nella memoria degli uomini di coloro che sono stati così tanto grandi da scegliere di essere forti nel bene anzichè nel male, da stare dalla parte giusta per convinzione e non per debolezza.
Il grande dono che Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi ci ha fatto, dalla maggior parte di coloro che parlano di lui non è stato compreso: non è infatti la non-violenza, di cui per un motivo o per l'altro è sempre stato pieno il mondo, ma l'essere riuscito per primo a trasformare l'atteggiam
Maughn Gregory
One of the most important books I've read in my life. I'm a better person for having read it and having begun to practice it in small ways.
Non-violent resistance implies the very opposite of weakness. Defiance combined with non-retaliatory acceptance of repression from one's opponents is active, not passive. It requires strength, and there is nothing automatic or intuitive about the resoluteness required for using non-violent methods in political struggle and the quest for Truth.
"In the secret of my heart I am in perpetual quarrel with God that He should allow such things [as the war] to go on. My non-violence seems almost impotent
Tim Franzen
Jan 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book. In it Gandhi presents a logical arguement for the practicality of non-violent warfare. Waging war using civility, strikes, civil disobediance. Gandhi aims to make citizens grasp the power that they already have. The power to shut down an ecomony in one day.
The power to take the higher ground, to highlight the injustice of their enemy without humiliating them, thus allowing the enemy ego room to shift their position, to change their hearts and minds. Gandhi loved his enem
بثينة العيسى
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: every body
Now with everything that is happening ; the Arab Spring, the Wall Street Occupation, the World Revolution in general, I find reading Gandhi's Satyagraha extremely crucial for the peoples to make sure that everything goes for the betterment of humanity.

What is really amazing about this book, and I consider it a political one, is that it's mainly dedicated for spirituality! This makes perfect sense. If you are not pure in the soul you cannot really adopt the method of non-violent resistance effec
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Mohandes Gandhi, a men who choose non-violent against unarmed, was died in 1948. Everyone remember him as an activist non-war. He dedicated his life for humanity, freedom, and peacefullness.

A war just broke an humanity for social life. No one like attack by another, no one want kill another even with the gun.

As long as the resistance he did, Gandhi never distinguish peoples's religion, difference skin, and their nation. We know that Gandhi was the only one man who againts invaders with fasting.
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Охренительный, уникальный какой-то человек. Хотя к жене относился хреново. Любил - но по-своему как-то.
Еще интересно было почитать про то, что вегетерианство, которое распространилось по Европе - основано на учении какого-то индуиского еретика и дурачка (сам Ганди был веганом по хардкору)
"Человек и его поступок - вещи разные. В то время, как хороший поступок заслуживает одобрения, а дурной - осуждения, человек, независимо от того, хороший или дурной поступок он совершил, всегда достоин либо уваж
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the third time I'm using this book for class. Anyone interested in Gandhi's philosophy of Satyagraha and the application of his philosophy needs to read this book. This is not a book to skim, but one to read with full attention. Many chapters are short, so one chapter a day as a meditation-style reading would be doable.
Sep 16, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: india
Ho dato a questo libro tre stelline non per le parole di Gandhi ovviamente ma per il saggio iniziale che stava per farmi desistere dal leggere fino in fondo e per il modo in cui sono stati raggruppati i vari testi!Tutto questo ha reso la lettura noiosa e pesante!
Man O'neal
Oct 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
I am not neccesarily saying that my mind is on the same plain as that of Mohandas Gandhi´s, but when reading certain passages from this book I felt as though I was reading my own words. To feel as though an individual like Gandhi agrees with me regarding princıples ,on which I previously felt alone, is comforting. That being saıd, I am hard pressed to invision a person who would not find great insight, or at least food for thought (and lots of it), in this text. Of course, we generally acknowled ...more
Amir Noferesti
This book changed my thought, I was read it trough the green movement uprising in Iran on June-September 2009, This book inspired me to do a non-violent resistance because it is opposite of weakness nad Defiance combined with non-retaliatory acceptance of repression from one's requires strength, intuitive, resoluteness required for using non-violent methods in political struggle and the quest for Truth.
non-violence resistance requires restraint on the associates. It also needs an ad
Bradley Farless
Jan 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: politics
I just finished reading The Essential Gandhi, so my rating is affected by a comparison with that book which, I think, is far better.

The selections in this collection of writings is just as meaningful and important, but it's more confusing, because it incorporates writings from people other than Gandhi and it was not always very clear whose words I was reading. The writings also seemed a bit disjointed and in no particular order. Since Gandhi describes Satyagraha as a progressively more refined e
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un court condensé de plusieurs textes écrit par Gandhi, son autobiographie notamment. Il y explique ses différentes luttes: contre son propre corps et ses désirs (Brahmacharya, régime alimentaire strict...) mais aussi contre la violence et la folie des hommes (apartheid et système des castes...), notamment en Afrique du Sud où s'est forgé son principe de la lutte non-violente.
Très utile pour un premier aperçu de la manière de pensée et de la vie de Gandhi. (Je vous conseille également le film d'
Ophélie Camélia
Si je ne mets que deux étoiles à ce livre, ce n'est pas à cause des propos de Gandhi, mais pour la façon dont est présentée cette édition. Ce morcellement de texte, sans réel développement des idées, donne l'impression de lire un dictionnaire de citation, ce qui rend la lecture lourde et ennuyeuse.
Au finale ce livre ravira surement ceux qui veulent se donner bonne conscience en "lisant Gandhi", sans avoir à faire le moindre effort pour plonger réellement dans la pensée de cet homme...
Pour ma pa
E.D.E. Bell
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy, veganism
I found this book very interesting and thought-provoking. As a collection of various writing and speech, it is often disjointed, and would have benefited from some additional context from the editors (an updated edition could greatly assist for the modern reader), but this is a very high four star rating from me - if you want to understand Satyagraha, this book explores the topic from many facets, and is a fascinating read.
Luis Rolando
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una lectura refrescante y retadora. Gandhi hablaba de un socialismo enfocado en el ser humano, en la convivencia y la justicia. Más que eso, hablaba de valores que no se confunden con las etiquetas, que principios que no se doblan con la militancia o la coyuntura. Increíblemente actual.
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hall-of-fame
Ce livre est en fait un résumé d'autres oeuvres majeures sur la vie de Gandhi. Condensé et bien fait, il présente la philosophie et les idées de ce grand homme. Un livre qui fait beaucoup réfléchir et qui faut vraiment la peine d'être lu. Un incontournable!!
Jason Ahmadi
Jul 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Satyagraha by Gandhi

Bad ass book that led me up a tree.
Jan 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
nice book for present world, I enjoyed reading it
Pierre Fortier
Collage de plusieurs textes de Gandhi qui effleure la philosophie de ce grand homme et le parcours trop sommaire de sa vie. Aussi bien lire "Cette nuit la liberté" de Lapierre-Collins. Vide et plat.
Corry Hinckley
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read it in high school and of course it blew my mind.
Mar 11, 2010 marked it as to-read
New York Public Library listed this book as one of the best books on colonialism and its aftermath of the century.
Aug 15, 2007 marked it as to-read
Still in the first few chapters of this book...I got side tracked by Harry Potter...ooooo
Pierpaolo Bonante
Saggio importante per chiunque voglia un raffronto su come vivere la propria vita
Yassine Harek
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Si ce n'était pas pour le mauvais ordre, parfois, des quotations ça aurait été un 5
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An interresting book (y)
Sep 23, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Difficile de séparer l'auteur du texte. La plupart des critiques ici vont dans le sens d'une idolâtrie d'une personnage. On ne discute donc pas tellement texte et on passe à côté. Le lieu parfait pour dénoncer ce que je perçois comme une anti-démarche critique chez certains lecteurs.
Urbain Kza
Une sélection de textes pour comprendre la pensée de Gandhi : le jeûne et le végétarisme, le célibat, le féminisme, mais surtout la non-violence. Néanmoins, cela manque parfois de cohérence et d'unicité.
Cela reste une lecture agréable et très rapide.
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The son of a senior government official, Gandhi was born and raised in a Hindu Bania community in coastal Gu

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