An Autobiography

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 1993-11-01
  • Publisher: Beacon Press

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Translated by Mahadev Desai and with a New Preface The only authorized American edition 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 Bok urges us to adopt Gandhi's "attitude of experimenting, of tesing what will and will not bear close scrutiny, what can and cannot be adapted to new circumstances," in order to bring about change in our own lives and communities. All royalties earned on this book are paid to the Navajivan Trust, founded by Gandhi, for use in carrying on his work.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Translator's Prefacep. xix
Introductionp. xxiii
Birth and Parentagep. 3
Childhoodp. 6
Child Marriagep. 8
Playing the Husbandp. 11
At the High Schoolp. 14
A Tragedyp. 19
A Tragedy (Contd.)p. 22
Stealing and Atonementp. 25
My Father's Death and My Double Shamep. 28
Glimpses of Religionp. 31
Preparation for Englandp. 35
Outcastep. 39
In London at Lastp. 42
My Choicep. 45
Playing the English Gentlemanp. 48
Changesp. 52
Experiments in Dieteticsp. 55
Shyness My Shieldp. 59
The Canker of Untruthp. 63
Acquaintance with Religionsp. 67
Narayan Hemchandrap. 72
The Great Exhibitionp. 76
'Called'--But Then?p. 78
My Helplessnessp. 81
Raychandbhaip. 87
How I Began Lifep. 90
The First Casep. 93
The First Shockp. 96
Preparing for South Africap. 100
Arrival in Natalp. 102
Some Experiencesp. 105
On the Way to Pretoriap. 109
More Hardshipsp. 113
First Day in Pretoriap. 118
Christian Contactsp. 122
Seeking Touch with Indiansp. 125
What It Is to Be A 'Coolie'p. 128
Preparation for the Casep. 131
Religious Fermentp. 135
Man Proposes, God Disposesp. 138
Settled in Natalp. 141
Colour Barp. 145
Natal Indian Congressp. 148
Balasundaramp. 153
The [pound] 3 Taxp. 155
Comparative Study of Religionsp. 158
As a Householderp. 162
Homewardp. 165
In Indiap. 168
Two Passionsp. 172
The Bombay Meetingp. 175
Poona and Madrasp. 178
'Return Soon'p. 180
Rumblings of the Stormp. 185
The Stormp. 188
The Testp. 191
The Calm After the Stormp. 196
Education of Childrenp. 199
Spirit of Servicep. 202
Brahmacharya--Ip. 204
Brahmacharya--IIp. 208
Simple Lifep. 212
The Boer Warp. 214
Sanitary Reform and Famine Reliefp. 217
Return to Indiap. 219
In India Againp. 222
Clerk and Bearerp. 225
In the Congressp. 227
Lord Curzon's Darbarp. 229
A Month with Gokhale--Ip. 231
A Month with Gokhale--IIp. 233
A Month with Gokhale--IIIp. 236
In Benaresp. 239
Settled in Bombay?p. 243
Faith on Its Trialp. 246
To South Africa Againp. 249
'Love's Labour's Lost'?p. 255
Autocrats from Asiap. 257
Pocketed the Insultp. 259
Quickened Spirit of Sacrificep. 262
Result of Introspectionp. 264
A Sacrifice to Vegetarianismp. 267
Experiments in Earth and Water Treatmentp. 269
A Warningp. 271
A Tussle with Powerp. 274
A Sacred Recollection and Penancep. 276
Intimate European Contactsp. 279
European Contacts (Contd.)p. 282
'Indian Opinion'p. 285
Coolie Locations or Ghettoes?p. 287
The Black Plague--Ip. 290
The Black Plague--IIp. 292
Location in Flamesp. 295
The Magic Spell of a Bookp. 297
The Phoenix Settlementp. 300
The First Nightp. 302
Polak Takes the Plungep. 304
Whom God Protectsp. 306
A Peep into the Householdp. 310
The Zulu 'Rebellion'p. 313
Heart Searchingsp. 315
The Birth of Satyagrahap. 318
More Experiments in Dieteticsp. 320
Kasturbai's Couragep. 322
Domestic Satyagrahap. 325
Towards Self-Restraintp. 328
Fastingp. 330
As Schoolmasterp. 333
Literary Trainingp. 335
Training of the Spiritp. 338
Tares Among the Wheatp. 340
Fasting as Penancep. 342
To Meet Gokhalep. 344
My Part in the Warp. 346
A Spiritual Dilemmap. 348
Miniature Satyagrahap. 351
Gokhale's Charityp. 355
Treatment of Pleurisyp. 357
Homewardp. 359
Some Reminiscences of the Barp. 361
Sharp Practice?p. 363
Clients Turned Co-Workersp. 365
How a Client Was Savedp. 367
The First Experiencep. 373
With Gokhale in Poonap. 375
Was it a Threat?p. 377
Shantiniketanp. 380
Woes of Third Class Passengersp. 383
Wooingp. 385
Kumbha Melap. 387
Lakshman Jhulap. 391
Founding of the Ashramp. 395
On the Anvilp. 397
Abolition of Indentured Emigrationp. 400
The Stain of Indigop. 404
The Gentle Biharip. 406
Face to Face with Ahimsap. 409
Case Withdrawnp. 413
Methods of Workp. 416
Companionsp. 419
Penetrating the Villagesp. 422
When a Governor is Goodp. 424
In Touch with Labourp. 426
A Peep into the Ashramp. 428
The Fastp. 430
The Kheda Satyagrahap. 434
'The Onion Thief'p. 436
End of Kheda Satyagrahap. 439
Passion for Unityp. 441
Recruiting Campaignp. 444
Near Death's Doorp. 450
The Rowlatt Bills and My Dilemmap. 454
That Wonderful Spectacle!p. 457
That Memorable Week!--Ip. 460
That Memorable Week!--IIp. 466
'A Himalayan Miscalculation'p. 469
'Navajivan' and 'Young India'p. 471
In the Punjabp. 475
The Khilafat Against Cow Protection?p. 478
The Amritsar Congressp. 482
Congress Initiationp. 486
The Birth of Khadip. 489
Found at Last!p. 491
An Instructive Dialoguep. 494
Its Rising Tidep. 497
At Nagpurp. 500
Farewellp. 503
Indexp. 506
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