An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth Paperback – 6 Sep 2001
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First published in two volumes in 1927 and 1929, with a second edition in 1940, this is Gandhi's account of his early spiritual progress towards truth and the circumstances of his life that led him to a practical application of the principles of conduct for which he was revered.
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Mohandas K Gandhi was born in 1869 to Hindu parents. He studied law in London and was admitted to the Inner Temple in 1891. He worked to improve the rights of immigrant Indians in South Africa, returning to India in 1915 to take up the struggle for independence from Britain. Gandhi never wavered in his belief in non-violent protest and Independence, in 1947, was not a military victory but a triumph of human will. In January 1948 Gandhi assassinated as he walked to take evening prayers.
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The parrenial question is: why did he oppose the partition so much. The book offers a glimpse of insight into his mind; his stance was metaphysically rather than politically motivated. The idea of ‘unity’ appears quite early in the book (which ends long before the partition of India), and I think it was imprinted into his Hindu soul. Schopenhauer (much influenced by Eastern philosophy) would have called it ‘the underlying unity of all existence’. With this worldview, division and violence against others would have been seen as violence and division directed at oneself. Gandhi paid for the adherence to this principle with his life. Very few people (especially politicians) would have been prepared to do it today, even at any time. Principles no longer matter.