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The Essential Gandhi
An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas
Written by Mahatma Gandhi
Edited by Louis Fischer

The Essential Gandhi
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Category: Biography & Autobiography - Religious; Biography & Autobiography - Social Activists; Philosophy - Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Imprint: Vintage
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: November 2002
Price: $16.95
Can. Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3050-7 (1-4000-3050-1)
Pages: 368

A Vintage Spiritual Classic

Mohandas K. Gandhi, called Mahatma (“great soul”), was the father of modern India, but his influence has spread well beyond the subcontinent and is as important today as it was in the first part of the twentieth century and during this nation’s own civil rights movement. Taken from Gandhi’s writings throughout his life, The Essential Gandhi introduces us to his thoughts on politics, spirituality, poverty, suffering, love, non-violence, civil disobedience, and his own life. The pieces collected here, with explanatory head notes by Gandhi biographer Louis Fischer, offer the clearest, most thorough portrait of one of the greatest spiritual leaders the world has known.

With a new Preface drawn from the writings of Eknath Easwaran

"Gandhi believed in revealing himself. He regarded secrecy as the enemy of freedom-not only the freedom of India but the freedom of man. He exposed even the innermost personal thoughts which individuals usually regard as private. In nearly a half-century of prolific writing, speaking, and subjecting his ideas to the test of actions, he painted a detailed self-portrait of his mind, heart, and soul. Gandhi was a unique person, a great person, perhaps the greatest figure of the last nineteen hundred years. And his words have been preserved as they came from his mouth and pen." —Louis Fischer

“Gandhi was inevitable. If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable. . . . We may ignore him at our own risk.” —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Table of Contents


1.) Beginnings of a Great Man
2.) Gandhi in England
3.) Gandhi Fails
4.) The Method Is Born
5.) The Struggle
6.) Victory in South Africa

PART TWO: The Mahatma

7.) Facing the British in India
8.) Segregation in India
9.) Civil Disobedience Succeeds
10.) Murder in an Indian Garden
11.) Non-Violence
12.) Gandhi's Road to Jail
13.) The Power of the Mind
14.) National Independence Is Not Enough
15.) Gandhi's Message to All Men
16.) Gandhi's Political Principles
17.) Belief and Human Welfare
18.) Sex, Sanitation, and Segregation
19.) The Liberty March
20.) How to Enjoy Jail
21.) Fast Against Indian Prejudice
22.) Blueprint for a Better Life
23.) Gandhi on Socialism and Communism
24.) Gandhi About Himself
25.) Gandhi's Advice to Negroes
26.) Love Versus War and Dictators
27.) "Quit India"
28.) Independence and Sorrow
29.) Last Victory