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Mohandas Gandhi : essential writings
Gandhi, Mahatma, 1869-1948.
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Works. Selections. 2002
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Maryknoll, N.Y. : Orbis Books, [2002]

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191 pages ; 21 cm.
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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 social justice was ultimately related to the search for God. These writings reveal the heart and soul of a man whose life and message bear special relevance to all spiritual seekers.

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John Dear is a Jesuit priest, author, and veteran of many nonviolent campaigns

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Orbis adds to its Modern Spiritual Masters series with Mohandas Gandhi: Essential Writings, edited and introduced by John Dear. Dear, who writes that Gandhi's example "challenges us to become prophets and apostles of nonviolence," organizes the short selections thematically, arranging them around issues such as nonviolent resistance, the discipline of prayer and fasting, the search for God and the pursuit of truth. Dear has chosen accessible, passionate excerpts from Gandhi's writings, resulting in a valuable compendium for students and spiritual devotees. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Chronology of the Life of Mohandas Gandhip. 11
Sources and Recommended Readingsp. 15
Introduction: Mahatma Gandhi, Apostle of Nonviolencep. 17
1. My Life Is My Message: Autobiographical Writingsp. 49
To See God Face to Facep. 50
The Gita and the Sermon on the Mountp. 52
The Most Creative Experience of My Lifep. 54
The Infinite Possibilities of Universal Lovep. 56
Beginning a Life of Nonviolencep. 57
Building a New Community in Indiap. 60
My First Experiment in Nonviolence in Indiap. 61
The National Strikep. 65
The Spiritual Path of Nonviolence and Purityp. 66
2. The Search for Godp. 69
God Is Truth and Lovep. 70
The Unseen Powerp. 71
Truth Is Godp. 72
The Requirement of a Living Faithp. 73
Finding God through Serving Humanityp. 75
God Is within All of Usp. 77
Respect All Religionsp. 78
Christ's Gospel of Love and Peacep. 78
Compassion and Solidarity with the Poorp. 80
Joy in the Search for Godp. 81
3. The Pursuit of Truthp. 83
Devotion to Truthp. 84
The Method of Satyagrahap. 86
The Qualities of a Satyagrahip. 89
The Willingness to Suffer for Truthp. 91
4. The Practice of Nonviolencep. 94
Nonviolence Is the Most Active Force in the Worldp. 96
Nonviolence Means Pure Lovep. 101
Nonviolence Is the Way of Truth and Peacep. 104
The Virtue of Nonviolencep. 106
Training in Nonviolencep. 107
Nonviolence Is the Rule of Lifep. 114
Nonviolence Can Be Practiced by Nationsp. 116
My Experience of Nonviolencep. 120
Nonviolence Belongs to the Bravep. 125
The Amazing Discoveries of Nonviolence to Comep. 127
Gandhi's Prayer for Allp. 127
5. The Discipline of Prayer and Fastingp. 128
Prayer Is the Core of Lifep. 129
Thy Will Be Donep. 131
Prayer Is a Longing for Godp. 132
Prayer Purifies the Heartp. 132
The Humility of Prayerp. 133
The Practice of Prayerp. 134
Prayer Is Never Fruitlessp. 136
My Experience of Prayerp. 137
A National Day of Prayer and Fastingp. 138
The Method of Fastingp. 139
A Daily Resolutionp. 140
Gandhi's Prayerp. 140
The Weapon of Prayerp. 140
Leave the Results in God's Handsp. 141
Live a Saintly Life to Obtain Peacep. 141
God Gives Enough Light for the Next Stepp. 142
6. The Urgent Need for Nuclear Disarmamentp. 143
Nonviolence and Nuclear Weaponsp. 144
Disarm Now or There Is No Hope for Peacep. 147
Gandhi's Last Wordsp. 147
7. The Life of Steadfast Resistancep. 149
Victory Is Ours: The Johannesburg, South Africa, Mass Meeting, September 11, 1906p. 150
Obeying the Divine Law, Resisting Unjust Lawsp. 152
God Will Give Us Our Rights: Speech upon Release from Prison, Johannesburg, South Africap. 154
To Serve with One's Whole Life: The Draft Constitution for the Satyagraha Ashram, Ahmedabad, Indiap. 155
The Hindu Mission of Nonviolencep. 158
Love Ever Dies: Satyagraha Leaflet Number 20, For the National Strikep. 159
The Great Trial: Statement to the Judge, 1922p. 160
Speech on the Eve of the Salt March to Dandi, March 11, 1930p. 161
The Jews in Germany and in Palestinep. 163
A Message to America, 1942p. 169
A Message to America, 1946p. 171
The Mission of Peace: The Work of the United Nationsp. 171
Selected Lettersp. 173