Mahatma Gandhi;An Autobiography - The Story of My Experiences with Truth
jivan Publishing House, 1927 (reprinted 1996)
Intia-Keskus, Yrjönkatu 8-10, 00120 Helsinki
In his only autobiography Mahatma Gandhi tells about his life with unusual openness and warmth. Child marriage, carnal lust and marital problems are conveyed to the reader as heavy but truthful, and the frankness surprises us time and again. Not shying away from depicting his human weaknesses, Gandhi tells how he many times embarked on a collision course with the norms and power-holders of India, England as well as South Africa. The language is rich, the narration most colourful. With a gentle but determined hold, Gandhi takes his readers in the midst of troubles and calm moments in silence. The reader is swept on a unique journey to court rooms, ecological communes and private homes. The directness of the narration evokes questions and forces us to ponder the humility and determination that guided Gandhi's varied, unbelievable life.
"Nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man."
Mohandas K. Gandhi on nonviolence
"Gandhi was inevitable. If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable. He lived, thought and acted, inspired by the vision of humanity evolving toward a world of peace and harmony. We may ignore Gandhi at our own risk."
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
"Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth."