In this essay, written as the preface to the Vintage Spiritual Classics edition of The Essential Gandhi, Easwaran describes the cultural and historical setting in which Gandhi lived, and the key elements of Gandhi's spiritual transformation. He also recounts his visit to Gandhi's ashram, where he watched the Mahatma rapt in meditation on the Indian scripture, the Bhagavad Gita, an experience which later helped to shape Easwaran's development of his method of passage meditation. (See also Eknath Easwaran's audio recordings entitled Meditation: A Complete Audio Guide to a Practical Eight Point Program, and Following the Inspiration of Mahatma Gandhi).
Paul Bazely has worked in film, TV, theater, and radio for many companies including the BBC and the Royal National Theatre. His family is originally from India and he has been an avid reader of Easwaran's books for many years.
©1974 Nilgiri Press; (P)2009 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation
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I have begun reading as much of Eknath Easwaran's material on Mohandas Gandhi as I can get. I am on my 67th year, and believe it os not too late to emulate Gandhi.
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