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  • Gandhi the Man

  • How One Man Changed Himself to Change the World
  • By: Eknath Easwaran
  • Narrated by: Paul Bazely
  • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Gandhi the Man

By: Eknath Easwaran
Narrated by: Paul Bazely
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Summary

This is the story of Gandhi's spiritual evolution - the turning points and choices that made him not just a great political leader but also a timeless icon of nonviolence.

Eknath Easwaran grew up in India and witnessed how Gandhi inspired people of all races, backgrounds, and religions to turn anger into compassion and hatred into love.

How had Gandhi transformed himself from an ineffective young lawyer into the Mahatma, the "great soul" who led 400 million ordinary men and women in their nonviolent struggle for independence? To find out, Easwaran visited Gandhi's ashram and watched the Mahatma absorbed in meditation on the Bhagavad Gita - the wellspring of Gandhi's spiritual strength.

Easwaran, a leading authority on the Bhagavad Gita and on spiritual living, explains the principles underlying Gandhi's nonviolence. He highlights how we can all use Gandhi's teachings to make our families, workplaces, and communities more peaceful in the world today.

This audiobook is a complete narration of Easwaran's Gandhi the Man but excludes the short Foreword, and the Afterword ("How Nonviolence Works") that are by other writers.

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Critic reviews

"Comes closer to giving some sense of how Gandhi saw his life than any other account I have read." (Bill McKibben, New York Post)  

"Every few pages, the text is interspersed with something Gandhi said or wrote - I resonated with almost every quote.... You cannot deny the life and spirit of this man. It leaps out at you from every page. And so, in the end, it's a great book. Simply because of the strength of the man and his words, this book has an emotional/spiritual power that you can't help but notice." (NewPages.com) 

"Its great contribution is its emphasis on the spiritual foundation of Gandhi's life journey." (The Nonviolent Activist)

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Perfect summary

Love this summarised version. And loved the impersonations as it brings out what he said.

Gandhi summed it all up as ‘renounce’ and ‘enjoy’ from the Gita.

Great intro for those seeking to understand Gandhi.

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Gandhi

This book was so authentic and easy to understand you felt like you were there with them all. If your looking for spiritual listening then this book for you what an amazing human being.

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Truely inspirational

I have enjoyed this book deeply and was moved by Gandhi’s example and life. It brought my own life into review and made me to ask the question, how can I love more, serve more, be more...?

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Inspiring

The narration was excellent and the story of Ghandi the Man was and is inspiring, so much wisdom in such a short book.

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