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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.

©1997 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (P)2009 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation

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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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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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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  • 17-12-13

Narration left a lot to be desired

What didn’t you like about Paul Bazely’s performance?

I thought the narrator was mocking the accents of Indian people in general. I personally didn't think, there was any need for that accent.

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  • Rafi Dudekula
  • 22-02-20

The secret behind Gandhi’s wisdom and power

Though I was born and raised in India, like many Indians, I never asked how he could influence hundreds of millions of people. This book written by Eknath Easwaran, goes to the heart of Gandhi’s enormous strength and wisdom, which turns out to be The Bhagavad Gita. I am deeply grateful to the author for bringing out the source that shaped Gandhi’s character, conduct and consciousness.

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  • ranjini Manian
  • 17-05-15

Gandhis transformation inspires ours

This is to say that gandhi the man is an outstanding book I had hoped to read but audible made it super easy. Bravo.

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  • James Carl Barsz, MD
  • 24-04-15

Rama Rama

This book has moved to center stage in my life. I am 67 years old, practicing internal medicine and addiction medicine for over 36 years. I meditate on Chapter 3 of this book either when I am alone, or with my patients, at least three times daily. It contains the CURE for addictive illness.

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  • JK
  • 11-05-22

DO READ

An other excellent book by Eknath Easwaran.
I have read books about Gandhi, all good, because he was a great man. This short book describes him from an other aspect. So glad I finally bought the book. I highly recommend listening.
The narrator Paul Bazely, as usual, is a pleasure to listen to.
My thanks to all involved, JK.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-02-22

Small in Statute Big in Hesrt

A quick listen for a brief accounting iof this wonderful man who marched to a different drum.

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  • 06-03-21

Very inspiring 👏

The book is very inspiring. The text and the reader delivered it in a calm and soothing voice, makes it a meditative reading.

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  • anna Bennett
  • 15-12-19

My hero

We should all be like this loving man. He loved India so much all Hindu Seik andMusslim.

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  • Iqbal Hussain
  • 15-10-19

Poor vocal rendition

Prejudiced towards the Indian accent, the narrator has made a hash of his version of Gandhi's voice. It is jarring to hear him pronounce Indian words. It made me wince at all such utterances. Definitely a Thumbs Down for the narration.

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  • James A. Bergdoll
  • 08-03-19

Great book. truly inspiring

loved it. truly inspiring. shows us how we can all be part of Gd's Will and Love