An Autobiography by M. K. Gandhi; Mahadev Desai

By M. K. Gandhi; Mahadev Desai

In this autobiography, additionally titled The tale of My Experiments with Truth, Mohandas ok. Gandhi recounts his lifestyles from formative years up until eventually 1921, noting that "my lifestyles from this aspect onward has been so public that there's not often something approximately it that folks don't know." HarperCollins selected this paintings as one of many "100 most vital non secular Books of the 20 th Century." The pursuit of fact used to be a tenet for Gandhi. He states that it "is no longer my objective to aim a true autobiography. I easily are looking to inform the tale of my a variety of experiments with fact, and as my lifestyles involves not anything yet these experiments, it's actual that the tale will take the form of an autobiography." He additionally notes that this "will after all contain experiments with non-violence, celibacy and different rules of behavior believed to be detailed from truth."

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Only between like natures can friendship be altogether worthy and enduring. Friends react on one another. Hence in friendship there is very little scope for reform. I am of opinion that all exclusive intimacies are to be avoided; for man takes in vice far more readily than virtue. And he who would be friends with God must remain alone, or make the whole world his friend. I may be wrong, but my effort to cultivate an intimate friendship proved a failure. A wave of 'reform' was sweeping over Rajkot at the time when I first came across this friend.

Betrothal is a preliminary promise on the part of the parents of the boy and the girl to join them in marriage, and it is not inviolable. The death of the boy entails no widowhood on the girl. It is an agreement purely between the parents, and the children have no concern with it. Often they are not even informed of it. It appears that I was betrothed thrice, though without my knowledge. I was told that two girls chosen for me had died in turn, and therefore I infer that I was betrothed three times.

I went into the jaws of sin, but God in His infinite mercy protected me against myself. I was almost struck blind and dumb in this den of vice. I sat near the woman on her bed, but I was tongue-tied. She naturally lost patience with me, and showed me the door, with abuses and insults. I then felt as though my manhood had been injured, and wished to sink into the ground for shame. But I have ever since given thanks to God for having saved me. I can recall four more similar incidents in my life, and in most of them my good fortune, rather than any effort on my part, saved me.

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