Gandhi on Non-Violence (New Directions Paperbook)

Gandhi on Non-Violence (New Directions Paperbook)


An crucial compendium for figuring out Gandhi's profound legacy.

"One has to talk out and rise up for one's convictions. inactivity at a time of conflagration is inexcusable."―Mahatma Gandhi

the elemental ideas of Gandhi's philosophy of non-violence (Ahimsa) and non-violent motion (Satyagraha) have been selected through Thomas Merton for this quantity in 1965. In his not easy advent, "Gandhi and the One-Eyed Giant," Merton emphasizes the significance of motion instead of mere pacifism as a principal element of non-violence, and illustrates how the rules of Gandhi's common truths are associated with conventional Hindu Dharma, the Greek philosophers, and the lessons of Christ and Thomas Aquinas.

informed as a Westerner in South Africa, it used to be Gandhi's wish to put aside the caste approach in addition to his political struggles in India which led him to find the dynamic energy of non-cooperation. yet, non-violence for Gandhi "was no longer easily a political tactic," as Merton observes: "the spirit of non-violence sprang from an internal recognition of non secular solidarity in himself." Gandhi's politics of non secular integrity have inspired generations of individuals around the globe, in addition to civil rights leaders from Martin Luther King, Jr. and Steve Biko to Václav Havel and Aung San Suu Kyi.

Mark Kurlansky has written an insightful preface for this version that touches upon the background of non-violence and displays the center of Gandhi's non secular and moral doctrine within the context of present international conflicts.

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