Gandhi inspired people of all races, backgrounds, and religions to turn anger into compassion and hatred into love. How had Gandhi done this? How had he transformed himself from an ineffective young lawyer into the Mahatma, the “great soul” who led 400 million Indians in their struggle for independence from the British Empire?
To find out, Easwaran went to Gandhi’s ashram and watched the Mahatma absorbed in meditation on the Bhagavad Gita, the wellspring of his spiritual strength. In this book Easwaran, author of the best-selling translations of The Bhagavad Gita, The Upanishads, and The Dhammapada, explores "Gandhi: Then & Now"; Gandhi's early years in India, London and South Africa; nonviolence in South Africa and India; the Bhagavad Gita as the source of Gandhi's spiritual strength; and nonviolence in the affairs of life. Quotations highlight Gandhi’s teachings in his own words, and 70 digitally restored photographs from the GandhiServe archive, sidebar notes and a chronology provide historical context.
This book conveys the spirit and soul of Gandhi – the only way he can be truly understood.
"You and I can touch Gandhi's person and heart through this compelling creation." – Rajmohan Gandhi, Research Professor, University of Illinois, and author of Gandhi: The Man, His People, and the Empire
In this companion to his best-selling translation of the Bhagavad Gita, Easwaran explores the essential themes of this much-loved Indian scripture.
Placing the Gita in a modern context, Easwaran shows how this classic text sheds light on the nature of reality, the illusion of separateness, the search for identity, and the meaning of yoga. The key message of the Gita is how to resolve our conflicts and live in harmony with the deep unity of life, through the principles of yoga and the practice of meditation.
Easwaran grew up in the Hindu tradition and learned Sanskrit from an early age. A foremost translator and interpreter of the Gita, he taught classes on it for forty years, while living out the principles of the Gita in the midst of a busy family and community life.
In the Gita, Sri Krishna, the Lord, doesn’t tell the warrior prince Arjuna what to do: he shows Arjuna his choices and then leaves it to Arjuna to decide. Easwaran, too, shows us clearly how these teachings still apply to us – and how, like Arjuna, we must take courage and act wisely if we want our world to thrive.
"These essays sparkle with the humor and insight that have made Eknath Easwaran a popular teacher for over 30 years . . . Easwaran clarifies spiritual practice with vivid, concrete metaphors drawn from his years of observing people, animals, and the natural world. He certainly doesn’t downplay the difficulty of the meditative quest, which in order to be successful will cost us everything we have. But he does present its rewards so persuasively that it’s hard to resist the impulse to sit down and start right away.” – Yoga Journal
Just as a fitness routine can create a strong, supple body, spiritual disciplines can shape a secure personality and a resilient, loving mind. Writing as an experienced, friendly coach, Easwaran takes the timeless teachings of the Buddha and other mystics and shows how we can train the mind not just during meditation but throughout the day.
Working with difficult colleagues, choosing what to eat, and listening to a child’s needs are all opportunities to try out different, wiser responses. Easwaran shows how training the mind is a glorious challenge – one that brings joy and purpose to life.
This book is Easwaran's commentary on Chapter 12 of the Bhagavad Gita, and is taken from Like a Thousand Suns (The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living Volume 2, chapter 7-12), with a new introduction from Easwaran.