By M. K. Gandhi; Mahadev Desai
In this autobiography, additionally titled The tale of My Experiments with Truth, Mohandas okay. Gandhi recounts his lifestyles from early life up till 1921, noting that "my lifestyles from this element onward has been so public that there's rarely something approximately it that folks don't know." HarperCollins selected this paintings as one of many "100 most vital religious Books of the twentieth Century." The pursuit of fact used to be a guideline for Gandhi. He states that it "is no longer my goal to try a true autobiography. I easily are looking to inform the tale of my a number of experiments with fact, and as my existence includes not anything yet these experiments, it truly is real that the tale will take the form of an autobiography." He additionally notes that this "will in fact contain experiments with non-violence, celibacy and different ideas of behavior believed to be designated from truth."
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The First Experience II. With Gokhale in Poona III. Was it a Threat? IV. Shantiniketan V. Woes of Third Class Passengers VI. Wooing VII. Kumbha Mela VIII. Lakshman Jhula IX. Founding of the Ashram X. On the Anvil XI. Abolition of Indentured Emigration XII. The Stain of Indigo XIII. The Gentle Bihari XIV. Face to Face with Ahimsa XV. Case Withdrawn XVI. Methods of Work XVII. Companions XVIII. Penetrating the Villages XIX. When a Governor is Good XX. In Touch with Labour XXI. A Peep into the Ashram XXII.
I am prepared to sacrifice the things dearest to me in pursuit of this quest. Even if the sacrifice demanded be my very life, I hope I may be prepared to give it. But as long as I have not realized this Absolute Truth, so long must I hold by the relative truth as I have conceived it. That relative truth must, meanwhile, be my beacon, my shield and buckler. Though this path is strait and narrow and sharp as the razor's edge, for me it has been the quickest and easiest. Even my Himalayan blunders have seemed trifling to me because I have kept strictly to this path.
I literally ran back, because I could not bear to talk to anybody. I was even afraid lest anyone should poke fun at me. There is an incident which occurred at the examination during my first year at the high school and which is worth recording. Mr Giles, the educational Inspector, had come on a visit of inspection. He had set us five words to write as a spelling exercise. One of the words was 'Kettle'. I had mis-spelt it. The teacher tried to prompt me with the point of his boot, but I would not be prompted.