All Men Are Brothers: Life and Thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi as Told in His Own Words

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CHAPTER I
AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL

It is not my purpose to attempt a real autobiography. I simply want to tell the story of my numerous experiments with truth, and as my life consists of nothing but those experiments, it is true that the story will take the shape of an autobiography. But I shall not mind, if every page of it speaks only of my experiments. 1

My experiments in the political field are now known, not only to India, but to a certain extent to the 'civilized' world. For me, they have not much value; and the title of 'Mahatma' that they have won for me has, therefore, even less. Often the title has deeply pained me; and there is not a moment I can recall when it may be said to have tickled me. But I should certainly like to narrate my experiments in the spiritual field which are known only to myself, and from which I have derived such power as I possess for working in the political field. If the experiments are really spiritual, then there can be no room for self-praise. They can only add to my humility. The more I reflect and look back on the past, the more vividly do I feel my limitations. 2

What I want to achieve -- what I have been striving and pining to achieve these thirty years -- is self-realization, to see God face to face, to attain Moksha. I live and move and have my being in pursuit of this goal. All that I do by way of speaking and writing, and all my ventures in the political field, are directed to this same end. But as I have all along believed that what is possible for one is possible for all, my experiments have not been

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Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Foreword vii
  • Contents ix
  • Introduction xiii
  • Selections 1
  • Chapter I - Autobiographical 3
  • Chapter II - Religion and Truth 56
  • Chapter III - Means and Ends 81
  • Chapter IV - AhiṃsĀ or the Way of Non-Violence 85
  • Chapter V - Self-Discipline 108
  • Chapter VI - International Peace 118
  • Chapter VII - Man and Machine 124
  • Chapter VIII - Poverty in the Midst of Plenty 129
  • Chapter IX - Democracy and the People 138
  • Chapter X - Education 151
  • Chapter XI - Women 160
  • Chapter XII - Miscellaneous 168
  • Glossary 181
  • Sources 184
  • A Selected Bibliography 191
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