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Mahatma Gandhi: The Man Who Became One with the Universal Being

Romain Rolland (Author)
Synopsis This book contains a frank and illuminating commentary on Gandhiji and his ideals by the eminent French philosopher, Romain Rolland. As a great European and contemporary of the Mahatma, his views have a special value. The appraisal and assessment of Gandhiji's ideals of truth and non-violence and of the strategy of passive resistance against the mighty British Empire is of particular interest as it comes from a brilliant mind of the materialist-oriented West. Long before the world bestowed renown on Gandhiji for his political sagacity, Romain Rolland probed and made known to humanity the spiritual greatness of the man. The two understood each other fully and the great scholar from the West found and drew inspiration from the well-springs of that highly cultivated and dedicated soul. While expressing his admiration for Gandhiji's ethical approach to religion and politics and his readiness to sacrifice everything for the sake of truth, Romain Rolland does not hesitate to quote literally from Tagore and Andrews, who criticised some of Gandhiji's political decisions. He also brings out how British policy forced Gandhiji to switch over from an attitude of loyal co-operation with Great Britain to that of non-violent non- co-operation. Readers will find the book a sustained interest throughout.
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About the author

Romain Rolland

Romain Rolland (1866-1944) was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature two years after Rabindrarnath Tagore did – in 1915 – for his already famous novel Jean Christophe. A musician and a pacifist, he was much attracted by Vivekananda’s Advaita and ideas of a World Religion, and, disturbed by the First World War, he decided to learn more and write about not only him but also his Master. He also wrote the life-stories of Leo Tolstoy and Mahatma Gandhi. For a while he worked with the Red Cross to serve the suffering. His literary writings set new Red Cross to serve the suffering. His literary writings set new trends in world literature. Romain Rolland’s reputation as an idealist and free-thinkers made him welcome all over the world.

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Title Mahatma Gandhi: The Man Who Became One with the Universal Being
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition Reprint
Language: English
isbn 8187075538
length 145p.