How one man changed himself
to change the world
by Eknath Easwaran
The Story of a Great Soul: the Power of Nonviolence
Eknath Easwaran grew up in India and witnessed how 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 nonviolent struggle for independence? 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.
Easwaran gives a moving account of the turning points and choices in Gandhi's life that made him not just a great political leader byut also a timeless icon of nonviolence.
"You and I can touch Gandhi's person and heart through this compelling creation."
- New introduction by Eknath Easwaran, "Gandhi: Then & Now"
- 70 digitally restored photographs from the GandhiServe archive
- New detailed chronology with maps and background notes
- Foreword by Michael N. Nagler, professor emeritus and cofounder of the Peace and Conflict Studies program, University of California, Berkeley
—Rajmohan Gandhi, Research Professor, University of Illinois,
and author of Gandhi: The Man, His People and the Empire
Eknath Easwaran (1910-1999) grew up in the historic years when Gandhi was leading India to freedom through nonviolence. The lesson he learned from Gandhi was the power of the individual, the immense resources that emerge when a seemingly ordinary person transforms himself completely.
Following graduate studies, Easwaran joined the teaching profession and later became head of the department of English at the University of Nagpur. In 1959 he came to the US with the Fulbright exchange program and in 1961 he founded the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, which carries on his work with publications and retreats.
Easwaran's translation of the Indian spiritual classics (The Bhagavad Gita, The Upanishads, and The Dhammapada) are all bestsellers in their field. More than 1.5 million copies of hid books are in print.