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Monday, September 19, 2011

Satyagraha

I'm reading William L. Shirer's biography "Gandhi - a Memoir".

Explaining why he was on the train to Delhi, Shirer said "It would be best to see Gandhi first, to try to grasp the nature of his genius [...], to get from the master himself an understanding of his unique contribution to the revolutionary politics of the twentieth century, Satyagraha, a word he had coined from his native Gujarati and which, I suspected, meant much more, at least in the Hindu consciousness, than civil disobedience, passive resistance, non-cooperation, and non-violence, though it encompassed all of these."

Any Gujarati-speaking Hindus reading this? I'd like to know more.

3 Comments:

Blogger AndrewM said...

Wouldn't it be better to go to the horse's mouth? Gandhi himself explains it quite well in English:

http://tinyurl.com/Gandhi-Autobiography

For a nutshell description the Wikipedia article on 'Satyagraha' is quite acceptable. It even quotes Encyclopaedia Britannica, so it must be authoritative.

September 19, 2011 9:25 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Thanks for that Andrew. Perhaps I should be satisfied with Gandhi's own explanation, but I would also like to chew the fat with a Gujarati speaking Hindu. Just to stroke my ego, mind... ;-)

September 19, 2011 10:35 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

And for Anonymous, who said, amongst a few insults, "SUPPORT OUR TROOPS", I have this suggestion:
READ THIS

September 19, 2011 10:45 AM  

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