Chapter 2 & 3/Synopsis: – “An Autobiography: The Story Of My Experiments With Truth” By Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi)

Chapter 2 & 3/Synopsis:  – “An Autobiography: The Story Of My Experiments With Truth” By Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi) 

CHAPTER 2 – CHILDHOOD 

  1. I was put into a primary school at the age of 7. There is hardly anything to note about studies. I was a mediocre student.
  2. I was very shy and avoided all company. I ran back and forth from home to school, least anyone stop me and talk to me.
  3. I recall an incident when a teacher tried to prompt me with the pin of his boot, to copy from my neighbor in a spelling examination, but without effect. I thought teachers were there to supervise against copying. I could never learn the art of `copying’.
  4. Two incidents at the time deeply clung to my memory, and in some way, influenced the course of my future thought. One, was a book from my father’s library that fell into my hands: “Shravana Pitrubhakti” and two, a play called “Harishchandra” which I had watched.
  5. What is it that stops all of us from being dedicated like Shravana & truthful like Harishchandra – is a question that I have often asked myself. 

CHAPTER 3 – CHILD MARRIAGE 

  1. I shall have to swallow much shame in the course of this narrative. I was married at 13.
  2. There is no moral argument in support of marriage at such a preposterously early age.
  3. It appears I was betrothed (engaged) thrice without my knowledge. 2 chosen girls had died in turn; to the 3rd I was married.
  4. It was decided to conduct marriages of myself, my brother and a cousin at the same time. It was to be a triple wedding.
  5. Hindu marriages are no simple matter. Parents of brides & bridegrooms inflict ruin upon themselves in the course of such marriage.
  6. Months are spent in wasting time, wasting substance; deciding ornaments, clothes and budgets.
  7. Women whether they have a voice or not, sing themselves hoarse; sometimes till they fall ill; and disturb the peace of neighbours.
  8. Neighbours in turn quietly put up with turmoil, bustle, dirt, filth – because they know that a time will come when they will be soon behaving this way.
  9. I don’t think marriage meant anything to me except good clothes, drum beatings, rich dinners and a strange girl to play with.
  10. Carnal desire came later, but I propose to draw the curtains over my shame as these events have little to do with the central idea of my writing.
  11. My father arrived for my marriage with severe injuries and bandages all over, as his coach from Rajkot to Porbandar had toppled over.
  12. I forgot the grief of my father’s injuries in the childish amusement of my own wedding.
  13. Looking back, this is a lesson that I have learnt, and a lesson I often teach to 13 year olds today…
  14. …Devotion to parents and commitment to duty – is often impaired by passions that flesh is heir to.
  15. …There comes a time in everyone’s life when passion of the flesh, and pleasure of the body threaten to blind us to the obvious pain of our parents, and of our near & dear ones.
  16. …And if such an occasion does come to pass, we will always look back upon it in shame.
  17. My father put on a brave front in spite of his severe injuries. Everything looked so right, so proper, so pleasing.
  18. Looking back at that day, I never ever imagined I would criticize my father today for my marriage; or regret having married at an age when the mind is malleable to any suggestion.
  19. My brother’s wife coached me on my behavior for the first night; I don’t know who coached my wife. But no coaching is really necessary in such matters. The impressions of the former birth are potent enough to make all coaching superfluous.
  20. We were of the same age, and I took no time in assuming the authority of a husband.

 CHAPTER 4 – PLAYING THE HUSBAND

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Chapter 2/Synopsis: – “An Autobiography: The Story Of My Experiments With Truth” By Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi)

Chapter 2/Synopsis:  – “An Autobiography: The Story Of My Experiments With Truth” By Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi)

 CHAPTER 2 – BIRTH & PARENTAGE 

  1. The Gandhis belong to the Vaishnav sect of Hinduism, and the Bania caste; referred to in Gujarati as “Vaishnav Vania” (vaania) – a sect & caste predominantly recognized for their monetary abilities.
  2. For 3 generations, my forefathers were Prime Ministers of the Kaathiawad States of Gujarat.
  3. Ota (Uttamchand) Gandhi, my grandfather, was a man of principle. When forced to leave Porbandar & seek refuge in Junagadh, he saluted the Nawab there with his left hand; my right hand is already pledged to Porbandar, he said.
  4. Ota Gandhi married a 2nd time after the death of his 1st wife; he had 4 sons by his 1st wife & 2 by his 2nd; never ever did I feel that they were not sons of the same mother.
  5. Kaba (Karamchand) Gandhi, son no.5, was my father. Kaba Gandhi married 4 times in succession, having lost one wife after another to death. His last wife, Putlibai, bore him 1 daughter & 3 sons. I was the youngest.
  6. My father loved his clan; was truthful, brave, courageous and to some extent given to carnal pleasures.
  7. My father had no education, save experience; of religious training he had very little; he never had any ambition to accumulate any riches and left us very little property.
  8. The outstanding impression on my memory of my mother, is her saintliness & her deep religiousness.
  9. Of these parents, I was born at Porbandar on 2nd October 1869.
  10. I recollect having been put to school; I recollect nothing else except having got through multiplication tables with difficulty; I recollect having called our teacher all kinds of names in the company of other boys.
  11. The fact that I recollect nothing else shows that my intellect was sluggish, and my memory raw.

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END OF CHAPTER 2

CHAPTER 3 – CHILDHOOD

Chapter 1/Synopsis: – “An Autobiography: The Story Of My Experiments With Truth” By Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi)

Chapter 1/Synopsis:  – “An Autobiography: The Story Of My Experiments With Truth” By Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi)

For a long time now, I have been wanting to read Mahatma Gandhi’s autobiography titled – My Experiments With Truth. But never could I find an unedited version. The unedited version of the Mahatma’s book contains some of his life experiences that were considered irreligious and immoral; I was curious to know what were those experiments that he said brought him closer to truth.

The version of the book I have in my hand now is also an edited version, though I don’t know to what extent yet – as I haven’t yet begun the book. But from the few pages I have scanned, Mahatma Gandhi’s life is worth a glimpse – his thoughts, his upbringing, his conditioning, his perspectives, what made him, what broke him – in the end, it is what made him a leader; it is what brought about a revolution. Edited or unedited – this is my pick of what I like as I read through the chapters.

CHAPTER 1 – INTRODUCTION 

  1. Scarcely had I started on my autobiography, a series of events culminated in my imprisonment at Yeravada.
  2. Swami Anand of Navajivan Publications insisted that I should write for his magazine, something every week. Then why not my autobiography – I asked?
  3. A god-fearing friend had his doubts: What has set you on this adventure? Writing an autobiography is a peculiar practice of the West.
  4. …Suppose you reject tomorrow the things you hold as principles today? Suppose you revise your plans of today in future?
  5. …Is it not likely that men who will conduct themselves according to your written and spoken word will be misled?
  6. This argument had some effect on me. I did not want to attempt a real autobiography; simply the story of my numerous experiments with truth.
  7. Even if my philosophies of today changed in the tomorrow, my experiments with truth would remain the same.
  8. My experiments in the political field are much known; but they hold not much importance to me; they have won me the title of Mahatma, hence even less; the title has deeply pained me.
  9. I would like to narrate my experiments in the spiritual field which are known only to myself, and from which I have derived power to work in the political field.
  10. What I want to achieve; what I have been pining and striving for 30 years – is to see God face-to-face. I live and move in pursuit of this goal.
  11. My experiments have not been conducted in the closet, but in the open, and I do not think this detracts from their spiritual value.
  12. There are some things that are known only to oneself & one’s Maker. These are clearly incommunicable. The experiments I am about to relate are not such.
  13. There can be no finality or infallibility about conclusions; one must keep an open mind about them; but so long as my acts satisfy my reason and my heart, I firmly adhere to my conclusions.
  14. Truth is not merely truthfulness of word or thought; but acting upon the truth of our own beliefs and conceptions.
  15. I am prepared to sacrifice my life in pursuit of this quest; even my Himlayan blunders seem trivial because I have kept strictly to this path.
  16. The seeker of truth should be humbler than dust; so humble that even dust can crush him.

 M.K. Gandhi, 26th November 192-, Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad

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END OF CHAPTER 1

CHAPTER 2 – BIRTH & PARENTAGE

Dr. Brian Weiss – Psychiatrist, Past Life Regression Therapist, Writer And Author of Soul-Stirring, Life-Changing Books On Karma And Reincarnation

Dr. Brian Weiss – Psychiatrist, Past Life Regression Therapist – And Author of Soul-Stirring, Life-Changing Books On Karma And Reincarnation.

I have always found writers of non-Indian origin explaining Indian concepts of philosophy with amazing simplicity and lucidity.

Intricate Indian subjects like yoga, astrology & Hindu religious texts have seeped into my mind better thanks to foreign interpretations.

Dr. Brian Weiss. His explanation of karma and reincarnation is best suited for an easy common-man understanding.

At the cost of sounding judgmental, I must say that new age Gurus like Dr. Deepak Chopra tend to complicate things beyond simplicity.

Whereas the likes of Dr. Chopra tend towards monumental language & complicated philosophies reminiscent of God-gurus, Dr. Weiss simply talks to you.

What also attracts me to Dr. Brian Weiss is Lord Krishna’s Bhagvat-Gita philosophy that shines through his talks on karma & reincarnation.

Dr. Brian Weiss on Karma & Reincarnation:

Dr. Brian Weiss, a psychologist & regression therapist, dwelled deeper into existence of past lives when he accidentally regressed a patient 1000 years into another life.

Dr. Brian Weiss documented his experiments and research in karma & reincarnation, in his best-selling & life-changing books.

Dr. Brian Weiss, author of: Many Lives Many Masters, Same Soul Many Bodies, Through Time Into Healing, Only Love Is Real & his latest, Miracles Happen.

Dr. Brian Weiss on karma & reincarnation: quoted from his recent interview to Times of India & from all his books.

  • Everyday miracles happen in people’s lives, which they fail to recognize.
  • Our rational mind often attempts to minimize or negate mystical encounters.
  • We forget the power of our own experiences; we need to embrace the reality of an event which is a miracle.
  • Power of past life memories can transform people’s lives.
  • Greeks and Indians have always believed in the theory of reincarnation.
  • I firmly believe Karma is not punishment but an opportunity to learn our lessons.
  • If lessons have not been learnt in a previous lifetime, we come back to work on them.
  • Lessons will always be about Love, Compassion, Non-violence, Non-prejudice, Patience, Understanding.
  • When lessons and learnings are complete, there will be no reincarnation.
  • We are not born with memory of past lives because conscious negative memories will prevent us from conscious positive action.
  • It becomes important to regress into past lives when our conscious mind is incapable to overcome negative blocks of sub-conscious memories.
  • Even in the absence of regression therapy, there are other tools and techniques like hypnosis, dreams and meditation that can take you back into your sub-conscious past.
  • Every individual soul will choose significant people to that lifetime.
  • Destiny will place you in a particular circumstance, which will dictate your encounter with a particular person at appointed time & place. This will happen with every person you have chosen to bring into this lifetime.
  • Destiny will arrange you to meet more frequently the people you have loved and lived with, in past lives.
  • Once destiny fulfills its promised appointment, your free-will is activated. Do you stay? Do you leave? Do you love? Do you hate? Do you accept? Do you reject? Do you resolve? Do you postpone?
  • Once destiny steps back, the choices are yours and that is how you learn, that is your growth.
  • Everything is part of the Master Plan. We are here to learn deep lessons.
  • The biggest block that stops us from living our life in the present moment is fear. We must learn to overcome fear.
  • Understanding dissolves fear. We are spiritual beings in human bodies, not human beings in spiritual bodies.
  • The spirit is always spiritual. The body is human.
  • It is evident when miracles occur. Inevitably we always recognize them but many times we choose not to acknowledge them.
  • Not acknowledging miracles is moving away from our spiritual selves. Miracles are energy that manifest at our deepest physical, emotional level.
  • We can always pray and ask for divine intervention. The more we become aware of this intervention, the more evident are miracles become.
  • The human body is a vessel for the soul. We each life we complete some part of the whole learning process.
  • Human beings are essentially immortal. This understanding will allow you to live in present moment without regrets from past or worries of future.
  • It’s important to remember and remind yourself of unfulfilled goals from past lives. This is where regression into past lives helps.
  • Eventually, you must get past all past obstacles in your present life. That’s the objective.
  • We are souls, not just bodies. We are constantly reuniting with our loved ones, either on the other side or back here in physical form.
  • When we are not disturbed by the judgments and criticisms of others, we have reached a higher level of wisdom.
  • People with problems and fears must learn meditation and practice it regularly. Insights will come to you. Persist, for this is a practice for a lifetime.