Gandhi's Religion: A Homespun Shawl

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Described by Jawaharlal Nehru as a Hindu to the depths of his innermost being , Gandhi s ideas on religion were an enigma to many Hindus in his lifetime. Allowing Gandhi to speak for himself , this book sensitively resurrects the religious life of the Mahatma. It reveals how intrinsic his faith was to the man, his politics, and his idea of service. It shows how Gandhi formulated his own religious ethic, weaving his experiences with the teachings of the Gita and other texts. At times of anarchy and communal strife it was Gandhi s belief in his convictions that restored peace and amity.

J.T.F. Jordens delineates the many strands that went into the framework of Gandhi s religious thought. He chronologically traces the development of Gandhi s ideas, from a young, confused youth to the Mahatma who upheld the moral superiority and social efficacy of service, renunciation, and ahimsa. This biography, with an Introduction by Ramachandra Guha, is a remarkable portrait of a man who lived his words.

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J.T.F. Jordens established the first Department of Indian Studies in Australia at Melbourne University in 1961. He also served as the Dean of Australian National University from 1982 to 1988. Among his many writings are Dayananda Sarasvati: His Life and Ideas (1978) and Swami Shraddhananda: His Life and Causes (1981).

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