Religion Book of Prayers

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Book of Prayers

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Throughout his adult life, in religious communities he founded and led, Mahatma Gandhi officiated at group prayer services twice each day. For this purpose, over a period of four decades, he compiled a breviary including some of the most profoundly moving lyrics in all sacred literature, drawn from Hindu, Christian, Moslem, Jain and Sikh traditions. In 1930, Gandhi produced an English translation of this collection for one of his British devotees. Book of Prayers is the first American edition of these translations.

Although drawn primarily from Indian sources, these passages cross cultural boundaries, directly expressing universal spiritual aspirations. Their plain and unadorned literary style, achieved through meticulous attention to the language and spirit of the original texts, reflects Gandhi's humility and simplicity of life. This edition includes a foreword by Arun Gandhi, the grandson of the Mahatma, and an introduction by Michael N. Nagler.

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"I believe, and I want you all to believe, that the constant reading of these, with faith, will be a greater source of strength than letters from me, or than living with me." --Mohandas K Gandhi

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Mahatma Gandhi, the father of Indian independence, is also regarded by many as a Hindu saint. Born in Porbandar in 1869, the youngest son of a provincial royal administrator, he received a law degree in London. Struggling in his efforts to establish a legal career in India, he moved to South Africa, where his practice flourished. He took the lead in a successful movement to guarantee basic human rights to Indian nationals in South Africa, in the process developing a revolutionary form of nonviolent resistance, which he named satyagraha, truth force.

In 1915, Gandhi returned to India, where he ultimately took a leading role in freeing the subcontinent from British rule. For nearly four decades, he opposed colonial oppression by implementing mass civil disobedience actions, leading marches, undergoing personal fasts, and preaching nonviolence and racial and religious equality. He achieved worldwide recognition not only as a political activist, but also as a religious teacher whose convictions dissolved cultural and institutional borders. He was assassinated in 1948 by a Hindu fundamentalist, five months after the establishment of Indian independence.

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