ISBN 9789374735107,An Autobiography: The Story Of My Experiments With Truth

An Autobiography: The Story Of My Experiments With Truth


Mahadev Desai


Aitbs Publishers



Aitbs Publishers

Publication Year 2012

ISBN 9789374735107

ISBN-10 9374735105


Number of Pages 514 Pages
Language (English)


It is not my purpose to attempt a real autobiography. I simply want to tell the story of my numerous experiments with truth, and as my life consists of nothing but those experiments, it is true that the story will take the shape of an autobiography. Identification with everything that lives is impossible without self-purification; without self purification, the observance of the law of ahimsa must remain an empty dream; God can never be realised by one who is not pure of heart. Self-purification, therefore, must mean purification in all walks of life. And purification being highly infectious, purification of oneself necessarily leads to the purification of one's surroundings. But the path of self-purification is hard and sleep. To attain to perfect purity one has to become absolutely passio-fee in thought, speech and action; to rise above the opposing currents of love and hatred, attachment and repulsion. I know that I have not in me as yet the triple purity, in spite of constant ceaseless striving for it. That is why the world's praise fails to move me, indeed it very often strings me. To conquer the subtle passions seems to me to be harder for than the physical conquest of the world by the force of arms. Ever since my return to India I have had experiences of the dormant passions lying hidden within me. The knowledge of them has made me feel humiliated though not defeated. The experiences and experiments have sustained me and given me great joy. But I know that I have still before me a difficult path to traverse. I must reduce myself to zero. So long as a man does not of his own free will put himself last among his fellow creature, there is no salvation for him. Ahimsa is the farthest limit of humility.