Eknath Easwaran is, as we’ve discussed, one of my absolute favorite teachers. In fact, this is our 8th Note on one of his books. (I need to check with the crew to see if that’s officially a record, but I’m pretty sure it is!)
Easwaran was an English Professor in India before coming to the United States as a Fulbright scholar where he taught at UC Berkeley. He then taught the first university-level meditation class in the US and founded the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation where he proceeded to spend decades as a spiritual teacher.
I read this book years ago but hadn’t done a Note on it yet. I recently reread it and here we are.
Let’s start with the cover of the book. It’s completely mesmerizing. Just LOOKING at Gandhi elevates your soul. Above the picture of Gandhi on the cover, we have, of course, the title: Gandhi the Man. And… Below that we have the sub-title that perfectly captures the essence of the book: “How one man changed himself to change the world.”
You know Gandhi’s iconic aphorism that we must “be the change we want to see in the world”?
Well, Easwaran tells us that the reason Gandhi had the power he had was because he worked extraordinarily (!) diligently to transform himself from a timid young man to the living embodiment of his highest ideals.
It’s packed with Big Ideas. I’m excited to share some of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!