Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Author), Mahatma Gandhi (Author)

My purpose,” Mahatma Gandhi writes of this book, “is to describe experiments in the science of Satyagraha, not to say how good I am.”

Satyagraha, Gandhi’s nonviolent protest movement (satya = true, agraha = firmness), came to stand, like its creator, as a moral principle and a rallying cry; the principle was truth and the cry freedom. The life of Gandhi has given fire and fiber to freedom fighters and to the untouchables of the world: hagiographers and patriots have capitalized on Mahatma myths. Yet Gandhi writes: “Often the title [Mahatma, Great Soul] has deeply pained me. . . . But I should certainly like to narrate my experiments in the spiritual field which are known only to myself, and from which I have derived such power as I possess for working in the political field.”

Clearly, Gandhi never renounced the world; he was neither pacifist nor cult guru. Who was Gandhi? In the midst of resurging interest in the man who freed India, inspired the American Civil Rights Movement, and is revered, respected, and misunderstood all over the world, the time is proper to listen to Gandhi himself — in his own words, his own “confessions,” his autobiography.

Gandhi made scrupulous truth-telling a religion and his Autobiography inevitably reminds one of other saints who have suffered and burned for their lapses. His simply narrated account of boyhood in Gujarat, marriage at age 13, legal studies in England, and growing desire for purity and reform has the force of a man extreme in all things. He details his gradual conversion to vegetarianism and ahimsa (non-violence) and the state of celibacy (brahmacharya, self-restraint) that became one of his more arduous spiritual trials. In the political realm he outlines the beginning of Satyagraha in South Africa and India, with accounts of the first Indian fasts and protests, his initial errors and misgivings, his jailings, and continued cordial dealings with the British overlords.

Gandhi was a fascinating, complex man, a brilliant leader and guide, a seeker of truth who died for his beliefs but had no use for martyrdom or sainthood. His story, the path to his vision of Satyagraha and human dignity, is a critical work of the twentieth century, and timeless in its courage and inspiration.

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Mahatma Gandhi Biography

Gandhi (1869-1948) was one of the few men in history to fight simultaneously on moral, religious, political, social, economic, and cultural fronts. During his time as a lawyer in South Africa he developed his strategy of non-violence: the idea of opposing unjust laws by non-violent protest, which he made the basis of his successful struggle against British rule in India.

In this Very Short Introduction to Gandhi’s life and thought, Bhikhu Parekh outlines both Gandhi’s major philosophical insights and the limitations of his thought. He looks at Gandhi’s cosmocentric anthropology, his spiritual view of politics, his unique form of liberal communitarianism, and his theories of oppression, non-violent action, and active citizenship. He also considers how the success of Gandhi’s principles was limited by his lack of coherent theories of evil, and of state and power, and how his hostility to modern civilization impeded his appreciation of its complexity. Gandhi’s life and thought has had an enormous impact both within and outside India, and he continues to be widely revered, as one of the greatest moral and political leaders of the twentieth century.

Aisha Salem – A Short Biography

About Aisha Salem

Aisha Salem is a Woman of Truth.

The deep integration with her human gives Way for her Being to operate across all levels, with an indefinably transparent yet deeply tantric approach, which has no seed of renunciation based on rejection or avoidance. It has fulfillment and completion – and thereby freedom within existence – as beyond it – at its core.

For the past 13 years, Aisha has been cultivating and realizing in deep surrender, the Truth of Being across all different dimensions – over Heart to Mind and deeply down into her Gut. Her dedication has brought her into realization of her Self as Universal Consciousness (God), beyond Existence into the Absolute (Void) and back into existence as the True Human.

Below, a short portrait of the life and realization of Aisha Salem.

A Short Biography

Aisha (; March, 1979) was born and raised in a non-religious family in Denmark. The beginning of her life played out under the flag of conventionality. After attending Business School and University, she established a family-life with marriage, motherhood and work in a big international firm. With all settled, it became obvious that this life was infinitely unfulfilling for her Soul.

At the age of 23 the question “Who am I?” rose in her mind with the demand for Truth. In her surrender to Love of her Self, Life broke loose knocking down every illusion of individual and separated existence through 2 years of extreme spiritual unfoldment.

Her endlessly expanding consciousness sent her through daily trances, bodily burning, periods of bodily paralyzation, resettings of her mind and memory, layer after layer of consciousness breaking her Hearts hierarchy down and revealing the reality of the Self. In Life penetrating her body, realization happened gradually by her Being becoming pure Life itself. As the expansion brought the realization as Universal Consciousness, the answer became clear: God is Love is Life is Me!

A return to living invited for integration through the solving of every puzzle Aisha had regarding human life and living. At this point, in being a single mother in service as a spiritual teacher, she touched upon every aspect of living; including man/woman, parenting, family, friends and nature – all was embedded in/as the One reality of Life, of Love itself.

By the fulfillment of all desired aspects of her human life and living, Aisha was (8 years after the initial rise of demand for Truth) called into the solitude of retreat. The calling into Silence invited for the passing beyond the final belief in Self/God – to realize the Absolute Truth by emergence of- and solidification as Reality beyond consciousness; pure Awareness – the Primordial Silence/Space.

For 2 years she was out of reach, merging Only with the Void beyond Existence – A deep cultivation which flipped the entirety of her Life/God-realization into Nothing/Truth-realization, by the implosion of Self into Space – from Love into Clarity by recognition of what is prior to God. It was a deep integration with and beyond the Head-space, which revealed Pure Mind as the diamond sharp Clarity of Source.

After these years, the reappearance of Life started happening as the emerging of the balance-point between the Light (Life) and the Darkness (Void) – Love and Clarity as One and the Same; the Black Light of Being pouring as Grace deeply into her human form, revealing the Deep Wisdom Teachings of Earth as the True Human. With this, Aisha once again started accepting invitations from abroad – once again travelling, sharing Truth with the planet, but this time devoid of any identification with the wisdom of her Heart and Human.

Despite Aisha being a realized Being, her cultivation never ends: Her Truth body, Action body and Enjoyment body are in ever ongoing evolution. In the year 2015, she lives in Deep Cultivation, Birthing Truth of Man and Woman with her consort. A Deep Birth of Human Wisdom, which is brought to the planet as ever stronger transmissions through her work in online satsangs, writing and traveling, giving retreats and satsangs.

Masters

Through Aisha’s spiritual maturation, she has had the fortune of receiving transmissions from some of time’s Greatest Masters, all of which have appeared “on her doorstep”, communing with her from beyond the physical realm over year-long periods of time.

Without reading a single book on spirituality, she listened only within her Self, which made it possible for these Masters to reach her through her own Heart – in this way the Sat-guru took many forms.

The Masters who have continuously merged with her Being through significant periods of time are Djwhal Khul (1,5 years), Longchenpa (3 years), Yeshe Tsogyal (2 years) and Padmasambhava (ongoing). The intense communions with these Masters have- and are still revealing deep Buddhistic knowledge, despite the fact, that Aisha has had no occupation with Buddhism or any other religion or tradition in this lifetime.

In between this work, Aisha has of course been meeting and falling in Love with Beings of different traditions like Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta Maharaj, Ananda Mayima etc. among several of the presently living awakened Ones.

Without assigning herself to a specific tradition, but in staying open to learning as Being from Source – Aisha has become a weed in the garden of spirituality; by ongoing cultivation and integration between her realization as Space, the Pure Heart and her humans integral Individuality – the eternal lesson, which is the Full Embrace of Truth.

Aisha Salem – Self Love

Published on Nov 18, 2015

Aisha Salem – Yearning for Truth

Aisha Salem – Yearning for Truth

Extract from the Online Satsang October 2015

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