I was interested to come across this link, which no doubt you all know about! 

'In a biographical essay about Gandhi in The New Yorker, Indian writer, Ved Mehta, relates, “It was actually thanks to his Theosophist friends that Gandhi started learning about his own religion, by reading the Bhagavad Gita, which he was ashamed of never having read, either in the original Sanskrit or in a Gujarati translation, and which he now tackled eagerly in Sir Edwin Arnold’s popular English translation. In time the Bhagavad Gita became the most important book in his life.” At one point Gandhi met with Madame Blavatsky and Annie Besant and they discussed Theosophical doctrine and Hinduism. Gandhi also read Theosophical literature such as The Key to Theosophy, and maintained a constant contact with the Theosophical Society and Besant while in South Africa. Thus it was through Theosophy that Gandhi discovered Hinduism, and in particular, the Gita, a text he found so central to his life.' http://www.johnlcrow.com/.../

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Comment by Don Petros on November 19, 2013 at 1:00pm
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Thanks Maria. Yes, I've read this as well about Gandhi. I didn't know that he had met with H.P.Blavatsky or A.Besant, and that is interesting to know.

I think often about the way Theosophy influenced the minds of many in the late 1800's and early part of the 20th Century; thinkers, artists, scientists... It seems a long time ago, and yet the influence is still felt today in ways that we may not realize. Though we don't hear or see much about how Theosophy is directly influencing people today, we can see how it's effects can be indirectly felt long afterward.
Comment by Maria Lancaster on November 20, 2013 at 9:38am
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Interesting to see your comment.  HPB was such a trailblazer!  I have been thinking that there could be a great film about her.  Think of all the dimensions which could be portrayed - and so much MEAT (if you see what I mean) in the interesting people who came to see her.  I think the time is ripe, don't you?  I wonder if anyone is up to doing a film script?

Comment by Gerry Kiffe on November 27, 2013 at 9:56am
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Maria;  Mahatma Gandhi is one of my heros too.  His contact with Theosophists in England is chronicled in his autobiography, "My Experiments with Truth".  You will love it.  The book gives you a wonderful insight into how Gandhi thought and looked at things.  Please join us in the Gita discussion in the Sacred Texts Group we are taking up the Self-Governed Sage part of chapter 2 which was Gandhi's favorite.  He had it read aloud everyday as part of his prayer meetings with whatever village he was either living in or visiting.

Comment by Maria Lancaster on November 29, 2013 at 10:04am
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Gerry, thank you for the link with Gandhi's book 'My experiments with Truth'.  Is there a biography of HPB which details all her contacts with her notable contemporaries such as Gandhi and Yeats?

On another matter, I was wondering if one of the theosophical journals would publish an extract from Jeanine's book 'The Blazing Dragon of Wisdom'.  There are some very interesting parts about HPB.

Comment by Gerry Kiffe on November 29, 2013 at 10:35am
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Yes, the Sylvia Cranston book "The Extraordinary Life and Influence of Helena Blavatsky" is the best one I am am aware of. pages 194-5 about Gandhi

I am afraid I am ignorant about Jeanine's book.  I would have you contact Jon Fergus, our Universal Theosophy editor about your proposition. He is the right man for the job. Contact him through the Nexus if you like.

Please join our Art of Living group.  We are coming back to it for the first two weeks of December.

Make a comment on anything there, any of the discussions, and it will prompt  you to join the group.  Then you can skip on making a comment but that will give you participation access and reports on the group as it moves along.  Give it a  try.



Comment by Gerry Kiffe on December 7, 2013 at 2:16pm
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My favorite book on Gandhi is by my college professor, "The Moral and Political Thought of Mahatma Gandhi" by R.N. Iyer.    You will be hard pressed to find a more insightful treatment of the thought processes of one of humanities greatest leaders.

Comment by Maria Lancaster on December 15, 2013 at 4:14pm
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Thank you for this, Gerry.  It sounds very interesting!

Comment by Gerry Kiffe on December 16, 2013 at 2:21pm
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The best story of the Indian Independence movement and Gandhi's role in it is the book "Freedom at Midnight"  by Collins and LaPierre in my opinion.  You won't be able to put it down.  It reads like mystery novel.

Comment by Maria Lancaster on December 18, 2013 at 9:33am
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Thank you, Gerry!