I had obviously always had great respect for Gandhi. But when I read his autobiography, My Experiments with Truth, this is when he truly changed the course of my life.
First of all, he shared his inner struggle. Although we all remember him for his incredible effect on the people of India and the world at large, we seldom imagine that he had inner turmoil. But that is far from the truth.
He struggled like all of us who want to follow something that isn’t understood by the outside world. He called the book “My Experiments with Truth” because he wanted to live his life by following Satya – or Truth. Now, this is “big T” Truth. This is whatever that point is where your life intersects with “the will of God”. There is no good way to say that that will make sense to all people. But because Gandhi used the word God, this is what I will use as well.
And so, this book chronicles the moments in his life where he was truly challenged. He had to make the choice to either follow that little voice inside that whispers the truth or cave to the situation around him that seemed completely impossible to make it through. In detail, he shares his moments of crisis, his inner dialogue, his absolutely fears right up until the final hour… and truth would always come through.
I feel that many people on the “spiritual” path feel this inner struggle. We are trying to recognize which way to go. We have “crises of faith” where we aren’t sure we have the courage to stay the path.
To know that even the greats like Gandhi were just like us brought my soul so much incredible peace. 🙂