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19 Jul 2021
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The Story of My Experiments with Truth (Gujarati: Satya Na
Prayogo athva Atmakatha, lit. 'Experiments with Truth or Autobiography')
is the autobiography of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, covering his life
from early childhood through to 1921. It was written in weekly
installments and published in his journal Navjivan from 1925 to 1929.
Its English translation also appeared in installments in his other
journal Young India. It was initiated at the insistence of Swami Anand
and other close co-workers of Gandhi, who encouraged him to explain the
background of his public campaigns. In 1998, the book was designated as
one of the "100 Best Spiritual Books of the 20th Century" by a committee
of global spiritual and religious authorities.
The original Gujarati version was published as the Satya Na Prayogo
(Experiments with Truth), bearing the subtitle, Atmakatha (The Story of a
Soul). The English version, An Autobiography, bore the subtitle,
Experiments with Truth.
In the preface, Gandhi states
"It is not my purpose to attempt a real autobiography. I
simply want to tell the story of my experiments with truth, and as my
life consist of nothing but experiments, it is true that the story will
take the shape of an autobiography. But I shall not mind if every page
of it speaks only of my experiments."