G andhiji believed that character building on the part of every single individual is the only sure foundation for nation building. Students of his philosophy of life who would like to have an idea of his Rule for self-culture would do well first of all to read Appendices
A and B in this book (pages 65-88). They should then pass on to a
study of From Yeravda Mandir — Ashram Observances and of the present volume, and
at last dip into Appendix C (pages 89-92), which is Gandhiji's last will and
testament in so far as Ashram life is concerned.
It is a remarkable coincidence that like From Yeravda Mandir this book shares with The Pilgrim's Progress the rare distinction of having been written in prison.