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February 12, 2005

Dr. Ari Autobiography Uploaded


Krishna has finished uploading Volume 1 of the biography of Sarvodaya President and Founder, Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne. For a look at the man behind the Sarvodaya Movement please have a look through these pages:

Bhava Thana: An Autobiography

This book is actually a condensed compilation of my diary entries made daily and other stray records kept by me that run to about 10,000 pages. To encapsulate all this voluminous material in a character sketch proved an onerous task. Hence those keen to learn more deeply about my life and my ideas may find books and documents written by me useful. Perhaps they would find the content matter in those writings to be of pragmatic value in their day to day life as well.

I must dwell in a slight measure on the style adopted by me in writing this autobiography.

I have visited all the five continents to disseminate the Sarvodaya philosophy. And on these visits whenever I found the leisure, while in those countries or up in the air, I recorded accounts of these visits. And as I wrote, I could not help interspersing them with sequences of reminiscences of my life since my birth. Hence the literary result has been a saga that runs back and forth from the present to the past and from the past to the present. And when the present and the past meet at some juncture, what happens? My story ends.

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