Blog: Spirit Speaks
by Liora Leah

Gandhi NonViolence

Arun Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi's grandson, speaks about nonviolence and the need for a world-wide peace movement at the Hollywood Peace Parade.

Date:   11/1/2006 12:18:43 PM   ( 15 y ) ... viewed 1770 times

Arun Gandhi, October 28, 2006 Hollywood Peace Parade. Photo by Peace Flags by Kids,Inc. See more photos:


Worldwide Peace Movement

Gandhi emphasized that there is a great difference between an "anti-war" movement and a "pro-peace" movement, and our energies are best directed in taking positive, nonviolent action rather than in fighting against something. Gandhi's work has focused in recent years on the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence that he and his wife Sunanda co-founded in Memphis Tennessee, where the couple now live. The following is directly from the website:

M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence was founded in 1991 by the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Arun Gandhi, and his wife, Sunanda. The Gandhis provided seed money for the Institute through the sale of Gandhi's letters to his son and daughter-in-law (Arun's parents), Manilal and Sushila. Sustaining funds come from contributions, publications, program fees, and grants. The Institute is hosted by Christian Brothers University, which graciously provides an office for our work on nonviolence.

Teaching Nonviolence

Many of the Institute's educational programs are aimed at conflict prevention, anger management, diversity training, and relationship- and community-building. Currently, our programs include the Alternative Spring Break, the interactive nonviolence and diversity-training workshop Faces In The Crowd, the annual Behind the Prison Walls prisoner essay contest, the international Season for Nonviolence grassroots community-building campaign, the Circle of Friends monthly public discussion forums, and others.

Arun and Sunanda Gandhi travel almost year-round all over the world speaking and teaching about nonviolence and promoting the work of the Gandhi Institute. In the winter, they host a two-week tour of "Gandhi's India" that starts in Bombay, and travels to other cities and rural areas to observe Gandhian constructive community action projects in contemporary India.

A Network for Nonviolence

The Gandhi Institute is in communication with organizations dedicated to nonviolence worldwide. Arun's nationwide lecture series makes thousands aware of nonviolence yearly, and this has spurred the development of nonviolence groups throughout the country.

These growing communities of friends, students, and practitioners of nonviolence are forming a network of moral support for each other and fortifying the collective project of peacemaking all over the world. From Buenos Aires, Argentina to Bergamo, Italy to the Netherland Antilles, the Gandhis have brought the influence of Gandhian nonviolence and the Gandhi Institute. Here in the United States, new groups committed to nonviolence, and inspired by the Gandhis, have sprung up in Los Angeles, San Antonio, Chicago, Houston, Portland, Rochester, and many cities in between.

The Institute's work redoubles as the prevention and healing of violence becomes an ever-increasing need in our hearts and homes, our streets and communities, in our nation and our world. Our research and work echo and affirm the prophetic nature of Gandhi's prediction: "Undreamed of and seemingly impossible discoveries will be made in the field of nonviolence."

read more about the Institute in the following Article: "In the Name of the Father"


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Liora Leah

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