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Arun Gandhi: Lessons Learned From Grandfather

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Arun Gandhi: Lessons Learned From Grandfather

Time: September 26, 2009 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Location: New Vision Spiritual Growth Center, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Street: 9659 N. Hayden Road
City/Town: Scottsdale
Website or Map: http://newvisionaz.org/pdfs/G…
Phone: +1 480-951-5288
Event Type: lecture
Organized By: New Vision Spiritual Growth Center
Latest Activity: Sep 20, 2009

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Arun Gandhi was living in South Africa and getting into fights because of his skin color. He wasn't black. He wasn't white. And the Indian boy was growing angry.

His parents sent him to live with his grandfather, one of the world's leading pacifists, Mahatma Gandhi.

He lived with Gandhi from 12 until 14, when his grandfather was assassinated by a Hindu fanatic in 1948.

He's speaking next Saturday at the New Vision Spiritual Growth Center in Scottsdale and sharing "Lessons Learned From Grandfather."

In 1987, Gandhi and his wife, Sunanda moved to the United States and started the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. He lives in Rochester, N.Y.

All week, Gandhi will be speaking in honor of World Peace Day, which was Monday.

Here he shares some of those lessons:

On our misunderstandings about peace:

We've been working for peace for ages, and we're not very successful. The reason is because we've been looking at peace as only the absence of war. And grandfather said that's not right.

On creating peace in our lives:

We need to recognize that 87 percent of our violence we suffer as individuals and collectively are because of our anger. Either passive violence or physical violence. We need to learn about anger.

On why anger can be a good thing:

We try not to speak about it, we suppress it, and we don't speak about it with children. Yet the lesson grandfather taught me is that anger is just as powerful as electricity. It can be just as useful as electricity. And it can be just as destructive if it's abused. It can be channeled intelligently.

On his grandfather's power as a leader:

He never asked people to do anything he wouldn't do himself. That's the power he had.

On choosing non-violence as a way of life:

There are scholars who looked at his philosophy as another tool in conflict resolution. And it's not some tool you can use today and throw out tomorrow. You cann't be non-violent today and discard it and not use it anymore. You have to choose one or the other forever. Either you are violent or non-violent.

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