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Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong. -Mahatma Gandhi


The Pledge of Nonviolence states that making peace must start within ourselves. By adopting it we commit ourselves as best as we can to become nonviolent and peaceable people.


Pledge of Nonviolence

To Respect Self and Others
To respect myself, to affirm others and to avoid uncaring criticism, hateful words, physical attacks and self-destructive behavior.

To Communicate Better
To share my feelings honestly, to look for safe ways to express my anger, and to work at solving problems peacefully.

To Listen
To listen carefully to one another, especially those who disagree with me, and to consider others' feelings and needs rather than insist on having my own way.

To Forgive
To apologize and make amends when I have hurt another, to forgive others, and to keep from holding grudges.

To Respect Nature
To treat the environment and all living things, including our pets, with respect and care.

To Play Peacefully
To select entertainment and toys that support nonviolence and to avoid entertainment that makes violence look exciting, funny or acceptable.

To Be Courageous
To challenge violence in all its forms whenever I encounter it, whether at home, at school, at work, or in the community, and to stand with others who are treated unfairly.

This is my pledge. These are my goals.

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Based on the Family Pledge of Nonviolence by the Institute for Peace and Justice

Please visit www.peacetroops.org to take the Pledge of Nonviolence and become a part of a growing movement for world peace.

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GandhiServe Foundation abides to the goals of the Pledge of Nonviolence. Our aim is to spread the ethics of nonviolence by disseminating information about and popularizing Mahatma Gandhi’s life and works.

GandhiServe Foundation hopes to help alleviate conflicts and inspire others through making available media and resources on Gandhi’s life and thoughts.

We believe firmly that Gandhi's message of truth, love and nonviolence is still relevant today. Or even more relevant than ever before, considering the ecological catastrophy we're facing, and the increase of different forms of violence in both personal and public life. The ethics of nonviolence, as practised and cultivated by Mahatma Gandhi, live on, regardless of national or political boundaries.

Peter Rühe
Founder Chairperson
GandhiServe Foundation
"Be the change that you want to see in the world"
I find that this is a very sound principle by which to live.
I abide to the rules of the Pledge of Nonviolence as my life has been dedicated to help creating a World of Peace and Nonviolence.

Peter Rühe
Admin, GT
Well, well, well - I have deciated my life to satya aur ahimsa - truth and nonviolence - long ago ;-)

Mohandas K. Gandhi
I hereby take this pledge in honor and memory of the foremost influence on my life, M.K. Gandhiji. Mey i never forget these words or this pledge, and may I endeavor to leave this world having contributed to the peace and well-being of all sentient beings. May it be so.
I bring notice that I will continue dedicating my life to nonviolence in thought, word, and deed. I have a lot of work to do!
I hereby take this pledge to uphold the spirit of non-violence in my thought and actions throughout my life.
I make this pledge in the spirit of Gandhi and King and all those who have given their lives for peace and nonviolence in an effort to create a global beloved community. Peace On.
I like the spirit expressed in this pledge and each of its acts (sub-sections). To bring each act into my everyday living it is important to constantly weigh our choices in solidarity with the poorest around us. I have made the following vow of solidarity each of these 31 years:

VOW OF LIVELIHOOD SOLIDARITY 1979 - 2010

Attending to the orchard-garden, harvesting the life-force in its nuts, seeds, greens, fruit and more,
Separating shells, garbs, husks and refuse, feasting the life thus lifted,

In order to make the resources for Food, Shelter, Clothing, Warmth and Health,
Available for all of our world’s community, beginning with my family and myself,

In the ‘indigenous’ (Latin = ‘self-generating’) welcome tradition of the Longhouse and String-shell, I openly structure my economy in a full-cycle of formal giving and receiving, so that all may partake equitably.

I limit my spending of time and money towards the same purposes, since the beginning of 1979 in Castlegar, British Columbia, Among First Nation, Dukobour, Mennonite and Quaker Pacifist friends,

I eat as a vegetarian since 1972, as a vegan since 1987 and 75% raw foods since 2000. I water-cleanse, avoiding paper tissue since 2005. My passion is to recognise what is essential to life and to be part of it, eco-montreal@mcgill.ca

Douglas Frederick Jack, Ou Ee Ii Jay Ii (My name told to me in a dream circa 1972 at Ootischenia (Castlegar).
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SECURING THE MEANS OF LIVELIHOOD is a most fundamental human concern and right. When means are insecure then human existence is as well. When we have resources such as money, time or other assets, they are the result of many people having worked together in harmony with nature.

EATING & LIVING SIMPLY for greatest personal or family health as well as planning for collaboration with the livelihood needs/efforts of others in community is necessary in order to generate the most effective ecological footprint. Developing critical masses of actors working together in ‘community’ service is personally and collectively empowering. The Latin origin of the words: community, communication, municipality is ‘com’ = ‘together’ + ‘munus’ = ‘gift or service’.

STEWARDSHIP lies within each one of us individually and all have gifts to offer. It is my privilege to use my resources as investment to mobilise my household, family, friends and all who are receptive in community, to organise the means of production or invest capital towards creating feasible livelihood.

WELCOME is humanity’s greatest gift, which we accomplish through open inclusive organisation of labour. Everything we want for the world is linked to the essence of gifts within ourselves, our families, communities, cities, provinces, nations, continents, hemispheres and world manifested at many levels.

The multi-level ORCHARD-GARDEN is the earth’s most productive living resource, cultivated for the collection of solar energy, storage of water, multiple species generation and abundance of resources.
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“Be the change that you want to see in the world.” “Live simply, so that others may simply live.” “Regard human labour as more even than money and you have an untapped and inexhaustible source of income, which ever increases with use.” 1945, Mohandas K. Gandhi, 1869-1949

Tao Te Ching ~ 500 BC by Lao Tzu The Three Treasures
Simplicity, Patience and Compassion, these are your greatest treasures,
Simple in action and in thoughts, you return to the source of being,
Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are,
Compassionate towards yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world.

“Wei Wu Wei”, “Doing, not-doing” Does our method align with our purpose?

“If you love this planet, you will change the priorities of your life and work every second of every day to save it, and you’ll never feel depressed again. You’ll feel a sense of great joy and fulfillment.”
Dr. Helen Caldicott, 2 Jan. 2003 at Smith College in Massachusetts.
I with all sincerity and humility join the group and pledge to follow-non-violence ,love, and all the virtues of Gandhi with honour . may GOD help me .
I recently became a vegetarian as I did not see how one could respect all living things if one only regarded them as food instead of sentient creatures in their own right. I pledge to adopt non violence and non harm as a way of life.
I pledge to follow these goals to the best of my ability. To give selflessly, without expectation. My father, a Gandhian taught me to follow exactly what is expressed here.

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