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Gandhi Journal Article-II (November 2015): Gandhi on theory and practice of Islam

Gandhi Journal Article-II (November 2015)

Gandhi on theory and practice of Islam

By Dr. Anupma Kaushik 

The word Islam means peace but today it invokes images of…
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Added by Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal on November 9, 2015 at 8:28 — No Comments

"Nonviolence, the only short-cut"

"Nonviolence, the only short-cut"

“I do not believe in short-violent-cuts to success.”

–Gandhi (Harijan, December 11, 1924)



The Global War on Terror tries to sell us the false idea that we can effectively fight terrorism by killing “terrorists,” instead of addressing the conditions that led to terrorism in the first place. A “short-violent-cut to success,” instead of addressing economic inequality, lack of basic needs like education: that’s long-term work. More…

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Added by Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal on November 7, 2015 at 8:10 — 1 Comment

Gandhi Journal Article-I : November 2015

Gandhi Journal Article-I (November 2015)

Mahatma Gandhi and Bhagat Singh : A Clash of Ideology

By Jai Narain Sharma 

 
Great men of all generations have been anxious about…
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Added by Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal on November 6, 2015 at 7:28 — No Comments

The opposite of love

The opposite of love

“I am trying every moment of my life to be guided by ahimsa, by love.”

–Gandhi (Harijan, January 12, 1934)

Hafiz asked Rabia, "O Daughter of God, is hate the opposite of love?" She replied, “No. Love has no opposite.”

Rabi’a, the 7th Century mystic from Basra (not yet Iraq) and founder of the Sufi movement, was voicing the very vision that would be foundational for Gandhi: that the world is based on sat ‘Truth, reality, the good’ so that in the…

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Added by Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal on November 6, 2015 at 7:11 — No Comments

"What a smile did."

"What a smile did"



“Not an ounce of nonviolent energy is ever wasted.”
–Gandhi (Harijan, January 11, 1948)
 
Mrs. Hartsough (the mother of one of my nonviolence mentors, David Hartsough) stood day after day in front of Hanford WA nuclear plant, to try to reach the conscience of those who…
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Added by Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal on November 5, 2015 at 10:41 — No Comments

Gandhi and Mother Cow

Gandhi and Mother Cow

“Cow protection to me is one of the most wonderful phenomena in human evolution.”

–Gandhi (Harijan, January 1, 1925)



Cow protection. Why would Gandhi be concerned about this ancient duty to “Mother Cow”? Hint: it was about more than the cows. The practice, which he said he would “defend against the whole world,” represented, in essence, the height of ahimsa. Protection of the cow meant to him, really, the protection of all non-human life, of which…

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Added by Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal on November 3, 2015 at 8:44 — No Comments

We often make terrible mistakes by copying bad examples.

“We often make terrible mistakes by copying bad examples.”

–Gandhi (Young India, February 16, 1921)



There, he said it and I’m glad.

People, especially if they’re new to activism, have a tendency to copy tactics that they see others have used, but it’s harder to look beneath those tactics to the strategy they are enacting. Why is that? Unfortunately, this inability to understand strategy, is due, quite often, to a lack of one. In place of clear long-term, nonviolent…

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Added by Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal on November 2, 2015 at 7:57 — No Comments

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