Paying Lip-Service or Act, on Gandhi Jayanti?

by Arun Gandhi – Grandson of Mathatma Gandhi

WHEN THE WORLD is torn apart by violence and government’s commit war crimes to preserve power; when inhumanity has reached its nadir and when hopelessness tears civilization asunder, we think of Gandhi and his message of peace. Another October 2 is upon us when most of the world will pay lip-service to a man who sacrificed his life to show the world that there is a better, peaceful, way of resolving conflicts.

Towards the end of his life when a journalist asked Gandhi what the future of nonviolence will look like, he said: “The people will follow me in life, worship me in death, but not make my cause their cause.” Prophetic words that could be attributed to any of the great women and men we worship today.

Does that mean that a peaceful, civilized way of existence is impossible? Of course not! We lack the compassion and commitment to live peacefully in a world that glorifies greed, selfishness and opulence as basic human rights. We have allowed ourselves to become pawns in a Culture of Violence that permits a few to rule over the destinies of a vast humanity to promote material progress.

What would Gandhi do today? Well, I think he would ask: Have we become a herd of sheep to be led meekly to the slaughter-house? Progress is not material possessions; life is not about selfishness and greed; freedom is not about living in fear; rights cannot be ensured if we refuse to shoulder the responsibility of creating harmony between fellow citizens of the world.

No country, however powerful, can ensure security and stability for itself if the rest of the world is in flames. Gandhi would say we are on the path to self destruction and spiritual annihilation. Salvation lies in the realization that We Must Become The Change We Wish To See In The World!

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Arun Gandhi is an Indian-American socio-political activist and the fifth grandson of “Mahatma” Gandhi

Gandhi Jayanti is a national festival celebrated in India to mark the birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi born 2 October 1869. It is celebrated annually on 2 October, and it is one of the three national holidays of India


About awakinOAK

Intentionally located in East Oakland -- to, on the one hand, overcome institutionalized violence and on the other hand, be showered by the multicultural love and wisdom from neighbors-- this small community strives for integral nonviolence and supports activities that foster fearlessness, courage, autonomy, unconditional love and compassion for all beings. Every Friday for the last 8 years, the anchors of Awakin Oakland -- whose main door is unlocked 24hrs, all days of the week -- host "Wednesdays on Fridays", an open-house meditation night that was inspired by a family in Santa Clara who has been doing this for close to 22 years [2019]. Also, for the last three years, these Awakin circles in Oakland have been hosted every other week in Spanish as a way to invite sharings closer to the heart from the large Spanish speaking migrant community in this neighborhood.
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