First Satyagraha Tour of South Africa
Led by Arun Gandhi, Embarks This Week

News Announcement Originally Posted at Gandhi Legacy Tour  

(PRLEAP.COM) Dana Point, CA May 25, 2014: The inaugural Satyagraha Tour of South Africa enjoys organic synchronicity of critical historical dates of both Mohandas Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.  Highlights include following the path of Gandhi’s travels, initially arriving in Durban, and ultimately departing from Cape Town for his return to India to begin the next phase of his legacy:

 Gandhi first arrived in South Africa as a fledgling lawyer in May 1893.

Our arrival to Gandhi’s first ashram, the Phoenix Settlement, occurs on the 97th anniversary of Gandhi’s family move there.

We will board the sleeper train on the 121st anniversary of Gandhi’s removal from that train, which changed the course of history.

We visit Robben Island, the prison that held Mandela for 18 years, on the 50th anniversary of Mandela’s life sentence for sabotage against the Apartheid government of South Africa.

We depart Cape Town on the eve of Gandhi’s 100th anniversary of his very own departure from Cape Town back to India.

Also scheduled are special meetings with historic figures that played a significant role in the fight for freedom during Apartheid, like Ahmed Kathrada and Ela Gandhi, Gandhi’s granddaughter who spent years under house arrest for her South African activism.

In an era of increasing awareness of world issues and global humanitarian needs, there has been a recent surge in philanthropic travel, using travel as a means to give back. “There’s something in all of us that hungers after the good and true, and when we glimpse it in people, we applaud them for it. Through them we let the world’s pain into our hearts, and we find compassion. When things go wrong or have been terribly wrong for some time, their inspiration reminds us of the tenderness for life that we can all feel.”Archbishop Desmond Tutu

As a part of the first Satyagraha Legacy Tour of South Africa, there are several projects we visit that are aligned to Gandhi’s principals and are geared toward giving back, including: [Read more…]

Gandhi South Africa May 2014:
Tour Announces Additional Guest Stops

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Gandhi Satyagraha Tour of South Africa Announces Additional Guest Stops Including Ahmed “Kathy” Kathrada.  Now in its 15th year, led by 5th grandson, Dr. Arun Gandhi.
 

Dana Point, CA (February 21, 2014) Gandhi Legacy Tours announced today that it has confirmed additional special guests to its upcoming first-ever Gandhi-Mandela ‘Satyagraha’ tour of South Africa, led by Arun and Tushar Gandhi, grandson and great grandson of the Mahatma Gandhi.

“The real practice of nonviolence is pivotal if we are to save this world and ourselves from destruction,” Dr. Gandhi said, “and South Africa, as the birthplace of Satyagraha, is a unique resource, and example of the role of nonviolence in bringing about change and peace,” adding that the May 2014 South Africa tour will include meetings with leading South Africans who embody Gandhian principles.  The full current itinerary and optional excursions are found here: Gandhi Satyagraha South Africa Tour May 2014.

Deadline for reservation signup is Feb 28th. Among the featured-guest talks scheduled, tour participants will hear and have a chance to interact with –

Photo by Remy Steinegger

Photo by Remy Steinegger

Nkosinathi Biko, founder of the Steve Biko Centre and son of legendary black-consciousness activist Steve Biko (confirmed)

Ahmed Kathrada, former anti-apartheid activist and Robben Island political prisoner with Nelson Mandela (confirmed)

Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, social rights activist and former Anglican Bishop (invited)

Ela Gandhi, peace and anti-apartheid activist, former South Africa parliamentarian and Gandhi granddaughter. (confirmed)

Participants will also tour the site of the proposed Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, courtesy of former first lady Graca Machel. (confirmed)

There is also an optional pre-tour excursion to the World Heritage Cradle of Humankind site.

South Africa is a first for the Gandhi Legacy Tours enterprise, which Dr. Gandhi, a noted peace and human rights activist, began with his late wife, Sunanda Gandhi, 15 years ago as an annual Gandhian pilgrimage to key places in India where Gandhi developed and enacted his philosophy and practice of nonviolent activism that changed the course of world history. [Read more…]

GRANDFATHER GANDHI

Grandfather Gandhi Illustration © Evan Turk

Illustrated by Evan Turk


GRANDFATHER GANDHI

I first came to the United States in 1984 and when people found out my antecedents invitations poured in to come and share whatever I could of Grandfather. At the time they did not know that I belonged to the last generation who saw him in flesh and blood. My personal stories with Grandfather and my parents, who practiced his philosophy of nonviolence assiduously, became famous. People wanted to hear them over and over again, not only because the stories were interesting but more because I brought the philosophy down to the personal level and made people realize that unless we become the change we wish to see in the world nonviolence will remain an exotic philosophy.

A little over a decade later I decided to take my work to a higher level. Why not take interested people on a guided tour of India to show them how people at the grassroots level were using the philosophy to make the change they wished to see in the world. Thus, the Gandhi Legacy Tour was born. Not only do I share with visitors the stories, their impact on me, the impact of Grandfather’s philosophy on India and Indians, but we go to places never visited by normal tourists. The Legacy tour is a lesson in what we can do to make the world more peaceful and harmonious so that peace can prevail.

I believe everything that Gandhi did during his life was designed to educate people so that eventually we could change the Culture of Violence that pervades the human race to a Culture of Nonviolence. As we have seen and experienced Violence tends to bring out the worst in human beings — hate, prejudice, anger, frustration, greed, selfishness — everything that is antithetical to “civilization.” On the other hand Nonviolence, as Gandhi practiced it, brings out the best in human beings — love, respect, understanding, compassion, appreciation — all the sentiments and emotions that we cherish as being the foundation of a civilized society. So, when we ask: Is Nonviolence relevant today? We are basically asking: Is civilized human behavior relevant today! God help us if the answer is in the negative.

The struggle to civilize human societies everywhere has to be tackled at all levels and by any means possible before the cancer of violence destroys our humanity. Gandhi believed: If nonviolence is to become the wave of the future, we have to begin with educating the children. GRANDFATHER GANDHI is a modest attempt to help children understand that they can make this world a better place for future generations.

Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi, Bethany Hegedus Illustrated by Evan Turk

Grandfather Gandhi
A Picture Book for All Ages

By Arun Gandhi, Bethany Hegedus
Illustrated by Evan Turk
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, eBook

Locate a copy at Book People | IndieBound
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Description
Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson tells the story of how his grandfather taught him to turn darkness into light in this uniquely personal and vibrantly illustrated tale that carries a message of peace.

Gandhi’s Grandson Speaks at 7th Annual MLK Interfaith Service

Augusta, GA – Hundreds packed Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church on Saturday to hear Arun Gandhi, a grandson of Indian independence leader Mohandas Gan­dhi, plant his seeds of wisdom in an interfaith program. Arun Gandhi’s arrival is timely with Martin Luther King Day just around the corner. Saturday he held a special press conference to spread the teachings of peace, equality, and justice. Gandhi was also the guest speaker for the 7th Annual MLK Interfaith Worship Service.

Mahatma Gandhi’s famous words still resonate in the hearts and minds of many: “We must become the change that we that wish to see in the world.”

Arun Gandhi said he spent a lot of time growing up with his grandfather learning the teachings of peace and nonviolence. Decades later, at age 79, he continues to spread the word to all nations about what good can come when one person makes a change—something Martin Luther King Jr. also preached.

“My message here in Augusta is how we need to use religion to bring people together instead of dividing people,” Gandhi said before the service. “Unfortunately, we have been dividing and killing in the name of God, which is not a part of any religion at all. We need to create an atmosphere where all of us can live together with proper understanding.”

“We are still a long way away from the dream that he cherished, and unless we take these small steps to make that dream become a reality, it will never become a reality.”

Gandhi has worked to make that a reality for more than 15 years, creating a 64-day nonviolence season in honor of the two leaders’ legacies.

“I just went out into the country and spoke to people and inspired them to do whatever they could in a small way to take us a step closer to the dream that both Gandhi and King shared,” said Gandhi.

He said more than 250 communities in the United States now observe the season for nonviolence.

“We are on a course of destruction. We are destroying our humanity, we are destroying our earth, we are destroying everything,” said Gandhi.

He believes a big part of that destruction across America is guns.

“No civilized nation can behave the way we do where children are killed and guns are used by children. The things that go on here are not only savage, but inhuman,” said Gandhi.

He said he will continue to advocate international peace and justice keeping with his grandfather’s legacy.

“I came here to plant seeds, and I hope that the people will reflect on this,” said Gandhi.

Arun Gandh is presently making final arrangements to lead the inaugural ‘Gandhi Satyagraha’ South Africa Tour in May.

Sources: Nicole Snyder at WJBF.com and Travis Highfield at Augusta Chronicle

My Statement on Syria

 

Arun Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi said: ‘what a civilized world needs is politics with principles.’ The British Parliament has demonstrated this effectively.  As the difficult issues of Syria challenge us the world needs to free itself from the military industrial complexes that stoke violence and make profits from the blood and lives of innocent people. President Eisenhower had warned us of the consequences in 1953 and we are now learning the lesson!

 Ultimately the British Parliament has shown the courage to reject military solutions to world problems.  I agree with the Nobel Peace Laureates Archbishop Tutu and Mairead Maguire and stand with them in their call for ‘human intervention’ and ‘dialogue’ to lead the way to peace and reconciliation in Syrian.  

 

 

Join the Pledge of Resistance Against Fracking

Arun Gandhi leads a crowd of thousands reciting the pledge of resistance against fracking at a protest at the New York state capital in Albany on June 17, 2013

pledge of resistance against fracking with Arun Gandhi

The Pledge of Resistance Against Fracking in New York

I believe:

  • That high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracking is an accident-prone, inherently dangerous industrial process with risks that include catastrophic and irremediable environmental damage;
  • That these risks cannot be properly resolved, nor can they be mitigated through regulation by any government agency, let alone one that has colluded with the gas industry over the last four years in creating rules that attempt to regulate fracking;
  • That Governor Cuomo and this agency, the Department of Environmental Conservation, have repeatedly turned a deaf ear to the petitions of New York’s scientists, economists, medical professionals, and ordinary citizens who have tried again and again, for four years and to little avail, to alert the agency and Governor Cuomo to the many dangers that hydraulic fracking poses to our health, safety, property values, peace of mind and to the climate itself;
  • That it is wrong to shatter the bedrock of New York State and inject it with toxic chemicals.

Hence,

If Governor Cuomo permits high-volume, horizontal hydraulic fracking in any part of New York State, I pledge to join with others to engage in non-violent acts of protest, including demonstrations and other non-violent actions, as my conscience leads me.

I make this pledge of resistance against fracking in order to prevent the destruction and poisoning of New York’s water, air, and food systems, on which life, health, and economic prosperity all depend–including that of future generations.

Signed on this day,

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Race and justice in the U.S.

Race and justice in the U.S. 

Gandhi_Arun-Photo_(HEADSHOT_2011_Photo Credit Scott_Kafora)The Trayvon Martin case has once again highlighted two issues that have defied solutions in the United States.  There is no doubt that race is still a boiling pot and that the justice system has not yet been able to shake off the vestiges of the Wild West era when matters were settled in the streets and courts were there simply to endorse the action.

 In the 21st Century U.S. race is increasingly transcending the historic prejudices against African Americans to include all people of color.  For someone of color life in the US is not the same as it is for a person who is White.  I am an Indian but I have been mistaken for a Latino and an Asian.  Not that I mind the universal identity but it is unpleasant when there is fear attached to it.

 I have been warned by circumstances and by well-meaning friends never to trespass on private property, whatever the emergency, because a white man with a gun could justifiably shoot and kill you even before talking with you.  Consequently, when driving around the country I pray I do not face an emergency that would force me to seek help from a white home-owner.  When looking for an address in a residential area I have had to drive miles out of the way to a gas station for instructions.  I am never sure of the response from a white person to an enquiry or simply to a greeting.  Of course, that sometimes is the case with African Americans too. 

 There is no doubt that a large part of the fear that non-white people have to live with is because of the private ownership of guns and the right that people have to protect themselves.  During the 80 years of my life I have lived in South Africa, India, England and now in the United States but in no other country did I have to live with the fear of losing my life for something as silly as walking in a neighborhood.  I lived through riots in South Africa and in India but we did not have to live in fear because it was understood that the police and the army are meant to protect the nation and the people.  It seems ironic to me that the citizens of the most advanced and the most civilized nation in the world lives in the greater fear than people in any other country. 

 This dilemma that the United States faces today is because of the over dependence on the law to set things right.  There are issues in the lives of people that cannot be corrected by law.  They can only be corrected by love and respect.  The law can only enable integration but cannot bring about understanding.  This is why the racial pot keeps boiling because no one is making an attempt to bring about respect and understanding between races and cultures.  Aggression only aggravates the problem.

Stop Fracking Me Out: More on Tuesday’s Demonstration

Protesters turn out in large numbers to tell the governor they still oppose hydraulic fracturing

Songstress Natalie Merchant initated the rally, before by a diverse crowd, with Guthries “This Land Is Your Land,” and other songs throughout the event. Sen. Tony Avella (D-Queens), actress Debra Winger, and Oren Lyons of the Onondaga Indian Nation were also in attendance.

At one point, crowd members raised their fists and pledged to “Resist Fracking in New York!”

While the pledge united those who signed and recited it in the resolve to perform nonviolent acts of civil disobedience as their own consciences saw fit, some in the movement are ready to do whatever it takes to stop fracking.

See also – Today’s Fracking Protest in Albany

From Metroland – 

Arun Gandhi, grandson to iconic activist Mohandas Gandhi, spoke quietly but resolutely to the crowd. “I have been going to India, and studying this issue and I am surprised that uneducated women from the villages who’ve lived and grown up in poverty have been taught to make solar panels . . . and these women have gone out and electrified hundred of villages in India. . . . I don’t understand why the most powerful state in the United States and the most powerful country in the world . . . is unable to use solar energy to electrify in this country.”

He urged Gov. Cuomo to “take a lesson from these poor uneducated women in India.” As he closed his speech, his voice grew louder.

“This country has been hijacked. It’s no longer a democracy; it’s become a dollar-cracy. We have to take back our country. If we make a loud enough voice, that will happen.”

>> Read more at Metroland

GROWING UP AS GANDHI’S GRANDSON

Gandhi_Arun-Photo_(HEADSHOT_2011_Photo Credit Scott_Kafora)

Photo Credit: Scott Kafora Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute Director

Repost Source  The YMCA Carlson MetroCenter 

GROWING UP GANDHI

An exclusive evening with Carlson MetroCenter YMCA member Arun Gandhi.

Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and Carlson MetroCenter Y member, discuss his experiences growing up in a time of apartheid and the powerful message from his grandfather that he continues to convey to the world today.

This event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.
To register for this event, click here.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
5:30 – 7:00pm

5:30-6:00pm: Conversation and complimentary refreshments
6:00-6:45pm: Presentation
6:45-7:00pm: Discussion and reflections

Carlson MetroCenter YMCA
444 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14604

Free parking available in the East End Garage.

Location/Branch:

Chester F Carlson MetroCenter

 

Event Date:
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Today’s Fracking Protest in Albany

3000 (approx) New Yorkers (state) united today in Albany to call on Gov. Cuomo to lead the nation in constructing a truly renewable energy economy in New York rather than continuing down a damaging path towards continued reliance on dirty, destructive fossil fuels.

> Here is a marvelous interactive infographic “DEEP DIVE*

arun gandhi fracking mad in albanyProtesters included myself, Congressman Maurice Hinchey, Lois Gibbs of Center for Health, Environment & Justice, Jim Dean of Democracy for America, Stanford U professor and ecology advocate Mark Jacobson, and Oren Lyons and Phil Aroneanu of 350.org

EcoWatch explains – 

With Gov. Cuomo (D-NY) weighing whether or not to allow fracking in New York State, the NY Crossroads rally will draw attention to this pivotal moment in the state’s energy future. With or without regulations in place, fracking is a menace to the environment, public health and emits greenhouse gases at disturbing levels that undermine its credentials as a bridge fuel, beneficial for the environment to avoid climate change. Gov. Cuomo has insisted that his decision would be guided by science, but his administration’s actions thus far have lacked transparency and scientific rigor.

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Inspiring students with lessons on peace and nonviolence

Source: phillyburbs.com

Sylvia Baldwin will carry the stories with her.

The New Hope-Solebury High School teen was one of five area students who sat enraptured and inspired, as Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, shared tales from his life as an advocate for peace and nonviolence Saturday at a private breakfast at Cross Culture Indian restaurant in Doylestown. The breakfast was sponsored by the Peace Center in Langhorne, where the 79-year-old social activist is an honorary member, and was one of three events he attended this weekend.

As the students plied him with questions on topics as varied as education, bullying, war and the importance of family, Gandhi shared stories from the years he spent living with his grandfather, from age 12 to 14. In one, he threw away the still-usable butt of a pencil on his way home from school, thinking the elder Gandhi would simply supply a new one. Instead, he was told to find the pencil he’d discarded. The lesson? Even a simple pencil uses the world’s natural resources and to waste one, as he had, was an act of violence against nature. It also was an act of violence against humanity, depriving those living in poverty of access to such resources due to over consumption. [Read more…]

120th Anniversary of Racist Discrimination that changed the World

Gandhi Legacy Tour made the following press announcement today.

120th Anniversary of Racist Discrimination that changed the World

In its 16th year, and on the 120th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s first act of non-violent civil resistance, Gandhi Legacy Tours has announced two new philanthropic travel missions in India and South Africa to be led by Arun and Tushar Gandhi

Dana Point, CA June 5, 2013“It was exactly 120 years ago on June 7 that Mohandas K. Gandhi was thrown off a train in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, in a racist act that transformed a lawyer into a Mahatma — Great Soul,” said Dr. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas K. (Mahatma) Gandhi today.

Arun and Tushar GandhiTo mark the occasion Dr. Gandhi, president of Gandhi Legacy Tours and Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute, announced two additional educational tours to South Africa and India, to understand the philosophy of nonviolence and its application in the 21st century, which is rapidly becoming the most violent in history.  “If this world is to be saved from self-destruction,” Dr. Gandhi said. “Nonviolence is inevitable.”

The proposed two new tours are the Gandhi Legacy of Love Tour of India and the Gandhi Satyagraha Legacy Tour of South Africa.  The original Gandhi Legacy Tour was started in 1998 and over 16 years a few hundred students later, young and old have been exposed to the many facets of the philosophy of nonviolence.  Apart from visiting key places where Gandhi lived and worked, the tour includes projects started by young individuals inspired by Gandhi’s applied philosophy and writings.

The racial incident that occurred on June 7, 1893, was traumatic enough to change the life of Gandhi.  As President Nelson Mandela said: “India sent a man to South Africa and we sent back a Mahatma.”

Dr. Gandhi, noted peace and human rights activist, not only personally leads the group every year but also participates in dialogues and discussions throughout the tour.

2013-14 Gandhi Tour Dates:

Gandhi Legacy:    Dec 29 2013 – January 13 2014

Gandhi Legacy of Love:   Dec 2 2013 – Dec 15 2013

Gandhi Satyagraha Legacy2014 TBA Itinerary

For registration, tour pricing and further details, please see the Gandhi tours video and travel pages.

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MIR Lecture Series Presents Arun Gandhi, Peace Activist & Mahatma Gandhi’s 5th Grandson

Join Arun Gandhi as he addresses violence through education and his work with impoverished children using the lessons that he learned from his famous grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi. This lecture takes place at the Brilliant Cultural Centre on May 17th.

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Inspired Legacy

Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, was born in South Africa and deeply influenced by the Apartheid system. He was also greatly inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s campaign to create racial equality for all South Africans. Arun Gandhi moved to the United States in 1987, along with his wife and activist partner, Sunanda, where they founded the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolencein Memphis, Tennessee.

Gandhi has carried on the legacy of his famous grandfather by addressing violence, particularly in India and other areas of the developing world. His work has focused on children. Gandhi states, “Poverty is the worst form of violence, and must be tackled on all fronts to ensure human rights and human dignity to those who are victims of societal exploitation. “

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Tennessee Steps Up Embracing Gandhi’s “Season for Nonviolence” in First-ever Statewide Recognition, US Senator Alexander Sends Message of Support


Arun Gandhi City of ChatanoogaChattanooga, TN (PRWEB)
April 2013: 
This year the nation reflects on 150 Years of the Emancipation Proclamation, 50 Years of Civil Rights, and now a new movement for peace and nonviolence gains traction as Tennessee steps up embracing Gandhi’s “Season for Nonviolence.”

Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Dr. Arun Gandhi established “A Season for Nonviolence” as a yearly event celebrating the philosophies and lives of Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. And now in its 15th Year, with over 250 cities across the nation commemorating the “Season”—Tennessee leads the country in a first-ever, statewide recognition.

The “Season” begins with the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination on January 30 and ends with the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination on April 4. Bookended between these dates are Black History Month in February and Women’s History Month in March.

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WIN A PRIVATE BREAKFAST FOR 4 WITH ARUN GANDHI

The Peace Center 

Take a chance to win a private breakfast for 4 with Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. The winner will enjoy a rare opportunity to spend one-on-one time with this great man who works for peace justice, locally and internationally.

 

Arun Gandhi in New Dehli

Saturday, June 15, 2013 9:30 – 11am 

Breakfast will be held at: Cross Culture Restaurant

62-64 West State St., Doylestown, PA

Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00

Drawing will be held on May 4th at the 30th Anniversary Celebration.

Arun Gandhi, peace activist and proponent of nonviolence, will be the keynote speaker at Wells College.

Bapu and Arun Gandhi

Arun will give a talk titled “Lessons Learned from My Grandfather,” expressing the guiding principles passed down from his grandfather, the legendary peace-maker and spiritual leader Mohandas K. Gandhi, also known as Mahatma Gandhi. A speaker of international acclaim, Gandhi has spoken before hundreds of colleges and universities as well as corporate and civic organizations. His unique talents and cross-cultural experiences have brought him before governmental, social and educational audiences in countries all over the world, including Brazil, Croatia, France, Ireland, Italy, Holland, Lithuania, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Nicaragua. Arun Gandhi is a cultural treasure, offering firsthand insights into one of history’s most influential leaders.

Source: Wells College  

Arun Gandhi to speak at Lane Community College Feb. 21

NEWS RELEASE
News From: Lane Community College
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Arun Gandhi to speak at LCC Feb. 21

                                                                                                                                                                           

Arun Gandhi Speaker EUGENE, OR – Dr. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, will present “Lessons from My Grandfather” on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at Lane Community College main campus in the Center for Meeting and Learning, Building 19, Rooms 102-104. The event is free and open to the public.

At age 12, Arun Gandhi went to live with his grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi. Arun will share the lessons that his grandfather taught him, including the philosophy of nonviolence and how people can become the change they wish to see in the world.

The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period and a book signing.

Sponsors include Lane’s Strategic Diversity Direction Committee, Diversity Office, Professional and Organizational Development Office, International Programs, Peace Center, Council of Clubs, Associated Students of Lane Community College, Asian Pacific Islander Student Union, Dr. David and Lisa DeHaas, EWEB, and Eugene Weekly.

For disability accommodations, contact Disability Resources at (541) 463-5150 or (541) 463-3079 (TTY) one week in advance.

For more information, contact Donna Koechig at koechigd@lanecc.edu or (541) 463-5307.

Lane is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution. Visit online at www.lanecc.edu or www.twitter.com/lanenews or www.facebook.com/lanecommunitycollege 

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Media contact: Joan Aschim, PIO, aschimj@lanecc.edu or (541) 463-5591
Source: Donna Koechig, koechigd@lanecc.edu or (541) 463-5307

Contact: Joan Aschim

Contact Email: aschimj@lanecc.edu 
Phone: (541) 463-5591

Gandhi’s grandson delivers message of peace!

Here is a preview of an article that Richard Baldwin wrote covering my recent Message of Peace in Buffalo, New York.  Enjoy! 

 

Source: By Richard Baldwin | News Niagara Reporter 

Arun Gandhi and the Dali Lama

A boldly inspirational program to bring peace to cities, neighborhoods, homes and hearts throughout the nation began Sunday in Buffalo, as “Mahatma” Gandhi’s grandson exhorted an audience of 400 people to “work toward becoming good, loving human beings through love, respect, understanding, acceptance and compassion” — for everyone.

“How can we call ourselves civilized if we go on living the way we do without love for one another?” asked Arun Gandhi, whose grandfather was the renowned Indian peace advocate Mohandas K. Gandhi.

 “We need to form a world of forgiveness, and try each day to be a better person than we were yesterday,” Gandhi said during a program called “Peace Matters” in Asbury Hall — sometimes called Babeville — site of the former Asbury-Delaware United Methodist Church.

 The program, subtitled “Creating Peace in the World,” was the first in a series of “Peace Matters” presentations to be sponsored during the coming year by an organization called PeaceWeavers in cities such as Princeton, N.J., Philadelphia, Chicago, New Orleans and beyond, and returning to Buffalo next November at a time to be determined. PeaceWeavers is based in Bath.

 Paula Connors, a director of PeaceWeavers, said the goal is “to break cycles of poverty and overcome the tragedy of violent crime in Buffalo, then in other cities around the nation and, eventually, around the world.”

Read more: The Buffalo News Original article 

 

 

Gandhi Day: Gandhi’s Poignant Legacy

Gandhi Birthday Flowers

Children offer flowers to Mahatma Gandhi statue on His birth anniversary in Shimla India

 

On the 143rd birth anniversary of my grandfather I am reminded of a poignant statement he made to a journalist who asked: What do you think will happen with your philosophy after you die? With sadness in his voice he said: “The people will follow me in life, worship me in death but not make my cause their cause.” How right he was!

We have either rejected the philosophy of nonviolence as impractical or we have reduced it to a weapon of convenience and misused it. The philosophy is about personal transformation changing greed, anger, frustration and other negative attitudes into love, respect, compassion, understanding and acceptance. We have the capacity to act either way but we chose to suppress the positive and display the negative in order to project ourselves as powerful. What we forget is that the greatest power in the world is LOVE. It is also the basis of all civilization. We are materially wealthy, but morally bankrupt. Can we Become the Change We Wish To See In The World?

Arun M. Gandhi
www.gandhiforchildren.org – Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute
www.gandhitour.info – Gandhi Legacy Tour
www.arungandhi.net – Arun M. Gandhi

 

Dalai Lama: A Road To Peace

“If we combine our knowledge, skills expertise with our willpower determination, no matter what problems we face, we can solve se problems forever” ~ HH Dalai Lama

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 “We have just walked out of first Australian test screening for “Road to Peace” have seen this absolutely wonderful film in it’s entirety. Believe me when I say that this film will touch everyone who sees it in many amazing ways. It is truly moving, informative inspiring, impossible to describe. “

” Quite simply, best film I have ever seen about Dalai Lama for everyone – devoted, curious skeptical. It will make you laugh, cry think. It will also leave you with undoubted understing that world is by far a better place because Dalai Lama is in it.”

“Making a film about Dalai Lama has changed my life, in ways that I could never have predicted. To be able to capture essential message of his Holiness share it with you world, has been our honor” ~ Director Producer Leon Stuparich film, produced directed in UK gives us an amusing, surprising, touching, fly-on–wall glimpse behind scenes on a typical international visit by an incredible human being… Dalai Lama.

Expect to see candid, honest moving interaction which will have you shedding a tear as His Holiness meets with everyday citizens, global celebrities, business political leaders.

 

Agape’s 30th Anniversary with Arun Gandhi

Arun Gandhi Keynote Speaker Agape 30th Anniversary

To honor St. Francis of Assisi whose feast day is October 4 and who is the Patron Saint of ecology, and after whom Agape’s main house is named, this annual event is connected to Gandhi’s birthday, October 2 and Therese of Lisieux, October 1. All of these saints represent the prayer,poverty and witness in the world, which are Agape’s founding principles.

Past St. Francis Day — Agape Anniversary Celebrations have included Daniel Berrigan SJ, Sr. Merriam Therese MacGillis, Vincent Harding, David Dellinger, The Hibakusha (A bomb survivors of Hiroshima); a interfaith gathering after 911, including Rabbi Sheila Weinberg, Muslim community members, Episcopal priest Fr. Philip Jacobs, monks of the Buddhist Peace Pagoda in Leverett; 20th Anniversary at Holy Cross and Agape with Bishop Thomas Gumbleton of Detroit, MI; 25th Anniversary with grandson of Mahatma Gandhi; 26th Anniversary with inter-racial, multi-ethnic panel on an election year.

BRIEF: Gandhi’s grandson returning to Chattanooga to push nonviolence

arun gandhiDr. Arun Gandhi will be in Chattanooga for a week in September to participate in activities designed to highlight the legacy of nonviolence left by his grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi.

Mahatma Gandhi led India to independence through nonviolence. He was assassinated in 1948.

Dr. Gandhi will share how to take “Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence into our lives and onto our streets,” Missy Crutchfield, administrator of Chattanooga’s Department of Education, Arts and Culture, said in a news release.

Gandhi’s visit to Chattanooga will include visits to local schools, a social justice and cultural tour, a Connecting the Dots summit and blessing of the Eastgate Library.   [Read more…]

Arun Gandhi in London promoting Total Nonviolence September 1, 2012

Arun Gandhi Transformation UK 2012For Immediate Release, London, UK – Jul 26, 2012 – Gandhi to speak about Total Non Violence and his Charity, Gandhi For Children.

Arun Gandhi, fifth Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi is following in his famous Grandfather’s footsteps as he continues to deliver the message of Total Non-Violence around the World.  Author of several books, Mr Gandhi wrote The Forgotten Woman: The Untold Story of Kastur, the Wife of Mahatma Gandhi, jointly with his late wife Sunanda.  The book was published by fellow author and Founding President of Ozark Mountain’s Publishing Company, Dolores Cannon, in 2011.

Since then, Mr Gandhi has spoken about both his book, his work as a peace emissary as well as the work he does with his charities, The Gandhi Institute and Gandhi for Children at many organisations and events, including The United Nations.

This September, Mr Gandhi will speak in London on Sunday September 2 at Ozark Mountain Publishing’s Transformation Conference at the Shaw Theatre, The Novotel Hotel, St Pancras.  [Read more…]

Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson visited Salvador Bahia and Sao Paulo Brazil

Arun Gandhi, Lynnea Bylund, Minister of Education and Culture Salvador, Brazil

Rochester New York July 7, 2012 — Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, Dr. Arun Gandhi, visited Brazil the last week of June 2012.  He spent his seven-day tour visiting Salvador Bahia and Sao Paulo as well as talking with leaders from the Salvador Ministry of Education, Culture and International Relations, the Center for Support of Children with Cerebral Palsy (NACPC) a project recognized by UNESCO and UNICEF,  Teodoro Sampaio (Bairro Santa Cruz),Sons of Gandhi (Filhos de Gandhy), Residents de Sao Miguel Paulista, Institute of Democracy and Sustainability, and Fundacao Tide Setubal.

While in Brazil, Dr. Gandhi also enjoyed separate visits with Salvador Municipal Secretary of Education, Juan Carlos Bacelar and the leadership of Institute of Democracy and Sustainability and Fundacao Tide Setubal to discuss the current situation in Brazil and begin a dialogue on how Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophies of nonviolence and education can be implemented in the ongoing development work there.  Dr. Gandhi gave a 20 minute interview with the Redo Record de Televisiao News Network and held several press conferences.

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Arun Gandhi talks social justice in Ely

Arun Gandhi Ely April 2012

Photo by Alicia Lebens

Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatmas Gandhi, spoke at Ely Memorial High School about his grandfather and about peace through nonviolence. The event was was organized by the school’s student council and funded by the students through grant writing and donations.

Gandhi spoke about living with his grandfather before his assassination, growing up in the village of Durban in South Africa during the Apartheid and his thoughts about bullying, environmentalism and women’s issues through nonviolence.

From the Duluth News Tribune:

“This is an once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Ely Memorial High School Student Council member Berit Schurke said. “It’s truly an honor that he’s taking time to speak to us about ways we can each assist in changing the world through nonviolent means for social justice. It’s something that is a life-changer.”

 — Alicia Lebens, contributor, Minnesota Today

Arun Gandhi in Port-Au-Prince Haiti

Port-Au-Prince, Haiti — Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, Arun Gandhi, visited Haiti on a goodwill tour the last week of March 2012. He spent his five-day tour visiting a camp operated by Sean Penn’s J/P Haitian Relief Organization, leading a workshop with community leaders at Viva Rio, as well as talking with leaders from the United Nations and USAID.

Arun Gandhi in Port Au Prince HaitiWhile in Port-Au-Prince, Arun Gandhi also visited with Haiti’s First Lady, Premiere Dame Sophia Martelly to discuss the current situation in Haiti and begin a dialogue on how Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence can be implemented in the ongoing development work following the 2010 earthquake.

Arun Gandhi commented on his trip, “The media has been covering all the negative aspects of Haiti, and making it out to be a disaster since the earthquake, so you gather a picture of total hopelessness and that nothing is really happening. But because of my experience in this work all these years, I was sure there was something in the people that would be more positive.”

He continued, “So I came here with an open mind to see the country and learn from the people and share with them my experiences, understanding, and knowledge of my grandfather’s philosophy in the hope that it would make a difference in their lives and show them the way to get out of the mire they find themselves in because of these natural occurrences.”   [Read more…]

Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio Welcomes Arun Gandhi March 14, 2012

Arun Gandhi

Born in 1934 in Durban, South Africa, Arun is the fifth grandson of India’s legendary leader, Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi. Growing up under the discriminatory apartheid laws of South Africa, he was beaten by “white” South Africans for being too black and “black” South Africans for being too white; so, Arun sought eye-for-an-eye justice. However, he learned from his parents and grandparents that justice does not mean revenge, it means transforming the opponent through love and suffering.

Grandfather taught Arun to understand nonviolence through understanding violence. “If we know how much passive violence we perpetrate against one another we will understand why there is so much physical violence plaguing societies and the world,” Gandhi said. Through daily lessons, Arun says, he learned about violence and about anger.   [Read more…]

Arun Gandhi speaks at the Salt Lake City Public Library

 

 

By: Shad Engkilterra

On Feb. 29, 2012, Arun Gandhi spoke at the Salt Lake City Public Library in the evening.

The grandson of MK Gandhi, Arun spoke about religion and overconsumption. He also echoed themes from his earlier appearance in the day at Salt Lake Community College.

“I look at it as an honor,” says Arun about a time that a reporter asked him about Mormons baptizing his grandfather. “The Mormons had found slot machines online him (Mahatma Gandhi) so important that they would like to baptize him and make him part of the family.”  

Arun says that the question brings into focus our tendency to use religion to keep ourselves divided.

“We need to come together because religion according to him (Mahatma Gandhi) is about love,” says Arun. “There are no different gods. There is only one God.” 

To create less violence in the world, we need to change the perception of consumption in this country.

Our economy is based on consumption,” says Arun. “There comes a time when we can’t buy anymore.”

People who focus on making money may neglect their families, their children and their friends.

“Making money is not the only thing in life,” says Arun. “Materialism and morality have an inverse relationship. We need to find a balance between the two.”

 

Arun Gandhi urges practice of nonviolence, personal peace

 

Arun Gandhi, grandson of Indian independence leader Mohandas Gandhi, delivered the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture Feb. 13, 2012 in Sage Chapel.

Committed to social justice and economic-based charity as solutions to the world’s problems, Gandhi founded the Center for Social Unity, an anti-poverty organization in India, and the University of Rochester-based M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence.

 

 

Dr. Gandhi speaks at Garden City Community College’s Martin Luther King Day event

Arun Gandhi 2010

Published 1/17/2012 in Local News
By RACHAEL GRAY
rgray@gctelegram.com 

 

Students and speakers at Garden City Community College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day helped spread the message of civil rights and peace Monday with help from the grandson of a world-renowned political leader.

Laurie Sisk/Telegram Arun Gandhi, grandson of legendary spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi, addresses a large crowd on Monday at Garden City Community College as part of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at GCCC.

Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, spoke at GCCC Monday, passing along a message of peace and non-violence. He spoke about the use of non-violence and how people should control their emotions and treat each other with respect.  [Read more…]

Rotary International Palm Springs Peace Conference 11.11.11

Hear the words of Arun Gandhi, Rotary International President Kalyan Banerjee and Rotary Peace Fellows. 

Arun Gandhi Rotary Peace Palm Springs

“Peace Through Education Is Possible” 

PALM SPRINGS, CA – Peace is Possible, and on November 13, 2011 Rotarians and peacemakers on the west coast will gather in Palm Springs at the Palm Springs Convention Center to discuss this very theme at the Rotary Peace Conference. This event, hosted by Rotary International Director Ken Boyd is one of a series that have taken place throughout the world.

“What is special about the event is our Keynote Speaker Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas Gandhi, and the public is invited,” says Host Chair Dr. Garbis Der-Yeghian. “Mr. Gandhi, founder of M.K. Gandhi Institute, will share his views on non-violence with riveting and unique reflections on the personal and historical legacy of his grandfather, Mohandas Gandhi.

“He will set forth a message of integrity, social harmony, inclusion and peace in the wake of terrorism, international conflicts, immigration debates, and religious, political, and ideological differences that threatened our future as national and global citizens. Welcoming the public to the event is a unique opportunity for them to meet and to hear Mr. Gandhi,” said Dr. Garbis.

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Gandhi’s Grandson Shares Lessons for Nonviolent Life

Arun Gandhi Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi

How would your parents or caregivers had responded if you had, on multiple occasions, disruptively, and for no good reason, burst into a room where they were either working, or conducting important meetings?

For many, the resounding answer would be punishment, or at least a stern talking to. Arun Gandhi recalled during an assembly Tuesday morning at Hatboro-Horsham High School, that his grandfather, Mohandas Gandhi, did neither.

Instead, the late leader of India, whose penchant for righting social and political injustices through peaceful and non-violent actions, paused from his “high-level political discussions” – which in the mid-1940s were aiming to tackle weighty issues including the independence of his country and the emancipation of women – and simply placed his hand over his grandson’s mouth. With the then 12-year-old Arun Gandhi quieted, the elder Gandhi continued talking.   [Read more…]

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Arun Gandhi and Martin Luther King III

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with special guests Arun Gandhi (grandson of Mahatma Gandhi) and Martin Luther King III (son of Martin Luther King Jr) during celebrations in honor of His Holiness’s 76th birthday held in Washington DC, USA, on July 6, 2011

Hope for Peace and Respect in Egypt

Arun Gandhi 2.3.2011DENVER – The world has been watching Egyptians try to force change in their government. That includes the family of Mahatma Gandhi. He led a peaceful independence movement in India in the 1930s and 40s. Thursday night, his grandson arrived in Colorado. “Violence is not a civilized way,” Arun Gandhi said.

It’s been more than 60 years since his grandfather died, but Arun Gandhi says he has followed in his footsteps.  “I was very fortunate, living with my grandfather at the age of 12, he taught me valuable lessons that have made a difference in my life,” he said.  Arun Gandhi speaks around the world advocating for nonviolence and peace. 

During the unrest in Cairo, at least 800 people have been injured and 10 killed.  “It pains me when I see the riots, the killing and all that. It’s very painful, but I suppose it’s something that every nation has to go through in seeking independence and change,” Arun Gandhi said.  He says his grandfather would not be happy with the violence in Egypt.

“He would certainly say we are not behaving in a civilized manner,” Arun Gandhi said. “I hope that the president will submit his resignation and leave, hand over power to whoever is qualified to take over, transition very smooth and positive.”  “The more we try to exploit, the more there is a possibility of violence breaking out. We should try to create a reality based off respect, acceptance of each other, whether it’s interpersonal or international,” he said.

Arun Gandhi is speaking on Friday at Aurora Central High School from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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