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Kindness: Daily Metta

Michael Nagler Posted by Michael Nagler.

Michael is founder and president of the Metta Center for Nonviolence and the author of Our Spiritual Crisis and The Search for a Nonviolent Future, which received a 2002 American Book Award and has been translated into several languages.

Kindness: Daily Metta

“My experience teaches me that truth can never be propagated by doing violence.” ~ Gandhi, The Mind of Mahatma Gandhi, p. 117

Two things stand out in this short sentence: while he drew heavily from and was greatly inspired by the Gita, the Isha Upanishad, and other scriptures (including the New Testament), Gandhi would accept nothing as real that was not verified in his personal experience. This is what gives his words, spoken or written, such great authority. And the way that nonviolence and truth are, as he said, “opposite sides of the same coin.” If we are unkind—to anyone, any creature—we are misrepresenting Who We Are. When we act with kindness, even if that means blocking what we perceive to be another’s misstep, reality comes to life in our words and actions.

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