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BK Blog Post
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.
“For India to enter into the race for armaments is to court suicide. With the loss of India to nonviolence the last hope of the world will be gone.” ~ Gandhi, Harijan, October 14, 1939
We would have to say that India is not altogether lost to nonviolence; that flame can be seen if not in the halls of government (in any country, that will be the last place to go) then here and there in many social experiments and many hearts. Moreover its light, as Prime Minister Nehru said in his moving eulogy of Gandhi, has been picked up all over the world, and is spreading and becoming brighter. Inevitably, at some point, the “tipping point” will occur and we will no longer have to say “the world comprehended it not” but rather that it has at last shone forth as the true condition of the human spirit.
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Stephanie Van Hook, the Metta Center’s executive director, launched Daily Metta in 2015 as a way to share Gandhi’s spiritual wisdom and experiments with nonviolence.
Our 2016 Daily Metta continues with Gandhi on weekdays. On weekends, we share videos that complement Michael Nagler’s award-winning book, The Search for a Nonviolent Future: A Promise of Peace for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our World. To help readers engage with the book more deeply, the Metta Center offers a free PDF study guide.