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Ansted Poet Laureate; Dean, Peace
GANDHIAN WAY TO PRODUCE A SYMPHONY OF HEARTS
Dr. Stephen Gill
Some persons come into this world to write a new chapter in
human era. As Moses, they lead the leaderless
mobs through the
Mahatma Gandhi, the heroic figure that produced a symphony of human hearts, was able to produce this symphony to achieve his goal of peace through peaceful means. Karamchand Gandhi initiated the practice of nonviolent protests to achieve political and social changes. He led protests across India for the removal of poverty, to free women, for unity among different religions and ethnic groups and to end untouchability, caste discrimination, for the economic self-sufficiency of the nation and above all for the freedom of India from the British rulers. He never wavered in his conviction in nonviolence.
Before Mohandas Gandhi, the ideology of nonviolence was confined to the gospel of Jesus in the West and to the teachings of Gotama Buddha in the East. In social and political fields it was not a popular and acceptable concept. With the exception of a few books and pamphlets here and there, this ideology never gained the momentum of a serious movement. Politicians now have started talking about the technique of nonviolence in depth. It is encouraging that there are organizations and schools to focus on its strategies.
Yet, the world needs more such institutions to let the citizens know that through violence the darkness of evil keeps spreading, even more rapidly. The only way to overpower that darkness is the light that is without the traces of the darkness of violence. Violence has never been able to solve problems in history. If it has ever solved one problem, it has created many more. Violence is for animals and humans are above animals, because humans have intellect and consciousness, or a higher level of consciousness. The goal of violence is to destroy. Violence is an aggressive behaviour that destroys even those who practice it. Jesus was right when he said that those who use the sword are killed by the swords themselves.
There are persons who presume that the nonviolence is doing nothing, or it is a state of mind. For them, nonviolence is inaction that is for cowards, or it is just an intellectual exercise. Contrary to their belief, nonviolence is a deliberate course of action—it is to spread awareness of nonviolence to create a healthy atmosphere. Nonviolence is creative, provocative, challenging, an active force of the highest order. It is the force that represents God. Its main purpose is to respect life that is based on compassion and openness. It works wonders and brings incredible results. It is not mechanical. Nonviolence is a conviction— a faith that is based on the principle that every life is sacred and every being is a child of the Supreme Power. Therefore no one has any right to kill anyone. Nonviolence suggests peaceful means to achieve peace. Nonviolence is based on the conviction that truth will prevail, because hatred brings more hatred and violence brings more violence.
Mahatam Gandhi gave a hope to humanity by proving that
nonviolent strategies work. He proved
that nonviolence is a creative force. His ideology has influenced several great minds
of the world, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He practiced tolerance and
pluralism that are
It has been proved in the laboratory of the world that the
communities and countries that understand the values of nonviolence and
practice these values prosper economically and their citizens prosper physically, mentally
This is what
The Ojibway people believe that every thing on earth is connected. In one of their mythologies, their elders had a good life when they lived in harmony with plants, animals and all living beings. Bad days followed when they began to fight due to jealousy, hatred, fear and anger. They believe that all humans are one and they are separated only by tongues. In one of their their prayer, Ojibway people ask: Sacred One/Teach love, compassion, and honor/That we may heal the earth/And heal each other.
This is all about harmony. In one of their hymns, titled
Grandfather Story, the
Ojibways people say that this harmony has been broken. They ask
Grandfather, a word that refers to God, to look at the brokenness. They lament
that among creatures; only human family has strayed from the
The Government of Canada through its legislations, projects and
fundings are strengthening the links for harmony among different cultural
Live and let live is the gospel in which Canada believes and propagates; this is what a native nation of Canada has been believing for centuries; this is the way to survive and prosper in the complex world of violence of today; this is what the global village needs; this is what Mahatma Gandhi taught and practiced; and this is the gospel in which I believe and write about it in my poetry and prose.
Violence begins in the minds of people and that is the area to be
focused. It is time to recognize and
study the advocates
who believe that peace can be achieved through peaceful means. Among these advocates, the names of Mahatma Gandhi,
Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandella, Aung San Suv Kyi from
Pope John Paul 11 said in 1982 on the Day of Peace that
war is “the least effective way of resolving conflicts.” His successor, Pope Benedict XV1, said on
Mahatma Gandhi condemned violence, and so did Mr. Pearson, a
This is the time to recognize the sources that advocate nonviolence, study and analyze their ways to apply in the global village of today to achieve the peace that is the palpitation of the meaningful prosperity and happiness.
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