What an honor to sit with one of the world’s great teachers of love and non-violent communication, Arun Gandhi. We spoke about many things including his grandfather, India’s beloved avatar of peace. Arun is a humble and gentle man who has dedicated his life in service to humanity and the greater good. There is so much wisdom in this exchange and I’m sure if you take a few moments and listen, your soul will be forever touched.
Arun Manilal Gandhi is a socio-political activist, and the fifth grandson of Mohandas Gandhi. Although he has followed in the footsteps of his grandfather as an activist, he has eschewed the ascetic lifestyle of his grandfather.
In 2017 he published The Gift of Anger: And Other Lessons From My Grandfather Mahatma Gandhi.
Arun considers himself to be a Hindu but expresses universalist views and has worked closely with Christian priests and his philosophies are strongly influenced by Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Christian concepts. Like his grandfather, he also believes in the concept of ‘non-violence’ (Ahimsa).
He founded the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence hosted by the Christian Brothers University, a Catholic academic institution. This institute was dedicated to applying the principles of nonviolence at both local and global scales. For his work at the Institute, Gandhi was presented with the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston.
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