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.
“All religions enjoined worship of the One God who was all-pervasive. He is present in a drop of water or even in a tiny speck of dust. ~ Gandhi, Mahatma, 7. P. 115
Our Mahatma is seeing past the all-too-common misuses of religions to the One Vision shared by their great founders: that God is one (or, as Islam and Judaism and others put it, The One) and that this one reality has manifested itself as the universe—all of it without exception. It is the authority of this great vision, tragically, that has tempted so many who did not in fact share it to misuse it as a tool for sharpening, rather than seeing beyond the differences among human beings, and of course emptied the world we live on of its sacred significance. War and all exploitation of the environment will stop cold when (I don’t dare say “if”) we recapture that vision.
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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.