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Simple Ideas: 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.

Simple Ideas: Daily Metta

Khadi has been conceived as the foundation and the image of ahimsa.  A real khadi wearer will not utter an untruth. A real khadi wearer will harbour no violence, no deceit, no impurity.” ~ Gandhi, in Mahatma Vol. 4, pg. 217, courtesy of Mumbai Sarvodaya Mandal

Gandhi was a genius at using simple ideas, household items everyone could relate to and turning them into a focus for human, social, and political transformation. In the case of Khadi: the traditional homespun cloth became the core of a campaign by which he was breaking the dependency on British cloth and rebuilding India’s own home industries. A brilliant stroke in which everyone could participate—men, women, and children—and thereby building the movement dramatically.

What would be the equivalent of khadi, or homespun cotton, in our context today: something simple, direct, universal, and symbolic? Something that could unite the movement? Share your ideas in the comments below.

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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.

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