Dr. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and founder of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, in his June 9 lecture at the University of Puerto Rico, shared the following story as an example of nonviolence in parenting:
“I was 16 years old and living with my parents at the institute my grandfather had founded 18 miles outside of Durban, South Africa, in the middle of the sugar plantations. We were deep in the country and had no neighbors, so my two sisters and I would always look forward to going to town to visit friends or go to the movies. One day, my father asked me to drive him to town for an all-day conference, and I jumped at the chance.
A weapon, howsoever powerful it may be,
can always be superseded by a superior one;
but no weapon can, however,
be superior to non-violence and love.
From a Jainist Prayer for Peace
The following prayers for healing and peace from different religions have been posted on the Advaitin, Vedanta, and RamaKrishna and HS. I don’t know who compiled these but thank you. These prayers can help us reflect on the essential message of the sages of universal love, compassion, and nonviolence in times of difficulty. Because many people are grieving in their own ways, these prayers may offer some consolation with their message of peace for the human spirit – Harsha