The Light of Nonviolence: Daily Metta

“This force is to violence and therefore to all tyranny, all injustice, what light is to darkness.” ~ Gandhi, Indian Opinion, 1914

While certainly inspirational at first glance, we shouldn’t miss the sobering reality behind Gandhi’s assessment of the force of nonviolence: it exposes violence. Nonviolence is not a promise of a world free of violence forever. It is a call to let violence be seen and effectively addressed when it takes place. When a person or a group willingly takes on violence in their own person, in their own body, while neither allowing that violence to degrade them nor allow it to continue beyond them, the light of nonviolence is shining.

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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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