Full Control: Daily Metta

“Means must determine ends and indeed it’s questionable in human affairs whether there is an end. The best we can do is to make sure of the method and examine our motive.” ~ Ronald Duncan, Selected Writings of Mahatma Gandhi, p. 14

No matter where you cut him, Gandhi is close to what he called that “diamond mine,” the Bhagavad Gita. Perhaps nowhere closer than in his view of human action and where our real responsibility in action lies, namely in the method we choose (violence or nonviolence) and the state of mind, or motive leading us to that choice. Over end results we have no control; but this “best we can do” is enough. If we act rightly in the right cause then, as he famously said elsewhere, “full effort is full victory.”

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Book cover imageStephanie 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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