Laws of Nature: Daily Metta

“A thing acquired by violence can be retained by violence alone, while one acquired by truth can be retained only by truth.”

Gandhi had a keen eye for what he called “laws of nature,” and the quote above was one of them. Any achievement attained through violence—power over others, money, possessions—can only be kept through violent means: more guns, more police, more prisons. Any achievements of a nonviolent struggle—democracy, independence, voting rights—can only be maintained by an ongoing reliance upon nonviolent means.

Gandhi wanted us to take to heart that it is a misunderstanding to believe that any nonviolent struggle is ever really over. In fact, not only do we need to maintain our achievements, we need to build on them.

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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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