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“(Religion) is not a thing that is alien to us, but which has to be evolved out of us.” ~ Gandhi, Ashram Observances in Action, p. 76

By “religion” Gandhi here does not mean what you can gain by “reading the scriptures,” he explains, but a “heart-awareness” of the divine in things and people—and ourselves! Like nonviolence (see Daily Metta for September 13, 2016) we are all born with this endowment, this potential, but it is our job—the one job of all of us—to clear off the dust of conditioning, part inherited and part intensified by modern “civilization,” that covers it. As the Gita says, “as smoke conceals a fire, dust obscures a mirror, an unborn one lies undiscovered in the womb.”

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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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