Tag Archives: Ahimsa

“Cecil the Lion and Us”–Daily Metta

July 30: “Not to hurt any living thing is no doubt a part of ahimsa. But it is its least expression.” –Gandhi (From Yeravda Mandir) The killing of a beloved 13-year-old, protected African lion, known as Cecil, has prompted an outpouring of grief from around the world for this noble creature. His death speaks to… read more

“Ahimsa is the highest ideal”–Daily Metta

June 17: “Ahimsa is the highest ideal.” –Gandhi (Harijan, June 9, 1940) Ahimsa is an ancient Sanskrit term and virtue that roughly translates to “the negation of the desire or intent to harm or kill.” Gandhi went so far as to assert that it–and not violence–is the law of humanity. Our capacity to endure and… read more

“Yoga of Nonviolence”–Podcast

Spiritual activist, artist and yoga teacher, Narayan St. Jude joins Michael and Stephanie at the station to talk about his journey from being an Army reservist to becoming a yoga teacher and inspirational nonviolent “warrior.”  This, as well as a conversation about holographic activism and more creative acts of nonviolence in our very entertaining news… read more

“The Motive and the Quality”–Daily Metta

March 30: “The motive will determine the quality of the act.” –Gandhi (Selected Writings pp. 336-44) The word nonviolence is a very rough translation of the Sanskrit ahimsa, which literally means “the negation of the desire or intent to harm.” Beyond focusing on the act alone, we must look at the state of mind in… read more

“Increase the Good”–Daily Metta

March 23: “Ahimsa is the highest duty. Even if we cannot practice it in full, we must try to understand its spirit and refrain as far as humanly possible from violence.” –Gandhi (Mahatma, Vol. 7, p. 61) Ahimsa is often thought of as a negative concept: a-being a negation and -himsa, meaning harm (or, technically,… read more

Nonviolent Action as Conscious Engagement: Science and Satyagraha for Contemporary Society

May 5, 2013 Time: 10-12 pm  Where: Lydia’s Organics Sunflower Center, Petaluma  Contemporary scientific research increasingly points to the interconnected nature of the universe, and highlights the power of conscious thought and action to interact with this universe. The wisdom traditions have honored the sacred unity of life for millennia, exemplified by their emphasis on… read more


“This is a 5 hrs. 10 min. documentary biography of Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi. All events and principles of Gandhi’s life and thought are viewed as integrated parts of his truth-intoxicated life depicting permanent and universal values. The purpose of the film is to tell the present and the future generations “that such a man as… read more

Basics of Nonviolent Communication

Nonviolent Communication is one way of applying the principles of nonviolence into our way of being in the world, and it facilitates our deepening relationships with others when the practices are internalized and made fluent by the person trying to use them. In this series of videos, Marshall Rosenberg, founder of the NVC practice, introduces… read more

Spinning Wheel #3: Facing Fascism

by Michael Nagler Police brutality, suppression of dissent, heartless cruelty toward the disadvantaged, xenophobia and other forms of racism, Freikorps-type vigilante groups, corporate domination subjugating law and government, election fraud and war — America has virtually all the telltale characteristics of fascism, not just some.  And it could not be otherwise, because the culture of… read more