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Practice: Daily Metta

“Individual Civil Disobedience among an unprepared people and by leaders not known to or trusted by them is of no avail, and mass  Civil Disobedience is an impossibility.”  ~ Gandhi, Young India, January 9, 1930 Because we are unschooled in civil disobedience, or almost any dimension of nonviolence, we often rush into actions with only… read more

Civil Disobedience: Daily Metta

“So is the capacity for civil disobedience acquired after one has disciplined oneself in complete and voluntary obedience of the laws of the land.” ~ Gandhi, Harijan, March 17, 1946 Civil disobedience is a conscious and strategic form of non-cooperation with an unjust law, followed in a civil and nonviolent manner. Gandhi contrasts it with… read more

Elevation of Humanity: Daily Metta

“…there was a continuous stream of pilgrims who ‘retired from the household life to the houseless one.’” ~ Gandhi, Satyagraha in South Africa, p. 263 As with his famous quote on satya, Gandhi here shows how vividly he saw the eternal, or religious significance of everything he was doing both in South Africa and later… read more

Obstructive Program

Obstructive Program is the use of civil disobedience to change an unjust or oppressive social order.  Obstructive program together with constructive program make up the two branches of Gandhi’s Satyagraha. This term was coined by Michael Nagler.… read more