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Nature’s Laws: Daily Metta

“Nature is relentless and will have full revenge for any such violation of her laws.” ~ Gandhi, Young India, March 12, 1925 Nature has its laws. Some we can see take effect immediately when they are violated, such as the pollution of a river; some remain unseen, such as selfishness and egotism (“nature,” you see,… read more

Our Entire Life: Daily Metta

“I will struggle so that I will either break the bonds or break myself in the effort.” ~ Gandhi, Harijan, February 10, 1946 Gandhi was asked all kinds of tough questions about putting nonviolence into action. Most questions came from a disbelief that nonviolence can really be a form of self-defense and protection. Here, someone… read more

Gandhi Searches for Truth: Book FAQs

After fielding some commonly asked questions about my new book, Gandhi Searches for Truth: A Practical Biography for Children, I thought it’d be useful to post my answers here, so that others may learn more about the book and Gandhi. Have questions about bulk orders for your school, bookstore, or library? Please email me for… read more

Gandhi Searches for Truth: A Practical Biography for Children

Mahatma Gandhi was an ordinary child who sought to do something extraordinary with his life: he wanted to discover Truth. This book chronicles Gandhi’s inner and outer journey from childhood to the independence of India in twelve short stories, with beautiful watercolor and ink images of Gandhi and his family. For both children and grown-ups,… read more

What Really Nourishes: Daily Metta

“The spinning wheel enables us to identify ourselves with crores. The millionaires imagine that money can bring them anything in the world. But it is not so.” ~ Gandhi, Harijan, October 13, 1946 Money may buy us things, but it can never buy us love. Therefore, it can never satisfy us. The spinning wheel for… read more

Ill-will: Daily Metta

“I may not harbor ill-will even against a Dyer. I regard ill-will as beneath the dignity of man.” ~ Gandhi, Young India, September 12, 1929 How often do we hear the insight that Gandhi is offering us? Ill-will, he maintains, is not worthy of human beings; yet the media and our culture generally are intent… read more

Deepest Nature: Daily Metta

“And if we go deeply into the matter, we shall come across men in every walk of life who lead dedicated lives. No doubt these sacrificers obtain their livelihood by their work. But their livelihood is not their objective, but only a by-product of their vocation. . .” ~ Gandhi, From Yeravda Mandir, pp. 57-60… read more

Civilization: Daily Metta

“Formerly, when people wanted to fight with one another, they measured between them their bodily strength; now, it is possible to take away thousands of lives by one man working behind a gun from a hill. This is civilization. (. . .) This civilization is such that one has only to be patient and it… 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