Mahatma Gandhi, WHY DID I ASSIST IN THE LAST WAR?

Gandhi, 1929 A correspondent asks some pertinent questions in the following pungent fashion: “When the Zulus broke out for liberty against the British usurpers, you helped the British in suppressing the so-called rebellion. Is it a rebellion to try to shake off the foreign yoke? Was Jean D’arc a rebel? Was George Washington a rebel?Continue reading “Mahatma Gandhi, WHY DID I ASSIST IN THE LAST WAR?”

Precious Lord / Om Shanti

Listen here. Music by Ali Richardson and Divya Nair Precious Lord, take my hand Lead me on, let me stand I am tired, I am weak, I am worn Through the storm, through the night Lead me on through the light Take my hand, precious Lord And lead me home When my way grows drearyContinue reading “Precious Lord / Om Shanti”

Come as You Are by RABINDRANATH TAGORE

Come as you are, tarry not over your toilet. If your braiding has come loose, if the parting of your hair be not straight, if the ribbons of your bodice be not fastened, do not mind. Come as you are, tarry not over your toilet. Come with quick steps over the grass. If your feetContinue reading “Come as You Are by RABINDRANATH TAGORE”

Dandi Satyagraha

In early March of 1930, Gandhiji began his padayatra to mine salt from the brackish waters lapping the coastal village of Dandi in northwestern India. Britishers had declared Indian production of salt illegal and foisted an imperial tax on the necessity, rendering it a commodity and thus alienating the substance from the common Indian laborer,Continue reading “Dandi Satyagraha”

Gandhiji on the Atom Bomb and Nuclear War

It has been suggested by American friends that the atom bomb will bring in Ahimsa (non-violence) as nothing else can. It will, if it is meant that its destructive power will so disgust the world that it will turn it away from violence for the time being. This is very like a man glutting himselfContinue reading “Gandhiji on the Atom Bomb and Nuclear War”

Sarojini Naidu, Eulogy to Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi, whose frail body was committed to the flames yesterday, is not dead. It was right that the cremation took place in the midst of the dead kings who were buried in Delhi, for he was the kingliest of all kings. It is right also that he who was the Apostle of Peace shouldContinue reading “Sarojini Naidu, Eulogy to Gandhi”

The Garland March: From Selma to Montgomery, 1965

The flash and flutter of a lens can capture a moment in eternity. In the photograph below, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., second from left, and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, second from right, wear garlands in the Hindu tradition. It is 1965 and they are marching from Selma to Montgomery. I am unsure which ofContinue reading “The Garland March: From Selma to Montgomery, 1965”

The Thurman Delegation in India, 1935-1936

Sue Bailey Thurman and Howard Thurman travelled to India, Burma and Ceylon, as part of the first African-American delegation to colonial India in 1935-1936, at the height of its anti-colonial struggle against the British Empire. Known as the Pilgrimage of Friendship to the East, the delegation was organized by the Student Christian Movement in theContinue reading “The Thurman Delegation in India, 1935-1936”

Gandhi on Beauty and Truth

Truth is the first thing to be sought for, and Beauty and Goodness will then be added unto you. Jesus was, to my mind, a supreme artist because he saw and expressed Truth; and so was Muhammad, the Koran being, the most perfect composition in all Arabic literature – at any rate, that is whatContinue reading “Gandhi on Beauty and Truth”