GETHSAMANE: A BALLAD

1. Come sing with me and I will sing you a song of the greatest lie, most heartbreaking. 2. In the Garden of Gethsamane, my sweet Lord spoke precious litanies, there I held your head in my lap’s cradle, its shallow grave. 3. fear is not a virtue of the weak, my love, but theContinue reading “GETHSAMANE: A BALLAD”

Mahatma Gandhi observing the leprosy bacteria, 1942, Sevagram Ashram

What is this? Where is weakness? Who is strong? What is great and what is small? What is high and what is low in this marvellous interdependence of existence where the smallest atom is necessary for the existence of the whole? Who is great and who is small? It is past finding out! And why?Continue reading “Mahatma Gandhi observing the leprosy bacteria, 1942, Sevagram Ashram”

William Stuart Nelson, Mohandas K. Gandhi: The Nonviolent Answer

Article by African-American theologian William Stuart Nelson on Gandhiji in the Friends Journal: Quaker Thought and Life, October 1, 1969. Nelson was a satyagrahi who marched with Gandhi in Noakhali, Bengal in support of Hindu-Muslim Unity against Western imperialism. He was a very important mentor to Martin Luther King Jr. and played a decisive roleContinue reading “William Stuart Nelson, Mohandas K. Gandhi: The Nonviolent Answer”

Swami Vivekananda, Christ, The Messenger

(Delivered at Los Angeles, California, 1900) The wave rises on the ocean, and there is a hollow. Again another wave rises, perhaps bigger than the former, to fall down again, similarly, again to rise — driving onward. In the march of events, we notice the rise and fall, and we generally look towards the rise,Continue reading “Swami Vivekananda, Christ, The Messenger”

Howard Thurman – A Meditation on Thanksgiving

For all these I make an act of Thanksgiving this day. I pass before me the mainsprings of my heritage: The fruits of the labors of countless generations who lived before me, without whom my own life would have no meaning; The seers who saw visions and dreamed dreams; The prophets who sensed a truthContinue reading “Howard Thurman – A Meditation on Thanksgiving”

I too, hear America singing by Horace Julian Bond

I too, hear America singing But from where I stand I can only hear Little Richard And Fats Domino. But sometimes, I hear Ray Charles Drowning in his own tears or Bird Relaxing at Camarillo or Horace Silver doodling, Then I don’t mind standing a little longer, Horace Julian Bond, printed in Morehouse College “Pegasus”

The Heroism of Satyagraha

Our heroes must be spiritual. –Swami Vivekananda What does the method and philosophy of Satyagraha reveal? It exposes the heart of human nature, in all of its contradictions. The law of satyagraha compels us to act with soul force, which necessitates activation of our soul memory, our spirit consciousness. If it follows that we wereContinue reading “The Heroism of Satyagraha”

Satyagraha: Gandhian Principles of Non-Violent Non-Cooperation By William Stuart Nelson

Reprinted from THE JOURNAL OF RELIGIOUS THOUGHT Autumn-Winter Issue, 1957-1958 CHANGE in the social order today is proceeding often violently and is frequently being resisted just as violently. Our own country is caught in a strange conjunction of Christian and democratic principles, fanatical resistence even to the belated application of these principles, and grave uncertaintyContinue reading “Satyagraha: Gandhian Principles of Non-Violent Non-Cooperation By William Stuart Nelson”

Ghana Calls by W.E.B Du Bois

Dedicated to Kwame Nkrumah I was a little boy, at home with strangers.    I liked my playmates, and knew well,    Whence all their parents came; From England, Scotland, royal France    From Germany and oft by chance The humble Emerald Isle. But my brown skin and close-curled hair Was alien, and how it grew, none knew;Continue reading “Ghana Calls by W.E.B Du Bois”