Gandhi once said; "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind," and "You can't shake hands with a clenched fist."
Not many are aware that while for all American people September 11, 2001, is
a black day of mourning and hopelessness, for some it is a day of hope and
harmony. It was on September 11,1906, that my grandfather, Mohandas K.
Gandhi, launched the first major, public nonviolent campaign against race prejudice in South Africa thereby demonstrating to the world that nonviolent resolution of most conflicts is possible. He later elevated his philosophy to a higher level and called it Satyagraha - pursuit of Truth - because he believed human beings needed to be awareof the many forms of violence that we practice knowingly and unknowingly. I propose that as a nation we resolve to observe September 11, 2006, and every September 11 thereafter, as a Day of Prayer for Peace and Harmony. A day when we can all pledge first to create peace, harmony and respect at home and then pledge to work for peace, harmony and respect in our societies and eventually in the world? Gandhi's vision of nonviolence was not a pipe-dream. He demonstrated that we can practice it effectively if we “become the change we wish to see in the world.” Written by his grandson; ARUN GANDHI Founder/President, M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
Some other quotes by Gandhi: "It may be long before the law of love will be recognised in international affairs. The machineries of government stand between and hide the hearts of one people from those of another. Jesus Christ, Daniel and Socrates represented the purest form of passive resistance or soul force. Peace will not come out of a clash of arms but out of justice lived and done by unarmed nations in the face of odds. The very word Islam means peace, which is nonviolence. Without prayer there is no inward peace. My attempt and my prayer are and will be for an honourable peace between the belligerent nations is the least possible time. Prayer is the only means of bringing about orderliness and peace and repose in our daily acts. Salvation of the Gita is perfect peace. Violence is bound sooner or later to exhaust itself but peace cannot issue out of such exhaustion. The man of prayer will be at peace with himself and with the whole world. Not to believe in the possibility of permanent peace is to disbelieve in the Godliness of human nature. The one condition for fighting for peace and liberty is to acquire self-restraint. "
Instead of asking "What would Jesus do?," Susan Price writing for the Democrat and Chronicle asks “What Would Ghandi Do” . Democracy Now has an article with an interview of the Grandson of Ghandi on the “Gandhi Launches Modern Non-Violent Resistance Movement on Sept. 11, 1906”, that includes the details around the launch. At Hope for Terror they offer the Satyahgraha of Gandhi to be used today by explaining it, showing how it has been used, and what it means for all people, From the Metta Center for Non Violence. They also give a definition of Satyahgraha Satyagraha (pronounced sat-YAH-graha) literally means ‘clinging to truth,’ and that was exactly how Gandhi understood it: clinging to the truth that we are all one under the skin, that there is no such thing as a ‘win/lose’ confrontation because all our important interests are really the same, that consciously or not every single person wants unity and peace with every other.
"When I despair, I remember that all through historythe ways of truth and love have always won.There have been tyrants, and murderers,and for a time they can seem invincible,but in the end they always fall.Think of it - always." a prayer by mahatma gandhi from World Prayers.
New Blaze has an article about Groups Across US Transform September 11th Into A Day of Hope and Healing by showing the movie Gandhi. The Peace alliance is spearheading the campaign. Alas there is not a showing in Alabama. But you other states and places can also checkout where it is being shown. Maybe I need to rent Gandhi from Netflix and see it again.
In 1930 he was named Time person of the Year.