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64 Daily Contemplative Meditations
Practicing Nonviolence with Gandhi
Contributed by Rev. Frank zumMallen
The Gandhi-King Season for Nonviolence, Jan. 30 through April 4, is an international, educational, media and grassroots campaign dedicated to promoting nonviolence as a powerful way to heal, transform and empower our lives and our communities. The Season for Nonviolence began in 1998, inspired by the 50th and 30th memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This international movement strives to honor the vision of these great peacemakers through action and education.
This story is attributed to Ganhiji during his struggles in India.One Day a British clergyman, well-known for being an Imperialist, met Gandhi. Trying to paper over the gulf of disagreement between them, he said, “Well, we are both men of God, Mr. Gandhi, aren't we?” Gandhi replied, “You are a politician, disguised as a man of God. I am a man of God, disguised as a politician.” (The Way to God, M. K. Gandhi, Introduction, P.11)
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