Nvc and the Legacy of Gandhi Nonviolence –Ahimsa and Satyagraha – positive meaning, transcending any inner limitations to opening our hearts

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**Some stories in Annex B

2. Love, courage, and commitment, including putting one’s life on the line.

  • Of power there are two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love.” (SNVF. p.140)

  • I must obey, even at the cost of my life, the law of love.” (Golden Treasury p. 34)

  • Hate dissolves in the presence of love." ” (Young India 20-02-1930, Non Violent Resistance p.220)

  • The force of arms is powerless when matched against the force of love or the soul.” (Hind Swaraj. p.66).

  • What is gained through fear is retained only while the fear lasts.” (Hind Swaraj. p.60).

  • It is therefore meet that he/she should not do that which he/she knows to be wrong, and suffer the consequence whatever it may be, this is the key to the use of soul-force.” (Hind Swaraj. p.69).

  • Only a few days before the assassination, as if he had a premonition, Gandhi had said: "Should I die by the bullet of a madman, I have to do so with a smile. There must be no anger in me. God must be in my heart and on my lips".

  • “…if it cost me my life which, after all, at the age of seventy has no insurance value, I should most willingly give it in order to secure due performance of a sacred and solemn promise.” (Golden Treasury p. 57)

  • “He embraced the prospect of imprisonment with such joy and good humour that people all over the country began to laugh off their own fear.” – Easwaran (Gandhi the Man p. 72)

  • During the Hindu/Muslim civil war that broke out towards the end of the independence campaign, Gandhi (in his 70s) walked through the most dangerous and violent zones (Bihar state and Noakhali) to “live the truth he went to teach” (Gandhi the Man p. 90)

  • (On Gandhi’s assassination) “…as his body fell, nothing but the mantram which was deep within him came to his lips, Rama, Rama, Rama.  It meant ‘I forgive you, I love you, I bless you’” –Easwaran (Gandhi the Man p. 140)

  • Let hundreds like me perish, but let truth prevail.” (Everyman’s, July 7 – The Story of My Experiments with Truth)

  • Dead of Harbatsinh in Durban Jail, South Africa, Volksrust Jail 1914  "How could I help it, when you, your wife and even your boys went to jail for our sake?"  (Gandhi the Man  p.158)

  • It is not at all impossible that we may have to endure every hardship that we can imagine, and wisdom lies in pledging ourselves on the understanding that we shall have to suffer all that and worse” -Satyagraha in South Africa (Gandhi the Man  p. 99)

  • If man/woman will only realize that it is unmanly to obey laws [rules] that are unjust, no man’s tyranny will enslave him/her… So long as the superstition that men/women should obey unjust laws exists, so long will their slavery exist.” (Hind Swaraj p.70).       

  • A satyagrahi will say he/she will not obey a law that is against his/her conscience, even though he might be blown to pieces at the mouth of a cannon.” (Hind Swaraj p.71).

  • Satygraha is an all-sided sword, it can be used anyhow; it blesses him who uses it and him against whom it is used. Without drawing a drop of blood, it produces far-reaching results.” (Hind Swaraj p.74).

  • One who is free from hatred requires no sword.” (Hind Swaraj p.75).

  • The history of great deeds is the history of men/women who had the courage to stand alone against the World.” (Young India. Feb 28, 1929)

  • Fearlessness is a sign and symbol of self-purification.” (Gandhi and Mani Bhavan. p.24)

  • “…Those who have learnt the lesson of fearlessness and self-effacement need no leader.” (Young India. Mar 20, 1930)

  • One of the lessons that a nation yearning for freedom needs to learn is to shed several fears of losing title, wealth, position, fear of imprisonment, of bodily injury and lastly death.” (Young India. Apr 24, 1930)

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