A Moment of Introspection: Silence for Non-Violence

The philosophy and the practice of non-violence and peace are needed for the survival of life and the environment.
Keywords: Gandhi, Non-violence, Global, Enlightenment, Peace, Silence, Satyagrah, Truth, Eternity, Earth
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On a Thread of Creation

In a Global Circle

A Pilgrimage of Silence

Seeking in Orbit

A Moment of Enlightenment

Of Peace and Truth

Within and Without

How do we observe with significance the 2nd October and accept the challenge of Non-violence at individual and collective levels?

Let us visualize a cosmic thread flowing from the wheel of eternity. This will be a flow of harmony that can orbit the Earth in 24 hours, starting at midday sharp of the 2nd October from Japan, and after 1 minute of silence and introspection by humanity, it moves westwards to encircle the whole Earth in 24 hours. This can be a celebration of our consciousness for homage to non-violence in today’s context.

In the flow of this silence, through introspection, we, the children of Mother Earth, pay homage to the greatest spiritual and creative flows of man and nature, of past and present, which have kept the spark of eternal love still glowing in each one of us.

In the context of the worldwide celebration of the concept of Satyagraha – truth and non-violence as experienced, experimented and lived by Mohan Das Karamchand Gandhi, i wonder if, at any time in the history of humanity, the philosophical and moral concepts of truth and compassion have been a subject of such collective and conscious celebration throughout the earth.

Gandhi belongs to the entire humanity and his life, philosophy and thought will remain a constant subject of study, analysis and veneration as well as strong negative reactions.

The 2nd October – the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi – has been declared as the International Day of Non-violence by the United Nations. With the worldwide reality of consciousness of non-violence, there are also the terrifying contradictions of the reality of appalling and environmental pollution, horrifying human violence and terror with the threat of biological, chemical and nuclear weapons and a global chain of sentimental fear.

Yet the strongest force is inherent in truth, courage and compassion that is the desperate need of today. The philosophy and the practice of non-violence and peace are needed for the very survival of life and the environment now.

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Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee

Smt. Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee is Chairperson of National Gandhi Museum.

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