Media for Peacebuilding honors the life and work of Mohandas K. Gandhi, the “Mahatma,” pioneer of civil disobedience and sustainable development, the “Father of India,” on what would have been his 141st birthday. May we reflect on how his teachings on nonviolence, service, compassion, and personal experiments with truth can inform our daily lives, our communities, and the world today.
In his words, “I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest [person] whom you have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to [them]. Will [they] gain anything by it? Will it restore [them] to a control over [their] own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to swaraj [freedom] for the hungry and spiritually starving millions? Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away.“
-One of the last notes left behind by Gandhi in 1948