By Adi Da
Adi Da presents a uniquely comprehensive address to the global crisis. He points out that we not only face an unprecedented threat to the survival of life on this planet, but that our current methods for addressing global crises simply won’t work. The system is broken, and the endlessly recycled conventional “solutions” are obsolete.
For example, our attempts at resolving global conflict, along with a host of inter-related environmental and resource issues, are hamstrung by an outmoded global structure of “tribalism”, where all “solutions” lie in the hands of separate states and interest groups, which – when not actively engaged in creating these very same problems – come together primarily to advance their own agendas rather than work for the good of humanity as a whole.
To take us beyond tribalism and the forces that feed it, Adi Da identifies a number of developments that need to occur, three of which, taken together, will enable and reinforce each other. By addressing the root source of our current problems, they constitute our best options for survival.
The creation of a Global Cooperative Forum that, unlike the United Nations, consists of a body of representatives each of whom represents NOT a state, region, or faction but ONLY the interests of humanity as a whole. The Forum will build the practical communication structures and organizational mechanisms to give collective voice to the people of the world and would approach global matters as one living process, rather than as a multiplicity of competing issues. It will also engage in a wide array of humanitarian, educational, diplomatic, and organizational functions, often in collaboration with other organizations.
The mobilization of Everybody-All-At-Once to insist that world leaders actually make the changes formulated by the Global Cooperative Forum for the benefit of humanity.
Using our existing network of global communications, this mobilization will allow individuals worldwide to take a proactive role in addressing issues, rather than settling for the traditional politics of reactivity, where a parental government proposes and its citizens merely respond, either positively or negatively.
A shift in consciousness that takes us beyond conventional notions of the oneness of humanity. This is in fact the central concept of Not-Two Is Peace – and perhaps the most challenging. It points to a unity that is non-material, but which is the “root-context of existence,” the structure of reality itself, as ancient seers have declared and modern physics has demonstrated. Adi Da calls it “prior” unity to indicate a unity that is, first of all, already the case. And, secondly, that it is realized in our actions only by presuming it to be already the case, rather than seeking for it.
Is it naive to expect changes of such magnitude? Adi Da points out that it “is not naive to suggest and expect a profound change in the conducting of global human affairs when those who could make the demand for change number in the billions. Nor is it folly to try to re-orient humankind when the only alternative is universal slavery and the culture of death.”
The complete book is available to be read at http://www.da-peace.org.
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Original post found here: Arun Gandhi
Salaam alaikum! Good Morning friends!
Is Gandhi Thriving More in India or America?
Dr. Abdul Malik Mujahid host of Radio Islam engages Arun Gandhi in a conversation this week: Malik welcomes Arun noting that he is a true friend of humanity. In this intimate interview Malik and Arun cover a wide range of topics from India and South African politics, MK Gandhi’s politics, and who is responsible for bringing about Gandhian social, economic and political change today in India.
Malik asks Arun about the Gandhi Legacy Tours, why they were started, and the upcoming inaugural Satyagraha Tour of South Africa he will be personally leading this May. Arun stated that the new educational tour through South Africa, will lead us to better understand the philosophy of nonviolence and its application within the violent 21st century: “If this world is to be saved from self-destruction, nonviolence is inevitable.” Arun not only personally leads the travel groups every year but also participates in dialogues and discussions throughout the tour. He noted, “As President Nelson Mandela famously said: India sent a man to South Africa and we sent back a Mahatma.”
The conversation segues into Nelson Mandela’s legacy, democracy, and they acknowledge how Americans gets stereotyped by foreigners. Arun talks about his father Manilal Gandhi’s struggle in South Africa and how the US, India and South Africa can learn from each other. Arun shares a beautiful leela about his grandmother Kasturba and “The Forgotten Woman” a book he and his late wife Sunanda co-authored about her untold story.
Malik continues raising questions like Is Gandhi Thriving More in India or America? What is non-violence? How can non violence be used in social economic issues?To find out more listen in…
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Original Post: Gandhi Legacy Tour
Another remarkable person, Arun Gandhi’s son and co-leader of the Gandhi Legacy Tours, Tushar Gandhi, was on the air with Dr. Gary Null, Null’s ‘Conversations With Remarkable Minds series. Tushar is a controversial, irreverent and passionate activist known by millions in and out of India. Tushar is also my fellow director at Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute where he and his Mahatma Gandhi Foundation have provided major support and guidance.
1996 Tushar discovered an urn containing the ashes from Gandhi’s funeral pyre, forgotten in the strong room of the State Bank of India, Cuttack. He secured permission from the Supreme Court and immersed them in the Triveni Sangam on 30 January 1997.The same year he founded the Mahatma Gandhi Foundation, of which he is currently the managing trustee.
Tushar Gandhi commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Dandi Kooch (Gandhi’s famous Salt March protest), by organizing a re-enactment of the 241-mile long walk. He walked the entire stretch and was instrumental in getting the prime minister to declare the route from Sabarmati Ashram to Dandi a historic heritage route.
He is also the chairman for the Australian-Indian Rural Development Foundation, is involved in projects to prevent child trafficking, and is an ambassador of an intergovernmental institution to promote the use of micro-algae spirulina as a nutritional source to fight malnutrition.
A celebrated author and artist to boot, Tushar wrote the exhaustively researched and hotly debated “Lets Kill Gandhi: A Chronicle of His Last Days, the Conspiracy, Murder, Investigation and Trial.”
He currently lives in Mumbai with his wife Sonal and children Vivan and Kasturi.
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