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Marianne Williamson Calling for Cease Fire

In this Democracy Now interview, Presidential Candidate (D) Marianne Williamson advocates for transformational change on critical issues:

  • Single Payer Health Care System: Marianne calls for implementing a Single Payer Health Care System, emphasizing the need for a more humane and comprehensive wellness approach.
  • Cutting Pentagon Budget: Addressing the urgent need to curb the Pentagon Budget, she highlights the potential positive impact on global issues, including hunger alleviation, through a 3% reduction proposed in HR 1111.
  • Creating a US Department of Peace (HR 1111): Championing the establishment of a Department of Peace, Marianne envisions a shift from a war-focused mindset to one centered on peacebuilding and conflict prevention.
  • Boldly Addressing the Climate Crisis: Recognizing the severity of the climate crisis, she advocates for bold and decisive actions to address environmental challenges.
  • Call for Ceasefire: Marianne makes a powerful plea for an immediate ceasefire, challenging conventional conflict resolution approaches and emphasizing the importance of proactive peacebuilding.

HR 1111, aiming to establish a Department of Peace, proposes a reallocation of military funds. The bill asserts that a modest 3% reduction in military spending could feed the world. Embracing a more ambitious 6% reduction could further amplify the positive impact, presenting an opportunity to comprehensively address pressing domestic needs. This strategic shift in resource allocation reflects a commitment to building a harmonious world where vital issues take precedence over excessive military expenditures.

Echoing President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s wisdom that “more than an end to war, we want an end to the beginnings of all wars,” Marianne invites us to prioritize people over military expenditures. The conversation extends to cultivating health, preventing conflict, and creating a culture of peace. She envisions a world where resources are invested in a “peace machine” rather than a war machine, advocating for peace games over war games and emphasizing the importance of peacebuilding, economic opportunities for women, education for children, and ending violence against women.

Tune in for an insightful exploration of Marianne Williamson’s bold vision with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now.

                          US Department of Peace

Marianne Williamson co-founded The Peace Alliance, an organization that advocates on behalf of HR 1111.


Swami Vivekananda: Illuminating Paths of Wisdom and Unity

Swami Vivekananda: Illuminating Paths of Wisdom and Unity


In the tapestry of spiritual luminaries, Swami Vivekananda stands as a radiant thread, weaving together the timeless wisdom of Vedanta with a passionate call for universal brotherhood. Born on January 12th, Swami Vivekananda’s life continues to echo through the corridors of time, inspiring seekers, thinkers, and believers across the globe. This blog post pays homage to the profound legacy of this spiritual giant, exploring the key facets of his teachings and the enduring impact of his life.

  1. The Early Years:

Swami Vivekananda, born as Narendranath Datta in Calcutta, India, in 1863, displayed intellectual prowess and a deep questioning spirit from a young age. His early encounters with spiritual luminaries, especially his meeting with Sri Ramakrishna, set the stage for a spiritual journey that would eventually captivate the world.

  1. Vedanta and Universal Spirituality:

At the World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893, Swami Vivekananda delivered a historic address that would reverberate across continents. His message of universal tolerance, acceptance, and the recognition of the divine essence in all religions showcased the core principles of Vedanta. Vivekananda’s teachings emphasized the universality of spirituality, transcending the boundaries of caste, creed, and nationality.

  1. Brotherhood and Unity:

Swamiji’s vision extended beyond individual spiritual growth; he envisioned a world where humanity recognized its intrinsic oneness. His call for universal brotherhood and the acceptance of diversity as a source of strength rather than division remains a poignant reminder in today’s globalized yet often fragmented world.

  1. Practical Spirituality:

One of Swami Vivekananda’s remarkable contributions was his emphasis on the practical application of spiritual principles. He believed in the synthesis of science and spirituality, advocating for a harmonious integration of knowledge and faith. His teachings continue to guide individuals seeking a balanced and purposeful life.

  1. Legacy and Continuing Influence:

Swami Vivekananda’s impact extends far beyond his physical presence. The Ramakrishna Mission, founded by him, serves as a living testament to his vision of serving humanity as a form of worship. His books and lectures continue to inspire millions, fostering a renewed interest in the rich tapestry of Indian philosophy.


As we commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, let us delve into the depths of his teachings. May his words act as a compass, guiding us towards a world where love, understanding, and unity triumph over discord. Swami Vivekananda’s life remains a source of inspiration, reminding us that in the pursuit of spiritual growth, we find the path to collective enlightenment and universal brotherhood.


The documentary has been written and directed by Ramesh Sharma.









‘Ahimsa’ is the principle of non-violence.

Mohandas Gandhi, long the subject of numerous books, films, and publications spanning decades and all of them underscoring the incredible-but-true life of a Mahatma. After Gandhi swept the Oscars in 1983, a documentary on the peace and freedom champion’s life has now been awarded top honors at numerus film festivals worldwide, including United Nations Celebration of Peace Award; Best Documentary Feature Award at the 21st New York Indian Festival; and the 2022 Orlando Florida Global Peace Film Festival, among others. (Read more…)

Our visit with Mae Stella De Oxossi | Salvador, Brazil

Mae Stella De Oxossi

Mae Stella De Oxossi

10-Year Anniversary Brazil Gandhi Tour

June 24, 2012 – July 2, 2012  – Bahia, Brazil | Sao Paulo, Brazil

During our visit to Salvador Bahia June 2012, Arun and I went to the Municipal School of Eugenia Anna Santos, in Sao Gonçalo. This organization works on the grounds of Ile Axe Opo Afunja, led by Mother Stella Oxossi. The Minister of Education and Culture of Salvador, John Carlos Bacelar arranged a meeting and tour at the school which is in the center of the community and property of Mae Stella De Oxossi‘s home. 

Upon arrival we were greeted with drumming, and smiles as it began to lightly rain.  The property had the look and feeling of an Ashram school in India.

Accompanied by the Municipal Secretary of Education, John Carlos Bacelar, we were introduced to Candomblé and the history of the property led by Mother Stella Oxossi.  

It was explained to us that Brazil honors all forms of religious worship.  In Bahia more than 50% of the population’s roots are from Africa.  The largest African-Portuguese community lives in Salvador, the 3rd largest city of Brazil.  The old African indigenous religious practices are still carried out there till this day.

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Available on Amazon Seeds of Light Publications

seeds of light paractical guide to self understanding

Announcing the 6-month companion journal to the publication Seeds of Light Planting Seeds of Love, Kindness, and Compassion: Living Your Legacy!   

Seeds of Light Planting Seeds of Love, Kindness, and Compassion is filled with nonviolent practice consideration ideas, activities, and examples at the end of each chapter.  The Foreword by Arun Gandhi spotlights the importance of value-based education.   Seeds of Light begins with a Montessori Peace Tree planting and concludes with Gandhi’s Tree Lesson.  The last chapter in the book is dedicated to Gandhi’s Tree lesson where he has his grandson document acts of passive and physical violence cultivating his education in the path of nonviolence. This legacy journal is a guide geared toward the youth, yet applicable to people of all ages and stages of growth. | Mahatma Gandhi and Maria Montessori 

With violence on the uptick, especially in our schools throughout the nation, it is time we re-evaluate our curriculum and begin to integrate value based options to help children understand and overcome passive-violent tendencies. 

As Arun Gandhi explains –  

Instead of teaching people the importance of respect and compassion we teach them that success means material gains and that everyone must aspire to make a lot of money.  We teach our children to be motivated and be successful in life.  In insidious ways we teach them to be selfish and greedy.  This means they do not learn how to love, respect, understand or be compassionate towards those who are less fortunate.  

In short, education is not only what one learns in school but what kind of foundation they get at home and whether the young people realize that education is a lifelong experience.  We must have an open, absorbing mind that will learn from every experience and every encounter they have through their lives.  Most of the time young people are given the impression that once they get their certificate their education stops.”   

Seeds of Light Living and Journaling Your Legacy provides a simple and encouraging method to discover your innate intelligence and focus on deeper meanings and evolutionary growth and healing from within.  This journal makes an ideal gift for loved ones.

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Gandhi Legacy Tour of India ‘The Book’

Gandhi Tour of India THE BOOK

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“His was a challenging journey –

– and it changed the world.”


He was a delicate and fragile man with glasses and a customary Hindu waistcloth, used a bamboo walking stick, and had a near-toothless smile. His outward appearance was that of a humble unassuming holy man; and fortified only with terrific bravery and an unshakeable dedication to nonviolent resistance Gandhi persevered and ultimately prevailed over one of history’s greatest empires.

Gandhi Legacy Tour of India does not focus on places of tourist interest, but rather places of human interest. It is designed to educate in the essence of Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence and how individuals may apply it to bring about socio-economic change.

Journey with us as we recreate the Tour through words and pictures!

“The opportunity to travel with Arun and Tushar Gandhi on the
2009-2010 Gandhi Legacy Tour of India was life-changing;
as an American working on behalf of nonviolence, I gained a new
sense of depth, connection and vitality for carrying the Mahatma’s
work into future generations.
This captivating book captures the essence of these tours!”

– Kit Miller / Director Emeritus –
M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence


Lynnea Bylund has a degree in holistic health and nutrition from the legendary and controversial health researcher, educator and activist Doctor Kurt Donsbach; She is the former Managing Director of Gandhi Legacy Tours; Emeritus Director of Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute; Founder of Catalyst House; and has over three decades of knowledge in corporate administration marketing and business development. Through the 90s she was a nationally recognized spokeswoman for emerging broadband video and information delivery industries. Lynnea is the founder of two not-for-profit small business-based wireless trade associations and has lobbied on Capitol Hill and at the FCC where she has spoken out strongly against the cable TV monopoly, illegal spectrum warehousing and congressional schemes to auction our nation’s precious airwaves to the highest bidder.

Lynnea is enthusiastically available to give her well-received talks and presentations about Gandhi Legacy Tours of India and South Africa AND Gandhi’s vision of a future “Sarvodaya” society — where everyone enjoys a good standard of living with attendant rights & privileges.

Every sale of the Gandhi Legacy Tour of India ‘The Book’ benefits under-privileged children.  For more information, or to make or consider your gracious direct donation to any of the groups featured in ‘The Book’, a list of organizations links is maintained for your convenience at our website –

Health IS Wealth!

In Health IS Wealth you will learn the amazing 3-day rejuvenation cleanse protocol and recover lost vitality and a new passion for life!

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3-Day Rejuvenation GuideHealth is Wealth by Lynnea Bylund

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Health IS Wealth!

A Healthier YOU in as little as 3 Days!

Compiled from materials and health wisdom first used in the 80s and 90s to propagate weekend fasting retreats, the materials have been reconstituted and updated into an effective guide for students, teachers, retreat leaders and those seeking renewed health and wellbeing in a 21st century now coping in a world of increased viral, mental and bodily stresses.



In our 21st century internet-augmented world there exists an overwhelming abundance of information rendering it difficult to discern the most reliable health advice; particularly as the mainstream media is characteristically dominated by a single, orthodox narrative. Now, several years having passed since the second edition of this work was issued, the passing of time has brought daily increasing evidence of the validity of claims made decades ago – that cleansing rejuvenates mind, body and soul.

“I have known the author of this marvelous how-to guide for over three decades; and she has always been driven by Light; the light in sunshine, the light in plants, the light in our breath, and the light in our hearts.”

– Frank Lane, Director of United Vegan / Author: Plant Powered Enlightenment


Lynnea Bylund has a degree in holistic health and nutrition from the legendary and controversial health researcher, educator and activist Doctor Kurt Donsbach; She is the former Managing Director of Gandhi Legacy Tours; Director Emeritus of Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute; Founder of Catalyst House; and has over three decades of knowledge in corporate administration marketing & business development. Through the 90s she was a nationally recognized spokeswoman for emerging broadband video and information delivery industries. She is the founder of two not-for-profit small business-based wireless trade associations and has lobbied on Capitol Hill and at the FCC where she has spoken out strongly against the cable TV monopoly, illegal spectrum warehousing and congressional schemes to auction our nation’s precious airwaves to the highest bidder.

Ms. Bylund is a founder and former CEO of a Washington DC telecommunications consulting and management company with holdings in several operating and developmental wireless communications systems and companies. In 1995 Lynnea became the first female in the world to be awarded a Broadband PCS operating permit – she was one of only 18 winners, along with Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon in the biggest cash auction in world history, raising a whopping $7.7 billion. Lynnea also spear-headed the successful effort to launch the first cable TV network in the South Pacific islands.

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Lynnea on South Africa News

June 9, 2018 | Sharpeville, South Africa

Lynnea Bylund on South Africa’s biggest news network, with Dr. Arun Gandhi, who says capitalism has brought misery and suffering around the world. Gandhi was speaking in Sharpeville where he planted a tree in memory of fallen liberation heroes gunned down by apartheid police in 1960. | 

Additional Interviews

Why We Disagree (September 15 1893) by Swami Vivekananda

In this speech Vivekananda tried to explain the reason of disagreement between each other and different sects and religions. He told a story of a frog. In the story he told, a frog used to live in a well. It was born there and brought up there and it used to think his well was the biggest water land of the world. One day, a frog from a sea came to that well. When the frog from the sea told the frog of the well that sea is much bigger than that well, the frog of the well did not believe it and drove the frog of the sea away from his well. Vivekananda concluded– “That has been the difficulty all the while. I am a Hindu. I am sitting in my own little well and thinking that the whole world is my little well. The Christian sits in his little well and thinks the whole world is his well. The Muslim sits in his little well and thinks that is the whole world.” 

Frog in the Well: Why we fail to live at peace with one another

In a well a little away from the sea, there lived a big black frog. He had been born there and not for a single day been out . He knew Nothing of World outside. He grew fat on the worms that lived in well and also the insects that chanced to fall in.

He was enjoying a nap one day, when a frog from sea fell in with a big splash of high tide. He woke up thinking a big insect had fallen in.

Great was his surprise when he looked again ” ‘O God !’ our frog said to himself, ‘it looks like a frog …though it isn’t black like me “With out showing that he is afraid ,he asked in grave voice ,’Hallo there, Who ‘re you?”

“I am a stranger”, replied the frog from the sea.

“I Know you don’t belong here… tell me your business of being here?”

“Well, friend, I’d no intention of coming here. I fell in by chance. But of course I ‘m happy to meet you.”

Our frog wasn’t satisfied wanted to know more “ok tell me ‘where ‘re you from?”

“I ‘m from the sea.”

“The Sea ? What’s that ….How big is it? Is it this big ? he asked as he took leap from one side to other of the well.

“My friend’, said the other smiling, ‘how do you compare the sea with your little well?”

Then our frog took another leap and asked “Is your sea this big?”

“What nonsense! to compare the sea with your well! It’s thousands and thousands of times bigger than your well”,

“No, there can be nothing bigger than my well. You’re a liar, I don’t believe you.”

“That’s because you’ve never seen the sea. Come with me. I’ll show you the sea and then you’ll know the TRUTH.”

“Indeed, I won’t go with you. You can’t be honest, you go off my well”

The frog from the sea saw there was no use arguing so he left quietly.

Our frog laughed to himself and said “Hahaha! He thought I am a fool”…. he leaped once more from one side of well to other !….”Nothing can be bigger than my well”

You can listen to the speech in Vivekananda’s own words here.


Earlier in the week, on September 11, 1893 he delivered his groundbreaking speech at the Chicago World Parliament of Religions in 1893, which introduced the west to the Hindu way of life, yoga and Eastern spirituality. “Brothers and sisters of America!”

Mulford Family Line
Remembering and Honoring

Mulford Family Line

Susan Mulford and George Barrett parents of William Clyde Barrett.  Elsie Ann King-Barrett and William Clyde Barrett are my paternal grandmother’s Izzy’s parents.  Grandma Izzy is the mother of my father.

My paternal great-great grandmother, mother of William Clyde Barrett is Susan Mulford.  Susan was born November 6, 1839 and died February 12, 1917 at age of 77 years 3 months and 6 days. She died of pneumonia and old age was a contributing factor. She is buried at Lakeside Cemetery in Port Huron on Valentine’s Day. She died at home at the address of 923 Stone Street, 5th Ward, Port Huron, St. Claire County. On her death certificate, it states that her mother is Susan Meeker and father Jacob Mulford.

Susan Mulford, my paternal great-grandmother, wife of George Barrett: children Harvey M. (1860-1913), Frederic, Edwin (died in Pontiac, Michigan age 61), Bert and my great-grandfather William. Susan had twin girls after William (1871) but they died at birth.

Susan Mulford is the daughter of Private Jacob Mulford (17931886).  Her father was born Jan 15, 1793 in New Jersey, USA. He passed on August 5, 1886 in Port Huron, St. Clair County. Confirmed she is the daughter of Susan Meeker who was born in New Jersey.

Jacob’s Father is Jeremiah Mulford my 4th time great-grandfather who is a founding member and initial elected official of Springfield, New Jersey.

There is a book that lists Jeremiah Mulford as the commissioners of appeal of the newly formed Springfield Township. He served alongside with Matthias Meeker whose daughter would marry his son Jacob. (Jacob Mulford and Susan Horton Meeker-Mulford). They had Susan Mulford who married George Barrett, William Barrett’s parents, who are my Grandmother Isabel Barrett-Bylund (“Izzy’s”) grandparents. Grandma “Izzy” named my father Richard Barrett Bylund.  Potter, Meeker, and Mulford all our “great-grandparents maiden names” family lineage, played a part of organizing the township of Springfield April 14, 1794 in Union County. (Read more…)

Walking Water in California…
… with Dr. Rajendra Singh ‘The Waterman’

On the recent 2016-2017 Gandhi Legacy Tour of India , led by Arun and Tushar Gandhi, we visited Tarun Bharat Sangh Campus to meet Dr. Rajendra Singh and take field tours of a few water bodies Dr. Singh has “resurrected.”  After two amazing days with Dr. Singh and his community, he informed our group about the upcoming Phase 3 of Walking Water in southern California slated for October 14-28, 2017. “More than a Water Walk, it is a movement!”, Singh has exclaimed.  

WALKING WATER is an invitation, an action, an educational journey and a prayer intended to bring together the voices of the many Peoples of the Eastern Sierra and Los Angeles watersheds through the act of walking together, following the waterways — natural and manmade — between Mono Lake and Los Angeles. This video weaves together the stories of how Walking Water came to be and the vision behind the upcoming pilgrimage.”  “Walking Water is about water, people and place – restoring those relations using the most basic of forms – Pilgrimage.” 

From Kate, Gigi and Alan
Core Team Walking Water

Walking Water is a “fervent prayer and pioneering social action” that began 2015 September in eastern California, continued in 2016, and will conclude this year. The “water” the participants are calling attention to is now mostly a memory, for the rivers and creeks of this Eastern Sierra valley were conscripted in the early twentieth century to supply drinking, bathing, and golf-course-greening water for the growing population of Los Angeles. The “walking” part of the name is a pilgrimage that traces the path of those waters.

“Walking Water is not a demonstration, it is not a march against something, instead it is a celebration of the possibilities we have when we come together. Walking Water aims to share stories about water among walkers and those they meet, unite diverse communities around a common concern, and begin exploring ways in which citizens can take a more active role in what happens to their land, water, and air.”

In 2015, we walked water from Mono Lake, near Yosemite National Park, to Owens Lake (180 miles in 22 days)

In 2016, in September and October we trekked water from Owens Lake to the Cascades aqueduct in Sylmar, CA. 

This year in October, Walking Water will complete the journey, from The Sylmar Cascades to Los Angeles.  

To emphasize the inclusiveness of the pilgrimage, organizers have reached out to ranchers, farmers, Native Americans, park administrators, and others, not only asking permission to walk through and camp on their land, but extending invitations for them to join the pilgrimage. Participants may join the walk for an hour or for the duration.

We are walking the path from source to end-user and we enter Los Angeles with stories gathered over the last 2 years – stories of community and tribal resilience as well as severe drought and land appropriation. As we enter a new political time in the USA we are asked to step up in our awareness and action, in our work , our prayer and our dedication with water, the lands and all its peoples. We look forward to walking with you all this year.

We thank you all for your support in any form. May this year be one of solidarity, strengthening of communities and the love and care for water.

Anniversary of Beloved Adi Da’s Passing

“This bodily (human) Form is temporary Means — and, after the Lifetime of This bodily (human) Form, the Reflections of It, the Murti-Forms (and so on), will, like the Leelas Generated by My Appearance in This Form, be forever Instructive and Useful as “Points” of concentration, Means Whereby to enter into Communion with Me.

“I will still be Merely Present then.”

 — His Divine Presence Bhagavan Adi Da Samraj


Photo Slideshow of the final years of Avatar Adi Da’s life, 2001-2008. from The Adi Da Foundation  

Gandhi’s Footprints

Gandhi's FootprintsM.K. Gandhi’s pursuit of liberation from an era of violence and subjugation was thoroughly documented prior to Prerag Cicovacki’s new look at Gandhi’s actual goals and pragmatic approach for humanity’s liberation.  Not only from government imperialism and racism but from the actual impediments to spiritual liberation did  Gandhi himself struggle against. The central issue and the novelty of this new book is its focus on what Gandhi wanted to liberate us for. The book also provides an assessment of how viable his positive vision of humanity was and is.

Cicovacki writes:

“What is paradoxical in Gandhi’s approach is that he himself was a unique individual. To state it even more bluntly, he was one of the most unique persons in the entire history of the human race.  And he left us his autobiography, which is not just a soul’s search for tuth and striving toward self-realization, but one unique soul’s struggle to achieve moksha.”*

*(State of oneness with God or Supreme Self, with knowledge, peace and bliss.)

Gandhi revolutionized the struggle for Indian liberation from Great Britain by convincing his countrymen that they must turn to nonviolence and that India needed to be liberated from its social ills—poverty, unemployment, opium addiction, institution of child marriage, inequality of women, and Hindu-Muslim frictions—even more than it needed political freedom.

Predrag Cicovacki

Predrag Cicovacki PhD

Gandhi’s legacy though not forgotten, is often distorted. Called “Mahatma” and venerated as a saint, he is often misinterpreted. Cicovacki attempts to de-mythologize Gandhi and take a closer look at his thoughts, aims, and struggles. He invites us to look at the footprints Gandhi left for us, and follow them as carefully and critically as possible. Cicovacki concludes that Gandhi’s spiritual vision of humanity and the importance of adherence to truth (satyagraha) are his lasting legacy.

Gandhi’s 5th grandson, Arun opines –

“Cicovacki’s book is a serious and profound attempt to reach the depths of Gandhi’s vibrant way of life. In this troubled world one can only ignore at one’s own peril this book’s message that Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence should be followed without being imitated.” 


Predrag Cicovacki is a professor of philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross. His research interests include Kant, violence and nonviolence, and problems of good and evil. He was a Senior Fulbright-Nehru fellow in India (2012-2013) and, prior to Gandhi’s Footprints, is the author or editor of numerous essays and books, including Destined for Evil?, Albert Schweitzer’s Ethical Vision, and Kant’s Legacy.

Gandhi’s Teachers

Recently I hosted Tushar Gandhi and his lovely wife Sonal during their brief visit to Las Vegas, and as we dined on fine Indian cuisine at the wonderful Gandhi Cuisine restaurant the discussion turned to the subject of Gandhi’s teachers. For our memorable evening we were joined by the eminent UNLV Gandhi scholar, Satish Sharma, who authored four books on that very subject.  Gandhi had four prominent early teachers that helped shape his perennial philosophy of Peace: Rajchandra Ravjibhai Mehta from India, Leo Tolstoy from Russia, John Ruskin from England, and Henry David Thoreau from America. 


UNLV Social Work Professor Satish Sharma. Aaron Mayes UNLV Photo ServicesDr. Sharma shared that his earliest memories related to the idea of peace and nonviolence went back to childhood days and that “I have always favored pacifist tendencies and orientations, and practiced them.” With that orientation, it was only a matter of time that Dr. Sharma would become interested in the pacifists and peace-makers like Gandhi and others. Dr. Sharma adds that through his works he simply wanted people to think of Gandhi, his teachers, and their peace principles. He says: “You have to pay attention to peace and pacifism, you have to believe that without peace and pacifism your lives are going to be miserable, and nations’ lives are going to be miserable too.”

Dr. Sharma’s works on Gandhi’s teachers certainly add to that discussion. For the world, he says: “Ultimately the world is to be guided not by political leaders, but by visionaries. Ideas are much stronger than policies and planning. Ideas make the world go around. And only if they are peaceful ideas, are they going to work.”

UNLV co-sponsored Dr. Sharma’s research along with his publisher – Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad, India in which we visit on the Gandhi Legacy Tour of India.  His four-book series, published respectively in 2005, 2009, 2011, and 2013.

See:  Gandhi’s Teachers: Henry David Thoreau’ by Satish Sharma

Basic information about the five visionaries, what they were known for, and what were their main lessons that considerably impacted societies all around the world.

[Side note: Dr. Sharma invited Lynnea Bylund to talk to his students about the work of Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute and Gandhi Legacy Tour at UNLV on September 21, 2015 (International Peace Day). His graduate level course is: Issues in Diversity and Developing Multicultural Competence.]  Video of Lynnea Bylund’s talk at UNLV.

Arun Gandhi – UN Keynote Address
A New Culture of Peace

Arun Gandhi is often asked during his speaking engagements and legacy tours what he says in “high-level” meetings to political leaders and he responds, “the same things I’m saying to you.”  The following webtv video provides a perfect example of this during his recent address at a high-level United Nations forum in New York.

In Arun Gandhi’s opening remarks, he said there is need to stop “exploiting people, religion, to gain our goals and ambitions. That is only the way we can bring peace through non-violence.”  World peace cannot be achieved unless individuals accept non-violence as a way of life, according to Arun Gandhi, grandson of the late Mahatma Gandhi.

Arun Gandhi was invited by UN General Assembly President Sam Kutesa to address a high-level UN forum declaring a New Culture of Peace on September 9, 2015 in New York.  


Ban-Ki Moon sat next to Arun Gandhi during his address.  “Mahatma Gandhi proved that the culture of peace can change the course of history. Let us carry on this legacy until we end the terrible suffering in our world and establish lasting peace,” the UN Secretary General said in his remarks to the General Assembly high-level forum on Culture of Peace.

Ban-Ki Moon recalled his visit to India in January this year, during when he had visited the Sabarmati Ashram. “It was a privilege to tour the ashram…I recalled Gandhi’s stern warning that,There will be no lasting peace on earth unless we learn not merely to tolerate but even to respect the other faiths as our own’,” the UN Chief said.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to share a message of peace with you all today,” said Arun Gandhi

See video and hear Arun Gandhi’s full remarks at:

UN WebTv:  Mahatma Gandhi’s 5th Grandson Arun Gandhi Gives Keynote Speech at India: General Assembly 69th Session High-Level Forum on a Culture of Peace

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lynnea2 The Board

Lynnea Bylund is managing director of Gandhi Legacy Tours, Director of Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute, founder of Catalyst House and has nearly three decades of experience in administration, marketing and business development. She was a nationally recognized spokeswoman for the emerging alternative video and information delivery industries. She has a degree in holistic health-nutrition from the legendary and controversial health educator and activist Dr. Kurt Donsbach, she is the founder of two not-for-profit small business-based wireless trade associations and has lobbied on Capitol Hill and at the FCC where she has spoken out strongly against the cable TV monopoly, illegal spectrum warehousing and ill-conceived congressional schemes to auction our nation’s precious airwaves to the highest bidder.

Ms. Bylund is a founder and former CEO of a Washington DC telecommunications consulting and management company with holdings in several operating and developmental wireless communications systems and companies. In 1995 Lynnea became the first female in the world to be awarded a Broadband PCS operating permit – she was one of only 18 winners, along with Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon in the biggest cash auction in world history, raising a whopping $7.7 billion. Lynnea also spear-headed the successful effort to launch the first cable TV network in the South Pacific islands.

…     > Follow Lynnea on:  +LynneaBylund – Twitter – LinkedIn – FaceBook – Pinterest & YouTube 

GWEI Accepted by UN Economic and Social Council


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 Gandhi Worldwide Accepted by United Nations Economic and Social Council
Special Consultative Status Bestowed on 
Gandhi Children’s NGO by UN


WACAUNDA, Ill., Aug. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — “The UN Consultative Status for our organization will enable us to actively engage with ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, as well as with the United Nations Secretariat, programs, funds and agencies in a number of ways,” stated Arun Gandhi, the organization’s founder and 5th grandson of the Mahatma Gandhi.

In a letter dated July 23, 2015 the UN ECOSOC acting Chief Alberto Padova wrote: “The new status entitles the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute to designate official representatives to the United Nations Headquarters in New York and the United Nations offices in Geneva and Vienna… and you may designate authorized representatives to sit as observers at public meetings of ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, General Assembly, Human Rights Council and other United Nations intergovernmental decision-making bodies.”

“This status will help future fund raising efforts and open up GWEI’s voice at the UN. GWEI will be allowed to host this status at our website and make it part of our grant detail, exec summary, business plan and press release narrative,” said Lynnea Bylund the GWEI director who marshaled the ECOSOC appointment initiative and application process over the past two years.

The ECOSOC Special Consultative Status is reserved for non-profit organizations. GWEI was approved by the United Nations department’s special committee to apply in August 2013. GWEI’s application and work was subsequently scheduled for review by 17 representatives from UN member countries On May 29, 2015, GWEI was officially recommended for Special Consultative Status.

“GWEI now has the option to attend meetings, provide written statements, make oral statements, organize parallel events, and participate in debates, dialogues, panel discussions and informal meetings. Human right issues, peace, security, poverty, status of woman’s issues, trafficking, child rights to education, sustainable development, social development, and technology are some of the issues GWEI will address,” added Lynnea Bylund.

In addition to the ECOSOC appointment Arun Gandhi has been invited by UN General Assembly President Sam Kutesa to address a high-level UN forum declaring a New Culture of Peace on September 9, 2015 in New York.

About Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute

The Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute, a 501c-3 charitable organization, has embarked on an ambitious multi-pronged program to help eradicate the scourge of poverty and human degradation. “Poverty is the worse form of violence,” Mahatma Gandhi said. The priority of the GWEI is to rescue children from the poorest sections of Indian society, those who are the first to become victims of criminal gangs; the second priority is to build local institutions that serve as shelters and learning centers, where the rescued children will receive essential nutrition and education – nourishment for body, mind, and soul. Visit Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute website and blog at for further information and/or to place a donation.


SOURCE: Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute

Arun Gandhi’s Address in Piertermaritzburg June 7, 2015


Another spot on address by Arun Gandhi in Piertermaritzburg during the Satyagraha Tour of South Africa. He talks about the purpose of the Gandhi Legacy Tour in South Africa.  

He continues on with: “The thing that touches me most about my grandfather, is the statement that he made just a month or so before his assassination, when a journalist asked him, what do you think is going to happen after your passing to your philosophy?  And he made a very prophetic remark when he said, “the people will follow me in life, worship me in death, but not make my cause their cause.”  That unfortunately, is the tragedy with not just my grandfather, but for all the great people.  We elevate them to saint hood, we worship them after death, but we will not make their cause our cause.  Their cause was to ensure that we bring peace in this world and live in harmony and oneness.”

Watch the following YouTube video to hear Arun’s full message.

Arun notes, that he is honored to address the Pietermartizburg community a second year in a row during the Satyagraha Tour of SA, on the anniversary of this significant event in his grandfather Mohandas Gandhi’s life.

Mohandas Gandhi, the evening of 7 June 1893, was thrown off a train at the Pietermaritzburg Railway Station.

“I was afraid for my very life. I entered the dark waiting-room. There was a white man in the room. I was afraid of him. What was my duty? I asked myself. Should I go back to India, or should I go forward with God as my helper, and face whatever was in store for me? I decided to stay and suffer. My active non-violence began from that date”. Gandhi

Gandhi Satyagraha Tour of South Africa 2015


Violence Running Rampant!

Originally posted @GWEI 

Violence runs rampant in these austere times. An embodiment of the concept would certainly manifest as the Hydra itself, theSea Monster multi-headed serpent monster from ancient Greek mythology, a monster which Hercules himself had difficulty slaying.

Mimicking the Hydra, violence is manifold and ruthless. In today’s world, where there is mass profit from maintaining perpetual tragedies such as war, obtaining any leverage over this beast is an absolutely Herculean task.

Despite the seemingly infinite difficulties that one who chooses to walk nonviolent a path has before them, many, such as Mohandas Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King and Bell Hooks, have boldly endured innumerable gauntlets and tirelessly worked against powers terrifyingly dedicated to the preservation of global suffering, powers operating in the name of ephemeral trinkets such as money and status.

These people, some of whom can be named by grade-school children, others whose names have faded into the aether, laid the groundwork for future generations to blaze formerly unforeseen trails to a world transformed.

I consider myself one of these freshly hatched trailblazers; I’ve spent the last four of my nineteen years of life coming to political consciousness and obtaining skills that have allowed me to work against violence in its various manifestations in my life, and the world more broadly.

In the past four years, I’ve been apart of various projects dedicated to the eradication of violence and the implementation of justice. From pushing the public school system in my home city, Washington, D.C, to adopt restorative justice in various DC public schools utilizing photography and personal stories, to co-creating a theatre piece about real-life experiences with systems of oppression – and many other experiences and opportunities – these past four years have been integral to the formulation of who I am currently.

And who I am currently is still in a process of growth and discovery despite the spectacular aforementioned experiences I’ve had. Who I am currently yearns to learn, do, and grow indefinitely. Which is exactly why I came to the Gandhi Institute in September to work as a Program Intern. (Read more…)

Gandhi Tour Grants for Youth!

Originally Posted at GWEI

Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute (“GWEI”) Board of Directors has established the “Essay of Excellence”, a youth “Gandhi Legacy Tour Travel Grant” program.  

Two travel grants will be awarded annually – one for the Gandhi Legacy Tour of India (Dec 29 – Jan 12, 2015-2016) and the other for the Satyagraha Tour of South Africa (May 31 – June 15, 2015.)  Both tours will be led by Arun Gandhi and his son Tushar.

GandhiInstitute Aligning with with United Nations Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC)  Youth Forum, admonition “Giving young people a voice in development”, GWEI partnered with the Rochester, NY-based MK Gandhi Institute of Nonviolence and Gandhi Legacy Tour (“GLT”) to take the next step towards giving youth a voice in international development.  “Being that there are nearly 2 billion young people in the world, their broadened point of view is essential in being, shaping, and developing the sustainable future they envision.” stated Lynnea Bylund, Director GWEI and Gandhi Legacy Tour.

GWEI approved the first Gandhi Legacy Tour Travel Grant for two 19 year old youths, Malik Thompson and Yohada Miller. Both were identified and recommended by Kit Miller, Director of the MK Gandhi Institute of Nonviolence based in Rochester, New York.

The first GWEI Travel Grant is for the upcoming Satyagraha Tour of South Africa and optional excursion will begin at the Cradle of Humankind May 30 through June 15, 2015.  “In partnership GWEI, Gandhi Legacy Tour, and MK Gandhi Institute take this next step forward in order to open up the opportunity for many youths to explore and advocate young people’s sustainable development priorities in the future.” states Arun Gandhi.

Malik Thompson Gandhi tour grant recipient

Malik Thompson

Malik Thompson, a nineteen year-old cis Black queer-romantic grey ace hails from DC, where he recently finished his senior year of high school and is overjoyed to join the Gandhi House and larger Rochester community. His work in DC involved using theater to raise awareness with various social justice issues, by using photography as a storytelling medium to get policy for restorative justice programs implemented in DC public schools; and using videography as a tool to give those most misrepresented in mainstream media the ability to tell their stories. Malik enjoys reading, writing, taking photographs, finding holistic ways to tend to his body, and solitude. (Read more…)

Meet Rajendra Singh – The Waterman of India

Rajendra Singh the Waterman of IndiaA tip of the hat goes to Tushar Gandhi for introducing us to this amazing innovator …

Rajendra Singh is a man on a mission – he wants to stop a Third World War from breaking out because of water shortage. Singh, known as the “waterman of India”, is a celebrated water reclaimationist from the Alwar district of Rajasthan India. Singh won the Stockholm Water Prize, an award known as “the Nobel Prize for water”, in 2015. The prize honors individuals, organizations and institutions whose work contributes to the conservation and protection of water resources, and to the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants.

Previously, Singh won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for community leadership in 2001 for his pioneering work in community-based efforts in water harvesting and water management.  He runs an NGO called ‘Tarun Bharat Sangh‘, based in village Kishori-Bhikampura in Thanagazi tehsil, near the Sariska Tiger Reserve, and has helped villagers take charge of water management in their semi-arid area through the use of johad rainwater storage tanks, check dams and other time-tested as well as path-breaking techniques. Starting from a single village in 1985, over the years TBS helped build over 8,600 johads and other water conservation structures to collect rainwater for the dry seasons, has brought water back to over 1,000 villages and revived five rivers in Rajasthan, Arvari, Ruparel, Sarsa, Bhagani and Jahajwali.

The Grand Ancient Science of Aquifers

Singh learned to know the sense of flow and the science of aquifers before adopting water conservation methods, “Know the earth, its curves, and soil and water flow before setting out to conserve water,” Singh says. “The balance between the subsurface, the underground, and deep underground should be maintained.”

“The johad is key to revitalizing the natural remaining aquifers of an otherwise arid area,” says Singh. 

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Finally, Net Neutrality is Within Sight

net 1Today, we celebrated. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has signaled that the Commission is finally making real progress on net neutrality. But the fight isn’t over by a long shot.

Proponents of net neutrality claim that big telecom companies seek to impose a tiered service model in order to control the pipeline and thereby remove competition, create artificial scarcity, and oblige subscribers to buy their otherwise uncompetitive services. Many believe net neutrality to be primarily important as a preservation of current freedoms. Prominent supporters of net neutrality include Vint Cerf, co-inventor of the Internet Protocol, and Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the Web.

See also: Secret Multi-Billion Dollar Wireless Scam, Reed Hundt’s True Legacy

Until recently “net neutrality” was little more than a buzzword to most Americans, an arcane concept within an equally arcane sector of telecommunications law. But fierce resistance to a plan proposed last spring by Chairman Wheeler that Internet advocates said would have undermined net neutrality — the concept that all data on the Net must be treated equally by Internet service providers (ISPs) — has pushed this once obscure idea into the DC limelight.

Joshua Kopstein at Al Jazeera America

“The plan Wheeler announced last May would have permitted ISPs such as Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner to give faster, priority access to sites and services able to pay for it as long as those deals were deemed commercially reasonable. But in a surprising about-face, he is now proposing rules that ban that practice by treating wired and wireless broadband Internet as a public utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act — much like the telephone system.”

But Wheeler has changed his tune for the better –

“The Internet must be fast, fair and open. That is the message I’ve heard from consumers and innovators across this nation,” Wheeler wrote today in an article for Wired. “That is the principle that has enabled the Internet to become an unprecedented platform for innovation and human expression … The proposal I present to the commission will ensure the Internet remains open, now and in the future, for all Americans.”

This sudden turnabout of recent months has shocked the big telecoms and even net neutrality advocates, who until recently had relatively few powerful allies in their corner. (Read more…)

Gandhi For Children EarthDome Development Update

Originally Posted on the Gandhi For Children website:  AVANI Eco-Dome Development Update 2014

We have a composite of images & notes relating to the AVANI Domes progress…

Just in time for the monsoon rains last September, the exterior of the main dome structure at the five-acre site was completed. The rains actually assisted in the curing and hardening process of the mud-based plaster finish.*

Aruna and Mehndi at Gandhi CenterRegistering for College 
Aruna and Mehndi glance at a copy of the college admissions paperwork for the school of science and math. Aruna will be the first AVANI student to continue with her education past the 10th grade. She is determined to become a doctor.

Super Adobe Dome
The super adobe technique of sustainable construction has been around for hundreds of years. The method has been refined throughout the past 40 years to utilize simplified assembly so non-architects and non-engineers can build their own domes.

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Zulu Traditional Culture

Original Post Source: Gandhi Legacy Tour


Zulu Traditional Dance: Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park Departure back to Durban, South Africa


Stunning Zulu’s practicing a traditional dance and chant at a local community center in South Africa close to the Mozambique boarder. We happen to spot the group driving down the road after leaving the Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park a Safari Game Reserve on our way back to Durban. David my driver notices them first, backs the car up, and we park on the side of the road to watch. The group of youth spot us as they step it up performing like warriors.

Initially, I could not make out who the leader of the chant was; he then breaks from the group, steps in front so we can clearly see him, his naked chest, and chants as the rest of the boys continue to dance. After he clearly indicates that he is the leader, he takes his place back into the line-up.

What a beautiful sight, I thank them before we pull off with a Namaste gesture.


Gandhi Legacy Tour:

The South Africa Gandhi Legacy Tour May-June 2015 Itinerary, led by Arun Gandhi (Sign-up deadline March 25, 2015)

Original Gandhi Legacy Tour of India, led by Arun Gandhi (Sign-up deadline 9/2/2014)

 “The Gandhi Legacy Tour, led by Gandhi’s grandson, Arun Gandhi, and great grandson, Tushar Gandhi, for the past several years is unusual in that it does not focus on places of tourist interest but places of human interest. It is designed to educate …

” … in the essence of Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence and how individuals can apply it to bring about socio-economic change. The tour visits rural India and urban slums to see and compare projects helping to make the change we wish to see in the world. Gandhi believed in creating a “Sarvodaya” society — a society where everyone would enjoy a reasonably good standard of living with attendant rights and privileges.

“Join the tour and … Become the Change You Wish to See in The World!” (Read more…)

Arun Gandhi to Receive an Ambassador of Peace Award
in Los Angeles July 10th 2014

An Event Dedicated to World Peace: Join in and Be the Change!

Gandhi_Arun-Photo_HEADSHOT_2011_Photo_Credit_Scott_Kafora_rdax_250x333Dr. Arun Gandhi will be presented an “Ambassador of Peace” award, plus give Keynote Address, July 10th at the “Third International Hispanic-American Poetry Congress” held at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The “Ambassador of Peace” award will be presented by 1985 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (“IPPNW”) participant, Dr. Ernesto Kahan who is a physician and poet. 

Dr. Gandhi’s book, Legacy of Love” is being translated into Spanish, published, presented, and available for sale for the first time at the “Third International Hispanic-American Poetry Congress” July 6 – 12th. The Spanish title, “Legado de Amor,” is being translated by distinguished Venezuelan Poet Carmen Rojas Larrazabal, available online, and in print by: “Editorial Pescar con Redes de Luz.” Dr. Gandhi will receive a certificate from the “North American Academy of the Spanish Language” for his contribution of “Legado de Amor” into the Spanish literary archives.

Dr. Gandhi will also be presented an official diploma of recognition for his leadership role in cultivating World Peace and Nonviolence through Education on Friday, July 11th at the Los Angeles City Hall.

The events mission is to bring international poets and writers together to explore the meaning of the word “Peace” through, literature, arts, and music. The Congress aims at inspiring “reflection into action,” guided by the universal words and wisdom of Mahatma Gandhi, “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” The goal of the Congress is to create awareness, understanding, and unity in diversity, activating each other’s consciousness and renewing our profound commitment to “World Peace” through artistic expression and empowering each other as “Positive Change Agents.” 

Highlights for the upcoming program include, participation of the former United States Poet Laureate, Mr. Robert Pinsky, who will present his first Spanish poetry book “Ginza Samba,” followed by a poetry recital accompanied by Jazz music. Also, distinguished French philosopher, Mr. Guy Crequie, a spokesperson for UNESCO, will offer two presentations on World Peace. The event also includes:   

• Art Exhibits 

• Book Presentations  

• Colloquium and Literary Discussion Panels 

 • Concerts 

• Documentaries Presentations  

• Historic and Cultural Tour 

• Literary Lectures 

• Music and Folkloric Dance Performances 

• Poetry Recitals 

• Theatrical Performances  

• Workshops

Participants in the upcoming event: Los Angeles Children’s Choir, Grammy Award winner Pauline Aguirre, Museum of Tolerance, Heal the Bay, Placido Domingo, Dr. Luis Alberto Ambroggio from the American Academy of the Spanish Language, UNESCO and many others.  

The event will be produced by “Arts and Poetry for Peace Foundation,” Artistic Director Mr. Alfie Martin, from Warner Brothers Studios. This event is endorsed by the World Academy of Arts and Culture through UNESCO. See more @

Dr. Arun Gandhi interview for event publication: Arts and Poetry for Peace Magazine  

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First Satyagraha Tour of South Africa
Led by Arun Gandhi, Embarks This Week

News Announcement Originally Posted at Gandhi Legacy Tour











(PRLEAP.COM) Dana Point, CA May 24, 2014: The inaugural Satyagraha Tour of South Africa enjoys organic synchronicity of critical historical dates of both Mohandas Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.  Highlights include following the path of Gandhi’s travels, initially arriving in Durban, and ultimately departing from Cape Town for his return to India to begin the next phase of his legacy:

Gandhi first arrived in South Africa as a fledgling lawyer in May 24, 1893.

Our arrival to Gandhi’s first ashram, the Phoenix Settlement, occurs on the 97th anniversary of Gandhi’s family move there.

We will board the sleeper train on the 121st anniversary of Gandhi’s removal from that train, which changed the course of history.

We visit Robben Island, the prison that held Mandela for 18 years, on the 50th anniversary of Mandela’s life sentence for sabotage against the Apartheid government of South Africa.

We depart Cape Town on the eve of Gandhi’s 100th anniversary of his very own departure from Cape Town back to India.

Also scheduled are special meetings with historic figures that played a significant role in the fight for freedom during Apartheid, like Ahmed Kathrada and Ela Gandhi, Gandhi’s granddaughter who spent years under house arrest for her South African activism.

There’s something in all of us that hungers after the good and true, and when we glimpse it in people, we applaud them for it. Through them we let the world’s pain into our hearts, and we find compassion. When things go wrong or have been terribly wrong for some time, their inspiration reminds us of the tenderness for life that we can all feel.”   Archbishop Desmond Tutu

As a part of the first Satyagraha Legacy Tour of South Africa, there are several projects we visit that are aligned to Gandhi’s principals and are geared toward giving back, including: (Read more…)

True Government Transparency, is Bitcoin the Answer?

Bitcoin, that digital ‘crypto’ currency that we have blogged about several times over the years, by default provides an automated public ledger – a techno-currency that provides trading value instantaneously without the added ‘friction’ and third-party (banking) profiteering.   Bitcoin is impossible to counterfeit and promises many amazingly apparent uses, including government openness and transparency.

In principle, such crypto-currency could finally bring transparency to governments.

Bitcoin transactions are ‘anonymous’ because senders and receivers are represented by long sequences of code (Bitcoin wallet addresses) in lieu of personal data, but  its public ledger logs every single transaction to provide the ultimate transparency.

“[But] don’t confuse anonymity with privacy,” writes Eric Blair at Activist Post. “Anonymity means ‘we know what you’re doing but we don’t know who you are’, while privacy means ‘we know who you are but we don’t know what you’re doing’. The U.S. government seems to be increasingly outlawing both anonymity and privacy for citizens while it simultaneously becomes more secretive. This path is truly the antithesis of a free society.  Yet, this lack of transparency for government and privacy for average citizens can be reversed if the government embraced bitcoin technology.”

Adds Blair: “For example, imagine paying at the gas pump and the funds are immediately dispersed to the proper accounts; to the gas station’s wallet, $.20 per gallon to the federal government roads’ wallet, and about $.30 per gallon to your state’s road wallet (exact fuel taxes here). Not only is this far more efficient than current systems, but let’s follow this through a bit more. Now imagine that the government’s wallets are public where anyone can view income and expenditures in real time.”

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Enough IS Enough…!

Originally Posted: When is Enough, Enough?

Enough IS Enough…! senseless shooting at the Jewish Center in Kansas City yesterday, and the loss of three innocent lives, must not be brushed aside as yet another hate-monger gone mad. Hate is a sickness that is stoked by a society that continuously divides people by religion, nationality, economics, social standings, gender, philosophy, orientation, and every other means we can keep people apart. It is time we wake up to find a cure for this malady rather than brush such incidents under the carpet.

The victims of this horrible crime deserve the sympathy of every human who believes in a civilized society. Both Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. said Hate can only be overcome with love, not punishment. Remembering all the evil events of history only feeds evil, it does not eliminate it. The salvation for this world lies only in accepting everyone as equal and human and not define people by the labels that divide and keep people apart.

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Grandfather Gandhi’s Life Style by Arun Gandhi

Grandfather Gandhi Illustration © Evan Turk

Grandfather Gandhi Illustration © Evan Turk

Grandfather Gandhi’s Life Style 

By Arun Gandhi, 5th grandson of Mahatma Gandhi

People often wonder why Grandfather Gandhi was mostly half-naked as the British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, once described him. He chose this garb because he found that a large number of people in India were so poor that they could not afford to wear any more clothes than was necessary to hide their nakedness. Grandfather was emotionally devastated to see their plight and decided that if he was going to be their leader he should not wear any more clothes than them.

When he became frugal in his attire he, naturally, adopted poverty in life as well. He established ashrams, which is an Indian term for a community living together as one big family. Those who chose to join him had to live simply, so that others could simply live. They were allowed to wear more clothes than he did but the homes were made of mud and bamboo, like the huts of the poor, and the food was simple. The community worked in the fields to produce their own food. It was not just an outward show of sympathy with the poor but a genuine emotional bond which made him a beloved leader of the poor and the rich.

I lived with him in the community called Sevagram — a combination of two Indian words — Seva meaning service and gram meaning village. So the community was serving themselves and the neighboring poor. All the structures were made of bamboo and mud and thatched roofs with mud floors. There was minimum furniture — just beds made of bamboo frame and a web of rope. For everything else we sat on the floor. The reason why we could not sleep on the floor was because the area was famous for the deadly cobra snakes and no one wanted to encourage them to come snuggle at night!

The homes in Sevagram had no toilets or bathrooms. There was a separate block of toilets and bathrooms at the edge of the property because there were no modern water closets as we have now. There were buckets — one to collect the urine and the other for fecal matter. No one wanted the smell to pervade their homes so they were far away which made it difficult for people who had to go at night.

There was no electricity so we had to use oil lanterns. The result was that people retired early at night and got up very early in the morning. Gandhi adopted this life-style not because he was a crank but because he felt that a good leader must identify himself or herself with the poorest among them. This is why he became the most beloved leader of the 20th century!

Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi, Bethany Hegedus Illustrated by Evan Turk

Originally published at Gandhi Legacy Tour here: Grandfather Gandhi’s Life Style

Happy Persian New Year and
International Day of Happiness

Happy Persian Nowruz 

Eideh shoma mobarak!

“Eideh shoma mobarak ” is on everyone’s lips during the
12-day celebration, which is “Happy New Year” in Farsi.

On the Nowruz, Persians set a “haft sin ” table to gather around awaiting for the exact moment of arrival of Spring.  At that time gifts are exchanged with family and loved ones. All dress in gifts of new cloths to start the twelve-day celebration. 

Persian New Year celebration — Haft-Sin

The tradition is in harmony with the rebirth of nature, the Iranian New Year Celebration, or Nowruz, always begins on the first day of Spring.  Nowruz ceremonies are symbolic representations of two ancient concepts – the End and the Rebirth; or Good and Evil. A few weeks before the New Year, Iranians clean and rearrange their homes. 

Persians make new clothes, bake pastries and germinate seeds as sign of renewal. The ceremonial cloth is set up in each household.  Troubadours, referred to as Haji Firuz, disguise themselves with makeup and wear brightly colored outfits of satin. These Haji Firuz, singing and dancing, parade as a carnival through the streets with tambourines, kettle drums, and trumpets to spread good cheer and the news of the coming new year.        

During the Celebration there is a part of the ceremony called Chahar Shanbeh Suri where everyone jump over fire “light” for enlightenment and happiness for the upcoming year. 

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Not-Two Is Peace

Not-Two Is Peace

Not-Two Is Peace  

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 naïve to expect changes of such magnitude? Adi Da points out that it “is not naïve 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.”

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