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Ravi Nathwani Atencion

By Jon Sievert

“Love all, so that you may not wish to kill any,” said the Buddha.

At this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, Ravi Nathwani explores the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi about Ahimsa, the principle of nonviolence toward all living things.

Nonviolence is one of the cardinal virtues and an important tenet of Hinduism and Buddhism. It is a multidimensional concept, inspired by the premise that all living beings have the spark of the divine spiritual energy; therefore, to hurt another being is to hurt oneself. It is the personal practice of being harmless to self and others under every condition. It comes from the belief that hurting people, animals, or the environment is unnecessary to achieve an outcome and refers to a general philosophy of abstention from violence.

Nonviolence also has activist elements, in that believers generally accept the need for nonviolence as a means to achieve political and social change. In modern times, nonviolent methods of action have been a powerful tool for social protest and revolutionary social and political change. Gandhi’s civil disobedience movement in India and the US Civil Rights movement led by Dr Martin Luther King admirably demonstrated this practice.

There is also the question of the Karma of violence, or the consequences of your actions over time and the impact on future generations. Practice of the discipline of nonviolent action, though difficult, can be truly rewarding.

“Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. Indeed, it is a weapon unique in history, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it,” said Dr King at his Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.

Ravi Nathwani was born to a business family in East Africa and raised in India in the Vaishnav Hindu tradition. He created a new course on Hindu Yoga and Buddhist Meditation which he taught at Tufts University from 1998–2014. He also taught at JFK University in California. He currently leads satsangs and meditation groups and teaches The Bhagavad Gita, The Yoga Sutras, the law of Karma, and Advaita Vedanta. He has an MBA from Boston University and has lived in Mumbai, London, Boston, San Francisco, and Mexico. He is the co-editor of Mala of the Heart: 108 Sacred Poems.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at Posada de La Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. For information about our Children’s Sunday Program, contact us at epgoodwin@hotmail.com. The meeting room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at uufsama.org.

 

UU Service

“The Principle of Nonviolence”

By Ravi Nathwani

Sun, Jun 24, 10:30am

Posada de La Aldea

Ancha de San Antonio 15

uufsama.org

 

 

 

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