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Satyagraha: The Heart of Nonviolence

Swami Sarvapriyananda is the spiritual leader of the Vedanta Society of New York. Known as an electrifying speaker, Swami Sarvapriyananda has been a monk in the Ramakrishna order for over 25 years. He is one of three Hindu monastics in residence at Harvard Divinity School.

Satyagraha refers to the spiritual practices and principles that form the core of Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings about nonviolence. This way of being became the major tool of social change in India’s movement for independence from British rule. Satyagraha also strongly influenced world change leaders including Nelson Mandela, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the Rev. James Lawson.

In his lecture, Swami points out places where the forces of the world collide with the spiritual practices of the individual. These collisions lead to a better understanding of satyagraha in our daily lives and how we can ultimately find our way.

In Swami’s words, “The spiritual and philosophical basis of Gandhian nonviolence is often overlooked. We must seek to understand the Mahatma’s spiritual philosophy in depth if we are to assimilate and adapt nonviolence to the issues of our times.

Looking for specific practices and beliefs that bring the peace needed for a life of nonviolence? Please watch the excerpt below.