The International Day of Non-Violence was declared by the General Assembly of the United Nations to be marked on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence. The International Day is an occasion to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness”. The resolution reaffirms “the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence” and the desire “to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence”.
Below are a series of You Tube videos to learn more about Gandhi’s philosophy and its impact. Also check out 100 Mahatma Gandhi Peace Quotes.
Gandhi- The Philosophy of Nonviolence
Arun Gandhi explains SATYAGRAHA
Gandhi’s non-violence speech – From the film “Gandhi”
Gandhi – His Triumph changed the World Forever
Martin Luther King, Jr.- Influence of Gandhi and Nonviolence
Gandhi Impact Video
Mahatma Gandhi – “Bapu”
See also the following references:
Eknath Easwaran, Gandhi the Man* (Nilgiri, 1997) and R. Deats, Mahatma Gandhi (New City, ‘05) two fine illustrated overviews; Stanley Wolpert, Gandhi’s Passion, full-length biography (Oxford, ’01)… also studies by Brown, Fischer, Iyer www.mkgandhi.org and www.GandhiInstitute.org Thomas Merton, ed., Gandhi on Nonviolence,* brief quotations on many topics (New Directions, 1964); Homer Jack, ed., The Gandhi Reader* (Grove, 1994)…also Fischer anthology Joan Bondurant, Conquest of Violence,* clear, penetrating look at Gandhi’s genius (Cal., ‘65); Gene Sharp, Gandhi as a Political Strategist* (Porter Sargent, ‘79)…Harak, Iyer, Nair, Power
The above references are an excerpt from:
Transforming Our World – A compact “best of the best” catalog of the most useful books, manuals, and websites, selected by teachers, researchers, parents, and activists from the Peace and Justice Resource Center.
Check out 100 Mahatma Gandhi Peace Quotes
Resources about nonviolence:
Shalom! Toward a More Effective, More Faithful Approach to Conflict and Violence – Our most popular essay explores a more faithful and effective approach to conflict and violence: it is an eye-opening overview, with annotated resource list.
What is Christian Peacemaking? – This popular activity explores the breadth and depth of the biblical vision of Shalom, peace, justice, community, wholeness. One to six session resource with additional questions and activities to build on or expand the impact of “Jesus’ Way of Shalom”
¿Qué significa pacificación cristiana? – el papel de pacificador esta enraizado en nuestra experiencia de un Dios quien es paz, quien nos da paz, y quien nos llama a ser parte de la paz y la justicia.
Conflict Education – Insights, activities and resources for examining conflicts between individuals and on larger levels, and for strengthening skills to address conflict in any area of life.
Nonviolence: Cultivating the Way of Peace
Ways to nonviolence -overviews, activities and ideas for leaders.