Thursday, October 12, 2006

Off We Go Again

Hey, folks. So we're going to Madurai for a conference on ahimsa. A postcard to the first person who can tell the group a little bit about ahimsa: who created it, what it is, etc. I expect comments, people!

We'll catch you on the flip side. Love you all!


Mom (Bannon) said...

Ghandhi's advocacy of non-violence (sanskrit-ahimsa) was an expression of a way of life implicit in the Hindu religion. By the Indian practice of non-violence, Ghandi held Great Britian would eventually consider violence useless and would leave India. The Indian population, however, could not fully comprehend the unwordly ahimsa. They revolted against the British, culminating in such violence that Ghandhi confessed the failure of the civil-disobedience campaign he had called and ended it. (around 1921) However, by 1934 Ghandhi traveled thru India teaching ahimsa, after resigning from politics. In 1939, he returned to active political life where his first act was a fast (ahimsa style-non-violence) Demands for autocratic rule to be modified was granted. (A few years later on his way to evening prayer, Ghandhi was assassinated by a fanatic Hindu.
(Now since you already owe me a postcard for sending you a card, please give the card to the next comments on ahimsa.. :)and thanks for the challenge to read about is now in my favorites!

Mom (Bannon) said...
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Mayfield said...

Ahimsa is a religious concept which advocates non-violence and a respect for all life. Ahimsa is an important doctrine of Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. Himsa means "injury" in Sanskrit. Its first mention in Indian philosophy is found in the Hindu scriptures called the Upanishads, the oldest of which date to about 800 BC. Ahimsa was introduced to the West by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Inspired by his actions, Western civil rights movements, led by such people as Martin Luther King Jr., engaged in non-violent protests. Nonviolent Communication, developed by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg and practiced and taught around the world, is inspired by Gandhi's example.

This is all the info I got on this. I hope to talk to you soon.

Love, Mayfield

Mom (Bannon) said...

Go Mayfield...(13 yr old nephew of Uncle Brad & Aunt Beth)...Now I am even more enlightened about ahimsa! love Gram..

Kathrin Biemann-Monfette said...

I haven't even gotten a postcard yet, and I sent you a letter! Have a good trip.

Mumsehei said...

The Jain ahimsa-symbol gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "talk to the hand!"