Gandhi, Spirituality and Social Action
Gandhi believed that the way out to effect change without violence was to use “Satyagraha” or “soul force”. In the movements he led, he wanted to “mobilize the enormous latent energy of the soul, and thus bring to bear spiritual power to the issue”. He believed that “ a sense of common and indivisible humanity was necessary as an article of belief; as well as the feeling that degrading another degraded oneself.” Read more about Gandhi’s life and philosophy here:
Martin Luther King’s Speech Against the Vietnam War
“This I believe to be the privilege and the burden of all of us who deem ourselves bound by allegiances and loyalties which are broader and deeper than nationalism and which go beyond our nation’s self-defined goals and positions. We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for the victims of our nation and for those it calls “enemy,” for no document from human hands can make these humans any less our brothers.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Justice is Love, Embodied
This short inspirational piece is by Duke University’s Islamic Studies Director, Omid Safi. Like many of us, he weaves together his spirituality and activism. Along with the author, we are called to honor those who’ve walked the same path, such as Malcolm X, Cornell West and Desmond Tutu. See if you resonate with Safi’s eloquent statement: “when I wander into spiritual oceans next to my own — realizing that all oceans are connected — it is usually figures who connect together love and justice that most deeply touch my soul”.
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