Interview of volunteer participants of the International Social Research Project THE UNIVERSAL GRAIN of ALLATRA International Public Movement with Dr. Arun Gandhi.
Arun Manilal Gandhi is an international activist for peace, grandson and continuer of the ideas of Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi, who embodied the idea of nonviolence and peaceful changes.
Dr. Arun Gandhi is the founder of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence and is the Founding President of the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute; Journalist; Writer, author of books; Member of Board Emeriti of The Parliament of World`s Religions; Co-founder of The Center for Social Changes (India); organizer of social programs for people`s living conditions improvements; Arun Gandhi travels the world as a Peace Farmer planting seeds of peace and spreading the message ‘Be the change you wish to see’, Dr. Gandhi has taken the message of nonviolence and peace-making to hundreds of thousands of people, was an organizer, speaker and participant of peace-promoting and educational marches and tours to establish non-violence in society and the interreligious commonwealth, as well as to inform people about ways to build mutual understanding and to speak and spread his message of peace; Invited speaker of universities and public organizations;
Sampling of Dr. Arun Gandhi’s Honorary Degrees:
- Lincoln Memorial University (LMU), Harrogate, TN – Humanities Studies
- Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, NJ – Humanities Studies
- Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD – Humanities Studies
Notable Interfaith Activities:
- Washington Post Interfaith Dialogue blog: On Faith 2006-2012
- Board of Interfaith Alliance in Washington DC – 1998-2005
- Interfaith March 911 – Commemorative March Unity Walk (Washington DC)
- Promoting Mahatma Gandhi’s Interfaith messages for decades
- Gandhi Legacy Tour – 16 years fostering Interfaith with tour participants’ prayer visits and meetings at Muslim Temples, Jain Temples, Hindu Temples.
In an interview with participants of THE UNIVERSAL GRAIN project, Dr. Gandhi shares his views on the possibility of establishing mutual understanding between people all over the world, regardless of national or religious affiliation, the need to overcome divisions, talks about what unites people. He shares his understanding of what is the basis of every spiritual teaching that is common to every religion. As an example, Dr. Gandhi quoted his grandfather: “Religion is like climbing a mountain. We are ultimately all going to the same peak. So why should it matter to anybody which side of the mountain we choose to climb from?” Dr. Gandhi talks about the possibility of the transition of society from the consumer to the creative format, the birth of this process in the choice of each person. The basis and purpose of human life is Love and creation.