Gandhi's grandson teaches nonviolence at SFA

Young adults who grew up facing violent video games to wars listens to a man delivering the words of kindness and understanding.

"We have created this whole culture of violence," said Arun Gandhi, grandson to legendary mahatma Gandhi. "A culture of violence that dominates our lives to such an extend that it is consuming us. It's like cancer."

Arun Gandhi grew up in the violence of South Africa. He was beaten for the color of his skin. He sought revenge as a form of justice. That's when his parents sent him to live with his grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi to learn how to redirect the energy of anger and hate.

" I think my grandfather (today) would have been spurred on to more activity. He would have felt the urgency to do something to make people realize what, the way, we are going now is wrong and we need to change," said A. Gandhi.

Today Gandhi teaches the lessons he learned to his own grandchildren and others around the world. His work is promoted through the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence headquartered at the University of Rochester in New York.

"Nonviolence is the only remedy and we need to understand nonviolence not simply as a conflict resolution took, but as a personal transformation tool," said Gandhi.

Gandhi hopes to plant a seed in the mind's of young people to promote peaceful living. SFA's leadership honor society is listening.

"We see that there is a light and there is a positive aspect that we can get out of it," said Alyssa Tenorio, who coordinated a peace project.

Gandhi said it takes daily lessons to learn about violence and control anger. He promotes service and community involvement as the best way to practice.

Gandhi was the keynote speaker at SFA's leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa leadership conference.

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