Inspiring Reading: Gandhi, Satyagraha

gandhi-satyagrahaHis is one of the most recognizable faces and inspiring lives of all time, but do you really know this man and what he so passionately stood for?

Read Satyagraha only if you dare to go beyond the “easy” Gandhi — the popular hero to admire from a safe distance… and are ready to be challenged by the “hard” Gandhi — the wise and courageous teacher that so few of us have the guts to emulate.

Even if you consider the Mahatma’s dream and methods to be naïve and foolhardy, prepare yourself. The exemplary deeds of this man… who was willing to, and indeed did, die for a cause greater than himself… should move us all to reflect deeply on our daily conduct and allegiances… and upon the many ways that we routinely contribute to, or at least mutely accept, injustice.

And as I read Gandhi’s closing words, I was struck by a most challenging thought that pierced the routine of my otherwise ordinary day: Perhaps true Satyagraha, like true Christianity and other radical forms of love, has never really been tried.

Inspiring Reading: Tolstoy, The Kingdom of God is Within You

Tolstoy The Kingdom of God is Within YouThe Kingdom of God is Within You is one of the most challenging pieces of conviction and courage that you will ever read. It is essential reading for anyone who considers himself a Christian… and also for anyone who doesn’t.

Notably, Tolstoy’s book was instrumental in inspiring the ethic of non-violent resistance practiced by both Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. In Gandhi’s words: “Tolstoy’s The Kingdom of God is Within You overwhelmed me. Before the independent thinking, profound morality and truthfulness of this book, all the books given me seemed to pale into insignificance.”