The Nondual Activist: Interrelatedness & Justice, Drew Dellinger


The eco-philosopher Joanna Macy has stated that, “the sense of connectedness with all beings is politically subversive in the extreme.” In this talk, Drew Dellinger will explore the links between changing our worldview and changing the world. By examining the world-views of connection and mutuality present in all traditional cultures, we can better recognize the cosmology of separation and exploitation underlying the modern West’s ecologically and socially destructive philosophies and practices.

This talk gives an overview of the ecological and cosmological vision of Thomas Berry, the wisdom of Indigenous and African traditions, the worldview of Martin Luther King Jr., and the emerging movements for social and ecological transformation as examples of what Dellinger calls, “a cosmology of connection.”

Living in a thoroughly interconnected cosmos challenges us to act with compassion, discernment, and ethical integrity. From personal transformation, to collective social change, the ontological nonduality of existence calls us to recognize systemic injustice and deepen our expressions of prophetic courage, healing, and loving-kindness.

Drew Dellinger Ph.D., is a poet, teacher, writer and speaker who has
inspired minds and hearts around the world, performing poetry and
keynoting on justice, ecology, cosmology and compassion. He is also a consultant, publisher, and founder of Planetize the Movement Press. http://www.drewdellinger.org

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Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Author), Mahatma Gandhi (Author)

My purpose,” Mahatma Gandhi writes of this book, “is to describe experiments in the science of Satyagraha, not to say how good I am.”

Satyagraha, Gandhi’s nonviolent protest movement (satya = true, agraha = firmness), came to stand, like its creator, as a moral principle and a rallying cry; the principle was truth and the cry freedom. The life of Gandhi has given fire and fiber to freedom fighters and to the untouchables of the world: hagiographers and patriots have capitalized on Mahatma myths. Yet Gandhi writes: “Often the title [Mahatma, Great Soul] has deeply pained me. . . . But I should certainly like to narrate my experiments in the spiritual field which are known only to myself, and from which I have derived such power as I possess for working in the political field.”

Clearly, Gandhi never renounced the world; he was neither pacifist nor cult guru. Who was Gandhi? In the midst of resurging interest in the man who freed India, inspired the American Civil Rights Movement, and is revered, respected, and misunderstood all over the world, the time is proper to listen to Gandhi himself — in his own words, his own “confessions,” his autobiography.

Gandhi made scrupulous truth-telling a religion and his Autobiography inevitably reminds one of other saints who have suffered and burned for their lapses. His simply narrated account of boyhood in Gujarat, marriage at age 13, legal studies in England, and growing desire for purity and reform has the force of a man extreme in all things. He details his gradual conversion to vegetarianism and ahimsa (non-violence) and the state of celibacy (brahmacharya, self-restraint) that became one of his more arduous spiritual trials. In the political realm he outlines the beginning of Satyagraha in South Africa and India, with accounts of the first Indian fasts and protests, his initial errors and misgivings, his jailings, and continued cordial dealings with the British overlords.

Gandhi was a fascinating, complex man, a brilliant leader and guide, a seeker of truth who died for his beliefs but had no use for martyrdom or sainthood. His story, the path to his vision of Satyagraha and human dignity, is a critical work of the twentieth century, and timeless in its courage and inspiration.

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Mahatma Gandhi Biography

Gandhi (1869-1948) was one of the few men in history to fight simultaneously on moral, religious, political, social, economic, and cultural fronts. During his time as a lawyer in South Africa he developed his strategy of non-violence: the idea of opposing unjust laws by non-violent protest, which he made the basis of his successful struggle against British rule in India.

In this Very Short Introduction to Gandhi’s life and thought, Bhikhu Parekh outlines both Gandhi’s major philosophical insights and the limitations of his thought. He looks at Gandhi’s cosmocentric anthropology, his spiritual view of politics, his unique form of liberal communitarianism, and his theories of oppression, non-violent action, and active citizenship. He also considers how the success of Gandhi’s principles was limited by his lack of coherent theories of evil, and of state and power, and how his hostility to modern civilization impeded his appreciation of its complexity. Gandhi’s life and thought has had an enormous impact both within and outside India, and he continues to be widely revered, as one of the greatest moral and political leaders of the twentieth century.

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