the Spirit of Mahatma Gandhi lives through every nonviolent action
I was invited by the people of Rimini, a well known tourist place on the Adriatic Sea, in Soutrh of Italy. Here my son Dr. Kapil in collaboration with local therapist Nazzareno Guerra have started a new Ayurvedic center, "Om Shanti". Nazzareno was trained by Kapil in AIMA in Milan. I find Nazzareno very actively involved in promoting Ayurveda in Rimini and surrounding areas. He encouraged local Group "Sati Yoga" to organise a conference on "Gandhi and His Relevance Today". I found this group quite popular and most of the member of this group are young ladies. The conference was orgeniseed on 21st of October 2010. The Hall was full, mostly ladies.
I started with an introduction that Gandhi was a Yogi. This surprised the audience. I explained how Gandhi was a Yogi for the 21st century. I explained that the human beeing is gifted with three dimentional growth, that are physical, mental and super mental. We, ordinary people, are only trying our physical faculties. Seldom we use our mental and super mental powers, in the positive, for vertical growth. That is why there is an increased social and political violence in this World today. Gandhi showed us the way how to use our mental and super mental faculties. The instrument he discovered was Satyagraha.
It is this new technique, Satyagraha, that Gandhiji had gifted to the World. People were little surprised when I said that true Yogi is one that knows how to use all the three faculties to solve our day today problemes in this World. That is why Gandhi was a Yogi of the 21st Century. There was an interesting discussion. The gathering there put several questions. One of the questions was that I should give an example of Satyagraha that had attracted the people in Gandhi-s own life time. How this new tool of Satyagraha won in the end?
I told them the story of Gen. Smuts, the Colonial Ruler of S.Africa during Gandhiji-s non-violent struggle against discriminatory and inhuman laws of the State for Indian immigrant labourers. General Smuts was a very cruel and dictator ruler. He put Gandhiji and his Satyagrahis in Jail when they non-violently protested against the regime.
Gandhiji in the Jail started learning sandle-making. While in prison Gandhiji made his first pair of sandles. On release from jail, Gandhiji met with Gen. Smuts. Gandhiji presented the first pair of sandles he made in jail to Gen. Smuts. This was the miracle that changed Gen. Smuts's heart. So much so that Gen. came to see Gandhiji off at the Port when Gandhiji was leaving for India for good after the Satyagraha struggle was won by nonviolent movement in S. Africa.
I must say special words of thanks to my brother Riccardo Gramegna, who came all the way from Borgosesia to Rimini for translation from English to Italian.