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Ghandi Visits Hindu Temple in Portland

In his recent visit to MahaKali Mandir, a Hindu Temple in Northeast Portland, Arun Ghandi, the 63-year-old grandson of legendary Mahatma Ghandi of India, said to the audience that his grandfather's dream was not only for today but for the future.

Mahatma Ghandi, like Buddha, awakened India. He, like Mohammed, freed his people and like Jesus, forgave the one who killed him. For the first time in history, he won victory against the mighty British Empire using non-violence movement for a disarmed nation. Gandhiji, the strongest man of India and wisest voice of the world, worshipped God by serving human beings according to Sanatan Dharma, the universal religion. He lived like a Yogi without a yellow robe, accepting and integrating into his life India's primitive wisdom, natural medicine, environmentalism and village living close to nature.

Before his assassination in 1948, the Mahatma (great soul) prophesied that from each drop of his blood a new Ghandi would be born on earth. His dream came true when we witnessed present world leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, Lech Walesa, Corazon Aquino and Aung San Su Kyi, who successfully followed Ghandi's model of non-violent movement as the solution of today's socio-political and religious problems.

Even though more than 400 biographies and eighty volumes of literature, each ranging from 500 to 600 pages, have been written on the life and work of Mahatma Ghandi, the light of the modern world, only he and his family members can best describe the Ghandi phenomenon. It is important to know that twelve years ago, Arun Ghandi undertook to bring his grandfather's unfulfilled mission to America. Today it has touched American lives in almost all major cities.

This year, the Ghandi peace volunteers are celebrating "the season of non-violence" by commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Ghandi's assassination along with the thirtieth anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr., the two great martyrs of the world's non-violent movement. The end of this historic occasion will be honored with a grand peace march in Portland, where thousands of participants will chant for world peace. "I have slept only five or six days on my bed in the last 6 months," remarked Arun Ghandi, emphasizing his hard work to promote Mahatma Ghandi's vision of non-violence and peace in various parts of the world.

In Portland, there are organizations including Living Enrichment Center and MahaKali Mandir who promote Mahatma Ghandi's non-violent movement through a series of regular seminars and workshops conducted by Arun Ghandi and other famous Ghandian scholars from India. "I cannot change all lives," said Arun Ghandi, "but if I can change one person's life with Mahatma Ghandi's vision, my dream will be successful."

Arun remembers his grandfather as the most highly respected spiritual and political leader of our time. "Simplicity and humility were the two most remarkable characteristics of my grandfather," recalled Arun Ghandi, who spent a year and a half of his young life with the Mahatma just before his assassination. "He was the dream of the future and the voice of human conscience." Mahatma Ghandi's last word to humanity is, "No matter who you are or what you do, realize God here and now."

Sri Kalki, a Himalayan Yogi, worldwide spiritual teacher and professor of Ghandism, will lead the peace march for non-violence in Portland on May 15 at 10 am from Grant Park in Northeast Portland. For more information about the Ghandi peace march or yoga meditation and classes on Hindu and Buddhist scriptures, call 503-284-8729.

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