Gandhi’s Grandson Visits California

Gandhi’s Grandson Visits California

 The following is a October 16, 2007 news piece from The Press-Enterprise.

Arun Gandhi will speak Saturday and Sunday in Sun City about lessons of nonviolence he learned while living with his grandfather, Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi.

Gandhi, 73, president of the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence in Rochester, N.Y., will use examples he learned to explain nonviolent means of living and passive resistance.

The Rev. Don Lunday, community spiritual leader at the Center for Spiritual Living in Sun City, organized Gandhi’s trip to Sun City. Lunday, who has known Gandhi for more than 10 years, organized a similar trip to Sun City in February 2006.

Gandhi was born in South Africa. When he was 12, his parents took him to India to live with his grandfather. Through daily lessons, his grandfather taught him about nonviolence through the understanding of violence.

After working for 30 years as a journalist in India, Arun Gandhi came to the United States in 1987. He lives in Rochester and gives 200 to 250 speeches a year, Lunday said.

On Saturday and Sunday, Gandhi will speak at four events. From 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, he will talk to teenagers for 30 to 45 minutes and take questions at the United Church of Christ, 26701 McCall Blvd.

Reservations are not required and there is no admission fee. Information: 951-679-6622.

Also on Saturday, he will speak for 20 to 30 minutes and take questions at a 5:45 p.m. dinner at the Center for Spiritual Living, 26805 Murrieta Road. Admission is $50. Proceeds will be used to pay for Gandhi’s trip, Lunday said. Reservations: 951-679-6622.

On Sunday, Gandhi will talk at the 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services at the Center for Spiritual Living. Reservations are not required and there is no admission fee.

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