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This book has been translated in to French, Spanish, Hebrew, Farsi, Azeri, Kurdish,and Arabic. We don't have a Hindi version of this book yet. This book can be an excellent resource for learning about the fundamentals of a Nonviolent living. The current quote on the translation is listed in the Goal section. If you believe in this cause, like the content of the book or have a loved one who can benefit from the translation, please help us translate it into a language that 500 million people understand(if Urdu speaking population is included).
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here is a short summary for the book
Beginning with the achievements of Mahatma Gandhi, and following the legacy of nonviolence through the struggles against Nazism in Europe, racism in America, oppression in China and Latin America, and ethnic conflicts in Africa and Bosnia, Michael Nagler unveils a hidden history. Nonviolence, he proposes, has proven its power against arms and social injustice wherever it has been correctly understood and applied.
Nagler's approach is not only historical but also spiritual, drawing on the experience of Gandhi and other activists and teachers. Individual chapters include A Way Out of Hell, The Sweet Sound of Order, and A Clear Picture of Peace. The last chapter includes a five-point blueprint for change and "study circle" guide. The foreword by Arun Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, is new to this edition.
About the Author:
Michael Nagler is Professor emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature at UC, Berkeley, where he co-founded the Peace and Conflict Studies Program in which he taught the immensely popular nonviolence course that was webcast in its entirety.
Among other awards, he received the Jamnalal Bajaj International Award for "Promoting Gandhian Values Outside India" in 2007, joining other distinguished contributors to nonviolence as Archbishop Desmond Tutu and peace scholar and activist Johan Galtung in receiving this honor.
Quotes from the book
Nonviolence serves as a literal—but,as it turns out, misleading—translation of the Sanskrit word ahimsa,the negation of himsa, "(desire, intent to) harm." In accordance with what we've already seen, ahimsa would mean "the absence of the desire, or intention, to harm." ........
.... unlike the English situation, in Sanskrit abstract nouns often name a fundamental positive quality indirectly, by negating its opposite. Thus courage is conveyed by abhaya, which literally means "non-fear"; or we encounter akrodha, "non-anger," for "kindness," and the Buddha's avera, "non-hatred," meaning "love." The reason ancient India's great thinkers expressed themselves in this apparently oblique way is that phenomena like love, absolute courage, and compassion are primordial things that cannot be fully expressed in fallible, conditioned human language.
Ahimsa is not really a negative term, as to our ears nonviolence decidedly is. Ahimsa suggests something profoundly positive, which would not be possible to name directly. Ahimsa, a kind of double negative, actually stands for something so original that we cannot quite capture it with our weak words.