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Established in 1990 the GANDHI INFORMATION CENTER has been freely available for Education and Culture. It has more than a hundred members at home and abroad, amongst them well-known scientists, artists and authors such as the Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Count Serge Tolstoy (1911-1995) and Professor Joseph Needham (1901-1995).

The Gandhi Information Center became well-known all over the world on account of the distribution of the Manifesto against Conscription and the Military System. This Manifesto revives attention to two manifestoes signed by Gandhi, Einstein, Buber, Freud and Tolstoy’s assistants Birukoff and Bulgakov against military training of youth. In the meantime this Manifesto has been translated into 25 languages and has been signed by more than 200 outstanding personalities from over thirty different countries.

Since 1990 the Gandhi Information Center for Research and Education on Nonviolence, has organised educational activities with publications about the Life and Achievement of Mahatma Gandhi. The Gandhi Information Center has made contacts all over the world and contributes to an international network.

The nonviolent, active resistance as developed and lived by Gandhi is to serve as focus and support. Connected with this the active members wish to document the origins of Nonviolence in multifold traditions (e.g. the nonviolent doctrine of Tolstoy in Russia, the Civil Disobedience of Henry David Thoreau, the Civil Rights Movement of Martin Luther King in the USA, the Social Ethics of John Ruskin in England, the Arc communities of Lanza del Vasto in France as well as the reasons of conscience of religious conscientious objectors in Austria and Germany).

Satyagraha was the title under which the Gandhi Information Center has recently published information for its members. The first two issues were dedicated to the commemoration of Gandhi’s 125th birthday and our correspondences to the followers of Leo Tolstoy in Russia.

Support the Gandhi Information Center, P.O.Box (Postfach) 210109, 10501 Berlin

Our e-mail-address is: mkgandhi@snafu.de

Our internet website is: http://home.snafu.de/mkgandhi

The annual membership is 180 Euro, reduced membership is 60 Euro.

Financial support of the volunteer work of our Center is requested for account number 495283-106, Postbank Berlin, Bank Code 100 100 10 – – BIC: PBNKDEFF – IBAN: DE77 1001 0010 0495 2831 06

This manifesto has been translated into more than 25 languages and it has been signed by many signatories, among them four Nobel Peace Laureates. It is aimed to have the Manifesto signed by more individuals who are publicly active in Peace, Ecology and Human Rights issues or in Scientific and Cultural spheres.

Please address your signatures (with name, address and date) to the:

Gandhi Information Center, P.O. Box (Postfach) 210109, D-10501 Berlin

We have signated on internet web site and you?

From our web site http://www.ecumenici.eu you can visit the very interesting page…

Sabarmati Ashram
Back to India, Gandhi decided to found an “ashram” like his farm in Phoenix and Tolstoi’s Farm. He settled in Ahmedabar, in the Indian state of Gujarat, 460 kilometres far from Porbandar, the town on the Arabic Coast where he was born. He would serve his country using “gujarati”, his mother tongue. The first “aspram” was built in 1915. Gandhi called it Satyagraha Ashram, because – he explained – “I wanted to let know our method used in South Africa and see if, in India, would be the conditions to do something similar”. His life in the new ashram was quite peaceful until the day there was a pestilence in the village of Kocharab. Then Gandhi decided to leave the place where he was living and moved to a northern place respect to Ahmedabar, placed on the right bank of the river Sabarmati. There he found a new ashram known as Sabarmati Ashtram.
It was opened by Gandhi himself on 17th June 1917. At that time, he was supported by 40 people , more or less. At the beginning, they lived in a small camp altogether, although there were lots of dangerous snakes around that place. At the entrance of the ashram we can still find, listed in English, all the duties that the people who lived in the ashram had to follow: “Thruth, Non-violence or Love, Chastity (Brahmacharia), Control of the Palate, Non-stealing, Non-possession or Poverty, Swadeshi, Fearlessness, Removal of Untouchability, Equality of Religions, Physical Labour”. Gandhi’s followers still live in that house and its area and they sometimes find peace resting in its garden.
We can find a notice on an outer wall: “I wouldn’t like to see my home bricked up, neither the windows. I would like to see that all the cultures all over the world may enter freely into my home. But I will never accept that anybody tries to throw me out of my home. Mahatma Gandhi. It seems as Gandhi gave some suggestions to nowadays Indian society and how it has to face the challenge of modernization.
It is in this way that we begin our visit to this Indian Museum, fight emblem of spirituality. The shots were taken a few hours ago by an Indian friend and they will be spread on this site with the advice to show always the origin: http://www.facebook.com/l/e94f2sxaZRQYdc3WjFilP16RaKw;www.ecumenici.eu We think that will be the best way to begin the celebrations about Gandhi’s birthday, on next 2nd October, called by the great Indian poet Tagore Mahatma (or Great Soul in Sanskrit), Every year, on 2nd October, we celebrate the world day of Non-violence.
Gandhi is known as one of the main pioneers fighting against any form of tyranny applying the massive civil disobedience, which drove India to its Indipendence.

(translation by Antonio Pinto – Photos in website by Sushmit, from Indien)

Our logo is made by our Induist Friend too: Suschmit

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