SATISH KUMAR

Satish Kumar

Satish Kumar

At the age of nine, Satish Kumar became a monk, and from then on he was there practicing nonviolence. He grew up with the monks, studying Sanskrit and meditating for hours in the morning and hours in the evening, and going once a day to beg for food. Some day he was reading a book by Mahatma Gandhi. In it was a passage where he said that religion, the pursuing of the inner journey, should not be separated from the pursuing of the outer and social journey, because we are not isolated beings. Kumar decided to go into the world and integrate Gandhi's vision of a peaceful world into reality. Each of us are truly love. Many of us have forgotten about it. Salish Kumar did not forget Love created him like itself. Radiation love in all his actions.

SATISH KUMAR

A former monk and long-term peace and environment activist, Satish Kumar has been quietly setting the Global Agenda for change for over 50 years. He was just nine when he left his family home to join the wandering Jains and 18 when he decided he could achieve more back in the world, campaigning for land reform in India and working to turn Gandhi’s vision of a renewed India and a peaceful world into reality. Inspired in his early 20s by the example of the British peace activist Bertrand Russell, Satish embarked on an 8,000-mile peace pilgrimage together with E.P. Menon. Carrying no money and depending on the kindness and hospitality of strangers, they walked from India to America, via Moscow, London and Paris, to deliver a humble packet of ‘peace tea’ to the then leaders of the world’s four nuclear powers.

Ivo Valkenburg

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