Arun is the grandson of the famous Mohandas (or Mahatma) Gandhi that those of us in the vegetarian and vegan community are so fond of. So it was a real treat to get to listen first hand to this man tell stories and share lessons about nonviolence that he learned from his grandfather.
While he didn't focus on any type of specifics related to vegetarianism or animal rights, if one follows his guidance toward living a life of nonviolence you can't help to come to that logical conclusion.
He shared many great things, but my favorite thing I got out of his talk was about the environment. He said that his grandfather taught him a lesson about caring for the environment, after he had simply discarded a pencil that was not completely used up, instead asking for a new one.
The lesson that his grandfather taught him was that when we throw away resources, just waste them, we are committing violence against the environment, because there was violence that occurred to produce it (cutting down trees, misplacing animals, etc.). He reminded us to think about this in terms of our own waste and what it is doing to the environment. I thought that was an amazing way of framing the idea of the harm caused by wasting our planet's precious resources.
He spoke before a full house. It was great to have so many people in the community come out to hear this speach. If you get the chance to hear Arun Gandhi speak in your area I highly recommend it. You will not regret it and you will come away a wiser and more compassionate person.
"Be the change you want to see in the world." -- Mahatma Gandhi