International Fellowship of Reconciliation is a movement for non-violence. It was created by the founder of a religious society called "Quaker", and a Lutheran theologian in August 1914. It is an international movement which promotes non-violence through the world. There are many legends who were and are still associated with this movement. One of them is Gandhi whose principles were very close to its.
International Fellowship of Reconciliation and Gandhi
Even if this movement was created by religious people, this movement does not exclude the non-religious. The movement was launched in the United States, just after the end of the First World War. Coincidence? This is not entirely true. In fact, the war, causing many deaths, made the war belligerents understand the possible losses after any conflict. What is then the link with Gandhi?
Absence of violence
It's undeniable that Gandhi and IFOR have in common the fight against wars and conflicts. They have in common the objective to abolish conflict not only between human directly but want it to be spread around the world. If we think about Gandhi, he is the incarnation of tolerance, kindness and peace. He got the chance to trigger a war opposing India and UK, but he preferred to preach the importance of non-violence.
Gandhi is sensitive to war. It means that he couldn't bear about the existence of war, especially in his country. Afterwards, the Second World War exploded making India's allies go to the war and involving India on the war without permission. Gandhi couldn't just sit by to just wait; he gave the watchword: "Quit India" to the Britain.
Why is not being pacifist the same as non-violent? The latter can have connotations as the real situation that people live but being pacifist includes other capacities which are abstractive. Pacific actions lead to harmony because no one wants to disturb someone or even a country at peace. Their interests are based on pacific actions that means that it doesn't tolerate the existence of war and also promotes social justice and human rights.
A movement within people
Gandhi, as a leader in India, has progressed by making people conscious that there are peaceful ways to deal with conflicts. When Mahatma Gandhi returned home after his "adventures" in UK, he noticed that Indian people were too submitted by Britain. Then, in 1930, he organized a march to hoist against the high taxes made towards farmers. Through her trip, the Secretary of IFOR met Gandhi and was fascinated by the way he led the country. Then, in 1931, she invited him to join the Round Table Conference in London to talk about India's independence.
Mahatma Gandhi is one of the legends of peace, who can be relatable with Prem Rawat's life, the latter is also an Indian person. He's dedicating his own life to spread and preach the importance of peace, whether it is in each person, between people and even on the country. The difference with Prem Rawat and Gandhi is that the first began his path when he was a little four-year- old four whilst Gandhi on her adult age. However, their message is clear: to carry peace and spread it.