We think of Gandhi as such an activist, leading his people in a non-violent revolution to free India from the British Empire, marching across great swaths of India with his walking stick and sandals. “Be the change you want to see,” is frequently quoted from Gandhi. He was a ‘do-er’.
We think of Gandhi as wise, spiritual, humble and self-sacrificing. But did he ever sit down long enough to meditate? And how do we define “meditation”, for that matter?
As we listen to Dr. Veena Howard’s deeply informed exploration of this topic, we get glimpses into our own life’s meditational practices.
“In my personal life, meditation and the spirit of yoga, as exemplified by Gandhi, help me to navigate challenges with serenity.”
A dynamic presenter at national and international conferences, Veena Howard is committed to reviving indigenous spiritual and ethical approaches to connect personal transformation and social change.
Veena Howard, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at California State University, Fresno. She teaches and researches Asian religious traditions, Gandhi’s philosophy, animal ethics, interfaith interactions among Hindus and Muslims, and gender issues in Indian philosophy. She has authored Gandhi’s Ascetic Activism: Renunciation and Social Change (SUNY 2013), translated several books on a modern saint tradition of India, and has published articles in acclaimed journals. She is currently editing a book on religions of India and hopes to write the biography of one of America’s civil rights heroes.