A few hundred people filled a lecture hall at Lane Community College, waiting to hear from Arun Ghandi, who shared with his audience life lessons he had learned from his world-famous grandfather.
Arun Gandhi, who now lives in the U.S., was born in South Africa during the Apartheid, which he says was difficult with Indian heritage, not being black or white. He spent a few years learning from his grandfather and his philosophy of non-violence, which he says is about channeling anger into positive energy.
He also spoke about how to combat a violent culture, especially with recent mass shootings and issues of gun control.
“They don’t always do the right thing. They are always working for the big lobbyists and big money bags instead of representing the people. They need to learn that understand that. That can only happen when the people rise up and say they won’t accept nonsense,” said Arun Gandhi said.
Gandhi also discussed achieving non-violence through love, respect and kindness through building relationships and the importance of establishing these traits through parenting.
After his free lecture, there was a time for questions and answers. There was also a book signing, which there was definitely a long line. Proceeds of his book go to helping children in third-world countries.