The fifth grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Arun Gandhi,
visited HSU to deliver his message of peace and non-violence to students,
faculty, and staff.
HSU and HSU’s Logsdon Seminary served as lead sponsors,
along with the Abilene Interfaith Council, in bringing Gandhi to Abilene for
two lectures; first at First Baptist Church, Abilene, and then at
Hardin-Simmons the following day. As a part of Gandhi’s visit, HSU faculty and
staff were invited to a more intimate lunch with the internationally known
speaker during the second day of his visit.
Each time Gandhi spoke, he invited those present to ask
During the luncheon, one attendee asked Dr. Gandhi how
educators could help guide students to their path in life.
“It is your job to make sure that each child gets a proper
and complete education,” said Gandhi. “Too many of our students come out of
school but do not have the skills to build interpersonal relationships.”
Gandhi further suggested that educators might help students
early by giving them a well-rounded education designed to open their eyes to
the many opportunities they have to serve others.
It was during this exchange that Gandhi explained that,
although he was a high-school dropout, his parents taught him from a very young
age to acknowledge the prejudices of the world and make every effort to seek
understanding and reach out to people.
“We have to become the change we wish to see in the world,”
said Gandhi, echoing the words of his grandfather.
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