Dr. Subba Rao, Associate of Gandhi

Dr. Subba RaoA Gandhian legend will be in the South Bay, speaking about compassion, dialogue, interfaith understanding and community service. Dr. Subba Rao is a fellow of the Gandhi Peace Foundation, founder of National Service Scheme and National Youth Project of India, and internationally known for a wide network of Gandhi Youth Camps. Taking seriously Gandhi’s famous words, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world,” Dr. Subba Rao has dedicated his life to bringing people of all religious traditions together.

Fearlessness. Peace. Everyone wants it, many rally for it, but few actually have it. At 82, Dr. S. N. Subba Rao – a Gandhian legend respectfully called “Bhai-ji” – still has a habit of doing the unimaginable: whether it means confronting bandits with compassion, engaging in peace dialogue with world leaders, promoting interfaith understanding, or running youth camps with thousands of participants doing community service.

Rao began to follow Gandhi while still a teenager and has devoted his life to teaching and spreading a vision of nonviolent living. Each year, he comes to teach at the Gandhi Peace Camp held at the Vedanta Center camp in Olema. The Camp offers an opportunity for youth ages 10-18 to practice service and teamwork through the Gandhian principles of truthfulness, non-violence and self-help.

“There is a beautiful saying from maybe 5,000 years ago,” Dr. Rao has said, “`People with small hearts have small homes with four walls. But people with large hearts have the whole world for their family.’ I think all human beings must cultivate large hearts and consider the whole world as their family.”

Dr. Subba Rao will be speaking at two gatherings in the South Bay next month:

  • On Wednesday, August 3, at 7:00 pm, he will be at the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center at the Levy Family Campus, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. The meeting will take place in the Adult Lounge, Second Floor. Refreshments will be served; please RSVP to Sulochina.Lulla@kp.org. For directions: contact Diane Fisher (408) 357-7504. This event is Co-Sponsored by Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley | Community Relations Council; Silicon Valley Interreligious Council; and the India Community Center. DOWNLOAD A FLYER.
  • On Thursday, August 4, at 7:00 pm, Dr. Rao will be at the Jain Center of Northern California, 722 S. Main Street in Milpitas.  Also RSVP to Sulochina.Lulla@kp.org
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