He tells the story of meeting a lady in a tea factory in Sochi, Georgia on the Black Sea. Whilst showing them around she interrupted their conversation saying she had to go and get something. She returned to them presenting them with four tea bags. When Satish asked what they were for she replied, ‘hand one to each of the world’s nuclear leaders and say to them, ‘before you consider pushing the button would you first sit down and have a ‘nice cup of tea’’.
|Satish Kumar, Earth Pilgrim, philospopher and author (1)|
Arts, Crafts and Designing a Sustainable Future
“There is refuge to be gained in the arts, crafts and design. Our world has become ‘artless’ and every person has the potential within them to be a special kind of artist. We all have the capacity to imagine and be creative. True wealth lies in our creativity and our appreciation of the natural environment.
|Satish Kumar, Editor|
“The word ‘ecology’ is rooted in the Greek ‘ΟΙΚΟΣ’ for home and ‘lō`gŏs’ for ‘knowledge’. The word ‘economy’ has the same Greek root behind ‘eco’ for home, coupled with the Greek word ‘Gnosis’ meaning ‘management’ or ‘understanding’. I asked the LSE when I spoke there why they were only half educating their graduates, as we have clearly not understood sufficiently how to manage our ‘home’.
“Home is a place of relationships. All species are related. One exists only in relationship to others. We have developed a form of ‘Species-ism’. The word ‘nature’ comes from the Latin word ‘natura’ meaning ‘to be born’. What we do to nature we do to ourselves.
|'Follow your heart'(2)|
Educating for a Sustainable Future
"If you want to spread the message you need to become an activist, not sit in an armchair. You have to be the change you want to see in the world."
September 18th 2010
Dissuaded from his path by an inner voice at the age of eighteen, he left the monastic order and became a campaigner for land reform, working to turn Gandhi’s vision of renewed India and a peaceful world into reality.
Fired by the example of Bertrand Russell, he undertook an 8,000 mile peace pilgrimage, walking from India to America without any money, through deserts, mountains, storms and snow. It was an adventure during which he was thrown into jail in France, faced a loaded gun in America – and delivered packets of ‘peace tea’ to the leaders of the four nuclear powers.
In 1973, he settled in England, taking on the editorship of Resurgence magazine. He has been the editor ever since for over 30 years. He is the guiding spirit behind a number of ecological, spiritual and educational ventures in Britain. He founded the Small School in Hartland, a pioneering secondary school (aged 11-16), which brings into its curriculum ecological and spiritual values. In 1991, Schumacher College, a residential international center for the study of ecological and spiritual values, was founded and where he is a Visiting Fellow.
Following Indian tradition, in his fiftieth year, he undertook another pilgrimage: again carrying no money, he walked 2,000 miles to the holy places of Britain — Glastonbury, Canterbury, Lindisfarne and Iona. Meeting old friends and making new ones along the way, this pilgrimage was a celebration of his love of life and nature.
In July 2000, Satish Kumar was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Education from the University of Plymouth. In July 2001 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Literature from the University of Lancaster.
In November 2001, Satish Kumar was presented with the Jamnalal Bajaj International Award for Promoting Gandhian Values Abroad.
His autobiography, No Destination, was first published in 1978. A revised and updated edition is published by Green Books. His book You Are, Therefore I Am – A Declaration of Dependence was published by Green Books in September 2002. Satish’s third book The Buddha and the Terrorist was published in November 2004.
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(2) images sourced from http://www.resurgence.org/
Satish Kumar Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satish_Kumar
Satish Kumar, Desert Island Discs 29th May, 2005 http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/factual/desertislanddiscs_20050529.shtml
Schumacher College (where Satish Kumar is a Visiting Fellow, http://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/staff/satish-kumar)
Resurgence magazine http://www.resurgence.org/
Joseph Beuys: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Beuys
Victor Papenek http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Papanek