Statue de Gandhi, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Le photo à Go-Go’s photostream

Mahatma Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869. Five years ago, the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish that day as the International Day of Non-Violence in honor of his life and teachings. On Saturday, October 6th, the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh will hold their annual celebration of Gandhi. The theme of this year’s celebration in is “Truth is One.” From the Asian Studies Center website:

Mahatma Gandhi said: “I believe in Advaita, in the essential unity of man and for that matter, of all that lives.” His life was a testament to the ideal that “Truth alone is eternal, everything else is momentary.”

Gandhiji believed in the notion that Truth is “One”, and that we call it by various names. His life was a continuous struggle for Truth, the realization of the oneness of life. He experimented daily with Truth, particularly in the ashram setting, in the communities he established in South Africa and India with members from different religious and social backgrounds, living together with a common spiritual purpose.

Gandhi nonviolenza, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Stefano Cecere’s

The event on Saturday will include tea, snacks, conversation with Pittsburgh organizations, cultural performances, inter-faith presentations and a lecture by Carrie Trybulec, Director of the Gandhi Memorial Center in Washington, D.C.

In addition to the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh, sponsors for this event include the Global Studies Center of the University of Pittsburgh, Sri Venkateswara Temple, Alliance for Humanitarian Initiatives Non-violence and Spiritual Advancement, Hindu Jain Temple, Sunday Morning Forum of the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon Multicultural & Diversity Initiatives, Gujarati Samaj of Greater Pittsburgh, Pax Christi of Pittsburgh, Rotary Club of Monroeville, Chinmaya Sanjeevani Ashram, Silk Screen, and the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association for India’s Development (AID).

WHAT: Annual Mahatma Gandhi Birthday Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, October 6, 2012, 2:00 – 5:00 PM
WHERE: University of Pittsburgh, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15213

Gandhi, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from By Mahesh Telkar’s photostream