Ahimsa: Dynamic Compassion

A Nonviolence Anthology




“The choice today is no longer between violence and non-violence.
It is either non-violence or non-existence.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ahimsa is a way of relating to all life with complete empathy. Respect, loyalty, forgiveness, thoughtfulness, and understanding of right relationship in the light of ahimsa leads to speech which has no thorns and to thoughts and actions that do no harm.

This unique anthology is essentially a psychological study that transcends our ordinary understanding of human nature. It brings to light that long-silent and long-hidden inner consciousness that depth psychologists, spiritual leaders, political figures, scientists, philosophers, environmentalists, animal rights advocates and nonviolence activists of all persuasions have sought to bring to our conscious awareness over the centuries.

Featuring quotes from Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Peace Pilgrim, Dorothy Day, Joanna Macy, Thomas Merton, Albert Schweitzer and dozens of others, Ahimsa: Dynamic Compassion is both a testament to human possibility and an inspiring tool for change.


Table of Contents

Part I: Ahimsa Foundations    

1. Ahimsa: The God Quality Within     
2. Ahimsa Through the Ages    
3. The Voices of Ahimsa    

Part II: Ahimsa Among People    

4. Ahimsa and Right Relationship    
5. Ahimsa, War and Peace   
6. Ahimsa vs Institutionalized Himsa    
7. The Soldier of Ahimsa    

Part III: Ahimsa and Nature    

8. Ahimsa and Other Kingdoms    
9. Ahimsa and the Environment    

Part IV: The Calling    

10. Ahimsa and Inner Healing    



"Nathaniel Altman has given us a wonderful treasure in this book that explains one of the most beautiful and meaningful words in the world.  Ahimsa is the key to our human ascension into our highest and most sacred, true nature. I keep this book beside me for encouragement. Altman's own words, as well as the many quotes by spiritual teachers, are especially useful to meditate on and to feed our souls with the spiritual nourishment we all need in these troubled times. This book will bring you joy and encourage you to awaken to our true nature as Homo Ahimsa--the kind, vegan human who does the least harm and the most good."
- Judy McCoy Carman, author of Peace to All Beings and Homo Ahimsa: Who we Really are and how we're going to save the world.



Nathaniel Altman is a Brooklyn, New York-based writer, teacher and counselor who has authored more than 20 books on peace studies, healthy diets, alternative healing, nature and relationship. He is the author of The Nonviolent Revolution: A Comprehensive Guide to Ahimsa – the Philosophy and Practice of Dynamic Harmlessness.


Ahimsa: Dynamic Compassion

An Anthology.

Gaupo Publishing, 2020. ISBN: 978-0-9979720-9-2. Paper, 6" x 9", 208 pages, including Index of Names. $11.95
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