Leslie,I am not as strong as Ghandi. I do not intend to be assassinated like Ghandi was either for leading the way of the warm pink fuzzies. Yes, it is nice to think in terms of warm pink fuzzies....yes, it is wonderful to send the world light and love and healing (I am part of a Buddhist prayer group).....but I will not bow down and die for a psychopath or sociopath hell bent on destroying my family's lives. That is where I differ from His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. I cannot give in to evil....and refuse for evil to hurt my family.
Such is the price of being in mortal combat.
I agree with you on this point. Gandhi is probably defacto the world's most famous exponent of the warm pink fuzzies, only because the warm pink fuzzies are the only aspect of his life that most people are acquainted with. Most people I know don't understand that Gandhi learned a great lesson from a failed experiment which resulted in the loss of the lives of over a million Hindus. Those people needlessly allowed themselves to be brutally slaughtered becuase they blindly followed Gandhi, and Gandhi told them to do so as a result of his misunderstanding of Ahimsa.
As for the Dalai Lama, there are different levels of meaning to things said. I doubt that he would advise anyone to do the same a Gandhi did in his failed experiment.