Arguably the most well-known hero of non-violent action was Mahatma Gandhi; although there are plenty of other persons – nowadays and in the past – who have shown huge civil courage in the face of repression, violence and injustice. Even though some of us will, thankfully, never be confronted by the life-threatening and deeply traumatic circumstances faced and endured by human rights defenders and oppressed persons around the globe, even our more privileged lives can get tough, challenging and seemingly unjust at times. On those occasions, we can learn from forerunners like Gandhi, who have led by example and in so doing have paved the way for us to more easily follow.
Gandhi didn’t condone violent behaviour or injustice. However, whilst holding an attitude of non-judgement (as recommended also by the tantric path), he demonstrated his dissent using direct, non-violent action rooted in a deep love for all human beings and Life itself. In this way, he came to win over even some of his staunchest opponents, who eventually began to admire and respect him even if they held very different perspectives to him. The main idea behind non-judgement is to refrain from labelling things as good or bad, right or wrong, etc. As soon as you begin labelling, you’ll find yourself in the jungle of the rational mind – with its embedded social constructs, memories/experiences from the past, and more. When in the clutches of the lower mind, we’re normally far away from the unconditional love of our transrational self (our true divine nature), which can open us up to insights and actions that have the potential to break the mould of solidified conflict. From a place of non-judgment, new and previously unconsidered options and ways forward can more easily be revealed to us.
Excerpt from “Looking for Tantra”
 See for example: Fischer, L. (1997) The Life of Mahatma Gandhi. Harper Collins: London.