Satyagraha is a technique for winning battles. It is designed to win hearts. You try to
1. keep a good relationship with your opponents, winning their hearts as much as possible;
2. earn the sympathy of the spectators, and perhaps even their help;
3. fortify your own heart.
You win these hearts by
1. being good;
2. fighting with truth and reason to do what is right and just;
3. reconceptualizing the battle as being cooperation between you and your opponent.
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That just leaves details, but there are a lot of details. You can read Gandhi's views on satyagraha. You can read about Martin Luther King and his views. King's long "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" so elegantly practices the principles of satyagraha.
You can also read about my little satyagraha on the internet, or my essays on how to know that you are being moral.
Satyagraha is Alive
Or at least it should be. Gandhi's principles weren't that helpful when I was doing my satyagraha; there is a lot more to understanding satyagraha than was said by Gandhi. The whirlwind tour quickly presented my theory of satyagraha; a more leisurely discussion can be found under the link my theory. If you want to form a different opinion, great -- you will be joining me in the attempt to better understand satyagraha.
One might look for modern uses of satyagraha in the tradition of nonviolence. My gaze drifts elsewhere. I think satyagraha comes out of first realizing that hearts are important, and then developing techniques for winning hearts. So I see satyagraha in the book "Getting to Yes", even though there is no mention of Gandhi, King, or satyagraha.
Robert Frick (Ph.D.)