— True nonresistance is the one true resistance to evil.
It kills and finally destroys the evil sentiment.
Since the atomic weapons used in World War II
shocked the world with their destructive power, great
social, political, and spiritual attention has been devoted
to the goal of peace. Active, spiritually minded individuals
have dedicated themselves to addressing the problems
of violence and war in a number of arenas—among them,
the civil rights movement, the peace movement of the
Vietnam war era, movements to end ecological violence,
and the programs for famine relief around the world. All
are evidence of a growing sense of kinship and involvement
with a larger social community.
And yet wars go on and violence continues to erupt
throughout the world—violence between countries and
within communities; violence between diverse groups,
and within families. In the face of each new conflict we
ask ourselves how we will ever stem this tide of hatred,
violence, and war.
In this beautiful and timely book, Pandit Rajmani
Tigunait considers the implications of yoga and spiritual
teachings for the problem of war and peace. What is even
more important, he offers the thoughtful reader a program
of personal commitment to real peace.
Just as many are committed to involvement in activities
that seek to eliminate the seeds of war and hatred in the
external social and political world, so also is there a need
to extract the internal seeds of war by eliminating those
aspects within the human mind and heart that block our
progress toward achieving peace. This is a program of
inner transformation and evolution for those who are
sincerely committed to real peace.
This quiet and inspiring book shares practices and
contemplations that will help those working for peace to
cultivate peace within while eliminating all seeds of vio-
lence. Those who dedicate themselves to this task will find
that this process of inner self-transformation is a complement
to the external process of engendering political and
social change. It is in this internal process of uprooting the
causes of war that we will meet our greatest challenge.
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