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Why We Fight

Practices for Lasting Peace
Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

War is an ancient, and primitive, way of dealing with conflict. Why can't we find a better way? What are the root causes of violence? Is it possible to build a truly lasting peace? If so, where do we begin?

The world's traditions teach us that change in society begins at the individual level. Drawing on the philosophy of yoga and other spiritual systems, Why We Fight: Practices for Lasting Peace offers practical tools for self-transformation. Through contemplation and spiritual practice, we can replace greed, desire, jealousy, and anger with compassion, tolerance, and love for ourselves and others. Cultivating these qualities in our daily lives gives us the power to change the world.

Previously titled Yoga on War and Peace. This revised edition features a new foreword by Deborah Willoughby, founding editor of Yoga International magazine, and a new chapter of inspirational contemplations drawn from all the world's spiritual traditions.

Product Details

Publisher: Himalayan Institute
Copyright: 1991, Current edition 2004
ISBN: 978-0-893892357
97 pages
5.5" x 8.5"

About the Author

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, is a modern-day master and living link to the unbroken Himalayan Tradition. He is the successor of Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas and the spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute. As a leading voice of YogaInternational.com and the author of 15 books, his teachings offer practical guidance on applying yogic and tantric wisdom to modern life. Over the past 35 years, Pandit Tigunait has touched innumerable lives around the world as a teacher, humanitarian, and visionary spiritual leader.

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From Chapter One

According to yoga, stopping the cycle of war requires delving into the subtle causes underlying the surface motives of material gain and religious differences. These are selfishness, ego, greed, ethnocentrism, and sense of inferiority. Because of these, we fail to do what we know is right and persist in doing what we know is wrong. In the scriptures, this phenomenon is called killing the conscience. The great scriptures of yoga -- The Bhagavad Gita, The Yoga Sutras, and The Upanishads clearly describe how the subtle causes of external war emanate from the internal world. The real cause of war lies rooted in the Individual's unwillingness to listen to the voice of the heart, the inner conscience.


"This book is vital for anyone concerned about the state of the world and/or the state of their mind. At 98 pages, it's concise, informative and a wonderful handbook for living."
    – Sharon Steffensen, Yoga Chicago http://www.yogachicago.com/

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