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Why We Fight: Practices for Lasting Peace

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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

War is the most ancient and primitive way of dealing with conflict. According to yoga, stopping the cycle of war requires delving into the subtle causes underlying material desires and religious differences. These are selfishness, ego, greed, ethnocentrism, and sense of inferiority. Because of these attributes, 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 Sutra, 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.

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. By cultivating these qualities in our daily lives, we have the power to make a positive impact on the world.

About the Author

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

Reviews

"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/


Product Details

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

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