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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 in the unbroken Himalayan Tradition. He is the successor to Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas, and the spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute. As the author of numerous books, including his autobiography Touched by Fire: The Ongoing Journey of a Spiritual Seeker, Pandit Tigunait offers practical guidance on applying yogic and tantric wisdom to modern life. For over 40 years he has touched innumerable lives around the world as a teacher, humanitarian, and visionary spiritual leader. You can view more of his teachings online in the library of Himalayan Institute Online.


"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

Product Details

Publisher: Himalayan Institute
Copyright: 1991, Current edition 2004
ISBN: 978-0-89389-235-7
97 pages
5.5" x 8.5"

Yoga / Eastern Philosophy

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