Why we fight practices for lasting peace
“The enlightened multitude can stop the injustice brought about by a handful of people.”
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 spiritual traditions teach us that change 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.
Originally published under the title Yoga on War and Peace, this revised edition features a new Foreword by Deborah Willoughby, editor of Yoga International magazine, and a new chapter of inspirational contemplations drawn from the world’s great spiritual traditions.
Spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait is the successor of Sri Swami Rama. He holds two doctorates, one from the University of Allahabad in India and the other from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a regular contributor to Yoga International magazine, the author of numerous books including the best-selling, At the Eleventh Hour and the force behind Sacred Link, The Healing Revolution.
Pandit Rajmani Tigunait