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When non-violence in speech, thought and action is established, one's aggressive nature is relinquished and others abandon hostility in one's presence. (II:35)

--Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (from BKS Iyengar's Light on Yoga Sutras of Patanjali)


"...even though it is difficult to try to bring about peace through inner transformation, that is the only way of establishing sustainable peace in the world..."

-His Holiness the Dalai Lama


"My optimism rests on my belief in the infinite possibilities of the individual to develop non-violence. The more you develop it in you own being, the more infectious it becomes till it overwhelms your surroundings and by and by might oversweep the world."

-- Gandhi


How do we help? How do we create a saner world? It all starts with loving-kindness for oneself, which in turn becomes loving-kindness for others. As the barriers come down around our own hearts, we are less afraid of other people. We are more able to hear what is being said, see what is in front of our eyes, and work in accord with what happens rather than struggle against it.

--Pema Chodron


Nonviolence cannot be preached. It has to be practiced.



Hatred never ceases by hatred, but by love alone is healed. This is the eternal law.

-- The Buddha


The aftermath of nonviolence is the creation of the beloved community, while the aftermath of violence is tragic bitterness.

-MLK, jr.


Be the change you want to see in the world .



Prayer from the heart can achieve what nothing else can in the world



If we remain nonviolent, hatred will die as everything does from disuse.



We have to make truth and nonviolence not matters for mere individual practice but for practice by groups and communities and nations. That at any rate is my dream. I shall live and die in trying to realize it. My faith helps me to discover new truths every day.



"When two nations are fighting, the duty of a votary of ahimsa is to stop the war.



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