Posts Tagged ‘non-violence’

Here is an article by Maya Yajnik in the Home News Tribune.
an excerpt is below
meditationMeditation gives us the strength to gracefully deal with the complex situations in our lives. It brings peace, a sense of well being and a crystal-clear awareness that shifts our perspective. It makes us strong in the face of challenges.

Challenges are everywhere. Since we are fundamentally social beings, other people affect us, and this brings challenges.

Bullying in schools is very common. Aggressive behavior is common at work and at home. It is a form of violence that is woven into the very fabric of our society.

Have you noticed that there are some people who push your buttons? There are some people who get under your skin? Maybe the person speaks to you in a very condescending way, contradicts what you say, insults you and doesn’t give you credit for what you’ve done?

I’ve noticed that, despite my best intentions, sometimes when people criticize me or insult me, I feel a lot of negative emotions. Maybe someone says that the work I did on a project is worthless or criticizes my appearance. Fear comes up, anger comes up, and sometimes I feel hurt. My breathing becomes very rapid and my muscles become tense. My mind perceives it as a crisis and triggers a reaction in my whole system.

The tendency at that moment is to react by shouting back, insult in return or run away. From experience, I know that this does not always resolve the situation; although shouting back can give a deceptive sense of satisfaction. The intelligent way to respond is to remain calm and smile. Maybe it is wise to, in a moderate tone of voice, present my point of view. The question is how to remain calm and respond appropriately?

The ancient science of meditation can provide the answer. Meditation gives us the inner strength to stand up to stressful situations. Our deeper self is full of joy, peace and love. The tension in our systems clouds these feelings. Meditation helps us relax and let go of stress so that our deeper self shines through. The mind clears up. The body relaxes. It brings deep rest, allowing our system to rejuvenate. It brings a feeling of freshness. The world looks brighter, challenges look like adventures, and people look more beautiful. I feel better about myself. A weight lifts off my shoulders, and I feel I can move mountains.

Importantly, meditation increases awareness. We can impartially observe what’s going on inside us and outside us. This awareness is the key to intelligently respond to any situation. So when someone insults me, I can be more aware of the feelings rising up in me. The awareness gives me the choice not to react. I can wait until I am calm and make a suitable response that comes from a space of wisdom, rather than a space of fear and anger. I can be guided by my inner intuition.

Inner peace and happiness allow us to be kind and sensitive to others, giving us the wisdom to confront people in a constructive way.

We can embody the human values of compassion and courage. Peace in the world begins with each one of us.


Maya Yajnik has a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering and works as a researcher at a telecommunications company. She has been practicing the Sahaj Samadhi meditation technique taught by the Art of Living foundation daily since 2004. She is an active organizer of yoga, breathing and meditation courses with the Art of Living foundation ( Art of Living, a nonprofit educational and humanitarian organization, has launched a nationwide movement for nonviolence at


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Roopakby Roopak Desai

Most people want to go through the day in peace without getting injured in any way. We want our children to be safe. We want our parents to be safe. We want our brothers and sisters to be safe. We want our friends to be safe. We want ourselves to be safe.

Unfortunately, life offers many challenges. We worry about our family getting hurt. We worry about violence to our families, friends, and community. We hear about violence when countries go to war. We pray for an era of nonviolence when people everywhere, including our own families and selves, are free of violence.
This physical world is filled with violence, challenges, and dangers. From the moment we are born until our ultimate end, we face illness, accidents, mishaps, losses, and disasters both man-made and natural. The news contains one event after another filled with violence that can bring fear and panic into our lives. People worry about crime, illness, financial loss and disasters such as floods, volcanoes, earthquakes, and other threats to our lives.

Is there any way to lead our lives so that we are not engulfed by fear or violence? Can we navigate through the roadblocks on our way to happiness so that we can lead a life of calm, peace, and joy? Although people have prayed for an era of nonviolence for centuries, history shows there has not yet been a single period without war. Is there any way then to end violence and have a period of nonviolence on this planet?

Yes, there is. Meditation is the medium with is common across the world irrespective of geography, religion, class, color and creed.

The main purpose of meditation in to go within ourselves and find out WHO AM I. Its purpose is to give each person self driven proof there is something greater than everything which is SOUL that lives on after death living the body behind.

Each and everyone needs to experience this feeling which can only happen with Meditation where you (Self) comes closer day by day to an ultimate Supreme and to feel the Oneness with HIM. Each one us start feeling connected with the Supreme and then you start let go of fear, hate, greed, anxiety, and worries. The culmination of each and every one practicing it results into creating a oneness feeling, peaceful environment and equanimity among each other. We become forgiving, kind and happy where we are and how we are!!

Isn’t that a beautiful feeling…a beautiful world to be…a beautiful life to live!!!!!!



Art of Living has launched a nationwide campaign for non-violence. see

about Roopak Desai: Roopak is a resident of Monroe, New Jersey and works in the Information Technology industry. He has an MBA in Technology Management from NJIT; MS from IIT, Chicago; M.Tech from IIT, Mumbai. His goal is to inspire and motivate to help people succeed and to make a difference wherever he can.



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non-violenceby Mohan Devarakonda

Hollywood shows that bad guys have to die hard, they never die soft. Where I come from in India, the heroes in the movies suffer so much in the first two and half hours that during the climax of the movie, the hero instills so much violence in revenge that it defies all laws of physics.

There is so much injustice in the real world. There are atrocities every day against the weak, whether it is through domestic violence in developed countries like the United States or the under privileged tribes in Africa, or some slum dwellers in Delhi taking a joy ride to wake up the world to an unthinkable crime.

In response to all this there is so much anger and anguish in this world, how can we practice non-violence in responding to these incidents of violence? Is peace, the right approach? Can we resort to violence in self-defense? What should I do if someone slaps me? or if there is a burglar in my house? Why did lord Krishna advocate the ace archer and warrior Arjuna, on fighting the war? While this holy man Sri Sri, who comes from the same place where Krishna lived, is now asking us to practice and promote non-violence.

Having a questions is a very good first step. Here’s my take on it. There is a one word answer to all of the questions above. It is Intelligence. People are usually confused about forgiveness with weakness and senseless violence with strength.

People who genuinely support non-violence are usually thought of being mellow, altruistic and self-less people. In-fact it is the other way around, these are very selfish people. It is in their self interest that they want to promote peace. If you think about it, they do it because they want their family to be safe, they just consider their family bigger and bigger, the whole world. They are in-fact securing their future by promoting peace all around them.

If you need to defend your safety, simple answer is absolutely; work on your self defense! Protect yourself first whatever it takes, but without hatred. A smart person does it with full attention and by being in the present moment. Normally, one need not use a lot of force, and yet in most cases one can protect oneself.

If non-violence is so worthy, why the entire defense budget in the world? Is war always bad? In my opinion, war should be the last option if at all. But when one has to absolutely face war, it should be done with valor and face to face, war has to be righteous and be fought with someone who is also ready to fight, that is why terrorism is never a righteous war.
That said, the human race is the only species that is using its intelligence to fight wars at an accelerated pace, to instill maximum destruction.

While one can spend limitless amount of wealth on violence and be destructive, the ammunition to become peaceful can be obtained for free. One such technique is Meditation. Let us use the Intelligence one man called MK Gandhi used many years ago, and said “An eye for an eye will leave the whole world blind”. Let us show that living peacefully is a sign of strength, and it is what intelligent people do.

Art of Living has launched a nationwide campaign for non-violence. see

About Mohan Devarakonda: Mohan works in the financial industry in New York. He has an MS in Management Systems from Kean University in NJ. Mohan actively supports the causes at the Art of Living, Asha-Jyothi, Sankara Eye foundation, “Gods love we deliver” in NY city, and the “India Against Corruption” movement. He likes to meditate and promote awareness on well being through Sprituality.

Mohan’s other interests are rollerblading, hiking, traveling, learning music, and experimenting with saatvik food recipes. Mohan lives in Edison, NJ with his wife Anantha and their two childen.


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