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ahiṁsā-pratiṣṭhāyāṁ tat-sannidhau vaira-tyāgaḥ
In the presence of one firmly established in nonviolence, all hostilities cease.
Translated - Swami Satchidananda
Yoga Sutra 2:35 reveals the extraordinary influence of a person who wholeheartedly embraces non-violence (ahiṁsā) and integrates it into their very being. Such individuals radiate an aura of compassion, empathy, and understanding, becoming catalysts for peace and harmony in their surroundings. The energy of non-violence counteracts aggression and animosity, fostering an environment where understanding and cooperation flourish. Just as darkness vanishes in the presence of light, hostility cannot persist in the presence of true non-violence. The power of non-violence extends beyond external relations; it also transforms us on a profound level. Embracing non-violence cultivates inner peace, emotional equanimity, and a profound connection with the interconnectedness of all life. As we embody non-violence, we become embodiments of harmony and unity, radiating its transformative effects outward. Moreover, this sutra imparts a vital lesson in conflict resolution. It reminds us that attempting to solve problems through violence and hostility only fuels the fire, perpetuating suffering for all involved. History has shown that violence rarely leads to lasting solutions; instead, it nurtures a cycle of retaliation and pain. Recognise the power we hold as individuals to positively influence the world through the practice of non-violence. By mindfully aligning our actions, thoughts, and words with non-violence, we create a ripple effect that contributes to a more compassionate and peaceful world. In doing so, we honor the interconnectedness of all beings and take steps towards lasting harmony.
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