This week in class we are considering forgiveness, Ahimsa and Tapas.
I tell you one thing - if you want peace of mind, do not find fault with others. Rather learn to see your own faults. Learn to make the whole world your own. No one is a stranger, my child; this whole world is your own.
- Sri Sarada Devi
When we get even the slightest glimpse of the unity of life, we realize that in tearing others down we are tearing ourselves down too. When you sit in judgment on other people and countries and races, you're training your mind to sit in judgment on yourself. As we forgive others, we are teaching the mind to respond with forgiveness everywhere, even to the misdeeds and mistakes of our own past.
Words to Live By: Inspiration for Every Day – Eknath Easwaran
The homework is to study this quote from Light on the Yoga Sutras by BKS Iyengar: “Ahimsa cannot be properly understood without reference to tapas. Tapas is the inner himsa (violence) by which we create the possibility of outer ahimsa. Ahimsa cannot exist alone. A complementary force must exist. Mahatma Gandhi would never have been able to summon up the implacable peacefulness which moved an empire, without his ruthless attitude towards his own self. Violence is perhaps too strong a word for Tapas, but it is a burning inner zeal and austerity, a sort of unflagging hardness of attitude towards oneself which make possible compassion and forgiveness towards others.”
Ahimsa = a commitment to non-violence. The 1st Yama.
Tapas = practices of self-purification through discipline. The 3rd Niyama.
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