Fighting for Peace

It seems like an oxymoron, to fight for peace. Yet as workers in the field of peace, this is what we must do.

The Yama for the week was: Brahmacharya. Brahmacharya refers to controlling of the senses. Those who master this, include controlling the sexual energy, become known as Brahmacharis (male) or Brahmacharinis (female).

Yet in the world, yoga does not expect you to be celibate. Rather, when discussing brahmacharya as a control of the senses, we learn to not be attracted to every sight, smell, taste, that we come across. We learn not to run in all directions. That would be mindless waste of  our resourses and our energy.

Instead, we should conserve energy in warrior yoga poses and other poses that require the use of larger muscles, since the use of smaller muscles would be wasteful–and that diminishes the resources we have. We should lift from the pit of the belly, which helps to conserve energy. Focus only on the muscles needed for that poses.

Focus and concentration are the key to conserving energy, even in  the world of peace. We have to truly concentrate on our every action, conserving the energy from Mother Earth. We should not diminish the resources the world has to offer. When fighting for peace, we should be smart and focus only on the goal of peace and the steps needed to achieve it.

The poses are warrior-like poses, which require focus and concentration, and which use the larger muscles. Through this, we learn how to be winners in our battles for peace.

Some poses include: Warrior 1, 2, 3, Dancer, Extended big-toe, Fallen Warrior (for a warrior must be humble), Reverse Warrior, Gate (so that we don’t let outer influences in), 1/2 Moon, Lion (King of the forest), Hero, Eagle (King of the birds), Vasistasana (pose of Sage Vasista), Plough, Peace pose.

We ended with Ujjayi breathing and a meditation on expanded the peace in the world.

Ujjayi = Victory/ Conqueror

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Lester Kurtz
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 11:27:38

    This is one of the best discussions I’ve ever seen of Brahmacharya! I once read an Indian PhD dissertation about Kasturba Gandhi, which taught me that Gandhi’s Brahmacharya in the narrow sense of sexual abstinence was what enabled him to bring women into leadership positions in the Indian Freedom Movement (and thus into public life). He could have intimacy without the undertones of sex that would distract from the movement, as they so often do in the mysterious sphere of power politics.


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