#yogasutrachallenge: When negative thoughts or acts such of violence are performed or sanctioned...- Book II Sutra 34

#yogasutrachallenge: When negative thoughts or acts such of violence are performed or sanctioned. Whether triggered by greed, anger or delusion, and whether mild, moderate or brutal, one should cultivate counteracting thoughts, realising that the end results of negative thoughts are ongoing suffering and ignorance - Book II Sutra 34
What a poignant and timely sutra in the wake of the terrible tragedy in Paris this weekend. Here, Patanjali asserts how violence to any degree, whether actively performed or passively condoned is unacceptable. As I struggle to make sense of how it could happen, how anyone could perform such a horrific act of malice, Patanjali ever-exactingly puts these acts down to greed, anger or delusion.
It is natural to respond with anger to acts of violence. It’s natural even to want to respond back with violence – in many cases it’s even necessary to survive. What I find interesting, though, is Patanjali’s insight that responding in this way only causes more suffering. I can’t claim to personally have any answers, but I do feel like many of are lucky to have lived in a time of relative peace which is now under threat. We seen many examples in our history of how violence begets violence – escalating to unfathomable levels of pain and suffering. No one wants that except possibly the most deeply deluded and angry. 
But how do we ensure justice is upheld against those in any way involved and that future the security of our beautiful, liberal-hearted nations as well as those innocents living in war-torn countries is upheld without violence? I wish Patanjali were alive to advise.

Natalie MorrisonComment