Gurudev-seated

Your first duty is to find the peace in you. If you root yourself in your peace and then lend your hand, you will certainly bring peace. If not, you will only add more and more to the peaceless condition.

Yoga tells you that your own peaceful thoughts will bring results. In the name of Yoga, we try to collect the mind and send out peaceful vibrations. A sincere thought will travel all over the world. It is more than an atomic bomb; it’s more than a missile.

Even if you don’t believe in God or prayer, sit and say, “Let there be peace. Let the minds of the people who want war be changed.” We believe in thought force. Because it is the very same thought force that creates war. Remember that. It is the human mind that creates all these bombs, all these wars.

Sit quietly and send out powerful peaceful thoughts. I’m not joking – it is possible. Even one minute spent in peace is valuable.

— excerpted from Beyond Words by Sri Swami Satchidananda