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Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time. Hatred ceases through love. This is an unalterable law. 

– The Buddha

In order to work for peace, we should have an adequate sense of detachment from the results of our work. If we are going to get agitated when there is a reversal, we ourselves will become violent. As we know, sometimes even demonstrations against violence becomes violent.

To paraphrase the wise words of the Buddha, “Violence will not cease by violence. Violence ceases by nonviolence. This is an unalterable law.” In order to win over opposition, we have to be serene and compassionate. Most of us look upon defeat and reversals as weakening us; but when we are defeated it is possible to go deeper into our consciousness to bring out greater resources. Mahatma Gandhi was at his best when seemingly defeated. He used to say that he struck his hardest bargains from prison. 

Defeat is found very often in the lives of selfless people as an opening into opportunity. When you follow the spiritual path, living for others, there comes to you increased challenges, to make you go deeper and deeper into your consciousness. If there were no difficulties, you would only be skimming on the surface of life. Gandhi, in a rare statement in which he gave himself away, said, “I love storms.”

(From ‘Words To Live By’ by Eknath Easwaran, founder of the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, copyright 2005; reprinted by permission of Nilgiri Press, P.O. Box 256, Tomales, Ca 94971, www.bmcm.org.)

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