(Mods:- This may initially seem like it is in the wrong forum. However, I humbly request that you give me the benefit of the doubt, and read through
the entire post, before moving it, because it is intended to be relevant to Civil Unrest. Thank you)
I have been reading in other places that Americans are becoming "pre-revolutionary," and that it is getting more and more difficult for some (not
everyone) to resist the idea of violently opposing the police. I want to share with people here, what I think Gandhi's secret was, as far as his
ability to engage in sustained peaceful protest is concerned. He said that peaceful protest actually required much more inner strength than violence,
and it was therefore much harder to do.
From what I have read, I am inclined to believe that his secret was something which, in Sanskrit is called brahmacharya.
of this term is celibacy; however it is not merely the act of physically restraining from sex, but also being mentally celibate as well. The purpose
of this is that the aetheric energy which is usually make physical semen, gets retained for energetic use by the body. This allows a person to be
much more intelligent, and also to have much greater strength of will than normal.
The reason why this is so important, is because without it, many of us will find it very difficult to resist the urge to charge violently at police if
we are in protests, and we see them being violent towards others. This is exactly what they want us to do. The people behind the police want us to
be violent towards them, so they will have justification for introducing more and more repressive laws; so we must not give them said
I am not claiming to have a particularly strong grasp on this myself yet, as it is very difficult to do. I am, however, starting to read about both
brahmacharya and Raja Yoga. Raja Yoga is a system which involves total control of the mind and energetic processes of the body, and brahmacharya is
considered a prerequisite of that.
- This is a link to Swami Vivekananda's book on Raja Yoga,
as well as his commentary on the Aphorisms of Patanjali, which is considered an important book on the subject.
- Sivananda's writing on brahmacharya, including advice on how to cultivate it.
I know that there will likely be a lot of people here who will scoff at this, and who will consider it rubbish. However, I figure that if even a
single person is willing to look at these links, then it will be worth my having put them up. If we are going to take part in things like Occupy, but
also resist the temptation to retaliate against police, we need to learn how to fortify ourselves mentally and spiritually.