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Per The Yoga Sutra Attributed to Patanjali: When one is confirmed in non-violence, hostility ceases in his presence.

The following are quotes from Amma, also known as Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, Ammachi, and the "Hindu hugging saint." These quotes also appear at the following link: This link takes you to Amma's homepage for her Ashram located in India. Amma has an American Ashram, homepage:

"When love becomes divine love, compassion also fills the heart. Love is the inner feeling and compassion is its expression. Compassion is expressing your heartfelt concern for someone — for a suffering human being. Therefore, love and compassion are two sides of the same coin; they coexist."

"Compassion is Consciousness expressed through your actions and words. Compassion is the art of non-hurting. Compassion cannot hurt. Compassion cannot hurt anyone because compassion is Consciousness manifested. Consciousness cannot hurt anyone. Just as the sky cannot hurt anyone and space cannot hurt anyone, the manifestation of Consciousness, compassion, cannot hurt anyone. One who has compassion can only be compassionate."

"Compassion does not see the faults of others. It does not see the weaknesses of people. It makes no distinction between good and bad people. Compassion cannot draw a line between two countries, two faiths or two religions. Compassion has no ego; thus there is no fear, lust or passion. Compassion simply forgives and forgets. Compassion is like a passage. Everything passes through it. Nothing can stay there. Compassion is love expressed in all its fullness."''

I began practicing hathayoga several years ago, and my studies through my yoga practice led me to learn about Amma. Recently I learned about Marshall Rosenberg's work; he is mentioned on a CD by Deepak Chopra called The Spontaneous Fulfilment of Desire. NVC is helping me live in accordance with the spiritual principles of love and compassion. Also, my studies have led me to the understanding that yoga and mediation are one. Srivatsa Ramaswami said in his book Yoga for the Three Stages of Life: "...the term yoga is normally used to mean integration between any two principles, and in spiritual parlance, it refers to unity with a higher principle: Aprapya prapanam yogam, "Yoga is achieving or uniting with the extraordinary." -- Mary Ann Vorasky Namaste.