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A Letter From Deepak

On November 7, 2008, at 9:45 A.M., I, Deepak Chopra, took a vow of non-violence in my thoughts, in my speech, and in my actions. I then also had an opportunity to ask the almost 500 people attending the plenary session for the Alliance for a New Humanity in Barcelona if they would join me in this commitment.

I first asked them to close their eyes, put their awareness in their hearts, and ask themselves honestly and seriously if they were willing to take a vow.

I told them that a vow is a sacred commitment from which there is no going back. It is like a child who once born, cannot return to the womb.

I told them if they were ready to take this vow, they should stand up.

People rose from their chairs, one by one at first, then in groups of two and three, and finally in tidal waves, until more than 450 people had stood up and taken the vow.

Following this, everybody agreed to have at least two people in their lives take the vow as well. The two in turn, would have two others join them in taking the vow. Our immediate goal now is to inspire 100 million people across the world to take this vow of non-violence. In the meantime, we will be setting up ways to measure and support the dramatic effects this tidal wave of shift in consciousness is going to create.

Are you committed to bringing about a world of peace, harmony, laughter, and love? I encourage you to take your own vow and join us in creating a critical mass of peaceful, global citizens. As the great seer Patanjali said, "When we are firmly established in non-violence, all beings around us cease to feel hostility.”


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