The eight powers

You can't always change situations. You can never change other people. The only thing you can change is yourself. The eight powers of Raja Yoga are always available to help you in every situation that you will face in life. With self-transformation as your goal, your life will be a great journey of discovery. You will discover how to cope with every challenge and how to live well in every situation.

  • the power to withdraw is the ability to step back and disengage from the world around you
  • the power to pack up is the ability to bring things to an end and to stop wasteful thinking
  • the power to accommodate is the ability to expand and accept the presence, ideas and desires of others.
  • the power to discriminate is the ability to discern the subtle, and separate what is true from what is false.
  • the power of judgment is the ability to assess the quality of choices, decisions and actions in yourself and in others.
  • the power to face is the ability to confront and resolve external and internal obstacles, tests and challenges.
  • the power to co-operate is the ability to give attention, time, experience and wisdom in the service of others and to work alongside them.
  • the power to tolerate is the ability to respond to external and internal events positively, yet not be affected by them.

You can think of yourself as a superhero, who has been given eight powers. As you learn how to use your powers, they become stronger in you. Just like any superhero, you learn the skill of applying the right power at the right time and in the right situation.

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Dadi janki

…Finally, I mention Dadi Janki, the spiritual leader of the Brahma Kumaris, based on Mount Abu in Rajasthan, who, 20 years ago, when I was in my 50s and she was in her 80s—she is now 103—began showing me, through her love and compassion, that I, like everyone else, had spirit within me. When we act from that connection, it is good for each of us and for all of us. The vision that Dadi shares has inspired values-based educational programmes around the world in schools, with young leaders, and in the Brahma Kumaris institution."

Lord Stone speaking about Dadi Janki in the UK Parliament (House of Lords), responding to the report by the Commission on Religious Education Religion and Worldviews: the way forward, published in September.

Hansard, Monday 17th December, 6.55 pm