An attitude of friendliness, maitri, is the antidote for animosity that underlies violence and hatred in our world. On an individual level, animosity manifests most clearly in our immediate relationships—family, work, and community. Panditji traces the subtle manifestations of animosity in five increasingly subtle states of existence, and explains how this distortion of our true natures arises, searches for expression, and becomes the source of conflicts. Maitri unfolds naturally from upeksha, mudita, and karuna. Together, these four attitudes are the foundation for kriya yoga—tapas, svadhyaya, and ultimately, Ishvara pranidhana.

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