Make peace with yourself first
The preponderance of vices such as greed, ego, anger and lust has depleted our spiritual power, says Rajyogi Brahmakumar Nikunj ji
We live in a world which is basically raised and educated in the ways of war but not in the ways of peace. Most of our ways of thinking are war-like. Point, counterpoint, there are thousands of examples of how our language itself expresses this war mentality. In spite of living in an era that boasts of a generation of highly intellectually developed, exceedingly accomplished and influential than ever before, we are a generation at war with ourselves and the world. Why is it so? Why are we more hungrier than ever before. Why has peace eluded us despite our material and intellectual enrichment? It’s a fact that peace in our individual lives is inseparable from peace in the world. However, the world is moving farther away from “living” peace and being pushed towards peace of the graveyard. Growing conflicts, wars, crime, violence, environmental degradation and, above all, moral degeneration, are all clear indicators of this unfortunate reality. What’s most surprising is that even hitherto peace-loving nations are today joining the arms race.
Since all efforts made so far for establishing peace have failed, humans are fast losing hope of a peaceful and harmonious existence on earth. However, even in this grim scenario there are rays of hope and positive signs of peace that are emerging decisively to lay the foundation of a peaceful world. But before that, we must ask ourselves that why has peace eluded us? Humanity has been striving for peace since ages. However, the search has been misdirected. A common belief is that absence of war or conflicts is peace. Or that social justice would ensure peace. However, these external factors are not the cause but the manifestations of peacelessness. In fact, the big blunder we have been committing since ages is that instead of looking inwards for achieving peace, we have been looking outwards.
We fail to realise that the malady lies within us and not outside. The preponderance of vices such as greed, ego, anger and lust has depleted our spiritual power. A dynamic and lasting peace can return to our minds and the world only when we conquer these negativities within us. Hence, when we turn our attention inwards and focus our thoughts on the real self, we begin to know and realise that peace is the original or natural state of our being. Remember, we can stay peaceful forever but not stay angry or hateful forever.
Not many of us are aware of the fact that peace is truly our original nature, but when we arrive on the earth, we act through human bodies and lose our original energy in the cycle of action, interaction with proximate matter and souls. When we strip ourselves off our original positive energies, negativity manifests in our mind and leads to actions that finally result in sufferings. When there is suffering, we badly seek our original truly peaceful and blissful state of being. However, our endeavours to attain that peace are limited by certain human constraints, of which the first and foremost is the constraint of the human body. It is due to our attachment to the body and its relations and possessions that the five vices enter our minds. The first fallout of this is that we lose our peace of mind, joy and power. All our actions are tainted by either lust, ego, greed, anger or attachment. We get trapped in a circle of karmic bondages helplessly seeking out liberation from these vices so that we can regain our peaceful state.
Even if we wish to give up our vicious habits, we are unable to do so because our spiritual power is depleted through sinning repeatedly. Hence, we need to empower our soul by linking with the supreme source of unlimited power, the Supreme and also with the power of pure actions. Peace is, in fact, a corollary of purity. Hence, when the mind is cleared of all impurities, peace and happiness dwell there naturally.
But the biggest question is How does one achieve it? It is indeed very simple. First, we need to understand that peace is a composite phenomenon. Hence one cannot hope to live in peace without hoping the same for his/her neighbours.Therefore, our positive actions that ensure peace for self, society and the environment alone can generate and sustain universal peace. However, such actions can result only when we understand our relationship with the Supreme, who is the creator, director and actor and who is beyond all limitations that bind us. He never comes in the bondage of matter and karma, of life and death. He has an abundance of peace, love and happiness, so he never has any personal desires. He can and does restore peace on earth when all human endeavours at making peace fail. With this divine knowledge, the road to spiritual endeavour and attainment of our original peaceful state opens up. Remember, unless we make peace with ourselves, we cannot re-establish peace on earth.
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