Peace is the ultimate matter of the heart, not a product of machines. Peace can only rest on the foundation of empathy, mutual love and concern for all. Peace is the ultimate happiness. It is the music of life for it is god manifested. Peace is the essence of life. It is a symbol of nobility and greatness and strength of mind and source of all noble thoughts. Those who cannot experience peace also fail to realise bliss. Learn to imbibe peace within. Dive into the ocean of unabated peace.
Try doing this to attain peace. Sit quietly, closing your eyes in solitude. Keep out flickering thoughts and reflect and pray in the following manner. Thus the life being wasted without experiencing ultimate bliss ? Now only you can lead me towards your path. All my deeds are bondages, to taste the sweet nectar of your love and happiness.
Please accept my prayers. Help me plunge into the divine ocean of your love and bless me with your grace. Bless me such that my life becomes meaningful. My wavering mind keeps me wandering forever, remaining attached to this mundane world, suffering pain in the pursuit of happiness. Bless me with strength, devotion and love. Take away my conceit. I seek your refuge. I do not pray for material attainments but, bless me with the divine wisdom.
Do find time to contemplate. Prayer is not a time bound process? Let it be a perpetual state. Let your life blossom, let your every deed be guided by his thought. Do not do any work in haste. Ensure that you carry out your work with a calm and selfless attitude. Work done with patience proves to be most efficient.
You are the cloud
You are the rain
You are the healer
You are the pain
Most physical pain and illness is self injected. Naturally the healing has to come from within, from one’s own self. We hurt and harm ourselves with negative thoughts and energy. The cure has to come from heart and mind. Like garbage at home, the mind too accumulates garbage of two kinds, stinking wet garbage and dead dry garbage. The wet garbage is hate, envy, prejudice and ill feelings. The dry garbage is regrets, hurt, pain and mistakes committed in the past.
The past is dust, for how long will you gather it. The pain may become sores and numb nerves and for how long you will nurse it. Somewhere you have to delink yourself from the past and come back to the present. This you have to do for two reasons. One reason is that you remain healthy physically. All disease comes from the mind. Whenever we are ill, we should check with ourselves who is it that we need to forgive. And the second reason is to get rid of internal garbage, to live in peace mentally. All these grudges, hurt and pain cause turbulence in the mind leading to anger and frustration. We have to be free from both in order to be in harmony with our surroundings
You may call this goal happiness. The easiest way to reach there is to dispose of your mental garbage. To get rid of the accumulated garbage is through practice of forgiveness. Disconnecting yourselves from the past purifies the mind, creating space for peace and harmony in the present while writing the script for the future. The other way is to sit in silence before a lit lamp and forgive those who have insulted, humiliated, harmed and hurt you.
There are three stages of forgiveness. The first is to forget verbally in a prayer. The second is to think positively about them. Thirdly you should do something that is good for them. Also you have to seek forgiveness of yourself. Forgiveness lifts the burden of the mind and creates space within. By forgiving one can destroy past evil Karmas and create a clean space to write one’s future destiny.
A vile act like murder committed in rage would be justifiable to find retribution with another murder sanctioned by law as a punitive measure. More than retaliation what is required is to create an environment of understanding to create a bridge for those in darkness so that they can be helped out of their self created hell, which demands a highly persevering wise and matured approach.
When the rudimentary principles of ethics and morality are complemented with compassion and knowledge then the person will never betray his own conscience. But if conscience is absent, then the person has no humanity in him. What is humanity and what makes one humane, all this needs to be taught and learnt in a conducive environment. Only then it is possible to respond and not react and for this a person needs to cultivate introspection, heightened awareness so as to rise above the shortcomings of mind, eradicate weaknesses and work on expanding consciousness.
The complexities of life cannot be addressed with one line resolutions. If we wish to make a better society the let us first become better parents, better teachers and better human beings. Then we share, spread and disseminate this knowledge by example so that other too get a chance to evolve to live compassionately and cordially. If you hate yourself, you can give hatred to other whereas if you love yourself and see your own true self reflected in all, then there is no way you could cause hurt to another.
We as society need to understand that there are going to be all kinds of people with different mindset, inclinations and dispositions and it would be a utopian idea to believe that everybody will become enlightened one day miraculously. Yet a harmonious environment of love, friendship and respect has to be created and every individual needs to endeavour towards making it possible. If we all set an example of an evolved and responsible behaviour, inspire those around us by instilling peace and love and mutual respect, it would certainly make a difference.
Life can never be completely free of problems. When only one person lives there will be no problem but when there is more than one person, problem becomes a given. No two persons think alike, look alike or have similar tastes. So there are bound to be differences and judgements born thereof. This creates disharmony and tension. What is the solution to live a life of Peace?
Truth is multi dimensional. Truth has also so many perspectives. Through our eyes we can see anything, either this or that. With the possibilities of different perceptions there is always scope of difference of opinion and conflict. It is difficult to understand the truth. The greatest truth is the truth of conduct.
There is a fear in the world. We are scared of sorrow. When there is possession, there is fear. Where there is no possession, there is no fear. Giving up possession and observing restraint is the solution to today’s problems. The essence to a fearless life, a peaceful life is through restraint.
The human being has to set limits to all activities. Observe limits to consumption, possession. Limitless consumption is the reason for our problems. Anger, delusion, ego and greed are veiling the truth from our vision. All these passions are born with the desire to possess beyond our limits. Let us try to overcome our greed for possession.
Compassion is not an attribute of any one religion. It is a universal principle for happiness and peace. In a world torn by conflict and strife where violence and not love dictates people’s action, what every person at every age needs to learn is the art of nurturing compassion within. Whoever you may be, you need compassion. Compassion should no more lie in the ideologies of Philosophers or in the lucrative rewards of theologians (in after life). The voice of compassion needs to be heard in every household, educational institution, office, mall and theatre besides other places and circumstances.
Compassion begins with empathy. Empathy is the ability to feel for another. Those who are sensitive to the motions of life, to the experience of pain and pleasure are capable of empathy. Those who have paid attention to their emotional upsurges, the unintelligent ways of anger, hurt or hate, the irrationality of fear, feel empathy for another who is going through a similar emotion. Empathy and compassion thus born would naturally blossom into acts of kindness to reach out to others.
Well being of the other is the highest priority for a compassionate person. Hence his/her actions would reflect tremendous intelligence, fortitude and discretion. Compassion is not the armour of the weak. It is a weapon of the strong. To believe that anger and violence can solve our problem is a mistaken belief. Problems at micro as well as macro level arise because of lack of understanding and love between people. Situation based problems need better strategy and skill to solve them but emotion based problems need people who are involved, in moving out of those negative emotions that are causing them.
That is why any constructive change can never be effected through anger and violence. Compassion is the answer. Let us nurture the noble virtue of compassion with dedication. Let us see the faces of people who walk into our world with smiles, tears, affection and wrath. Let us mediate on their feelings to let compassion blossom.
The word contentment can often make some, especially younger people uncomfortable mostly because they equate contentment with resignation, apathy or lack of motivation. Maybe it’s ok, if you are over 80 years. Many define contentment as sitting docilely for whatever life brings along. But, this attitude is more a sluggish complacency, perhaps even a way to rationalise laziness. Contentment is a spiritual approach to life yet also a practical one. We can examine how contentment is the first step to true happiness, something we all desire and work towards.
Real contentment involves developing a quality of wisdom and discernment, understanding what can and cannot be changed and more importantly knowing when to act and when to wait. So it is clear that contentment does not just happen, we need to cultivate it. But we live in times that seem almost designed to thwart or subvert this. Take the culture of civilised dissatisfaction. The whole point of commercial seems to be to convince you that you are not happy or you would ever be happy if you bought a particular car or toothbrush. Resisting this kind of pressure is easier when we understand the difference between want and need. Neither is good or bad in itself.
Only a need may have to be taken care of immediately but a want almost always can wait. Consider too, the pervasive cultivated sense of entitlement where we believe that only good things should happen to us and are devastated when things don’t go our way. Immediate is the key for delayed gratification? For those who were taught contentment would include faith, inner peace and developing capacity to endure frustration, suffering isolation or whatever life threw at them.
Along this path there is a crying need to learn to be gentle with oneself, too many young people judge not just others, but themselves too harshly. And sadly this usually comes from a sincere but unskilled un-thought through attempt at achieving happiness. When one is content it does not mean there are no intentions and goals but that for the present moment blessings are acknowledged, relationships are nurtured and skills are being developed.