Saturday, November 17, 2012

MESSAGE OF PEACE By Sri Swami Sivananda


The kingdom of peace is beyond all speech and thought. Peace is not merely the absence of noise, tumult, strife or quarrels, controversies or disputes. It is not a condition or environment from which all undesirable elements are removed. 

This peace is not an inert passive state. It is not a hypnotic trance. It is not a negative physical condition. It is a positive state of spiritual attainment. It is your centre, ideal and goal. It is perfect awareness. It is a magnificent, indescribable state in which the pure soul enjoys the highest divine bliss and transcendental divine knowledge. 

You will become absolutely fearless and desireless by drinking this divine nectar of peace. You will be in communion with the Supreme Soul or Atma by attaining this peace. In this state of peace there are no yesterdays or tomorrows, no sunset or daybreakthere is eternal sunshine. It can hardly be acquired from external sources. It can be reached only by patient spiritual practices.

You may be in quite adverse circumstances. You may remain in the midst of calamities, troubles, tribulations, difficulties and sorrows, and yet, you may enjoy the inward harmony and peace if you rest in God by withdrawing the senses, by stilling the mind and eradicating its impurities. Lord Jesus was persecuted in a variety of ways. He was put to death on the cross and yet what did he say? He said, O Lord, forgive them! They know not what they are doing. How peaceful He was even when His life was at stake! He was enjoying the inner peace.

The goal of life is attainment of self-realisation or God-consciousness. There is one supreme, undying, intelligent principle or essence or Atma or the Supreme Self who dwells in the chambers of your heart. He exists in the past, present and future. He is Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute and Bliss Absolute. 

The ignorant may vainly search for their happiness in perishable external objects that are conditioned in time, space and causation. He has no peace of mind. His desires are not gratified. He amasses wealth, begets children, gets titles, honours, name and fame and yet his mind is restless. He has no abiding joy and lasting happiness. He is still in want of something. He has no feeling of fullness. This feeling of fullness and eternal satisfaction can only be obtained by realising ones own Self through self-restraint, purity and meditation.

How long do you want to lead a life of duality, restlessness, discontentment and dissatisfaction?
How long do you wish to lead a life of ignorance, bitterness, hatred and separation?
How long do you wish to continue your selfish struggles?
How long do you wish to behold differences and distinctions?
How long do you wish to keep the barrier between man and man?

You cry for peace or Santi. But where to get it and through whom? 

You can realise peace in your own heart through association with the sages and by meditation. You can find this peace only in stillness. Peace can be found only within. You certainly cannot find it in external objects. Look within. Sit silently in a quiet room for one or two hours. Close your eyes. Concentrate on a point between the two eyebrows. Withdraw the senses and the mind from the external objects. Be still.

Silence the surging emotions and bubbling thoughts. Forget the body and the world. Enter into the great calm. Get deep down into the innermost recesses of your heart. Plunge in the ocean of peace.

Realise your oneness with the one Supreme Self that dwells in the chambers of your heart. Have four daily sittings in winter and two in summer. Be regular in your practice. Regularity is of paramount importance.

 It is useless to talk of the cessation of war while you are all full of petty jealousy and private hatred. Remove your discordant, inharmonious vibrations first. There will be no more war between nations. Individuals only go to constitute a nation. Lead an ideal life of peace. Ruthlessly kill suspicion, prejudice of all sorts, envy, selfishness, greed for power and possessions.

 Lead a simple life. Practise daily meditation and establish peace in your own heart. Then radiate it to your neighbours and all who come in contact with you. Disseminate it far and wide.

Mysterious is this peace. If you yourself enjoy this peace, you can contribute peace to the world. Realise this Peace that passeth all understanding and be free. May this Peace guide you all!

May this Peace be your centre, ideal and goal!

 Peace love harmony