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How to Find Peace of Mind

by Swami Sivananda

PRAYER AND DEVOTION FOR PEACE OF MIND

Pray for him who has done you harm. Send thought- currents of peace and good-will to him and the whole world at large when you sit for meditation or prayer.

Satsanga or association with sages and wise men, is indispensable for attaining peace. Also you cannot rest in peace without Rama.

How fortunate and happy is the man who remembers God and sings His names! The devotee of God is free from all cares, worries, fears, sorrows, pains and tribulations. God takes care of him. He enjoys peace. In his very presence everyone will enjoy peace.

Hear the divine whisper in silence. Realise the power of faith. Feel God's sustaining grace.

Know the way of escape. Build the shrine of love or temple of devotion in your heart. Enter the glorious silence. Enjoy the life transcendent. Live within. Merge in the soul. Know the Self. Become That. Be free and move about happily.

ROOT CAUSE OF RESTLESSNESS

The cause of all restlessness, quarrels, fights, dissensions, is Ignorance. Selfishness, greed, pride, egoism, hatred are all born of Ignorance; they are products or modifications of Ignorance. The person who has realised the oneness of life, the unity of consciousness will never engage himself in strife or quarrel.

The removal of ignorance alone can stop all dissensions and restlessness. Spiritual culture, ethical education and all those methods that are best calculated to instil love and a sense of unity in men and women, can prevent nations from resorting to quarrels and fights. Every man or woman should have a clear and comprehensive understanding of the good or purpose of life. All people should get spiritual training and ethical culture.

PEACE OF THE SELF WITHIN - MANY METHODS FOR FINDING IT

Peace is the very nature of the innermost Self of man - Shanto-ayam atma. Even he who strives to realise this Self, has begun to direct his attention towards this Self, enjoys this peace that prevails in the Self. Even as the nuclear explosion spreads destruction for miles around, this superphenomenal experience of the Peace of the Self generates the powerful current of Peace that dispels the darkness of ignorance and disharmony from the heart of those that attune themselves to the Yogi of such experience.

Even a few Yogins of inner spiritual experience, of Self-realisation, Yogins who have attained this inner Peace, can transform the whole world and bring peace, plenty and prosperity. For, millions devoted to them will share the spiritual treasures acquired by them; they will begin to feel that the One Self dwells in all, the one Life lives in all, the One Cosmic Will expresses itself through countless beings. They will begin to see that all distinctions are man-made and that all boundaries are imaginary. They will begin to think in terms of humanity, to practise the universal religion of cosmic love. This is the road to peace.

Therefore, turn the gaze within. Shut the doors of the senses. Restrain the turbulent mind. Slay the doubting intellect. Fill your heart with the nectar of faith and devotion. Serve humanity selflessly. Do Japa. Concentrate. Meditate. Pray and wait. Seek the Peace within. Realise the Self. Shine as a Yogi, the greatest benefactor of humanity. May God bless you all with health, long life, peace, prosperity and Self-realisation.

PEACE OF MIND THROUGH MANY-SIDED SELF-CULTURE

Remove suspicion, hatred, ill-will, jealousy, selfishness. Establish peace in your heart by meditating on the ever peaceful self or the Atman that dwells in the chambers of your heart. Then alone will you be able to establish peace in the world. Individual peace alone can lead to the establishment of universal peace.

It is the vanity of man that goads him to reform society without first reforming himself. Vanity rules the world; when two vain people meet, there is friction and quarrel.

Your heart should expand; you should cultivate cosmic love. That is the secret of peace, harmony and unity. Serve all; love all;  be good and do good. Think no evil, see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Introspect regularly. Meditate. Remove your own defects. Realise your essential Sat-chit-ananda Svarupa, not in the unknown future, but right now, this very second.

Find peace within at first through discipline and meditation, and then disseminate peace outside, in the world. Peace is the divine flame that is fed by the fuel of pure love. Love alone can bring peace on this earth.

WORLD-PEACE AND PEACE OF MIND THROUGH SPIRITUAL AWARENESS

Spiritual awareness is the prerequisite for individual and world peace.

The key to world peace rests with the spiritually conscious leaders of the world.

Selfishness will naturally create discord, disharmony and destruction. Materialism has man's selfishness as its motive power.

Let all cultivate goodness and love. There will then be peace in the world.

Peace can be established through love, goodwill, mutual understanding and sympathy.

The way to peace is the way of truth, non-violence, love, purity, right conduct, tolerance and understanding.

God is peace. Root yourself in peace or God. Now you are fit to radiate peace.

The transient nature of the world and all bodies and the unceasing inner aspiration for perfection and peace show that there must be that unending Perfection which is Peace and Joy and which must be underlying this perishable, objective world. This Eternal Conscious Perfection is God, and the method of reaching Him is Religion.

MEDITATE AND BRING PEACE TO THE WORLD

Do not feel that you are only an ordinary individual, one in millions. Do not think that unless you have co-operation from thousands and thousands all over the world, nothing of real importance will be done. No, you forget that every thought sent out by you, you the humble individual that you think you are, every thought sent in the proper manner with full trust in God, for pure unselfishness, has behind it the support of all well-wishes, embodied and disembodied. You do not know how many great well-wishers of the world are everywhere in spirit ready to give invisible help to selfless workers.

Every thought that you send out is a vibration which never perishes. It goes on vibrating every particle of the universe and if your thoughts are noble, holy and forcible, they set in vibration every sympathetic mind. Unconsciously all people who are like you take the thought you have projected and in accordance with the capacity that they have, they send out similar thoughts. The result is that, without your knowledge the consequences of your own work, you will be setting in motion great forces which will work together and put down the lowly and mean thoughts generated by the selfish and the wicked.

Just as the sun goes on continuously converting into vapour every drop of water that is on the surface of the earth and just as all the vapour thus rising up gathers together in the form of clouds, all the thoughts that you project from your own lonely corner will mount up and be wafted across space, join similar thoughts projected by those who are like you and, in the end, all these holy thoughts will come down with tremendous force to subjugate and destroy the evil forces which at present threaten to overpower the good.

If every reader of this message makes it a point to devote one hour every day in meditation, to the projection of peace thoughts there will be thousands of people doing the same thing every day and the total effect of such combined thought projection is inestimable. Not only will there be the individual force of every such person acting in cooperation, but the additional strength received from Invisible Helpers, the ever present Masters, the Videhas, who will silently guide all and make them pursue the right path. They are the great Beings who enter into the intellects and emotions of every good and pious person and use the person as instrument for serving mankind.

Will you not, therefore, make now this resolve of devoting at least one hour every day to project thoughts of peace so that the present troubles and turmoils of the world may cease? This is a very simple thing that you can do. Yet the response from the Almighty and His agents will be of great value.

Make your own individual appeal to God and ask Him to send Light to help humanity for the establishment of peace and promotion of happiness.

PEACE-TECHNIQUES FOR THE NATIONS

The aim of the nations should be to direct their power towards the transformation of the hearts of the people from the subhuman and the weak human nature into the rightly human and divine natures through right government, right education and insistence on right living, based on perfect truth, not merely relative, but absolute.

This shall effect the great renaissance for the healthy and peaceful life of all on earth, and also for the Eternal Life transcending the earthly life.

The solution for world peace lies in complete spiritualisation of the outlook of mankind. Any effort for a sustaining peace other than this, however mighty it may be, is doomed with sure failure. Peace derived through finite means, let alone by the might of the arm, can only be limited. The means must therefore be infinite.

SPIRITUAL NATURE OF PEACE

Peace is absolute serenity and tranquillity, wherein all the mental modifications, thoughts, imaginations, whims, fancies, moods, impulses, emotions, instincts, etc., cease entirely and the individual soul rests in his own nature, in his won pristine glory, in an unruffled state. It is not, of course the temporary conditions of mental quietude which worldly people speak of, in common parlance when they retire for a short time to a solitary bungalow in a forest for a little rest, when they are tired after a long journey.

Peace is the fourth condition of superconsciousness. Peace is the realm of infinite bliss, eternal life and eternal sunshine where cares, worries, anxieties and fears which torment the soul here, dare not enter; where all distinctions of caste, creed and colour disappear in the warm embrace of Divine Love and when desires and cravings find their full satiety. Peace is Eternal Life in the Pure Spirit, Pure Consciousness of Highest Self.

GREATNESS OF THE MEN OF DISCRIMINATION AND THE INFINITE PEACE

Peace is not an external object. Peace is not in accumulation of wealth. Peace is not in erudition. Santi or peace is in that man who has given up mine-ness and I-ness, who has given up Trishna, desires, longing for objects. That man alone will have peace.

Peace is not in a dak bungalow. Peace can be enjoyed only by him who has got Vairagya, who has understood the magnitude of human sufferings here, who knows the real value of this earth, composed of five elements, colours and sounds, who has understood the worthlessness of the perishable objects and passing power and position in this world and who has no desire for them.

The world is nothing for a man of Vichara. He who has found out the real worth of this world, who yearns for Liberation, who has understood that beyond the names and forms there is one eternal, everlasting Atman or Brahman, and who practises self-discipline alone can have peace. Such a man is the King of kings, Atmasamrat, not he who is simply carried away by a little colour, by a little touch, a little nervous titillation.

He is ever miserable who has not got Viveka and Vairagya, who does not discriminate between the eternal and non-eternal, between the real and the unreal.

To a man of Vichara the world is nothing more than a little bit of sensation and titillation of nerves. Therefore, develop Vichara, Viveka, and Vairagya. Vairagya is a mental state. The man who has Vairagya is the strongest man. He has inner spiritual strength born of dispassion. He is the most peaceful man. Vairagya is real spiritual wealth, because it opens the door of intuition, the door of Brahman, where you will get eternal sunshine, everlasting peace and bliss, whose nature is Satyam, Jnanam, Anantam, Vijnana Ghana, Anandaghana, Chidghana.

Look within. Realise your oneness with the one Supreme Intelligence and Wisdom that dwells in the chambers of your heart.

PEACE OF MIND THROUGH DESIRELESSNESS

Desire is the greatest enemy of peace. Desire causes distractions of various sorts. Therefore give up all desires.

Peace can be found only within. You cannot certainly find it in external objects. Look within. Sit silently in a room from half an hour to one hour. Close your eyes. Relax the muscles and nerves. Concentrate on a point between the two eyebrows. Withdraw the senses and the mind from the external objects. Forget the body and the world. Meditate regularly in the early morning hours. Enter into the great calm or the secret place of the Most High.

SUPREME PEACE BY SELF-CONQUEST

If you annihilate selfishness, greed and egoism, nature will work for you. You will have to co-operate with nature; then nature will carry your burden of life on its head. You can remain quite at ease. You will be free from cares, worries anxieties, responsibilities and fear. The individual will, will become one with the cosmic will. Your aim will become one with that of the cosmic. Then there will be no obstacles or impediments in your way. Whosoever makes surrender of his selfish aims and interests to the Will of the Lord, will enjoy supreme peace and perennial bliss.

PEACE - A POSITIVE VALUE

Peace is not merely the absence of noise, tumult, strife or quarrels, controversies or disputes. It can hardly be acquired from external sources.

It is not a condition of environment from which all undesirable elements are removed. If three Sadhus live in a solitary cave in the Himalayas, if they fight amongst themselves, if they harbour in their hearts jealousy, hatred and ill-will, they will pollute the most peaceful environment and the tranquil atmosphere of the place.

The peace that transcends thought, imagination and speech, is not an inert passive state. It is not a hypnotic trance. It is a positive state of spiritual attainment. It is your centre, ideal and goal.

It is the pivot of human life. It is soul's quest. It is perfect awareness. It is a magnanimous state in which the Yogi enjoys highest divine bliss and transcendental divine knowledge.

The Yogi is in communion with the Supreme Soul or Paramatma. He becomes absolutely desireless and fearless by drinking this divine nectar of peace.

Peace is your birthright. Peace is filling your beings within and without. Peace is in front of you, behind you, to the right, to the left, above and below. Peace is the only living reality. Names and forms are mere illusions. Realise this peace and be free. Wonderful is the power of peace that brings joy and eternal bliss.

A LIFE OF SPIRITUAL PEACE

Live according to the Divine law of love or the golden rule. First endeavour to harmonise your own affairs. Establish first the kingdom of peace within your own heart. It is individual peace that paves the way for universal peace. The attainment of an inner calm is the greatest work you can do for humanity.

A Yogi who has realised the peace that passeth understanding radiates peace to all the corners of the world. Those who come in contact with him are influenced by his sweet, soul-elevating harmonious vibrations. Hatred ceases in his presence.

It is useless to talk of abolition of war while you are all full of petty jealousy and hatred. Remove your discordant, inharmonious vibrations first. There will be no more war between one nation and another, then, Individuals go to constitute a nation.

Lead an ideal life of peace. Kill ruthlessly all suspicion, prejudice of all sorts, envy, jealously, selfishness, greed for power and possessions. Lead a simple life. Practise meditation daily 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. Preach the gospel of peace to all men and women of the world.

WHAT IS PEACE?

Peace is a state of quiet. It is freedom from disturbance, anxiety, agitation, riot or violence. It is harmony, silence, calm, repose, rest. Specifically, it is the absence or cessation of war.

Peace is the very nature of the soul or Atman. All the Vrittis or modifications of the mind are dissolved in the soul. There is no Sankalpa or thought in the soul.

The peace of God fills your heart. Realise this stupendous peace of God that passeth all understanding through meditation and devotion.

Peace is a divine attribute. It is a quality of the soul. It cannot remain with greedy persons. It fills the pure heart.

Speak, move, act in peace. Peace is the happy, natural state of man. It is his birthright. War is his disgrace.

WHERE IS PEACE?

Peace is not in the heart of the carnal man. Peace is not in the hearts of ministers, advocates, businessmen, dictators, kings and emperors.

Peace is in the hearts of Yogins, sages, saints and spiritual men.

Peace is not in money, estate, bungalows and possessions. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but within the soul.

Withdraw yourself from external objects, meditate and rest in your soul; you will realise everlasting peace now.

Wealth, women, children, property and palatial buildings cannot give you everlasting peace.

Peace deserts the lustful; it runs away from selfish people. It is an ornament of a Paramahamsa.

HOW TO FIND PEACE?

If you wish to enter into the Great Peace of God, all the worldly desires must die, all the senses should be brought under your perfect control, and the mind should be stilled.

He who does not practise any meditation cannot possess peace of mind. How can there be happiness for the unpeaceful?

You can have peace of God without the help of money and outwardly favourable circumstances. You may have 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 the impurities of the mind.

You find it very difficult to free yourself from the clutches of sensual objects; but, if you remain as a Sakshi or silent witness, you will not be affected by them. Therefore, cultivate the Sakshi Bhava and remain as a witness of the Vrittis or waves of the mind. You will enjoy the Peace of the Eternal.

Develop universal love. This will help you to live peacefully with all men and all creatures. Love and peace are inseparable. Where there is love, there is peace and wherever there is peace, there is love.

ENEMIES OF MENTAL PEACE

Greed, lust, jealousy, envy, anger, pride and egoism are the six enemies of peace. Slay these enemies by the sword of dispassion, discrimination and non-attachment. You will enjoy perpetual peace.

Anger, greed, jealousy, hatred are all enemies of peace. Develop goodwill, co-operation, mercy, compassion, non-resistance or non-retaliation to injuries done to you, forgiveness, contentment, nobility and cosmic love.

Perfect security and full peace cannot be had in this world, because this is a relative plane.

All objects are conditioned in time, space and causation. They are perishable. Where then can you look for full security and perfect peace?

You can find this in the immortal Self. He is an embodiment of peace. He is beyond time, space and causation.

Jealousy is an enemy of peace. It is also another canker that consumes a man. Do not allow it to grow in you. Curb it. Nip it in the bud. It is nothing but petty-mindedness. Jealousy can be eradicated by developing the opposite quality - nobility or magnanimity. See God in all, Jealousy will vanish. Develop contentment.

Through Sat-bhavana attain knowledge of the Self. Then ignorance, egoism, anger, jealousy, etc., will vanish. You will enjoy the ineffable peace of the Self, you will ever remain drowned in the ocean of Peace and supreme bliss.

REALMS OF INNER STILLNESS

Look within the chambers of your heart. When you are established in the highest Self within, you will not be shaken by heavy sorrow, loss or failure and inharmonious or disagreeable vibrations.

You will tide over all difficulties and crisis in life easily and will come out with triumph in all life's experiences.

Mysterious is this peace; marvellous is this peace; realise this peace.

You will find this peace in the quietude of your inner being, through deep meditation. Have four sittings in winter and two in summer. Be regular in your practice. Regularity is of paramount importance. You can grow in peace and spirituality only if you are regular in your practice of meditation.

Attain that peace that passeth understanding by silencing the bubbling thoughts and eradicating all desires, cravings, or sense-hankerings.

Reach the kingdom of inner stillness or domain of infinite peace through spiritual meditation.

If you can still your mind, you can still tempests or cyclones or the surging sea. Rest in the ocean of peace. Root yourself in the Self within. Now you will be able to neutralise the dark forces of hatred, jealousy, disharmony, rupture and distraction within you and around you.

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the victory over your lower self, triumph over your senses and mind, desires and cravings.

If you have no peace within yourself, it is fruitless to seek it in external objects and outward sources.

Peace comes from prayer, Japa, Kirtan, meditation, good and sublime thoughts and understanding.

Develop cosmic love, kindness, forgiveness. Understand the views of others. Selflessness, desirelessness, non- attachment, freedom from I-ness, mine-ness and cravings, devotion to God or Atman, self-restraint, control of the mind and the senses, bring happiness and peace of mind.

World peace comes from goodwill, sympathy, tolerance and right understanding between nations, as well as from striving after a common good and common welfare.

Cultivate peace first in the garden of your heart by removing the weeds of lust, hatred, greed, selfishness and jealousy. Then only you can contribute peace to the world; then only those who come in contact with you, will be benefited by your vibrations of peace and harmony.

SELF-KNOWLEDGE FOR PEACE OF MIND

Man has forgotten his inherent nature on account of ignorance and so he is tossed about hither and thither in the ocean of this Samsara by the two currents of Raga and Dvesha, likes and dislikes. He is not leading the Divine Life, and therefore he has become a slave of his senses, passion and impulses.

He vainly searches for his happiness in perishable objects that are conditioned in time, space and causation and therefore he has no peace of mind.

The musk-deer does not know that the fragrance of musk is emanating from its own navel. It wanders about here and there to find out the source of this smell. Even so the deluded ignorant man is not aware that the fountain of bliss is within himself in the Immortal Atman or Soul and he is running after the external perishable objects to get happiness.

You can have permanent peace if you turn mind from the objective universe and live in the Divine within your own heart. You can be free from cares, worries, anxieties, fear, delusion, doubt, etc., only if you lead a Divine Life by getting purity of heart and concentration of mind.

NATURE OF INNER PEACE

Real deeper peace is independent of external conditions. Real abiding peace is stupendous stillness of the Immortal Soul within. If you can rest in this ocean of peace, all the usual noises of the world can hardly affect you. If you enter the silence or the wonderful calm of divine peace by stilling the bubbling mind and restraining the thoughts and withdrawing the outgoing senses, all disturbing noises will die away.

Motor-cars may roll on the streets, boys may shout at the pitch of their voices, railway trains may run in front of your house, several mills may be working in your neighbourhood and yet all these noises will not disturb you even a bit.

MEN OF PEACE - THEIR MESSAGE

Desire or Trishna (thirsting for objects) is the enemy of peace. There cannot be an iota or tinge of happiness for a man who is thirsting for sensual objects. The mind will be ever restless and will be hankering after the objects. When this thirsting dies, man enjoys peace. Only he can meditate and rest himself in the Self.

Rich people possess immense wealth. They have all sorts of comforts, easy circumstances and easy-going life. They have decent motor-cars, beautiful bungalows, etc. They take dainties and palatable dishes and go to hill-stations during summer. And yet they have no peace of mind, because they have no inner harmony.

There is discord in their hearts on account of their greed, selfishness, egoism, lust, pride, hatred, anger, fear, worry, etc.

Outward harmony and quietness cannot give you real peace of mind. The peace of God is an internal state. You can have it without the help of money and outwardly favourable circumstances.

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. No tribulation or calamity could touch him.

PEACE FROM LOYALTY TO GOD

Be always cheerful and smile away your worries and difficulties. Follow the correct principles of living. Live an ideal life.

Be moderate. Silence the surging emotions.

Do not be carried away by the temptations of the world. Be on the alert. Be wise. Get away from the company of the materialistic persons.

Soar high in the service of the Lord manifest in the poor, sick and the distressed. Unrest and agitation will cease and the bliss of peace will fill thy heart.

You must be unflinchingly loyal to God. Always act with faith and determination. Be firm in your resolves and fiery in your determination.

Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul for the service of others. Living in the world dispassionately and doing selfless service is the noblest Sadhana.

When you do your all actions for God's sake, for the fulfilment of His purpose without the desire for fruits, you will get illumination and perennial peace, bliss and joy of God-realisation.

PEACE BY A SIMPLE LIFE

Lead a simple life. Live to serve others. Cast off all cares and anxieties, for God is there to look after you. He is the very embodiment of mercy. Be grateful to Him. Establish yourself in the kingdom of peace within your heart.

Develop Vairagya. Without Vairagya and restraint of the senses, no spiritual Sadhana is possible. The energy will leak out if Vairagya wanes. Are you so very blunt and ignorant that in spite of repeated blows, tribulations and afflictions, you are still so tenaciously attached to this mundane earthly life?

Be wise. Wake up now. Realise the perishable nature of the world. Turn your gaze within, and be ever happy.

Keep the reason pure. Free yourself from egoistic notions. Destroy the feeling of I-ness and mine-ness. Attain liberation. Be free. Enjoy the bliss. Be established in the deep, abiding peace.

PEACE THROUGH SELF-EXERTION

Peace is the very life-breath of man. Even if you are the emperor of the whole world, of what use is your royal post if you do not have peace?

You can have permanent peace, if only turn your mind from the objective universe and live in the Divine within.

Fate is a non-entity. Fate is nothing but inevitable consequences of your own actions done in your previous births. Your actions determine your destiny. Therefore, you can easily conquer your so-called fate by right exertion, Purushartha.

Mould your destiny by noble actions. Be kind. Have compassion for the distressed. Live in peace and harmony with your fellow-men. You will attain the bliss of Immortality.

PEACE BY PSYCHOLOGICAL SELF-AWARENESS

Think rightly, Think correctly. Understand the laws of nature. Detach yourself from the lower mind.

Separate yourself from unspiritual thoughts. Stand as a silent witness. Do not identify yourself with them. Do not be carried away by their surging force. Divert your mind towards its ultimate Source.

Just as fire gets extinguished when the fuel is withdrawn so also the mind is absorbed into its Source when the thoughts are annihilated. Perfect peace and bliss is now attained.

PEACE OF MIND BY EGOLESSNESS

Eternal spiritual life cannot be attained without the renunciation of the petty sensual life. The secret of renunciation is the renunciation of egoism and desires.

Some think renouncing the family and the material world alone is the real renunciation. But it is actually not so. One should not neglect his own Svadharma and responsibility in the name of renunciation.

What is wanted is the renunciation of the tiny ego, lust, anger, greed, petty-mindedness, name and fame and such other negative qualities that stand in the way of one's perfection, self-evolution.

To want nothing is indeed the most efficacious way to attain the highest Good. But if you crave for a thing, you will not get it. Renounce the craving for the object, the object will follow you by itself.

Renounce the evil Vrittis of the mind through regular introspection and by cultivating their opposite Sattvic qualities. You will attain Godhead. Renunciation alone can make you fearless and happy. It is the bestower of eternal peace and immortality.

PEACE BY DOING GOOD TO OTHERS

All the phenomena of nature are governed by one infallible law, the law of causation, the law of Karma. It is this law that keeps up the inner harmony and logical order of the universe. No phenomenon can escape from the operation of this mighty law.

Any action is bound to reach upon the doer with equal force and effort. If you do some good to another man, you are really doing good to yourself; because there is naught else but the all-pervading Self. Your virtuous actions will react upon you with good effects. They will bring you joy and happiness. Your wrong, unjust actions will react upon you with bad, miserable effect. They will bring you sorrow, grief and affliction.

Therefore, always do good to others. Lead a righteous life. Never hurt others. Be kind to all. Love to do good to others. Your life will be blessed and blissful.

PEACE BY PERSEVERANCE IN SADHANA

Reject everything that stands in the way of your spiritual progress. Make yourself worthy of receiving the Divine Grace through regular Sadhana.

Be optimistic. Be waiting patiently. Persevere in Sadhana. One day or other, the life will be illumined by the Grace of the Lord.

Righteousness is your best companion of life. Truth and non-injury are its brothers. Desirelessness and dispassion are the kernel of a pure heart. Make friendship with these and reach the illimitable domain of eternal bliss and perennial peace.

When you enter the silence through deep meditation the outside world and all your troubles will drop away. You will enjoy Supreme Peace. In this silence is Light of lights. In this silence is real strength and joy. Shut out the doors of the senses. Still the thoughts and emotions. Sit motionless and calm in the early morning hours. Ignore the coloured lights. Have a receptive attitude. Go alone with the Lord. Commune with Him. Enjoy the abiding Peace in Silence.

SECRET OF MENTAL EQUIPOISE

If you wish to enjoy unbroken peace of mind, if you want to annihilate this false identification of the Immortal Satchidananda Atman with the perishable body, mind and senses, if you want success in all your undertakings and spiritual progress too, always try to see without seeing, hear without hearing. Then alone will you ever have a balanced mind.

Even though you see and hear, no impression will be produced. No Vritti will arise, because the Brahmakara Vritti is functioning. This is the Adhyatmic technique prescribed by Lord Krishna - - Yogasthah kuru karmani sangam tyaktva Dhananjaya - Dwelling in union with the Divine, perform actions without attachment.

How to see without seeing and hear without hearing? The Buddhi must be ever alert and in union with the Atman within. The nature of the mind is to flow outwards towards the objects. Through its strength, the eye sees, the ear hears, and the other senses function. The Buddhi which does not discriminate, identifies these senses and the mind with the pure untainted Atman, and, in consequence, imagines that the Atman suffers or enjoys, when the senses bring suffering or enjoyment. If, on the other hand, the Buddhi is in constant union with the Atman, you will be able to look on equanimously at the passing phenomena with Sakshi-bhava (attitude of a witness). You will really understand the secret underlying Lord Krishna's utterance: Guna guneshu vartanta iti matva na sajjate - - Realising that the senses move amongst sense-objects, he is not shaken.

This is a strange world. Even Lord Krishna and Lord Siva are censured. You will often come across people who violently criticise you. You will meet with repeated failures in your endeavours. In the worldly sense, you may be poor, diseased and miserable; but if you practise the above Sadhana, you will ever be blissful, peaceful and wise. All your endeavours will be crowned with success. You will have rapid spiritual progress.

UNIVERSALITY OF RESTLESSNESS AND THE WAY TO PEACE

There is mental uneasiness, dissatisfaction, discontentment and restlessness, even in the multi-millionaires and kings.

Some kind of sorrow, misery, or pain is invariably present even when they are in the height of enjoyment of worldly pleasures.

Is there any man on earth who is absolutely happy? When the marriage of his second son is being celebrated, the remembrance of the death of his first son who passed away only some time ago, torments his mind.

Mind is so constituted that the rhythm of pleasure and pain is kept up like the rhythm of systole and diastole of the heart.

You entertain the fear that the happiness will pass away son, when you are in happy surroundings. This kind of feeling adds pain when you are in the enjoyment of sensual pleasures. Even if you remove the pain by some means or other, it again manifests itself in some form or other such as loss of property disease, death, hostility and disappointment.

Every man feels that he is in want of something, the nature of which he does not understand. He seeks in the accomplishment of ambitious projects, the rest and peace that he feels he is in need of. But after all he finds to his great sorrow and disappointment that worldly greatness, when secured, is a delusion and a snare. He actually does not find any lasting happiness in it. The coveted degrees, diplomas, titles, honours, power, position, name and fame prove of no avail in the long run. In short he gets all that he imagines will give him happiness. But actually he finds no rest or peace.

You can never achieve absolute happiness in a relative physical plane of the pairs of opposites. The pairs of opposites rotate in their turn.

Death follows life; Night follows the day. Light follows darkness. Pain follows pleasure. If you really want God, you will have to give up all objective pleasures and the desire for them. If you really want God, you will have to give up Kamini and Kanchana (lust and gold) in thought, word and deed. The real Viveki will shun the objects ruthlessly.

There are four kinds of pleasures, viz., sensual pleasures, emotional pleasures of poets and artists, intellectual pleasures of orators and philosophers and spiritual bliss of Jnanis. The last is the highest form of transcendental happiness.

Happiness comes from peace of mind, peace of mind comes from a state of mind wherein there are no desires, no Kama, no Vishaya, no thoughts of objects. You would forget all ideas of pleasure before you enter the actual domain of peace. Happiness is in Atman. It is in meditation; it is in the study of the Upanishads.

Hence the best mode of getting rid of any class of pain is through will-power and Titiksha, through diversion of the mind, the withdrawal of the mind from the body, taking the mind out of the body, and fixing it in Atman.

Have real Vedantic Vichara. Keep your mind ever in auto-suggestion. Ever feel that the pain is going. It is half-gone. It is nearly gone. Feel that you are better than yesterday. Feel that you are all right. Feel that you are all-healthy. Feel that you are Immortal Sat-Chit-Ananda Svarupa. Tat Tvam Asi, - That thou art.

MENTAL PEACE BY FEWER WANTS

You can enjoy much peace of mind if you do not poke your nose into the affairs of others. Mind your own business and rest in real peace.

The fewer the wants, the greater is the peace. Lead a life of perfect virtue. Let simple living and high thinking be your motto. Luxuries and comforts buy misery.

Conquer all that is base in you through discrimination and meditation. Rooting yourself in the Atman, maintain inward calm, serenity and unbroken peace even amidst the worst trials and tribulations.

PEACE AND HAPPINESS BY SELF-KNOWLEDGE

Every man or woman in this world wants everlasting happiness. This is his or her innate or inherent feeling. This indicates that his own Soul is an embodiment of bliss.

He builds bungalows; he marries and begets children; he accumulates wealth; he goes to America to get diplomas in order to become a very big officer; he moves in big cars. But ultimately he feels miserable, dissatisfied, discontended and restless. He always feels a want. He has no peace of mind.

He searches for his happiness in external, perishable objects. He moves in wrong directions. He wants to get water in the mirage, silver in the mother-of-pearl, and so he is disappointed.

Search for the undying permanent bliss within your own innermost Atman by purifying and steadying the mind and fixing it on the Immortal Soul within. You will surely attain this.

Everybody wants in the world a deep and full knowledge of everything. He gets D.Litt., and Ph.D., titles. He joins Research Institutes. But he does not attain what he wanted. He is still ignorant, restless and dissatisfied. He always wants more knowledge. This want can only be removed if he attains the supreme Knowledge of Brahman or the Eternal.

Then again man wants freedom and independence. In his heart of hearts he does not want to serve anybody or remain under the control of anybody in this world. He wants full freedom and independence. He wants to be the Lord of everybody. This gives the clue that his own Atman is the true Lord of lords, ever free, ever independent. Realise this ever-free inner Atman. Then alone can you be free and independent.

MENTAL PEACE THROUGH SAINTLINESS

Silence is Peace. When the mind ceases functioning, when all desires are extirpated, when the senses are withdrawn in the mind, you will enjoy the Supreme Peace of the Eternal.

This innermost Atman that lies concealed in the chambers of your heart, is an embodiment of Peace. Attain this peace through desirelessness, discrimination and constant meditation on the ever-peaceful Atman which abides in the chambers of your heart.

To enjoy this supreme Peace you should be humble, pure, forgiving, tolerant, unselfish, I-less, mine-less, generous and charitable.

Be truthful. Truth is the gateway to the Kingdom of Peace. Draw inspiration from the lives of Saints who led a life of Truth and penance.

Self-control, self-restraint and self-denial are necessary for the attainment of supreme Peace. Develop these virtues to the maximum degree.

Be bold, kill this jealousy, the enemy of peace through complacency, magnanimity and nobility. Be compassionate towards people who are in distress. Serve them. Be indifferent towards evil-doers. Be friendly towards all. Thus enjoy the everlasting Peace of the Soul.

REAL EDUCATION FOR FINDING PEACE

If you wish to have Peace, all that you have to do is to awaken Man to his own real Nature.

It is a great psychological advantage to tell man that what he is, is of greater moment to himself than what the world around him appears to him to be; and to make him realise that the world depends on what he is, and thus educate him to find the Peace within himself, so that the world might enjoy Peace.

True happiness has nothing to do with money, possession or other material objects. You cannot buy happiness. It has to come from within.

Conquer Trishna (craving) and attain the everlasting peace of the Eternal. Be a hero in the inner battle. March boldly.


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