Peace rests within you
Puttaparthi, Poornachandra Auditorium (Sevadal Conference )
Everyone aspires for peace but peace does not exist somewhere distant from one. To search for peace in religion is a waste of time. A true seeker of peace must search within him and not in religion. Peace is within and not in religion. One faces agitation and chaos when one tries to find peace elsewhere. First and foremost one must strive to develop peace within oneself. Then one must try to develop peace in the family. One must spread it from the family to the village and then extend it to the state and then spread it across nation. Therefore, for peace in nation, there must be peace in the individual. Unfortunately, instead of spreading peace worldwide, man today spreads chaos and strife from individual to family, from family to village, village to state and from state to the whole nation. One must try to be only angels of peace but not the carriers of chaos and strife. Hence, in order to spread peace around one must take steps to develop peace within oneself. Where can one find peace? Peace is found only in service. The mind, of a man bereft of service, is devil’s workshop. An idle man sits around inert, like a piece of log, and cannot even sleep. The mind of such a man is a fertile ground for unwanted thoughts, which in the end leads to mental illness. On the other hand, the mind of a working and active person is free from unnecessary thoughts. The state of mind devoid of thoughts is peace!
Without peace, one cannot be happy; Analogies of Churchill and Prahlada00:02:00
We find the science more and more increasing. It gives you lot of comfort. What is the use of all this comforts , no peace anywhere. When there is no peace do you consider that you are happy? Man needs peace. Man has progressed in every way. Churchill said the same thing at one time. Man achieved everything, he experienced everything. But he could not know himself and conquer himself. Man has conquered all, but he has not conquered himself that is what he said. If he cannot conquer himself, what is the fun of conquering all. The same thing was stated by the boy Prahaladha then. He started teaching lesson to his father. Father, you could have captured all five elements and play with them, but you could not conquer yourself. In fact you have conquered the whole world and five elements, but what is the use, when you have not conquered yourself. In a moment of time you conquered the world. Father, you could not win over the senses. You achieved everything, but you could not have control over your senses. You have no control on your mind. Without these what is the fun of achievement. First control your mind. You can control the mind in spiritual path only.
Secular knowledge cannot give you eternal peace00:01:17
The sage Narada, who was proficient in 64 branches of knowledge, suffered from lack of peace, so he went to Sanat Kumara. He appealed to him, “Swami! Dispel my ignorance and teach me the way to attain peace.” Sanat Kumara said, “Narada! There is no field of knowledge in which you are not proficient. You know all the methods prescribed by the Vedas, the Upanishads, and other Sastras (spiritual texts). But all this knowledge has not conferred any happiness on you. All this knowledge is concerned with the phenomenal world, which is transient in its character. You cannot secure peace till you gain knowledge of the Eternal.”
How to find peace and where is it00:01:00
Where is peace? Physically, one is at peace in deep sleep. When the thought process is withdrawn, one is peaceful. It is not an easy task to control one’s thoughts. Therefore, to the extent possible, one needs to observe silence atleast for an hour in a day. Incessant talk makes the nerves in the brain weak. On the other hand, if one indulges in sanctifying and sacred talk, it recharges the mind and body. Indulging in scandals, criticisms and vain talks diminishes the quality of life.
How to attain peace and happiness00:02:32
What is this peace? We repeat this word "Shanthi", Peace, thrice. (This stands for) Peace at the physical level, at the level of the mind and at the level of the spirit. Peace at these three levels, physical, psychological and of the spirit are necessary. We let in peace at all these three levels by praying to God. The one who doesn't love God can never be happy in life. We want to be happy in every way. The worldly happiness is only temporary. The same is stated by Shankaracharya, that this is not true happiness. "Oh man! Why do you pride yourself because of your money, your authority and youth, that will all vanish in a moment?" Will it give us happiness if we sit in an air-conditioned room? If you partake delicious items will you be happy? No. They only give you happiness at the physical and mental level, not at the level of the spirit. The true happiness is the bliss of the spirit. We should not be afraid of worldly difficulties. They are quite natural - like passing clouds. Why should you waver watching the passing clouds, the problems? You should go by your heart, which is steady, which is unwavering, which is eternal, immortal. We have to understand the unity of these three.
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