gospel of peace, BY SWAMI SIVANANDA


How long do you want to lead a life of duality, restlessness, discontentment, 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 keep your barrier between man and man?

Peace is not merely the absence of noise, tumult, strife or quarrels, controversies of 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 solitary cave in Himalayas, if they fight amongst themselves, if they harbor in their heart’s jealousy, hatred and ill will, they will pollute the most peaceful environment and the tranquil atmosphere of the peace. In this state (of peace) there are no yesterdays and no tomorrow, no sunset and no dawns. There is eternal sunshine.

Peace, God, Atma, Brahman, Immortality, Kaivalya, Nirvana, Moksha, Param Dhama, Paramananda Prapti are synonymous terms. Righteousness and peace kiss each other.  Love and peace embrace each other. Peace and unity walk together with clasped hands. Desire lessens moves hand in hand with peace. There can be no peace without love of God.

The kingdom of Peace is beyond all speech, thought and imagination. It can be reached only by patient spiritual practices. This peace is not an inert passive state. It is not a hypnotic trance. It is not a negative psychical condition. It is a positive state of the spiritual attainment. It is your center, ideal, goal. It is the pivot of human life. It is souls’ quest. It is perfect awareness. It is 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 desire less and fearless by drinking this divine nectar of peace.

Peace is your birthright. Peace is filling your being 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 illusion. Realize this peace and be free. Wonderful is the power of peace that bring joy and eternal Bliss.

Cross the wide ocean of strife by calming the mind through ceaseless meditation and reach the other shore of peace, fearlessness and immortality. Give up all selfish efforts and free yourself from the wild unrest life.

Be still. Be in tune with the Divine law of love or the Golden Rule. First endeavor to harmonize your own affairs. Establish first the kingdom of peace within your own heart. It is individual peace that paves the way towards universal peace. The attainment of an inner calm is the greatest work you can do for humanity. A yogi who has realized the peace the passes understanding radiates peace to al of the corners of the world. Those who encounter 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 full of petty, jealousy and private hatred. Remove your discordant inharmonious vibrations first. There will be no more war between nations then. Individuals go to constitute a nation. Lead an ideal life of peace. Kill ruthlessly all suspicion, prejudice of all sorts, envy, jealousy, selfishness, greed for power and possessions. Lead a simple life. Practice meditation daily and establish peace in your heart. Then radiate it to your neighbors 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.

Sri Swami Sivananda, Self-Realization, Published by Divine Life Society, Uttarakhand, Himalayas, India)

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