Spirituality for peace

Last Updated 03 April 2014, 18:11 IST
We live in an era that boasts of a generation highly intellectually developed, exceedingly accomplished and influential than ever before. 

The augmented benefit of the knowledge and achievements of the past generations give us tremendous backup for exploitation and control over all round resources.

We have crossed the limits of time and space through communications technology. 
Today, we can exchange information on wide-ranging issues at regional, national and global forums. 

In spite of all these developments, we are a generation at war with ourselves and the world.
Why is it so? Why are we hungrier than ever before for peace? Why has peace eluded us despite our material and intellectual enrichment?

These issues demand some soul-searching.

Not many of us are aware of the fact that peace is truly our original nature, but when we arrive on the earth, we act through human bodies and lose our original energy in the cycle of action, interaction with proximate matter and soul.
When we strip off our original positive energies, negativity manifests in our mind, then in actions that result in sufferings. 
When there is suffering, we badly seek our original, truly peaceful and blissful state of being.

However, our endeavours to attain that peace are limited by certain human constraints, of which first and foremost is the constraint of the human body. 
We neither know our past lives, nor can we know about our future. 
The only thing we know is what we are in our present life. Hence, we do not understand the implication of laws of karma to discipline us in the present.
Apart from this, we are constrained by geographical, environmental, cultural and religious barriers in addition to individual personality traits. 
All these constraints make it difficult for us to develop universal empathy. As a result, we cannot think or act globally, resulting in very limited understanding of our world and ourselves, too.

Our skewed vision has led us to believe that the massive army and weapons will make us more secure. 

This approach has led to an unhealthy competition, malpractice and misleading the whole generation, thereby killing our feelings of sympathy, compassion and co­operation, the fundamental human quality.
Then, how can we bring peace? 

We need to first understand that peace is a composite phenomenon. 
Hence, one cannot hope to live in peace without hoping the same for his/her neighbours. 
Therefore, our positive actions that ensure peace for self, society and the environment alone can generate and sustain universal peace. 

However, such actions can result only when we understand our relationship with the Supreme. He never comes in the bondage of matter and karma of life and death. He has an abundance of peace, love and happiness. 

So, he never has any personal desires. So he can and he does restore peace on earth when all human endeavours at making peace fail.

(Published 03 April 2014, 18:03 IST)

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