Thursday, 10 February 2011 07:35

Unshakeable Peace

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Peace is a rare commodity in the life of a man involved in the intricacies and complexities of life. Unshakeable peace is beyond the reach of a stressful person. Stress and strain is the order of the day whether one is living in palaces or in cottages. Along with the prosperity and progress in the world, worries and miseries have also increased. We should have full conviction in one stern fact that our true nature is Peaceful. Only in the men and worries and anxieties over-cast this true nature of unshakeable - peace.

When a swarm of worries invades us, we should refuse to be affected that all these worries cloud the ever-lasting unshakeable peace for a while which cannot be created or destroyed. Only worries are created or destroyed. Here is an experiment for everyone to realise this unshakeable peace.

It is not mere heresay or frothy talk. Anyone can realise through regular and constant practice that PEACE is already there and it is not created. It is obscured and hidden under the layers of mind. Through meditation, we go beyond mind and attain PEACE.

This ‘PEACE’ is described beautifully in the poem by Swami Vivekanand Ji :

BEHOLD, it comes in might,
The power that is not power,
The light that is in darkness,
The shade in dazzling light.
It is joy that never spoke,
And grief unfelt profound,
Immortal life unlived,
Eternal death unmourned.
It is not joy nor sorrow,
But that which is between,
It is not night nor morrow,
But that which joins them in.
It is sweet rest in music,
And pause in sacred art,
The silence between speaking
Between the fits of passion
It is the calm of heart.
It is beauty never loved
And love that stands alone.

Such is ‘PEACE’. ‘Unshakeable PEACE’ which is not a commodity of market to be bought and sold and which is not created or perished. It is there and it is with all of us and it is our inherent nature. Only it is engulfed with outer influence. How much heat may be given to water; ultimately it calms down. Thick dark clouds may over-cast the sky for some time but the clear blue sky does appear when they disappear.

The peaceful individual is always calm like the pendulum that is still but ready to swing into action whenever necessary. He remains calm unless he wants to work then he swings into action and as soon as he is through, he swings back to the centre of calmness which is his true nature.

By the meditation and spiritual actions, he drinks unceasingly the pure nectar of peace from the inner or true self. He is so wholly satisfied by that joy that he casts away all poison of human cravings – his ego self is supremely happy in its true self. He enjoys unshakeable peace.

In the Bhagwad Gita, Lord Krishna says:-
विहत्य कामान्यः सर्वान्युसांश्र्चरहि निःस्पृहा ।
निर्ममो निरहंकारः स शान्तिमधिगच्छति।।

That person realises peace who, relinquishing all desires, all cravings, all pride and all ego with its sense of “mineness”, leads his life. He who roams on earth, having freed himself from the clutches of endless cravings and is no slave to ego’s mean consciousness of “I” and “mine attains the unshakeable peace and is free from bondage. With the magic flute of the soul he enchants the peace within him to follow faithfully wherever he goes.

An ordinary person does not understand why Gita stresses to do away with sense pleasures and to concentrate on the unshakeable peace. There could be no pleasure of the flesh and no permanent peace unless this small self i.e. ego or body is entirely contained in the Self. The ordinary person is like a King who goes out of his beautiful palace and becomes engrossed in sordid pleasures in slums. He is bound to suffer from the effects of his indiscriminate actions. The wise man perceives that his inner Self contains within it all bliss and unshakeable peace.

Immense bliss and unshakeable peace are within all of us but due to ignorance of our own true Self, we are struggling and suffering. A king slept on a bed of gold and dreamt that he was poor and begging for a penny. He was crying for alms. When the queen awakened him, he realised that he was king.

Through meditation, we go beyond mind and this false body consciousness or ego consciousness which is the store-house of all anxieties and worries, disappears. Then we shun the garb of a beggar and attain the unshakeable peace.

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