Wars happen when intolerance
reaches epic proportions, when
the reasons for war become
greater than the sanctity of peace. Wars
happen when we fail to realise the value of
being alive. World leaders try to bring
peace, but it is not an issue of institutions.
It is human beings who start wars. Before
a war begins outside, it starts inside.
The war on the inside is more
dangerous because it is a fire that may
never be put out. Wars are being fought
because peace is not being found within,
because it is not being allowed to unfold.
We are all searching for something;
we may call it success, peace, love, or
tranquillity. It is the same thing. What we
are looking for has many names because
we do not know what we need.
To find what we need, we
look around us. To know where
to find what we are looking for,
we first need to ask ourselves
where we can find it. Have we
considered looking within?
Living is not an easy task, especially
if we want the best of it. We have to mine
for it. Mining is not easy. We have to take
out what we need and leave the rest. If we
want to mine for peace, then we have to
seek what is precious and discard what is
The thing that we are searching for is
not outside of us. It is within us. It always
has been and always will be. Contentment
feels good, and it is not an accident. It is
not an accident that peace feels good.
Peace is already here, and it resides in the
hearts of all human beings.
Peace is something that has to be
felt. One of the most incredible powers we
have is that we can feel. When we place
peace in front of that power to feel, we
feel peace. We are here to be filled with
gratitude, love and understanding.
We carry a lamp within so bright that
even in the darkest night, it can fill our world
with light. This light is waiting to be found.
Peace makes no distinctions. It does not
care if we are rich, if we are poor, or what
religion we belong to. It does not care which
country we live in. Peace is waiting to be
found. Waiting to once again feel whole, not
separated by all the issues that divide our lives.
Peace is when the heart is no longer in
duality, when the struggle within has been
resolved. When peace comes to the heart,
serenity follows. Love comes flooding in,
uncontrolled. Joy cannot be held back. It bursts
through because it is right. That is peace.
Peace needs to be felt, love needs to be
felt, truth needs to be felt. As long as we are
alive, the yearning to feel good, to feel joy, will
always be there, and as long as it is
there, there will be a need for it to be
Life is a journey. We are
passengers in a train called life, and we
are alive in the moment called now.
The journey of life is so beautiful that
it needs no destination.
On this journey, we have been given a
compass. The compass is the thirst to be
fulfilled. The true journey of life begins the day
we begin to seek to quench our thirst. This
quest is the noblest one.
For many centuries, a voice has been
calling out: "What you are looking for is within
you. Your truth is within you, your peace is
within you, your joy is within you." In our
hearts, peace is like a seed waiting in the desert
to grow, to blossom. When we allow this seed
to blossom inside, then peace is possible
outside. We have to give peace a chance.
Will we give peace a chance?
SEPTEMBER 21st INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE
Give Peace a Chance
by Prem Rawat
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