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Contentment Is Not That Far

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There is one thing which is common among all the human beings on this planet. One could state infinite differences based on name, place of birth, occupation etc., but there is a common thread that binds us all and that very common thing is nothing but the aspiration to be fulfilled. Everything that is being stated is obvious. What is the obvious? That we are alive, this is obvious. That peace that we look for is inside of us that is obvious. Everything else, in a moment’s notice, can change. The only thing that doesn’t change is our strength, our beauty, our joy. We, after all, are human beings.
Mr Prem Rawat says, “Finding peace is not about climbing high mountains and becoming someone who feels and expresses no emotions. It is simply a question of looking within oneself. Real peace and contentment that you can experience does not exist somewhere else. It is inside you.”
We even ask the question “Is peace possible? Do we not know that peace inherently exists in the heart of every single human being? Why are we asking can this happen? Of course, it can happen but then the question becomes why it isn’t happening. It’s not happening as the wars we see in the world and the disagreements we have with those around us all starts within human beings. The external wars can be temporarily ceased, but unless the conflict taking place within individuals is resolved, sooner or later it will re-ignite the external conflicts. We should understand the first step is for individuals to nurture and practice peace within their own hearts. When enough individuals can do this, then external wars can come to an end.
War begins in the minds of human beings, conflict doesn’t begin on the outside, conflict begins inside, and the resolution to the conflict is also on the inside. Conflict doesn’t just happen between borders; conflicts can happen inside a country inside a town inside a house. Do you know what it like is to stop in the middle of your conflict and understand the peace that dances within you. Have you felt that feeling when you are in sync with your existence?
But somewhere in our formulas we have forgotten the most fundamental things. Who should be in the middle of humanity? Human beings! Ideas and formulas are being placed at the core of humanity where human beings are belonged to. You can see not people being addressed but formulas being addressed. When a baby cries, does the mother say, ‘You’re not supposed to cry till the next three minutes.’? This is wrong! She gets up and addresses the issue. This is who we are. We want other people to think of us as being kind! Why? Because kindness is nice, but are we kind to others, to indeed our own? Every human being on the face of this earth is a neighbour to each other because there is no other neighbour out there, not on the moon, not on the mars, not on the Venus, not for billions of billions of miles, we don’t have a neighbour. All of them are in this place called Earth!
We know that democracy is few servings many, and today democracy has become many serving a few. That’s not democracy. We are not politician, but we are human beings who hold very close to their heart the fundamental principles and the possibility of peace on this earth. Whatever happens, peace needs to be given a chance to flourish. That’s the only thing we haven’t tried in a long time! And then people have more questions, where is peace? What is peace? Absence of war, No! War happens because people loss respect for each other. Idea, principles, definitions, rules became more important than people and when that happens, that war, it not only inflicts you physically, but that war will inflict you mentally. Peace is in the heart of human beings not in the minds of human beings. So humbly putting to a simple fact – contentment is not that far away from us! Peace is not that far from us, never has been, never will be; peace is not a luxury, the process of peace is not of creation but of discovery.
We share this time on this planet, it is incumbent upon us to use our resources, intelligence and the goodness of our hearts to bring forth peace on this planet earth regardless how impossible it may seem. There is one power we have and that is our resolve and ingenuity that can overcome any obstacle, and no obstacle is big enough in front of our resolve and our determination. We have invested in the past and we have invested in the future, it is time to invest in the present because you may not know this, that’s where you will hang out the most, not in the future and not in the past. It is the investment of now that is going to fundamentally affect the future generations. The seeds we sow now are the crop of the next season.
One day at a time, one person at a time, making that resolve for peace is what’s going to change the face of humanity, when human beings have properly been placed in their place where they belong right. Right now, they are at the bottom, they don’t belong there, they belong at the top. Systems should serve humanity, not humanity serves the systems. This is the possibility. The window needs to be opened and the nightingale needs to be invited and the songs soothe our existence.

Mr. Prem Rawat is an International Speaker and Ambassador of Peace. He is the founder of humanitarian organization The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF), which addresses fundamental human needs of dignity, peace and prosperity. His message is available on www.premrawat.com and www.rajvidyakender.org.)


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