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Are You Living The Way Of Peace?

Are You Living The Way Of Peace?

Peace isnít achieved by working with violence or working through it. Peace has its own power, its own scheme for organizing events.

We are looking for substitutes that can satisfy needs that are now being satisfied by war. The old satisfactions arenít trivial, for adventure, power, and expansion are primary values in life.

If there is no viable way for the average person to participate in adventure, power, and expansion, then even the illusory way of war, with its terrible toll in human life, is preferable to nothing. As weíll see, if you go deep enough into the way of peace, you find power. You achieve the freedom and excitement that adventure is supposed to bring. You expand in consciousness without having to invade another country and seize its riches.

War is above all a material thing. It involves brute force, bodies fighting against bodies, the destruction of cities that get rebuilt, the squandering of weapons so that more deadly ones can be devised.

If people could achieve satisfaction without destruction, I believe they would. Millions of us want to live without destruction already. Now we are looking for a way to make our will and desire more powerful than war. Fortunately, that isnít complicated.

According to the ancient Vedic texts, you will know you are living the way of peace when three things are present: Seva: Your actions harm no one and benefit everyone. Simran: You remember your true nature and your purpose for being here. Satsang: You belong in the community of peace and wisdom.

These three S-words come from Sanskrit. They describe the ideal life of any spiritual person. But just as crucial, they unlock a power that materialism canít defeat, as a rock canít defeat the rain even though one is hard and the other soft, as a tree canít defeat the wind, even though one is solid and the other invisible. Power can sound abstract, but satisfaction isnít. With each S-word comes a satisfaction that war will never be able to match.

Adapted from: Peace Is the Way, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2005).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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9:20PM PST on Nov 19, 2013

Great Message. Thanks for sharing.

2:11AM PST on Dec 5, 2011

peace be with you all xx

12:57AM PST on Dec 4, 2011

Peace is the way. My hope is that the Occupy movement makes a real and lasting change.

5:36AM PST on Dec 2, 2011

Truly words of wisdom. Thank you, I needed that.

2:43PM PST on Dec 1, 2011

Thank you

11:03PM PST on Nov 30, 2011

Goodday Deepak, wonderful post. "According to the ancient Vedic texts, you will know you are living the way of peace when three things are present: Seva: Your actions harm no one and benefit everyone. Simran: You remember your true nature and your purpose for being here. Satsang: You belong in the community of peace and wisdom.
Seva: that may sound a lot easier said than done. I find that at times even though your action derives from the very best of intentions, no harm meant whatsoever, it is not always 'received' in that way. So now even though you do not mean any harm, you have still done harm.
I have to trust that the intention is important, yet knowing the way your actions will effect others not always so easy! Therefore, a peaceful spiritual action ...seems to not always lead to peace. The only thing that helps me then is to go to the other big S, Silence......in meditation! Namaste!

6:12AM PST on Nov 30, 2011

Many people are following the three components of peace, but it seems that greed is more prevalent. We have the hope that keeping up these values will eventually override the destruction.

3:22AM PST on Nov 30, 2011

yes

11:58PM PST on Nov 29, 2011

I am a damaged vessel. Pain has taken a hold of me and led me astray. Though I saddle a peaceful horse, I often find myself riding a horse of rage.

10:04PM PST on Nov 29, 2011

Well we can have all the compassion we want but if our leaders are violent and start wars every time we turn around, then how can we have peace? It isn't us who are causing problems as much as our greedy, incendiary leaders. All the world religions SAY they are for peace but all they do is start wars and kill in the name of their imaginary gods. All religions are war mongering hypocrites. How long have there been negotiations in the middle east? It never gets settled because somebody wants "victory", not peace. Our leaders want us to lay around and pray for peace and be happy being poor and wait for our "reward" later, AFTER
we die. After we die, THEN we will get all those goodies that we really need NOW. All religions are a scam on the poor and ignorant. Poor people don't have "greed and aggression", our leaders and rich people do. Sure, we can put ourselves in a trance and
find inner peace but that won't change the world. To change the world we have to get out of our trance and actively fight for change.

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