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).