Is mere absence of war enough to claim peace?

by March 11, 2019 0 comments


Conflict is a manifestation of the motives of violence and destruction or of the ignoble emotions of hate and anger, says Rajyogi Brahmakumar Nikunj Ji

With the invention of nuclear weapons and their sophisticated means of delivery, the nature of wars has now changed dreadfully. As a result of this horrendous development, mankind today is faced with the problem of its very survival. In this situation, the question of disarmament, arms delimitation and prevention of war has attained foremost importance. But, while recognising the constant threat that a nuclear war poses to global peace, it would be wrong to equate calm with mere absence of war. For, conflict is nothing but a manifestation of the motives of violence and destruction or of the ignoble emotions of hate and anger. The real villain, in the drama of war therefore is a man’s or a government’s base motive. One should not, therefore, commit the folly of taking the wood for the forest.

It is a man’s mind which is the repository of evil, of which violence is only one form. It is equally true that it is a man’s mind which is a vast store of divine potentialities as well. Wars, it has truly been said are born in the minds of men; but the seeds of peace also are to be found in man’s mind. So, the problem of global peace is, in its real essence, the question of man’s mental equanimity and spiritual peace. If a man moulds his motives in consonance with the pithy slogan: ‘Be good and do good’, peace will surely return to Earth. Any other effort diplomatic, political, juridic and so on which is divorced from this principle, will attain, at best, only temporary and fragile peace. It will be uneasy peace.

Peace, in the real sense, is a divine feeling and is associated with love, unity, enlightenment, fraternal feelings and inner joy. It has its roots in purity of mind. It is not even slightly touched by any ignoble motives or by any one of the “seven deadly sins.” It should therefore be remembered that the word ‘Peace’, has wider and more subtle connotations than the one which has generally formed the theme for discussions at conferences that are held around the globe since decades. The subject discussed at these conferences has often centred around the threat of war, inter-religious hostilities or breach of law and order. Most of the modern dictionaries also define peace in terms which are equivalent to these. But, in truth, peace refers to harmony of man’s mind with his intellect, his conscience, his environment and with other beings. Equanimity of mind is an essential characteristic of the state of peace. In yogic parlance, it is the name given to spiritual experience which one gets when one’s mind is linked to God, the Ocean of Peace with love. It is such a state of mind that spreads vibrations of peace in the world and can know the real solution to the problem of global peace.

Writer: Rajyogi Brahmakumar Nikunj ji

Courtesy: The Pioneer

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