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--by Prem Rawat (Sep 06, 2004)


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 tranquility. 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 not. The thing that we are searching for is not outside of us. It is within us. It always has been and always will be. [...]

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 discovered.

--Prem Rawat

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On Jun 12, 2006 Nipun wrote:

What is silence? Not absence of sound, but absence of self. Cause of conflict and war is our inability to stay in the present. War is always for something in the future. Peace is always in the now. Is peace transient or permanent? Peace is no self Essence of all of us is peace and love: when one feels it, it goes outwards Peace for me could be a deep breath. Anything that leaves you with clarity. I grew up in a war; nobody knew what peace really was. First step to peace is realizing it's possible. Wars start because of groups -- and exclusive mindset. Should we be hard on ourselves if there's war? Peace is not the absence of hostility but the presence of love. Three things that help me with peace: faith, acceptance and gratitude If you wish to understand war, meditate in the slaughterhouse. Five confusions: time, views, afflictions, living beings, life span. Degrees of wisdom have very little to do with external. Equanimity is the supreme measure. Cool book na  See full.

  • What is silence? Not absence of sound, but absence of self.
  • Cause of conflict and war is our inability to stay in the present.
  • War is always for something in the future. Peace is always in the now.
  • Is peace transient or permanent?
  • Peace is no self
  • Essence of all of us is peace and love: when one feels it, it goes outwards
  • Peace for me could be a deep breath. Anything that leaves you with clarity.
  • I grew up in a war; nobody knew what peace really was. First step to peace is realizing it's possible.
  • Wars start because of groups -- and exclusive mindset.
  • Should we be hard on ourselves if there's war?
  • Peace is not the absence of hostility but the presence of love.
  • Three things that help me with peace: faith, acceptance and gratitude
  • If you wish to understand war, meditate in the slaughterhouse.
  • Five confusions: time, views, afflictions, living beings, life span.
  • Degrees of wisdom have very little to do with external. Equanimity is the supreme measure.
  • Cool book name -- one minute wisdom. Another name: no second.
  • Rev. Heng Sure: easier to meditate through downtown LA, than Beverly Hills. BH had fake peace.
  • Person who tolerates injustice is weak
  • Be peaceful but watch out for tigers
  • Research: people who think they're lucky are able to find things that unlucky people don't look for.
  • Disaster in Russia, Oaklahoma bombing -- we need to change.
  • Duality of the heart -- we need time to come to the right decisions; we need to stop haste.
  • Peace is within. One day a stranger walked by. "Spare some change?" mumbled the beggar, "I have nothing to give you," said the stranger. Then he asked: "What's that you're sitting on?" "Nothing, " replied the beggar. "Just an old box. I've been sitting on it for as long as I can remember. "Ever look inside?," asked the stranger. "No," said the beggar. "What's the point, there's nothing in there." "Have a look inside," insisted the stranger. The beggar, reluctantly, managed to pry open the lid. With astonishment, disbelief, and elation, he saw that the box was filled with gold.

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