Peace is something that always is
27 May, 2003
Sadhguru, what really is peace and how can I achieve it?
Peace is achieved in different ways. Let's say you eat to a full stomach and lie down; just see how peaceful you are. Somebody else may drink alcohol and become very peaceful and so on. Whenever your ego is satisfied, you are very peaceful. Wherever you go, in that place, if people are willing to support and boost your ego, in that place you are very peaceful. Only in those places where your ego takes a thrashing, that's where you are not peaceful, isn't it?
Generally in the world, when people talk about peace of mind, it is only about somehow making their ego comfortable. Instead of being in a disturbed state, they wish to be comfortable. But the very process of trying to make your ego comfortable is the whole process of discomfort also. The more a person tries to be peaceful, he only loses his peace and goes off track. A person who is trying to be peaceful will never actually be peaceful. Just the reverse of this process will happen.
Generally the peace that you achieve is only about making yourself comfortable. When you are here, looking at the mountains, you are peaceful. Peacefully you are enjoying the mountains and suddenly an elephant rushes out of the forest, straight towards you — all your peace disappears. This peace is of no great significance. It is okay that for sometime off and on you are able to experience a little bit of peace. But it is better to be disturbed because if you are disturbed you at least search. If you become peaceful you only become complacent. Complacence is the greatest enemy. Disturbance is not your enemy. Your complacence is the greatest enemy and this kind of peace will create only complacence.
Peace can also come out of achievement. When you have achieved something you feel very satisfied. You feel like you are complete, a whole being. This lasts just for a moment. This feeling of wholeness is not really wholeness. You achieved peace out of this also, but thisis not peace. When your wishes are fulfilled, when your ambitions are fulfilled, or when everything is right for you, when the situation around you is comfortable for your ego and your body, these are the times when you feel peaceful generally but this peace is no peace. Peace means nothingness. Peace is not something that you create. Peace is not something that happens. Peace is something that always is. What happens on the surface is disturbance. This is just like the ocean. On the surface of the ocean you will see waves, tremendous turbulence and turmoil going on. But if you go deep down, it's perfectly peaceful. The fundamental quality of existence is always peace.
(A Sathsang, open to all, will be conducted in the presence of Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, on Saturday, June 14, at 6:30pm, at Sasmira Auditorium, opp. Old Passport Office, Worli).
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