Read an excerpt from Sadhguru’s ebook “A Culture of Peace” where he talks about the basis of conflict in the world and how each of us can help to create a culture of peace.
When World War II ended in 1945 many nations around the world vowed that they would never fight again and never create such a horror that killed over fifty million people. But the reality is there hasn’t been a single day’s break in fighting since 1945. Some battle has been going on somewhere or the other on the planet. This is a clear declaration by human beings that the way we are right now, we are incapable of being peaceful.
Whenever conflict flares up in the world today, people talk about peace. We need to understand, peace is not something that we have to create. Conflict is our creation. If human beings disappeared from the planet, the world would be very peaceful. If you don’t create conflict, there is peace.
If you look at it only on the surface, there seem to be various causes behind the battles and conflicts on the planet. But when you actually examine it, the fundamental problem is one of give-and-take. With every transaction we have with each other, what is my profit is your loss and what is my loss is your profit. This is the way every transaction takes place. It is always give-and-take; someone makes a little more, someone a little less. This is bound to happen. If we get angry and disturbed within ourselves whenever we make a little less in a transaction, peace is not going to happen. Whether it is within the family or between nations, this is the main problem. We are asked to share something that we are not willing to share.
Sometimes in the process of living, we have to give in a way that may seem unfair to us. We are placed in moments of disadvantage. The volume of it may vary from person to person according to his life situations, but every one of us is subject to some situations which seem unfair to us. If we flare up within ourselves when these things happen, conflict in the world will be a natural consequence. If we don’t have peaceful human beings on the planet, having a peaceful world is just a pipe dream.
A peaceful being does not mean a passive being. You can be very peaceful within yourself and still do whatever is needed. In fact, whatever is needed can be done well only if you are peaceful within yourself. There may come a time in our lives when we have to stand up and fight a war. But we can approach even that with peace in our hearts. When we approach it that way, we will fight only to the extent that is necessary. But when we are in anger and hatred, for one injustice we will cause another. This is what is happening in the world today. One group of people inflict injustice on another group. Then the other group wants to outdo the first group. If each one wants to do something more than what the other did, there will be no end to injustice.
If we want to create peace, if we are thinking of a culture of peace, the first step each of us has to take is to start with ourselves and figure out how to make this one person into a truly peaceful being. If you learn how to be peaceful within yourself in the most difficult situations in your life, only then can we build a culture of peace over a period of time.
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