Most people have the same basic wish: to be happy and avoid suffering. Who doesn’t want to feel peaceful, content and that all is right with one’s life and the world?
Each year on 21 September, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to understanding and promoting the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. World Peace day was first celebrated in 1982.
Isha Institute of Inner-sciences will be hosting an event promoting world peace within and without. For more information, visit worldpeaceday.org.
Even if you plan on attending or celebrating World Peace Day another way please read what Sadhguru has to say about peace.
Sadhguru: All of us need peace in our lives; it is our wish. You wish to be in peace, but the mind is agitated, so, mentally you have no peace. Suppose you lose your peace, naturally, first you will have a quarrel with your husband or wife. As it progresses, you go and yell at your neighbor. As it progresses further, you yell at your boss. The day you yell at your boss, everyone knows you need medical help. Yelling at your husband, wife or neighbor may be perceived as normal because everybody is doing that. Yelling at your boss would be taking it too far.
Now you are in a situation where you have to go to a doctor. He gives you a tablet. Once the tablet goes into your system, you became peaceful – at least for a few hours. When some chemical is put into the system, at the level of the body and mind, agitation leaves and a little peace sets in. So, peace is a sort of chemistry within the body. Similarly, every emotion has a type of chemistry. Whatever the feeling is, it will have a corresponding chemical system within the body that will adjust with it. If we are peaceful, a peaceful chemistry is there within us. Or, if we can create that kind of chemistry within us, automatically, peace is there within us. In yoga, we approach it both ways.
With the right kind of practices, we can bring about a change in our internal chemistry and bring it to a particular level, so that whatever be the situation, we will always be in peace. Right now your peace is a slave to the external situation. If the situation is conducive to you, you remain in peace. If the situation is not okay for you, there is a problem. Only when your peace is not enslaved to the external situation, and your inner self remains the same no matter what the external situation is, then we can call it yoga. In other words, you can say that yoga is the science of creating the right kind of chemistry.
If you have the right kind of chemistry, being peaceful and joyful is the only way – it cannot be any other way. To be peaceful and joyful is not the end of life, it is the beginning of life. If you are not even peaceful, if you are caught up in your mental nonsense, you have not started living yet. Being peaceful or joyful is the most basic requirement. Even if you want to enjoy your breakfast or dinner, you must be peaceful. If you are agitated, can you enjoy your dinner? No. Being peaceful is the very beginning. But today, people go about propagating that the highest dimension of one’s life is to have peace of mind.
Unfortunately, because large populations of the world have not made this beginning, there are people propagating it as if it was the ultimate in life. It is so unfortunate that the so-called spiritual people are going about telling people that to be peaceful is the ultimate. To be peaceful is the most fundamental thing. This is not enlightenment or God. This is the “A” of life, not the “Z” of life. It is the very beginning.