Sri Chinmoy Answers

August 8, 2018 | By More

Question: How can we have inner peace in today’s chaotic world?


The greatest misfortune that can come to a human being is to lose his inner peace. No outer force can rob him of it. It is his own thoughts, his own actions, that rob him of it. Our greatest protection lies not in our material achievements and resources. All the treasure of the world is emptiness to our divine soul. Our greatest protection lies in our soul’s communion with the all-nourishing and all-fulfilling Peace.

To hope to achieve peace without spirituality is to expect water in the desert. Worries—mental, vital and physical—do exist, but it is up to us whether to accept them or reject them. We are mistaken if we think that peace will, on its own, enter into us near the end of our life’s journey. We must resolve here and now, amidst all our daily activities, to throw ourselves, heart and soul, into the Sea of Peace.

For peace of mind, prayer and meditation are essential. Everything depends on the mind, consciously or unconsciously, including the search for peace. If there is no purity of the mind, there can be no sustained success in the spiritual life. We own peace only after we have totally stopped finding fault with others. When we observe others’ mistakes, we enter into their imperfections. This does not help us in the least. We have to feel the whole world as our very own.

We must always discriminate. We have to feel that the outer world which attracts our attention is ephemeral. To have something everlasting, to attain to a rocklike foundation in life, we have to turn toward God. There is no alternative. And there is no better moment to take that turn than when we feel most helpless.

Our peace is within, and this peace is the basis of our life. So from today let us resolve to fill our minds and hearts with the tears of God-devotion, the foundation of peace. If our foundation is solid, then danger can never threaten us. For peace is below, peace is above, peace is within, peace is without.

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