peace is the tie that binds
HEALING WISDOM FROM DEEPAK CHOPRA, MD
At every stage of society--families, communities, and ultimately
nations--it's time for a leap in collective consciousness: from
devastation and hostility to preservation and mutual respect; from
anger and hatred to peace and love. Humanity is capable of such
an evolutionary step. We've done it before. The age of science transformed
life from horse-drawn carriage and death from minor infections to
steam engines, vaccines, and antibiotics. The way of peace carries
that same capacity for change.
Now, perhaps more than ever, we have reason to unite in peace. Simply:
War must end, or we will. A peaceful world is made of peaceful nations.
Peaceful nations are made of peaceful communities. Peaceful communities
are made of peaceful families. And finally, peaceful families are
made of peaceful people.
You may argue that the violence in our world is too deeply ingrained
to erase. And there is evidence to support that belief. At every
level of human existence, we're so conditioned to cruelty and destruction
that it seems we have a war habit. It's as if violence has become
an unconscious default. On the surface, violence is an easy solution.
Striking out in violence and anger relieves us of the responsibility
to consciously communicate with each other and fully understand
each other's point of view. Rather than seeking mutually beneficial
solutions, violence chooses brute force and seeks vengeance.
However, we can forge a new trend away from violence--not by passively
ignoring it or hoping to remove it, but by actively placing in its
stead an alternative that offers at least as much familiarity and
satisfaction. Violence may be a fundamental part of human nature,
but the opposite, peace, is also inherent in humankind. Violence
is powerful, but so is peace. In action, peace is love. And love
carries a power that war can never match. It is active love and
peace, then, that offer the alternative for our allegiance.
The communal change will not come easily, but that's even more
reason to make the commitment now to this transformational shift.
How do we proceed? Three ancient Vedic principles pave the way to
peace--One loving thought, one loving word, and one loving act at
Seva brings a joyful assurance that your daily actions
harm none and benefit all.
Simran illuminates your unique reason for being, your unique
path to humanity's higher purpose.
Satsang is the deeper wisdom that joins you in community
with others sharing a vision of peace.
It may seem an insurmountable challenge, but peace can claim its
rightful place through the united efforts of peacemakers across
our land. These ideals are within our reach; indeed they're already
at work. Altruistic efforts like charities and other volunteer groups
are based on selfless service for the common good (Seva). Human
rights movements seek not to diminish the individual but to uplift
and transcend (Simran). Places of worship and prayer groups have
long existed as communities for peace and spiritual wisdom (Satsang).
Through evolving expansion, Seva, Simran, and Satsang exert their
strength from the level of self, to our higher purpose, and ultimately
to a new kindred community. One person at a time, we must surrender
our spirits to these values of love and peace. To individuals the
impact may seem small, but every historical global shift in consciousness
began with a few and spread to the many. When our daily actions
and true purpose celebrate the sacred, we find peace. When we find
peace, we find
spirit. It is then that we become powerful enough to join hands
and hearts with those in our inner and outer circles to create a
new world order.
Reprinted with permission from Perfect Health magazine