How Do You Describe Inner Peace And How Do You Know If It Is Disturbed?
How do you describe inner peace?
Inner peace is when you do not hurt any living being through your words or actions and even in your thoughts, you have no inner urge whatsoever to react adversely to the other person’s actions.
There is no inner suffering, and hence there is no urge to cause any suffering to anyone around.
How do you know if it is disturbed?
Simple! when you experience the reverse of the above. That is, there is some kind of a burning sensation that makes you restless. It indicates your inner suffering. When your inner peace is disturbed, you naturally tend to disturb the external environment. This is the easiest way to know whether or not one’s inner peace is intact or is disturbed.
The Enlightened One explains that, only the one who is in pain and misery will cause pain to others eg. he backbites or criticises someone, the one who is unhappy will instigate or provoke someone eg. make others angry; whereas a happy person will never indulge in anything of the sort that makes others unhappy.
Why does our peace get disturbed?
It is because of the inner tubers of anger, pride, deceit and greed.
For example, when there is greed to gain peace from material things and pleasures, we experience pride when we own those things; if we are unable to procure them, we take onto deceit and try dubious ways of obtaining what we want; and if someone poses obstruction on our path to satisfy our greed, we get angry on those. In the process, we lose all our inner peace. Therefore, anger, pride, deceit and greed are the inner enemies that disturb our peace.
When anger, pride, deceit and greed progressively decrease and eventually become annihilated, that is when the inner peace prevails.
Also, these material pleasures, by their inherent nature, are transitory. When we are enjoying them, one minute peace prevails and the next minute it is gone. Trying to get peace from unsteady things will ultimately yield unsteady peace only, isn’t it? It will never last.
The real peace is in the Soul as it is an abode of eternal bliss
Real peace means one that remains forever! Our journey to attain this peace begins from the point when we discover really who I am, when we attain the knowledge of ‘I am a pure Soul, which by its innate nature, is steady, eternal and blissful. That’s called Self-Realization. Then peace will prevail, naturally.
To attain this real peace, Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan, an enlightened being, says, “Go to ‘Gnani Purush’ and receive his grace. Once you receive his grace, your worries will end, and your daily, worldly activities will carry on in harmony.”
So, Self-Realization is attained by Gnani’s grace.
We begin to experience true peace from the real Self.
We begin to see everyone else too as a pure Soul, just like us.
our inner intention changes to that of not causing hurt to anyone through our mind, speech and body. Owing to this intent, by natural law, others too do not want to hurt us and hence our life becomes much more peaceful.
If someone gets hurt by us, we immediately ask for forgiveness by doing pratikraman i.e. we pray to the inner Soul residing in the person whom we caused hurt, “Dear God, I hurt the other person in my thoughts, or through my words or action (as the case may be). Please forgive me and grant me strength so that I do not make this mistake again.”
Doing so, we are not siding with our mistake, on the contrary we are reversing that mistake.
We stop seeing the faults of others, not even when someone bothers us or makes us suffer. The principle is that ‘If you are not at fault, no one in this world will bother you.’ And if we are suffering, it means it is our fault (a result of our past karma). The fault is already made in the past, but we still have a way to find inner peace right now — the way of Pratikraman. Pratikraman is the greatest weapon for peace and bliss. Pratikraman means we apologise before the Lord, “Dear Lord, I made this mistake. Please forgive me and grant me strength so that I do not make this mistake again.”
After Self-Realization, our objective becomes to finish all our karmas and attain ultimate liberation. Therefore, we keenly listen to Gnani’s teachings and try to apply them in our life, in whichever little ways we can.
The following four maxims taught by Gnani help us restore our disturbed peace at once:
Adjust Everywhere – ‘I am prepared to adjust in whatever way it is required.’
Avoid clashes -‘I do not want to get into clashes with anyone at all.’
The fault is of the sufferer – ‘If I am suffering, it is the result of my own past karmas, the other person is just an instrument in delivering the result of my own karma.’
Whatever has Happened is Justice – The law of nature is just and precise. Not even for a single second, there has been any discrepancy in it. (Based on one’s past karma), it rewards the one who is to be rewarded and punishes the one who is to be punished. So accept ‘Whatever has happened is justice’
Applying the above, when mental problems, physical problems or external problems do not bother you anymore, you know that the knowledge of the Self is real. Even though you live a worldly life, nothing of the worldly life will affect you then, and thus your inner peace will never be disturbed. Such is the glory of Self-realisation, which Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan has exposed to the world, thus bringing peace, harmony and bliss to all of mankind!!
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