What is that peace to which we aspire? The Teacher once gave the following description of Shanti or Spiritual Peace, which is the same as found in the experience of other God-realised men. Peace does not mean sloth or inactivity; it does not mean shirking the daily duties and responsibilities; it does not mean silence or inability to stand the strife of the world.
Those who cannot stand the ordinary irritation caused in daily life, opposition, or commotion; do not know the meaning of peace. It is not necessary or desirable to run away from the disturbing influences of the world.
Peace is the nature of Atman, and it has to be realised through service and renunciation in love. Like the flickering light of the distant stars it comes and goes, but it abides perpetually when Truth has been realised in life. The temporary lull is not the peace of the spirit, but when final Nirvana comes, it endures for ever..
A Yogi must cultivate courage to face the realities of life, and to stand the shocks of opposition, disappointment, and so-called misfortune. The habit of cultivating Sattwa Guna through daily practice of meditation and devotion to Truth or God helps to give true courage.
In all our defeats and reverses there is an underlying strain of Truth and Bliss, if we remember that all which comes and goes is from the Beloved, and is therefore useful to our spiritual growth. Every adverse event must be made a stepping-stone to Truth.
To have peace you must give peace to those with who you are in contact. Show temper to no one under any circumstances, and treat all with composure, sincerity and cheerfulness. Stand firm on the rock of patience, and all opposition will melt away.
A cow looks peaceful basking in the sun after a good feed, but you would not like to change with a cow; we do not want that kind of peace. Our peace must be based on progress and on inner and outer harmony.
Egoism (Ahankar) is an impediment to peace. Shift your centre of consciousness from the little mind to Infinity, and realise that what is animating you is also giving life to all, there is no duality.
Then rest in peace, for what can disturb the whole?
If you cannot see peace in the battle of life itself you have not understood the Truth. See Peace in the storm as in the calm that follows it. So also taught the great Zarathustra.
Atman, the Divine Spirit in man; literally, the Self.
Sattwa Guna. Indian Philosophy classifies the aspects of primordial substance under three headings: Sattwa, illumination, peace; rajas, passion-struggle; and tamas, darkness, inertia. All modes of the mind come under one of these headings, or a compound of them. Collectively they are called Gunas.