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Inner peace

Inner peace (or peace of mind) refers to a state of being mentally and spiritually at peace, with enough knowledge and understanding to keep oneself strong in the face of discord or stress. Being “at peace” is considered by many to be healthy homeostasis and the opposite of being stressed or anxious. Peace of mind is generally associated with bliss and happiness.

Peace of mind, serenity, and calmness are descriptions of a disposition free from the effects of stress. In some cultures, inner peace is considered a state of consciousness or enlightenment that may be cultivated by various forms of training, such as prayer, meditation, t’ai chi ch’uan (太极拳, tàijíquán) or yoga, for example. Many spiritual practices refer to this peace as an experience of knowing oneself. Finding inner peace is often associated with traditions such as Buddhism and Hinduism as well as the New Age movement.

Inner peace is probably the most important and prevalent thing for a Hindu adherent to pursue. It is said that a person, by disassociating oneself from all earthly desires such as lust, greed and anger, is then able to achieve inner peace. The Bhagavad Gita states “One who abandons all desires, and becomes free from all longing and the feeling of ‘I’ and ‘my’ attains peace.” There are ways by which a Hindu can accomplish disconnection from earthly things through pilgrimage, participation in yoga, and meditation: “If you cannot meditate, how can you experience inner peace? And if you cannot experience inner peace, how can you know joy?” (Bhagavad Gita). Meditation can also help reduce stress, which is highly important for attaining inner peace, particularly for a contemporary adherent. Other ways in which to attain inner peace are through performing the ritual of Puja, or other such devotional acts toward the gods, as the Gita states: “Peace is knowing God.”

Peace is needed at three levels: first is inner peace, which is of the mind. It brings dynamism in our action and makes us more powerful. The second level is peace in our immediate environment, our family, friends and workplace. The third level is peace between nations and continents, which is most important.

Let each one of us become a peace messenger and a peace soldier. Peace soldiers are dynamic with a will to stop any wrong. They expose the wrong deeds and wrong-doers in society, and stand up in protest. Peace does not mean inaction. We want a revolution but we want a peace revolution. Mahatma Gandhi advocated peace, but he did not sit back and allow injustice to happen. His actions were born out of peace.

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