Finding Peace in a Troubled World
Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj
How can we find peace when daily the news reports on tragedies and troubles from around the world? We can find a calm retreat within, offering relief from the pains of life through meditation.
Technology has knit the world together through the Internet, social media, television, radio, emails, and text messages. Thus, we can get instantaneous news reports of what is happening throughout the globe. On any given day we hear of earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, fires, or people of all ages dying from disease, accidents, or crime. Those with a compassionate and sensitive heart feel the pain of the suffering that other people experience. When we feel other people’s pain we suffer. How can we find peace when there is so much sorrow in the world?
Since the purpose of our human life is to realize who we truly are as soul and realize the Divine who created all, we need to stay focused on that goal to achieve it in our lifetime. With time being short, we only have a limited number of years to achieve that goal. Thus, we need to make priorities so that we do not run out of time before we realize the Divine. One way to do this is to choose wisely how to spend our time.
If we were to read or listen to the news of all the events taking place around the world, our entire day would be spent in that endeavor. We would never get time to invert our attention within through meditation to see for ourselves what lies beyond this physical life.
Our first priority should be spending time in meditation. In meditation we find a place of peaceful retreat within us. During that time we are engulfed in bliss and joy far greater than any we know in this world. We are elevated to a place far removed from pain and sorrow.
When we come out of meditation, we are pulsating with loving energy and peace. We then can radiate it to others. We spread that peace by our very presence, bringing calm and relief into the lives of those around us. If each person were to meditate and radiate peace to others, it would not be long before peace would spread and bring relief from pain to people all over the world.
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Our wealth, our careers, our worldly knowledge, our relationships, and our art are all left behind when our physical body perishes. What is the path that we can follow that is eternal, that outlives the demise of our physical body, and leads us to God? The answer is spirituality. It is the pathway of universal love that leads us to God, where we will be embraced in a love that will last for all eternity.
Wherever he goes, the spiritual Master carries the message that as we learn how to meditate we will enhance our spiritual growth. One of the key benefits of meditation is that it can make our lives an oasis of peace and love amidst the challenges of life.
People the world over have tried to crack the code to long lasting and harmonious relationships. Yet, if we know where to look, harmonious relationships are not far from our reach. As social beings living in this world, we continually seek harmonious relationships with those around us – our family, our loved ones, friends, co-workers and neighbors.
Staying calm and peaceful while dealing with anger and criticism can help us in transforming others. In this way we become a positive influence in our society.
If we look at the qualities for excellence in the field of sports, we will find they also apply to spirituality. In the physical Olympics there can only be one gold medalist, but in the field of meditation and spirituality each of us can win the gold medal.
Ups and downs in life are a part of the human existence and cannot be avoided. The question is, are we going to lose our peace of mind and become unstable as we face these highs and lows on the roadway of life? Or is there another way?