The way to peace of mind
In today’s world with our fast paced lives amidst stress and anxiety, if there is one thing we all long for, it is peace of mind.
Date: 15th April 2015
In today’s world with our fast paced lives amidst stress and anxiety, if there is one thing we all long for, it is peace of mind. For most of us peace of mind has become a cherished ideal that seems far-fetched. We dissipate a large part of our time and energy in seeking favorable circumstances that will lead to peace and tranquility of the mind. But our own experience tells us that circumstances conducive to our mental peace rarely become a reality. So what is the way to peace?
Firstly understand that internal peace is never a product of external circumstances. It is a product of purified senses, mind and intellect. For most of us, our mind is afflicted by mental diseases of desires, greed, lust, envy and ego. As long as the mind is tormented by these diseases, we can hardly hope to achieve peace even in the best of situations. Therefore we can begin our journey towards perfect peace by giving up 3 things:
- Give up endless desires: Remember, peace of mind comes not by enhancing our material possessions but by eliminating our desires.
- Give up sense of proprietorship: Remember everything in the world belongs to God. We came empty handed and will go away empty handed.
- Give up ego: The biggest reason for strife between people is their egos. The way to peace is not to nurture it but to get rid of it.
Self-realized Saints experience everlasting peace and bliss because they have given up all these mental defects by purifying their minds through bhakti. In fact for anyone, everlasting peace can become a practical reality when he or she engages in devotion to God. By attaching the mind to all –pure God, the mind gradually becomes purified and experiences its much cherished ideal of peace and bliss.
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Thank you for these gems of knowledge!
Yes swamiji the ailing mind always requires this Empty hand treatment.It always works the best.Thank You.
Very nice article. Remembering the 3 things mentioned here is the “way to peace of mind”
If someone choses to be a part of worldly engagements , would it be enough to keep one’s mind clean and attached to god.
How far does the purity of soul takes oneself?
Radhe Radhe Guruji.
I am very much blessed .
Radhey Radhey!! Thank you for the knowledge to achieve peace of mind.
Radhey Radhey !! Thank you for remembering us the internal truth to achieve peace of Mind. By reading this it makes us a feel that Swamiji is around us though actually he physically miles away in USA.
Thanks swamiji. I will try my best to apply your advice in my life.
Searching peace of mind is a never ending struggle within and knowing the root cause of this is an achievement to me. Thank you so much Swamiji for enlightening and summarizing the causes into three points. This definitely would help to engage mind into right thing and direct in right path. Radhey Radhey!
The Lord is my Shepherd, I’ll not want……….
Goodness and mercy all my life shall surely follow me,
And in God’s house forevermore my dwelling place shall be.
What if the only desire is to be engaged in His non-stop service – day and night?
Three postulates for a free and healthy mind , nicely pointed out by Swami ji.
Healthy mind means , healthy body, which together make is a healthy Living !
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. it in our day to day life.Thank you Swamiji for your valuable advise.