Is peace really possible? The Brahma Kumaris perspective.
In a world distressed by civil wars, ethnic tensions, nuclear threats, oppressive and repressive regimes--peace seems elusive and even impossible. Though there have been a lot of local, national and international conferences held so leaders can talk about how to attain peace, few have been successful. In fact, everyday we turn on the news, we hear of peace talks breaking down between two warring countries, factions or ethnic groups.
However, as Sr. Rose Oy, a meditation teacher with the Brahma Kumaris says, the reason these efforts to achieve peace failed, is because these talks are "not very substantial". Peace is not really being talked about in these conferences.
"Peace is elusive because we are looking in the wrong places," Sr. Rose says. "And therefore it cannot be found."
Brahma Kumaris instead suggests looking for peace inside oneself, not outside. One cannot ask other people or groups to achieve peace, but when peace begins with oneself, then this can start a chain reaction which will eventually lead to world peace.
Brahma Kumaris, a world spiritual university which aims to promote universal values and creating a better world, believes that peace is an intrinsic quality that humans have. It is as Sr. Rose says, "an inner state of being ... of calmness, serenity and power."
The important thing here, according to Sr. Rose, is awareness, knowing that one can have that capacity for peace. "Knowledge is power," she says and knowing, leads one to the path of peace.
After one has been made aware of this ability, the person then must practice discipline. Discipline here concerns itself with controlling one's thoughts. Our thoughts influence our feelings, our feelings influence our habits, our habits influence our thoughts and so on ... if a person regularly thinks negative thoughts then this generates a negative attitude.
Sr. Rose says this can only be broken if the person starts thinking positive thoughts. One must "plant seeds of positivity" so that peace may be possible.
"If each of us as an individual begins to think more peacefully when on our own and act more peacefully at home, school, work, when with others then our communities and countries will in turn become more peaceful places to live. Then if countries could relate more peacefully our world would become more peaceful. It's individuals who make up the world so it's up to each one of us to make the world peaceful," Brahma Kumaris believes.
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|Date:||Oct 1, 2003|
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