It is because of the unbridled desire of man that there is power struggle everywhere, endless craving for military supremacy and cold wars or armed conflicts, says Rajyogi Brahmakumar Nikunj
Today, each of us is seeking peace, aren’t we? The prime reason for this is our dilemma and difficulty in surviving in a world that seems to be riddled with all kinds of conflicts. One finds irreconcilable differences at all levels of the society. Even a man’s mind is like a house divided against itself. Obviously, this is not a happy state of affairs. One, therefore, wants to know what is wrong with the functioning of man that he has lost his peace? When we make an attempt to understand the nature of the man and the state of society, we find that all actions of man are goaded by one or the other of his four basic desires. One of the desires concerns the fulfillment of physical or economic needs that include food, clothing and shelter. To fulfill these desires, he requires money or wealth. But the problem is that man never stops fulfilling these basic needs. His desires for comfort take the form of greed and that is when the real struggle begins. His excessive and endless demands come into clash with the longings of other people. It also puts him in conflict with the law of the land, with his relatives and society and even with his own self. This, therefore, becomes cause for his peacelessness.
It is mainly because of this that our planet, to-day, has millions of people whom the World Bank calls the ‘absolutely poor.’ It is this unchecked desire of man which has caused the class war or the conflict between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots.’
Besides these, man also has emotional needs, like love, care, attention, understanding and the desire for an honourable life. But if he stretches this desire to an inordinate extent, then his longing for prestige, position, privilege, and power takes the form of jealousy and hatred. He again comes into conflict with others. So, it is because of this unbridled desire of the man that there is power struggle everything, and cold war, armed conflicts and endless craving for military supremacy.
The peculiarity of all this is that man desires to be extricated from the situation of conflict and peacelessness. He desires peace, liberation or freedom. It is for the fulfillment of this desire that different ‘religious’ or ‘secular’ attempts are made. Societies are formed, constitutions are framed and religious institutions are established. But with competing desires, there again arises a conflict situation. There are clashes between the majority and minority communities or between oppositions. And so, there has to be a rational acceptance of self-control.
Not many of us are aware that peace is our original nature, but when we arrive on earth, we act through human bodies and lose our original energy in the cycle of action, interaction with proximate matter and souls. When we strip-off our original positive energies, negativity manifests in our minds, then our actions finally result in sufferings. When there is suffering, we seek our original, truly peaceful and blissful state of being. However, our endeavours to attain that peace are limited by certain human constraints of which the first and foremost is the constraint of the human body. It is due to our attachment to the body and its relations and possessions that five vices enter our minds.
The first fallout of this is that we lose our peace of mind, joy and power. All our actions are tainted by either lust, ego, greed, anger or attachment. We get trapped in a circle of karmic bondages helplessly seeking out liberation from these vices so that we can regain our peaceful state. Even though if we wish to give up our vicious habits, we are unable to do so because our spiritual power is depleted by sinning repeatedly. Hence, we need to empower our soul by linking with the supreme source of unlimited power, the Supreme and also with the power of pure actions. Peace is in fact a corollary of purity. Hence, when the mind is cleared of all impurities, peace and happiness dwell there naturally. But the biggest question is — how does one achieve it? It is indeed very simple. First, we need to understand that peace is a composite phenomenon. Hence, one cannot hope to live in peace without hoping the same for his/her neighbours. Therefore, our positive actions that ensure peace for self, society and the environment alone can generate and sustain universal peace. However, such actions can take place only when we understand our relationship with the Supreme, who is the creator, director and actor and who is beyond all limitations that bind us. He never comes in bondage of matter and karma, of life and death. He has an abundance of peace, love and happiness so he never has any personal desires. So, he can and does restore peace on earth when all human endeavours at making peace fail. With this divine knowledge the road to spiritual endeavour and attainment of our original peaceful state opens up! Remember, unless we make peace with ourselves, we cannot re-establish peace on earth.