Peace Begins in the Mind
By Remez Sasson
Peace begins in the mind. If you want to live peacefully you have to start working on calming the reslessness of your mind. There are various techniques to do so, and meditation is one of them.
People subconsciously long for peace, so why do they fight each other? Why are there always groups of people who fight other groups? This kind of situation has been going on from the beginning of the human race. Think about it, and you will see the absurdity of this situation.
Set aside a few minutes thinking on the following ideas.
The bodies of all human beings on the planet Earth are made from the same stuff and are more or less similiar. There are no bodies made from some more precious stuff than others.
Then, there is the Spirit. From the viewpoint of nonduality, there is just one indivisible Spirit filling the whole Cosmos. It is the same Spirit filling and activating all the bodies in the Cosmos. There is no one spirit better than another, because it is the same Spirit manifesting through all the bodies.
True, every body looks different from another. However, they are made of the same stuff. There is a difference in way the brain and nervous system function, which means there is a difference in the way that the Spirit can manifest through each body. Some brains and nervous systems convey more easily and smoothly the energy of the Spirit, and others do not convey it so smoothly. It is the same as electricity. The electric current flows faster, and with less hindrance, through certain metals.
Between the body and the Spirit, there is the personality, the ego.
It comes into existence when the Spirit function through a body. I won't enter into explanations what it is and how it comes into being, except saying that the pure Spirit manifests, and sees the world through this personality. It is like looking at the world through some sort of eyeglasses, and here start all the troubles in the world.
The personality, which is the ego, is composed of thoughts, ideas, habits and memories. A person living in a certain society grows with this society's ideas and beliefs, no matter whether these ideas are positive or negative, true or false.
People, in all ages, feel being a part of a certain society, tribe, country, nation or religion, and seldom change their ideas and beliefs about these. They join certain groups or fraternities, support certain sports teams, and join certain societies, political parties or other groups.
People with same ideas and beliefs often, join and unite with people having the same ideas and beliefs. If their beliefs are positive or harmless, it is all right. The trouble begins when a group focuses on the differences between it and other groups, which often, leads to problems, clashes and violence. They forget their true indentity, as part of the One Spirit, and focus on the personal or group identity
Suppose two babies were born to a certain family, and one of them was taken for adoption by a family in another country or of a different religion. Each baby grows in a different society, with different beliefs, goals and behavior, yet both of them are brothers.
They grow to see the world in completely different ways, and might even fight each other one day, as citizens of two countries, or members of different religions. Doesn't it seem absurd? This is all due to the way they were brought up, and to the way their minds, thoughts and beliefs were shaped.
The aim should be to rise above the ego, above thoughts and beliefs.
Look at the world through the eyes of the Spirit and not through the eyes of the ego. From the point of view of the Spirit, the ego is only an illusion and is something temporary.
Why should you be enslaved by thoughts that come and go? Why harm other people, just because they think differently?
Thoughts are like clouds that pass through the sky. You, the Spirit, are the immovable sky, on which your thoughts pass. You are one with everyone else in the world, an inseparable part of the One Spirit. You are not the thoughts and ideas that pass through your mind.
Peace and real freedom come from within, when you are able to rise above the mind, above the ego, and to be aware of the Spirit that is you. How? By changing the way you think, by inner work, and through meditation. I hope the articles and books at this website will help in this direction.
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