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by Swami Sivananda
Table of Contents
About This Book (Back Cover) Message of Peace 6 World peace 15 Self-realisation: the basis of world Solidarity 18 World peace and welfare 25 Sure recipe for world peace 31 It is high time now: Behold the Self in all 34 Unity in diversity 37 The need of the hour 39 Meditate and bring peace to the world 40 Message of peace 42 Gospel of peace 47 Peace—I 50 Peace—II 52 Peace of mind 54 Inner peace 57 Happiness for all 59 Aids to peace 63 Joyous life in the world of woes 67 The path to the pure delight 69 Path to eternal bliss (a letter) 71 Enjoy the abiding peace (a letter) 72 Secret of equipoise 73 Gaze inward 75 Happiness is within—I 77 Happiness is within—II 79 Defects of sensual life 84 Pleasure and pain 85 Bliss absolute 89 Bliss, Immortality and Freedom 91 Way to peace 93 Foundations of peace 94 Secret of happiness 96 Way to Happiness 99 Aids to peace 100 Path to peace 102 Way to bliss 103 Bhuma alone is bliss 105 Recipe for eternal life 107 The key to happiness: oneness of living 110 Philosophy of pain and suffering 112 Way to peace and bliss 113 The golden era is at hand 117 Peace through non-attachment 119 Contentment 124 Adaptability, a means to peace 128 Universal love, the fountain of peace 131 Now I abide in peace 134 Prayer for word-peace 135
Means for world peace 139 Way to world peace 139 To the Governments of the World
(Master-key to world peace)
140 Stop war 141 Stop all wars 141 The cementing force 142 I have come to reconcile 142 I have a message 143 Peace chant 143 Vedanta solves all problems 144 Vedanta for world peace 144 World peace 145 Third world war 145 Live in boundary-less realm 146 Heaven in your heart 147 Peace is divine 147 Hidden river of bliss 148 Have inner spiritual life 149 Who is really happy? 149 Live in peace 150 Remember God ceaselessly 151 Recipe for peace—I 151 Recipe for peace—II 152 Way to bliss 152 How to get eternal bliss? 155 Find the ultimate peace 156 Happiness is only in Atma 156 Desire brings pain 157 Sensual pleasure and spiritual ecstasy 157 Path to peace 158 Enemies of eternal peace 158 Money and peace 159 The triple gem 159 Way to beatitude 160 Be balanced 160 War and peace 161
Way to peace, according to Gita 162 Cause of pain, according to Gita 166
About This Book
Only one who has found peace within himself can possibly be trusted to lead mankind to peace! The restless social and political leaders of the world, hankering after power, position, prestige, name and fame, how can they show the way to Peace unless they themselves sit at the divine feet of a Man-of-God and imbibe the Peace that flows from his Presence?
Sage Sivananda is full of compassion and does not wait to be approached, to give our leaders initiation into the technique of achieving inward peace. His "secrets" are broadcast to the whole world instantly. This book is the result.
This volume is meant for those who aspire for peace within themselves and who would promote world peace—who would not? It is the Publishers’ Prayer that it will prove to be a timely guide to save mankind from wars, riots and ill-will, and man from disharmony and discord.
MESSAGE OF PEACE
(71st Birthday Message)
All the problems facing mankind today hinge round Peace. Given the secret of securing peace, man will be able to build up a sane civilisation, prosperous society, happy home, and intelligent individual.
Groping blindfolded in the dark, man lays hold only on a series of destructive media—the atomic bomb, the most "effective" ways of using them, and the hateful ideologies of political self-aggrandisement, economic monopoly, national glory and individual power.
The "peace" that prevails today is the peace of fear and the peace of preparation. Ignoring the sincere advice of men of wisdom, the great nations of the world are intent upon demonstrating their destructive strength. That way lies war, not peace.
Peoples belonging to different religions, different nations, and different classes or castes, stir up jealousy, ill-will and hatred towards others, in the fair name of religion, patriotism, and various other ‘isms’. Forgetting for the moment that what divisions exist in the structure of society today are there for the convenience of Man and for the promotion of commonweal.
This disharmony arises in the heart of man, infects the household first and gradually spreads to the society, and then the nation and the world at large. No amount of readjustment of the social structure and revolutionisation of political set-up will bring permanent peace. Even where these are necessary they should spring from the heart of man, for the sake of humanity.
Peace is the nature of the innermost Self of man Shanto Ayam Atma: He who even strives to realise this Self, who has begun to direct his attention towards this Self, enjoys this peace that prevails in the Self. Even as the nuclear explosion spreads destructions for miles around, this superphenomenal experience of the Peace of the Self generates the powerful current of Peace that dispels the darkness of ignorance and disharmony from the heart of everyone who attunes oneself to the Yogi of such experience. Even a few Yogins of Inner Spiritual Experience of Self-realisation can transform the whole world and bring peace, plenty and prosperity. For, millions devoted to them will share the spiritual treasures acquired by them. They will begin to feel that the One Self dwells in all. One Life lives in all, and One Cosmic Will expresses Itself through countless beings. They will begin to see that all distinctions are man-made and that all boundaries are imaginary. They will begin to think in terms of humanity, to practise the universal religion of cosmic love. This is the road to peace.
Therefore, turn the gaze within. Shut the doors of the senses. Restrain the turbulent mind. Slay the doubting intellect. Fill your heart with the nectar of faith and devotion. Serve humanity selflessly. Do Japa. Concentrate. Meditate. Pray and wait. Seek the Peace within. Realise the Self. Shine as a Yogi, the greatest benefactor of humanity. May God bless you all with health, long life, peace, prosperity and Self-realisation.
TO THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE WORLD
(MASTER KEY TO WORLD PEACE)
Now Ashramas are run by Sannyasins,
Vairagees, Bhaktas and Yogis alone.
There are only a very few Ashramas.
Their activities are limited for lack of funds.
If governments take up this work,
We can have Ashramas in each district.
There will be peace and plenty everywhere.
Satya Yuga will dawn.
India will rise again to its original spiritual glory.
We will have abundant Yajnavalkyas,
Nachiketas, Sadasiva Brahman, Dattatreyas,
Gargees, Madalasas, Sulabhas.
O Premiers! Wake up, wake up!
Kindly take up this work immediately.
This is the dire need of the hour.
You are building up new towns;
Build Yoga-Vedantic Ashramas and universities.
Wake up UNO, UNESCO and O-es and Co-es,
Wake up all scientists, educationists, culturists,
Train Yogis, Vedantis, Bhaktas and Karma Yogis,
Here lies the Master Key for World Peace,
Highest Culture and Supreme Civilisation.
War is the highest barbarism.
It is the most horrible crime.
It is monstrous and horrible villainy.
It is man’s crowning stupidity.
It leads to disaster and destruction.
O Scientists! Abandon bomb manufacturing.
Try sincerely to make peace among nations.
O Dictators! O Presidents!
Attempt to effect world peace.
You will not gain anything through wars.
You have rejected the Sermon on the Mount.
You preach against religion and God.
This is indeed a grave blunder.
Establish Yoga-Vedanta Centres everywhere.
You have too many scientists;
You have too few men of God.
Invite Yogis and Sannyasins from India;
They will guide you and show you the way to PEACE.
STOP ALL WARS
War is due to ignorance,
Delusion, and lust for power
War is brutality, bestiality, barbarism.
War is moral and spiritual bankruptcy.
War is destruction and hell.
Cultivate love, understanding and compassion.
Become a lover of peace.
Establish peace and goodwill on this earth.
Practise Ahimsa or non-violence.
THE CEMENTING FORCE
There is chaos and turmoil in the world.
There is lack of tolerance.
There is lack of accommodation.
There is international conflict.
There are ideological differences.
The teachings of saints alone
Will serve as a beacon light now.
Saints alone can cement everything,
And bring peace and harmony in this world.
I HAVE COME TO RECONCILE
I am a peace-maker.
I have come to reconcile.
I belong to the brotherhood of all.
I disseminate the message of love and peace,
The message of unity and goodness.
I sing the song of oneness,
The song of "Be good, do good",
The song of "Soham, Sivoham,
I HAVE A MESSAGE
I have turned away
From the wealth of the world.
I have a mission,
A great task before me.
In my heart
There is a mighty flame.
I spread the message
Of brotherhood, peace and love.
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