“Peace is not in a monastery.
Peace is not the absence of noise.
Peace is not a declaration.
Peace is not the absence of war.
Peace is a fundamental human need
that comes from within every single being.”

A GREATER WORLD

I am a person who believes that it’s good to talk about peace but it’s better to feel it. That it’s okay to talk about human progress but it’s better to actually accomplish it.

For a very long time, human beings have shown a particular trait. This trait is to better themselves. We could have stayed in caves but we strived to make something beautiful to live in. There is a human trait to improve and to better ourselves.

In this spirit of bettering ourselves, we have improved externally … yet there is also a fundamental need to better ourselves from within. Not only from our minds but from our hearts. Not only in ideas but in reality.

This is who we are. These are the genes, the ideas, the elements that have shaped us and brought us to the point where we are today. We have always been concerned about our future. A long, long time ago, as we transitioned from trees to caves, we wondered: “What will happen to us?” And today, after all the changes that have happened since then, we still question our future.

There are people who say that the earth will be destroyed. And when we hear that, we feel concerned. It’s natural. Right now, due to the economic situation of the world, there are people wondering what’s going to happen to them. Wars continue. Reasons are declared. Justif ications are thrown at us. Innocent women and children, entire families are killed. For what? For reasons. For explanations. For ideas. For ideals that people have created.

THE IDEAL

The ideal should be peace on earth and for people to feel and celebrate this peace. We talk about prosperity. What I have observed is prosperity without peace leads to chaos.

We have to understand what peace really is. Peace is not in a monastery. Peace is not the absence of noise. Peace is not a declaration. Peace is not the absence of war.

Peace is a fundamental need that comes from within every single human being. It is from the hearts of human beings that peace will be achieved, when there is a simple recognition— that we may look differently, we may speak differently, but we have the same fundamental needs, and we share this magnificent place called planet Earth.

We need to appreciate the importance of getting along with each other. It’s not like everybody has to become the same. We should welcome and accept our differences—whether they are in culture or language.
I speak two languages. I know that what you say in English, you can also say in Hindi. What you communicate is not any different. You just say it differently: in different words, with different voices. But the substance is exactly the same.

We are part of a much greater world. There are fundamental elements afoot in human existence, and one of these fundamental elements is the need and want for peace. As it is good to talk about food, it is better to eat food; as it is good to talk about water, it is better to drink water; as it is good to talk about peace, it is much better to actually feel peace.

“We are part of a
much greater world.”

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