How can a single individual living in San Diego help the world achieve peace? It seems like a dauntless task with every contribution being so small compared to the world’s challenges and conflicts. To create lasting world peace far beyond fleeting negotiations, truces and treaties, people need to value peace in their minds and feel peace in their hearts.
“There is no peace in the world today because. There is no peace in the minds of men”.
~ Secretary General U Thant of the United Nations
A single heart-meditation
~ Sri Chinmoy, Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, Part 50, Agni Press, 2009
The experiences we have on an individual scale parallel the experiences we observe on a world wide scale. If we feel animosity towards a neighbor or coworker, no matter how many outer agreements we make, this inner malice will manifest in some way causing conflict and hostility. Peace between men and peace between nations cannot last until peace is experienced and treasured inside every individual.
Meditation with the spiritual heart is a direct means to that end. When the qualities of unconditional love, compassion, forgiveness and oneness are discovered and nurtured through meditation a more powerful connection can be made with others, and creative clear intuition and insight can be cultivated to resolve conflicts. Everything we imagine, plan, create and offer to the world grows, blooms and manifests from our state of consciousness. If we feel deep within divine peace our outer actions will reflect this and those who come in contact with us and our offerings will feel that sublime harmony.
When he meditated on light,
Inside light he saw peace.
When he meditated on peace,
Inside peace he saw
The liberation of the world.
~ Sri Chinmoy, Twenty-Seven Thousand Aspiration-Plants, Part 8, Agni Press, 1983
It truly is our own inspired meditations on divine peace that spreads the aspiration for peace within from person to person. This spreading of heartfelt peace is the everlasting solution to world peace.
The San Diego Sri Chinmoy Centre not only offers free meditation classes to teach people how to achieve inner peace, but we also host the Peace Run every other year as they carry a torch for world peace throughout the world. In North America the peace runners follow a route through the US, Mexico and Canada for four months and run through San Diego in early June. They offer ceremonies at local schools and a chance to run with the torch for world peace. To find out more and to join in go to peacerun.org.