Peace is our birthright. How can we have it?1

[Sri Chinmoy sang:]

O Lord, where is the Truth?
“Where your Beloved is.”
Who is my Beloved, Who?
"In Whom your life is peace.”

Peace. Peace. Peace.

The outer peace and the inner peace. The outer peace is man’s compromise. The inner peace is man’s fulfilment. The outer peace is man’s satisfaction without being satisfied at all. The inner peace is man’s satisfaction in being totally and supremely fulfilled.

How can the outer peace have the same capacity as the inner peace has? The outer peace can have the same capacity if and when man’s creation and God’s Creation become inseparably one.

What is man's creation? What is God’s Creation? Man's creation is fear. Man’s creation is doubt. Man’s creation is confusion. God’s Creation is Love. God’s Creation is Compassion, God’s Creation is Concern.

Fear is the feeblest ant in man. Doubt is the wildest elephant in man. Confusion is the devouring tiger in man.

There is no yawning gulf between man’s cherished fear and forced fear.

Doubt God, forgiveness granted. Doubt yourself, your complete destruction decreed.

Yesterday’s confusion was the beginning of your insincerity. Today’s confusion is the beginning of your insecurity. Tomorrow’s confusion will be the beginning of your futility.

God’s Love for man is man's aspiration. God’s Compassion for man is man’s salvation. God’s Concern for man is man’s perfection.

Man’s fulfilling and fulfilled search for the Real is Peace. God the Love is man’s eternal Guest in the inmost recesses of his heart. God the Peace is man’s eternal Host in the inmost recesses of his heart. That is why we can unfalteringly and unmistakably claim that the loving and fulfilling peace is our birthright.

Now, how can we have peace — even an iota of peace, in our outer life, in the hustle and bustle of life and amidst multifarious activities? Easy — we have to choose the inner voice. Easy — we have to control our binding thoughts. Easy — we have to purify our impure emotions. The inner voice is our guide. The binding thought is the dark and unpredictable weather. We have to face it and then dominate it. The impure emotion is the inner storm. We have to refrain from the luxury of the emotional storm. We have to be aware of the binding thoughts. These thoughts have tremendous vitality. We must never allow them to swell into mountains. These thoughts are absolutely non-essential and we have no time to fret over nonessentials. Impure emotion is the harbinger of our immediate frustration and frustration is the harbinger of our total destruction within, without.

How can we choose the inner voice? How? To choose the inner voice we have to meditate early in the morning. To control and dominate our undivine thoughts we have to meditate at noon. To purify our unlit impure emotion we have to meditate in the evening.

What is meditation? Meditation is man’s constant awareness and conscious acceptance of God. Meditation is God’s unconditional offering to man.

Peace is the beginning of love. Peace is the completion of truth. Peace is the return to the Source.

[Sri Chinmoy sang:]

There was a time when I stumbled and stumbled,
But now I only climb and climb beyond
And far beyond my Goal’s endless Beyond
And yet my Captain commands:“Go on, go on!”

Already invoked and received from God. Again with your kind permission I wish to invoke more peace from above. Those who would like to join me in invoking peace are most welcome to come up to the platform and meditate with me for peace, inner peace and all-fulfilling peace. Please come up to meditate.

[There was an immediate response from the audience.]


  1. AUM 711. This talk was given by Sri Chinmoy at the United Nations Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium on 13 May 1971.