Part II — Austria
A peaceful mind, a useful life1My prayer-life indicates that my Supreme Lord’s Peace lies in action. My meditation-life indicates that my Supreme Lord’s Peace lies in manifestation. My surrender-life indicates that my Supreme Lord’s Peace lies in satisfaction.
In spite of my teeming mistakes and failures, my life has implicit faith in my soulful prayer, in my powerful meditation and in my fruitful surrender.
Only when my mind is peaceful can my life be useful. A peaceful mind is the source of a useful life. And this useful life I use to love God the Creator in His own Way and to serve God the Creation in His own Way.
Alas, this world of ours ceaselessly talks about poverty, starvation and undernourishment in man’s outer life. But the world does not pay attention to the inner poverty, starvation or undernourishment. If the inner life is not nourished, if the soul is not fed regularly and punctually, then peace will never dawn in our outer life.
The abode of peace can be found in the inner life. We have to dive within and remain there. Then, at God’s choice Hour, we shall bring to the fore the beauty, purity, divinity and immortality of peace and offer these qualities to our outer life, to our human mind and to God’s entire Creation. This is the only way we can have true peace. Individual peace, collective peace and universal peace can come into existence only after we have nourished our inner life and our soul, the God-representative here on earth.
To our utter surprise and sorrow, there are countless human beings who are unconsciously afraid of peace. Instead of feeling that peace will make their lives happy, meaningful and fruitful, they feel that peace may throw them into more confusion and finally destruction. Again, there are innumerable human beings who feel they do not need or want peace, for they think peace is something strange. They have never seen or felt it, so they are unwilling to consciously accept it. These unlit human minds undoubtedly need illumination, and these imperfect lives undoubtedly need perfection.
It is on the strength of the prayer and meditation of God-lovers and God-seekers that peace will one day be something natural and common to all. It is by virtue of the prayer-life and meditation-life of seekers that peace will inundate the length and breadth of the world. The life of prayer and meditation is the beginning and the eternal continuation of the peace-life here on earth. It is our prayer-life and meditation-life that will offer peace individual, peace collective, peace universal and peace transcendental. There is no other way and there can be no other way.
OEH 6. Medical University; Vienna, Austria, 9 June 1986.↩