Section: Norway

World peace through culture

University of Oslo; Oslo, Norway
George Sverdrups Hus Library
12 June 2001

Forward we walk to receive glories. Inward we dive to achieve peace. Forward we march to conquer the world. Inward we dive to embrace the world. Forward we run to arrive at the Goal. Inward we dive to become the Goal itself.

Where is the beauty of peace? The beauty of peace is in dedication-world-service. Where is the fragrance of peace? The fragrance of peace is in aspiration, an ever-climbing cry from the depth of our heart.

When do I not have even an iota of peace? Being a Truth-seeker and God-lover, I do not have even an iota of peace when God compassionately takes my side. Being a Truth-seeker and God-lover, when do I have Infinity's Peace? I have Infinity's Peace when I am cheerfully and self-givingly on God's side.

Peace applauds peace. Unrest fights unrest. Love ascends. Peace descends. Love says, "I certainly have." Peace says, "I soulfully am."

Joy is in self-giving. Peace is in God-becoming. Peace is the expanding Heart of Infinity. Peace is the enlightening Breath of Immortality.

A man of peace does not prove; he just improves, improves himself. God Himself extols that human being to the skies who has discovered in life his life's sole purpose: peace.

Some are blindly searching for world peace everywhere, while others are desperately searching for the same thing. Still others are soulfully, self-givingly and sleeplessly searching for world peace. But they do not know that peace has sempiternally been in the heart of aspiring humanity.

Again, to have peace within is not enough. We needs must bring it to the fore and offer it to the world at large.

As long as our mind is forced by the desire-world to carry the heavy and useless burden of thought, we can have no peace. The mind needs an indomitable will to go far beyond the domain of the thought-world to be inundated with Infinity's Peace.

When our hearts have sky-high aspiration-cries, we discover peace-blossoms in our heart-garden.

The mental peace is no peace; it is a fleeting breath. The intellectual peace is no peace; sooner than at once it disappears. The compromising peace ends before it begins.

Peace knows not peace-talkers and peace-preachers. Peace knows well, very well, only the peace-dreamers and peace-servers. They are the intimate and indispensable friends of peace.

At the end of our journey's close, when we enter into the Heavens, God does not measure our earthly life's prosperity-power. He only measures our earthly life's peace-towers.

The choicest child of Norway, the first Secretary-General of the United Nations, Trygve Lie, has so clearly and puissantly voiced forth the achievements of the United Nations: "The United Nations has not yet been able to enforce peace, but it has been able to persuade nations to keep the peace and to bring them back to the conference table when they threaten to fight each other, or even after they started fighting."

Being the first Secretary-General, he wisely advised his successors what he himself practised in his own term while he was serving the United Nations: "It is necessary for the Secretary-General to act with full realisation of the consequences of taking public positions on matters closely affecting the peace of the world. At the same time, there have been and will be issues that affect the well- being and even perhaps the very life itself of the United Nations. On such occasions, I believe with all my heart and soul that it is necessary for the Secretary-General to speak out for what he believes to be right."

His was the dauntlessly prophetic utterance: "The United Nations is the supreme law of the world." May Trygve Lie's loftiest vision be manifested here on earth.

I have peace when my life becomes a mountain of smiles. I have peace when my heart becomes a fountain of tears. I have peace when my entire being unconditionally surrenders to God's Will.

I have boundless peace when I succeed in pleasing the human in me: God the Creation. I have boundless peace when I succeed in fulfilling the Divine in me: God the Creator.

[Sri Chinmoy was invited to offer this lecture by Dr. Per Kvaerne, Professor of History and Religion at the Department of Cultural Studies, University of Oslo. Professor Kvaerne has been a member of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences for twenty-five years and is the world's leading authority on Tibetan religions.]