Swami! We go to colleges and universities for studies and acquire knowledge. We take up some employment thereafter. We draw our salaries, but, the pity is whomsoever we meet starts saying, “I don’t have peace of mind”. Why is this so? What is to be done?

Bhagawan: Mere education will not give you peace of mind. Sage Vyasa compiled all the Vedas, wrote the great epic Mahabharata, the eighteen Puranas and the Brahmasutras. Yet, his mind was restless, without peace. At this stage of Vyasa’s anguish, sage Narada advised him to write the Bhagavata, a work, which incorporated the lilas of the Lord and life sketches of some of the most outstanding devotees of the Lord who sang the full glory of His miracles. It was only then that he enjoyed peace and bliss. Neither position, nor status, nor scholarship, nor influence, nor wealth, nor fame, no, none of these achievements can ever give you peace of mind. It can’t be received from anyone nor can it be located at a place. No external objects, articles, or possessions can give you peace of mind.

The root cause of loss of peace is the bundle of desires. So, I often tell you “less luggage, more comfort, make travel a pleasure”, the maxim of the Indian Railways. Therefore, a ceiling on desires is most important.

“Don’t feel sad that you don’t have koti , one crore of rupees, but be happy that you have enough for roti ” (food)
“Don’t feel unhappy over not having a car, but be happy that you have a kalu ” (leg). .
“Don’t cry over a scorpion bite, but be happy that you are not bitten by an enormous snake”.
“Don’t grieve that a snake has bitten you, but be grateful to God that you didn’t die because of that”.

It is in contentment that peace and happiness are present. Who is the richest man? The man with contentment is the richest man. Who is the poorest man? He who has many desires is the poorest man.

Many come to me and say, “I want peace”. I tell everyone, “The answer is in your request itself. When you say, `I want peace’, there are two components `I’ and `want’. `I’ is mamakara or the `ego’ or attachment, and `want’ is kama or desire. When you give up these two `I ‑ ego’ and `want ‑ desire’, `peace’ is already there.


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