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Peace - An exploration

Peace - An exploration

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In the topic "peace" guru nalaram takes us behind the word and its meaning, to help us discover that merely by existing, the word peace means that there must be an opposite - violence, and that only through the understanding that all is one, can we finally get rid of the word peace... No fighting for peace, as that implys violence...
In the topic "peace" guru nalaram takes us behind the word and its meaning, to help us discover that merely by existing, the word peace means that there must be an opposite - violence, and that only through the understanding that all is one, can we finally get rid of the word peace... No fighting for peace, as that implys violence...

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Published by: Guru Nalaram C Rolliman on Mar 30, 2010
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P e a c e
 The state prevailing during the absence of warHarmonious relations; freedom from disputes The absence of mental stress or anxiety  The general security of public places
would like to start our discussion by talking about the many misconceptions of the word peace. Peace is notan absence of war. Peace is not waving two fingers in the air making the peace sign. Peace is not sitting around smoking marijuana wearing hemp clothing and talking about the cosmos. Peace is not a universalstate of mind. Peace is not becoming a monk and meditating all day. Peace is not god, and you cannot fight forpeace – peace is a lot closer to home than that, and it is a lot more physical, than anything so-called spiritual.
One thing's for sure, and that is you cannot force people to be at peace. If you win a battle and overcomeyour enemy, then the country is not at peace, only in a temporary state of “not war.” Why? Because peace isbrought about by the transcendence of internal agitation and turmoil through the loving of all things and that issomething that can only be achieved individually. If I am at peace, the world is at peace.I think it's fair to say that most of us are not at peace in our lives. The general stress and strain of modernlife; paying bills, dealing with relationships, holding down a job, and worrying about the future, is enough to leaveus feeling internally stressed and heading for the nearest thing to make life more peaceful. Yes you got it, yourold friend the ice cold beer, the rich red wine, the zesty gin and tonic, or maybe just a plain old cigarette. Take asip, take a puff... Ahh, that's better... Peace!Many books have been written on finding peace in your daily lives. Some people even travel to “spiritual”countries like india and tibet in search of inner peace. Some people join monasteries. Some people write songsabout praying for peace, and last but not least, governments try to keep the peace. It's funny, in a world so full of  violence, there seem to be a lot of people trying to find peace, or at least force it on to other people.In other topics, we have asked the question whether man is a naturally violent species, and we have said thatalthough he has the tendency to express his desires violently if he doesn't get what he wants, there is nothing tosuggest it is inherent in our nature. We need food and shelter to survive individually, and a mate to procreate withif we are to keep the species going, that is all; we need nothing more. As we begin our exploration of this topictogether, we must also remember that peace is a man-made word, it has nothing to do with our biologicalheritage.Let me start by asking you a question. Is a lion at peace? Are a herd of elephants at peace? What about thebirds, are they at peace? What about a tree? These might seem like stupid questions to you, but it is of theutmost importance we find out what we mean by “peace.” A mouse goes about his business, scurrying from place to place eating and drinking causing no visible harmto anyone else, meanwhile an owl sits on a branch quietly. Both of them could be said in human terms to be atpeace. Suddenly the owl flaps his wings, leaves the branch silently, and glides towards the forest floor. Meanwhile,the mouse is still scurrying around quietly, in the darkness of night. The owl’s talons extend, and he catches themouse, lifting it high into the air. Its talons have pierced its now lifeless body and the owl returns to its branch toquietly rip off the mouse’s head before devouring the whole body – bones, guts, and all. At what point did the owl stop being at peace? What do you think? Was it when it had the intention to kill amouse, or was it when its talons actually caught the mouse? What I want to know is, was the owl ever at peace? We can see it was violent for a split second, where it caused the death of another animal, but hey, the owl washungry and owls eat mice,the end! Can you follow this? What I am asking is whether “peace” (the word) exists inthe animal world, or is it merely a man-made concept?I think it highly unlikely that “peace” can exist, because when we apply it to the animal world, it meansnothing. Animals are violent when (a) they are hungry, and are designated meat eaters, and (b) when othermembers of the species encroach on their territory (which affects the amount of food available for the group)and (c) when their dominance over the group is threatened which affects their ability to mate with all the females.
 Animals do things to protect the survival of themselves, their group and their species, that is all. They areneither at peace, nor not at peace, do you understand? The word does not apply. Let me explain.I neither eat animals nor any products that have come from animals, which I do through choice. I eat nuts,fruit and vegetables etc. and I consider myself to be a “peaceful” man, in that I wouldn't hurt anyonedeliberately; but just imagine for a moment that there was a shortage of food, and there weren't enough vegetables to go round the group. What would I do, being a “peaceful” man? Would I sit there meditating whilstletting the rest of the group gorge themselves on the available food because I vowed never to hurt another?Imagine I'd asked them kindly to share the food with me, to show some compassion for a starving man, butthey just laughed and carried on eating. What would I do? Would I once again just sit down and wait for my death? I doubt it very much. We homo sapiens are part of the animal world, as it is part of us, and we are programmed to ensure wesurvive, and to survive we must eat. It is hat simple. So I get up and ask once again for some food. Once again Iam refused, so I pick up a rock and strike the man with it, and I keep hitting him, until he gives up his share of the food. I want to survive, so I will do “whatever it takes” to survive. I think we all have to remember that we allhave the potential to become violent when our biological needs are not being met.Imagine now that I am a non-meat eater and I am in a place where there are no vegetables, fruit, or nuts. It is winter and snow covers the ground. What do I eat? Do I go hungry and starve to death because I took a vow never to harm another animal, or do I try to kill anything that will provide fuel for me to stay alive, just as theowl did? What do you think? Are my ethics worth more than life itself?I know what I would do. I am an animal like the owl, and when I need to eat, I find something to eat, whether it be animal or vegetable. Some people may be horrified that I have said this. “You are going againsteverything you have said!” I hear them cry. But how do you think man became such a successful species? He isadaptable to all environments.I am currently writing in the north of sweden in the middle of winter. Heavy snow has covered the ground,and nothing is growing at the moment. I am fortunate that thanks to modern growing, storage and distributionmethods, I can have all the vegetables, fruit and nuts I want, as long as I have enough money.But try to think back several hundred years or several thousand years to when man first came to colonise thispart of the world. How did he survive up here successfully? By eating whatever was available. And in the winter,that was animals, like reindeer and elk. They ate the meat and protected themselves against the freezing temperatures with their skins. That is life giving life.If one of the groups had decided to become vegetarians, or vegans, how do you think they would havesurvived the winter? Once again there was no peace nor violence going on, just survival. Are you starting to see ?In the natural world, outside of our thinking, there is only survival of the species. It's not personal; there is nomalice aforethought; they are not greedy; nor filled with desire, or craving power. These are man-made – of themind. These are not things which trouble the animal kingdom. To them, peace is nothing. It is a conceptinvented by man to describe the human world. A world we think is very different to the animal world; and insome ways is so far removed from it that it is no wonder people questioned how we could have ever evolvedfrom apes, deciding that there had to be a better explanation, involving someone called “god.”
My mind is at war My mind is at peace 
Instantly, division. Two states, both polar opposites. War. Peace. It can't be anything else, can it? It has to be oneor the other, you are either at war or at peace. But being in one state assumes that the other state exists, just notat this moment. As we saw in the animal world it seemed silly to try to describe the owl as “being at peace,” as itis not something that could apply to it. As far as we could see, the owl was in two different states. Eating and noteating. That does not apply to our modern society. There is far too much greed, desire, politics, power, control anddomination going on. In short, there is too much thinking going on!Peace is sometimes described as freedom from disputes, but those disputes are always going on in our minds. And it is into our minds we shall go now.
I realised some time ago that having a super large brain comes with several disadvantages, the first being that youhave to learn to understand it, and the second, learning how to control it!If we look at the amount of time the universe has been in existence, it is approximately fifteen to twenty billion years, but in universe time, that doesn't matter. What matters is that the brain of homo sapiens has only 

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