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Shanti (Peace)

What exactly is peace?

It is the stage in which the senses are mastered and held in balance.

To experience peace, we must overcome our excessive desires and unreasonable expectations. Agitation usually results from unfulfilled desires, not from external conditions.

"When man thinks, speaks, and acts along virtuous lines, his conscience will be clear and he will have inner peace. Knowledge is power, it is said; but virtue is peace."

The secret of peace

"You cannot easily detach yourself from activity; the mind clings to something or the other. Make it cling to God, let it do all things for God and leave the results thereof, be it success or failure, loss or profit, to God. Then you will have Shanti and contentment."

"The essential attitude that one should cultivate is to engage in all activities that are a part of one's duty without getting attached to them. Just as the sky's clear blue is not affected by the clouds or rainstorms, lightning or thunder, but remains the same in spite of those temporary disturbances, the mind of man too must be clear and clean, in spite of all the storms and stress of life."
Ref: Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. VI, Chapter 27.

Inner Peace

Faith results in a peaceful outlook. When we realize the divine basis of creation, we cease to be upset by changing circumstances. Faith in God and faith in oneself is the key to achieving mental peace.

"Real Shanti is to be had only in the depths of the spirit, in the discipline of the mind, in faith in the one base of all this seeming multiplicity. When that is secured, it is like having gold: you can have any variety of ornaments made from it."

World-peace

The formula given by Bhagawan Baba for attaining world peace is:

"If there is righteousness in the heart,
There will be beauty in character.
If there is beauty in character,
There will be harmony in the home.
When there is harmony in the home,
There will be order in the nation.
When there is order in the nation,
There will be peace in the world."