SATSANG OF SWAMI AMAR JYOTI

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SATSANG OF SWAMI AMAR JYOTI

KEEPING THE INNER PEACE
by Swami Amar Jyoti

As you live, you need so many things. And when you are used to certain things, you get dependent on them. They become a necessity, and when you do not have a necessity, you get out of balance. Then necessities multiply, you need more things, and to maintain those things you have to have time, money, energy and patience. This is how you get ambitious, and when you get ambitious you get competitive. When you become competitive you create good and bad feelings, and your peace is affected automatically. When you lose your peace, your mind loses concentration. You become distracted, confused and imbalanced. Then disharmony creeps in: within your family, your community, your workplace. When disharmonies such as jealousy and competition become a way of life, we do not even feel they are there. And time passes by.

At one stage you realize: I want peace, but where did you lose your peace in the first place? Tiresomeness comes and you need rest. We had all the rest we wanted—God created that way—but to have time to rest and relax is not easy. You now need something special in order to have what you already had. I am not preaching against desire but there is truth in what the old religions, prophets and sages said: even one desire can create so much drama. Renunciates may be able to give up desires, but when you have family, a job and other responsibilities, how can you live without desires? However, desires only become a problem when we want more than we need. We need food, clothing and shelter, but when we become competitive or ambitious, we lose our peace, concentration and relaxation.

The question is, what is desire? Will or desire arose with God himself. God willed, so it happened. There is nothing wrong with desire. When you are thirsty, you desire water. When you are hungry, you desire food. Wanting to be happy and peaceful is okay. Mother Nature is very benevolent; she gives us what we need. Why should we exert time and energy to desire more and more? If we do, we pay the price. Buddha, Jesus and the other Prophets did not say we should live in poverty or asceticism, but to work and live so that we can also relax. If you are not doing this you are not living in balance with the Divine.

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