So Much Peace
OM – The sound of the whole Cosmic Manifestation.
Shanti – Peace.
Om Shanti – Peace for all the humankind, peace for all living and non-living beings, peace for the universe, peace for each and everything in this whole cosmic manifestation.
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti…
Well, I went on 23rd June to attend my first official meditation class and this is what I learned.
We reflected on;
- What one bad habit do you wish disappeared and why?
(Take two minutes and reflect. If it changed, How would it affect your life in the three aspects above.)
- If that Habit disappeared, how would it make you feel?
- What beliefs were your choices based on?
How do I respond?
- I am in total control of how I respond and that is something I have to remind myself of over and over.
A story of Budha was told.
One day Budha was seating under a tree and he was in deep meditation. Somewhere nearby, a person came to see Budha but was told that Budha was in deep meditation so it would be better if he left him for a while.
But that person saw this as an opportunity to go and disturb Budha and tempt him, to see if Budha was really a being of Peace.
So the person went and insulted Budha, but Budha never responded with a single word. The person got tired, went and returned.
Then he resumed from where he had stopped; This time attacking not only Budha but also Budha’s relatives and household. Budha never said a word or gave a reaction in response.
What Budha later taught is that if a person gives you a gift but you don’t take it, say you say, ‘No thank you.’, that gift remains the giver’s because you did not accept it. It remains his.
That is what a being of peace does. If a person Insults you and you respond back, then you have taken the gift they have given you.
What to remember is that in order to make choices, I need a clear conscious.
The way I respond is in my control. That’s why meditation is Important.
What do I need to have a clear Conscious?
( Meditation helps me to bring in that clarity.)
- The Mind.
(The Mind is the faculty of thinking)
- Intellect (The Faculty that Decides)
So In your Journey to be a being of peace, think clearly about your choices, chances, and changes. Think about response and know that the way you respond is entirely up to you. I hope you always keep that story of Budha in your head, while the daily frustrations come your way, the provocations, or you have people deliberately making your life miserable. I hope that you remember all the choices that are entirely up to you!