It doesn’t mean that animals are living without peace; they don’t need to go in search of peace because they don’t face actual problems in life like we do. We can give numerous reasons for our problems or sufferings, but animals don’t have any pressure of commitment or pressure of expectation.
COMMITMENT AND EXPECTATION
In any human relationship the guideline is all about expectation. The so called sweet words in our conversations are all pointless because the guiding line in a relationship is commitment and expectation. We are not talking about responsibility here. Animals do have responsibility, but they don’t have any pressure or commitment. For example, unlike humans, animals don’t have any pressure while giving birth to young ones. They don’t have to confirm to the health condition of the baby after delivery. They are not even aware of their gestational period. It happens naturally to them. There is no mission or vision in their delivery. No external source of information is required for them. For humans, in spite of having all sources of knowledge, there is lot of pressure in our relationships. Based on social status and religious psychology, there is lot of expectation in every family. This is the highest pressure in human life which we fail to understand and this is what we call as a problem.
THREE STAGES OF PEACE
When we are not able to maintain the expected standards or we are unable to get the same in a relationship, we call it as a problem. Now one has to realise that peace is not absence of problem; it is the ability to understand that you have the courage to face any problems. This is the first stage of peace.
The second stage is realising that you have the resource to overcome the problem. This can be related to any given situation be it financial, health or your vision towards future.
The third stage is where you realise that the problem that you face is no more a problem. This is the highest stage of peace.
PEACE AND SPIRITUALITY
Everyone is in search of peace, but only few achieve the third stage. The eternal peace is possible only when you realise on the spiritual level that it is impossible to live without a problem, but it is possible to understand that no problem is going to stay forever. This is where Vedas insists us not to focus entirely on the problem alone, but to realise that you have all the power to solve it. Above all, human minds should initially get the strength to be aware of this single truth of nature; take self-responsibility and remind yourself that this too shall pass. Now this will give you the strength in life to look at the problem that you have faced in the past. The degree of the problem may vary but everybody must have gone through some problem or the other in their past. This will make you realise that the problem that you once felt in the past is no longer a problem in the present. This will give you the next level of strength to face any problem in the present and in the future. Above all, how much ever you try, you can never come out a problem unless you realise the above mentioned principles.
Now decide and take efforts to live without problems which is possible only through spirituality. Many think that getting into spirituality is to accept the problem, give justifications for a problem, to renounce a good life or to train oneself to adapt to the problem. But that’s not the fact; spirituality is the ability to raise oneself both in power and in consciousness wherein the problem which we think is no more a problem. Realising this truth is called ‘Aham Brahmasmi’. People give various explanations for this term but in reality, the ultimate truth about ‘Aham Brahmasmi’ is realising that every human being is blessed with the power to reverse the irreversible situation. This also helps you realise that at any given point of time, you are not backed up by the entire universe, but you are backed up by the power which has created this entire universe.
Now, you will have the natural strength and ability to remind yourself that no matter how big the problem is, you are always bigger than the problem. With this understanding and conscious effort to realise the truth, one can always stand for his commitment and deliver the expectation which is the fundamental guideline of every relationship.
Wishing you a Life Full of Peace, Success and Happiness!!
Atmayogi Shri Aasaanji
Aham Brahmasmi !
Atmayogi Shri Aasaanji is a non-religious, contemporary Spiritual Master and the founder of the Atmayoga Foundation (Institute for Inner-Science and Self-Transformation) www.atmayoga.in