How to remain peaceful in life in this material world?
There can not be a single set of Life Tips about how to lead a peaceful life in this material world because this world has different types of people from different religions, cultures, financial backgrounds, etc. The people have different preferences and targets in life. That is the problem when we try to guide others.
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Therefore, when we advise “How to live”, next question comes: “for what?”
For a wealthy life?
For a life full of sexual pleasures?
For a life full of media fame?
For becoming a leader?
For becoming a scientist or doctor or any other professional?
For a life with a cooperating spouse and good children?
Thus, there can be many goals for the people. Therefore, a single suggestion is impossible.
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We should have another important goal. Why?
Material achievements such as Money, fame, sex, spouse, children, becoming a leader or a scientist or a doctor or any other professional may give comforts and pride, but, they can not give immunity from health issues or family issues and hence no guarantee for peace of mind.
In short, no other possessions can give PEACE OF MIND.
What is the use if we have everything, but have no peace of mind?
Therefore, we have come to the conclusion about what our target should be.
PEACEFUL LIFE – PEACE OF MIND.
This must be our target.
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O.k, Target is clear. Next comes, “How to achieve Peace of mind”?
Here, I like to remind that THIS IS KALIYUGA, THE YUGA OF QUARRELS.
As per the Indian scriptures, in the kaliyuga, three out of four people will not be trustworthy and only one can be trusted to some extent.
Therefore, We will always be facing disappointments when we interact with many people. But, in this socialized human life, we can not avoid people and we need to mingle with them for many reasons.
This shows that, quarrels are unavoidable between the people having different preferences and selfish motives.
Then, how to get the peace of mind?
The best way for the people who are leading their life among the selfish and cleverly acting people, to attain peace of mind even amidst these problems is to divert our preferences in our life towards the creator Himself.
Remember, we can not avoid the problems in this kaliyuga. Though you are sitting within a closed room without doing anything, the problems will come to you automatically.
Therefore, we have to be peaceful even amidst the problems.
That means, there is no way at all for peace in this kaliyuga?
Not so. There is a wonderful way that can insulate you from the material pains.
What is that?
You should remember that this material world is controlled by the maya devi (Durga devi), the external potency of Krishna who is always involved in making us more and more conditioned by engaging us in material affairs. Therefore, the cause for all our problems is our material attachments,, expectations and desires, triggered by Mayadevi who is arranging all the persons, things, etc. to bring the problems to you.
If you like to succeed in your fight with these tricks of maya devi (Durga devi), we should not approach by material means because that may aggravate the problems more.
Instead, we need to surrender to the master of maya, Krishna.
If a convicted criminal needs to get immunity from the punishments, he has to apply to the authority of the country’s law, ie, the President (In India). The president will consider your request and may relax the punishments if he decides so.
Similarly, we are suffering in life as the punishment for the actions done in our previous births. The Karma network is like the judge who is punishing us. Therefore, if we need relaxation from problems, we have to surrender to the authority for karma network.
It is Krishna. Only Krishna can ensure our peace in our life. Therefore we have to approach our material problems SPIRITUALLY.
How to get peace through Krishna and scriptures?
Lies and bluffs may be many. But, there can be ONLY ONE TRUTH. There can be only one suggestion that can ensure the peaceful life.
Krishna assures in the last chapter of Bhagavad Gita that He will relieve us from all the reactions if we abandon all the varieties of dharma and surrender to Him.
Therefore, accept Krishna, the supreme Personality of godhead as your authority. Chant His holy names as much as possible. Take both the positives and negatives as the blessing of the Lord.
Positive happenings are the tests for you to be stable without getting pride. Negative happenings are the best way of clearing the karma of sins we committed in our previous births.
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Krishna never lets His devotees down.
If you live for your pleasures, you will face the reactions as karma. Whereas if you live for Krishna, you will not have any separate needs excessively beyond your basic needs.
Therefore, you will always be peaceful.
When our needs are small, we can remain peaceful. When we have too much of materials and desires beyond the necessities, we can never remain peaceful.
Therefore, involve your mind and senses in Krishna and His service and live just as an instrument in the hands of Krishna. You will always remain peaceful.
Now, let me give the formula for peace:
Increase the devotion
Reduce the material needs
Work for Krishna.
Take positives and negatives equally as the blessing of Krishna.
This will definitely give you the peace of mind and above all, Krishna.
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