For I myself am best when least in company.
Meditation is not to avoid society; it is to look deep to have the kind of insight you need to take action. To think that it is just to sit down and enjoy the calm and peace, is wrong.
The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.
If we get away from the lazy and fuzzy thinking that is like a poison in our society – if we get away from all the bad television that we tend to watch – and begin to take up serious meditation and other sacred exercises, we will have a real revolution of consciousness. If that happens, the world will change by itself.
What is ‘living a conflict-free life’?
It is living completely at ease with your body, your mind, and the
circumstances that you experience as the outer world.
Why do I say, ‘What you experience as the outer world’? Because the
outer world is nothing but a reflection of your inner state.
We continuously experience some conflict or other every moment – in our
relationships, in our goals, in our desires, in life-situations. We
invariably attribute our conflict to someone or something in the outer
world. We blame the outer world for our problems.
People ask me, ‘How can I be conflict-free in a world that is filled
with conflict? Only when the whole world is silent, happy and peaceful
can I become conflict-free.’
Understand, that is never going to happen! There is no such thing as
bringing peace into the whole world. All problems are usually created by
people who try to make the world peaceful!
In the last 3000 years, several thousand wars have been fought. Every
leader who declared war claimed that he was going to bring peace to the
A conflict-free world starts with a conflict-free individual.
How to live a conflict-free life?
By asking yourself one simple question in the situation of conflict.
Do I really need to change this situation?
If the answer you are hearing from within is Yes, if you feel that the
change really needs to happen in your life, bring in a powerful
intention, the energy, the shakti, to create that change in your life.
Understand, not all things need to be changed. Understanding and accept
what need not be changed is intelligence, buddhi.
To start living a conflict-free life, all you need to do is bring in the
energy to change the things that need to change in your life, and the
intelligence to accept what need not change.
Above all, understand that whether you change anything or not, life
itself is a continuously changing phenomenon. Once you realize this, you
will naturally hold onto the one thing that never changes: the
eternally unchanging Truth. Then you will automatically be
When you start living a conflict-free life, you start living
enlightenment. When there is no conflict inside you, you experience no
conflict in the world!
A religious man does not seek God. The
religious man is concerned with the transformation of society, which is
himself. The religious man is not the man that does innumerable rituals,
follows traditions, lives in a dead, past culture, explaining endlessly
the Gita or the Bible, endlessly chanting, or taking sannyasa, that is
not a religious man; such a man is escaping from facts. The religious
man is concerned totally and completely with the understanding of
society, which is himself. He is not separate from society. Bringing
about in himself a complete, total mutation means complete cessation of
greed, envy, ambition; and therefore he is not dependent on
circumstances, though he is the result of circumstance, the food he
eats, the books he reads, the cinemas he goes to, the religious dogmas,
beliefs, rituals, and all that business. He is responsible, and
therefore the religious man must understand himself, who is the product
of society that he himself has created. Therefore, to find reality he
must begin here, not in a temple, not in an image, whether the image is
graven by the hand or by the mind. Otherwise, how can he find something
totally new, a new state?
When you observe those poor women carrying a
heavy load to the market, or watch the peasant children playing in the
mud with very little else to play with, [children] who will not have the
education that you are getting, who have no proper home, no
cleanliness, insufficient clothing, inadequate food; when you observe
all that, what is your reaction? It is very important to find out for
yourself what your reaction is. I will tell you what mine was.
children have no proper place to sleep; the father and the mother are
occupied all day long, with never a holiday; the children never know
what it is to be loved, to be cared for; the parents never sit down with
them and tell them stories about the beauty of the earth and the
heavens. And what kind of society is it that has produced these
circumstances where there are immensely rich people who have everything
on earth they want, and at the same time there are boys and girls who
have nothing? What kind of society is it, and how has it come into
being? You may revolutionize, break the pattern of this society, but in
the very breaking of it a new one is born, which is again the same thing
in another form -the commissars with their special houses in the
country, the privileges, the uniforms, and so on down the line. This has
happened after every revolution, the French, the Russian and the
Chinese. And is it possible to create a society in which all this
corruption and misery does not exist? It can be created only when you
and I as individuals break away from the collective, when we are free of
ambition and know what it means to love. That was my whole reaction, in
We need to shift from an economic organizing principle for human civilization, to a humanitarian organizing principle. Making money more important than your own children is a pathological way for an individual to run their affairs, and it’s a pathological way for a society to run its affairs.
How Human beings are, that is how the society will be. So, creating human beings who are flexible and willing to look at everything rather than being stuck in their ideas and opinions definitely makes for a different kind of society. And the very energy that such human being carry will influence everything around them.