September 21 is celebrated as the International Day of Peace every year. Here’s an article from Sadhguru about how world peace can happen only if transformation happens on the individual level.
Sadhguru: With all the faculties bestowed upon human beings, you would think human beings are the most harmonious beings on earth. But if you look at history, the world has never really been peaceful. People have been fighting for food, for wealth, for faith and belief systems, over boundaries – we have always found an excuse to fight. The way human beings are right now, if you take away one problem in the world, another is bound to evolve.
The world is not a globe. The world is its people. If we do not work for individual transformation, if we do not look for ways of making the individual peaceful, talking about world peace is just one more entertainment in the world. Without attending to individual human beings, trying to bring about any kind of change in the world always leads to more problems.
If we look at the situation we are setting up right now in the world, we have laid the foundations to ensure that there is no peace on this planet. There are various aspects to it. One important aspect is that we are making economics the most important part of human life.
The Cause of War
In today’s world, your love, your joy, your freedom, your music and dance, none of these are important. The most important thing is economics. Once you make economics the most important thing, fighting is inevitable. As the resources on the planet are limited, with our lives being driven by the engine of economics, war is inevitable, peace is impossible.
In pursuit of economic wellbeing, today’s societies are filled with enormous amounts of violence. Our very existence is violence. Our music, dance and culture are becoming violent. Just the very way we move, the very way we do things in our lives is becoming violent. You should not be surprised that it is spilling over on the street.
Look at yourself as an individual and see how many moments in a day you cannot stand the person who is sitting next to you. Trying to hold yourself back is going to work only for a certain period of time. It is bound to explode.
A Disastrous Foundation
Right now the world community is sitting on a disastrous foundation. Peace is something that people have not even tasted within themselves. Then how can we expect it in the social and world situations? Unless we are willing to work to change the foundations on which the world community is built, peace is not a possibility.
It is not slogans and statements that will bring peace to the world, but a lifelong striving to produce peaceful human beings. On all levels of our societies, if we work for creating peaceful human beings, especially among the leadership, people who are in responsible positions in various spheres of activity, be it business, politics, industry, or bureaucracy, if we can create people who are truly peaceful and have some sense of wholeness within themselves, they definitely will let peace percolate to large segments of society – peace not in just terms of avoiding war, but establishing an active culture of living in peace in the world.
Editor’s Note: Sadhguru explores war, peace and violence in the ebook “Culture of Peace” available at Isha Downloads. Pay what you wish and download it.