Sunday, January 25, 2009

What is peace?


Peace seems to be a complicated word to define. Some say that peace is the absence of war. Others opine that even if there is no war, there can still be no peace. Can you please share your view on this matter? How do you see peace?

8 comments:

Raymond Teodo a.k.a. was_bedeutet_jemanden said...

I believe having inner peace before trying to make peace in the world is important..... Knowing who you are and what you want to achieve in life, being happy with who you are and respecting yourself and others. Until we can find peace within ourselves, we cannot try and make peace in the world.

Bai Maleiha B. Candao said...

Very well said, my friend. Very refreshing view. Thank you very much, Raymond. :)

Argentum Vulgaris said...

Peace is being at ease with yourself, if there is war, for example, you cannot be at peace whether you are a participant or not.

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IndianPie said...

Peace to me is a very spiritual term. I would relate it with both relaxation of mind and soul in a human body. It is the state of being free from worldly pleasures. Because once you stop running after all those worldly pleasures, you start finding what I would say it as a peace !

Bai Maleiha B. Candao said...

Thank you IndianPie for your very nice and enlightening point. :)

Bai Maleiha B. Candao said...

@AV:
I agree with you, absolutely. :)

jbmasigan said...

Peace is a divine attribute. It is a quality of the soul. It cannot remain with greedy persons. It fills the pure heart. Peace is a state of quiet. It is freedom from disturbance, anxiety, agitation, riot of violence. It is harmony, silence, calm, repose, rest. Specifically, it is the absence or cessation of war. Peace is the happy, natural state of man. It is his birthright. War is his disgrace. verybody wants peace and is clamouring for peace; but peace does not come easily. Even if it comes, it does not last for a long time. The 'peace' that prevails today is the peace of fear and the peace of preparation. Ignoring the sincere advice of men of wisdom, the great nations of the world are intent upon demonstrating their destructive strength. That way lies war, not peace. All over the world, great conferences are held for bringing about universal peace, universal brotherhood, and universal religion. It is the vanity of man that goads him to reform society without first reforming himself. Vanity rules the world. When two vain people meet, there is friction and quarrel. So also is the case of social reform. Self-styled enlightened men started interfering with the customs and manners of people, in an effort to civilize them. The people lost their old moorings, and the reformers could not offer new, sound ones. Masses of people drifted away into chaos. How can blind men lead other blind men ? You must first acquire the Supreme Knowledge of the Reality. Then, and then alone, can you lead another in the right path.
Politics has its basis in sociology; sociology has its basis in individual personal development; individual personal development is governed by the philosophy and the religion that each man follows. The philosophy of the East considers man as the unit. Man is asked to perfect himself.
When a Christian thinks, "There will be peace if all people embrace Christianity" and a Muslim thinks, "There will be peace if all people embrace Islam". This is an erroneous notion. Why do people in the world fight ? Why do Catholics and Protestants fight ? Why do Saivites and Vaishnavites fight ? Why do brothers fight among themselves ? The heart must change. Then alone there will be peace in the world.
The problem today for most people is that they merely talk of their religion. But they are not interested in practicing it, in living it. If Christians lived by the Sermon On The Mount, if the Buddhists followed the Noble Eightfold Path, if the Muslims truly followed the teachings of the Prophet, and the Hindus shaped their life in accordance with the teachings of the Lord, of saints and sages, there will be peace everywhere. Peace, to be lasting and constructive, must be achieved through God. There can be no peace without the Lord or God. God is Peace. Root yourself in Peace or God. Now you are fit to radiate peace.

Bai Maleiha B. Candao said...

Wow, a very nice comment. I have no contention when you wrote and I quote: "God is Peace", unquote.

Yes, indeed, JBMasigan, the heart of peace is God.

The heart of every religion is God. That is why I support you when you say, that the heart of man must be God.

Thanks very much for your comment. Much appreciated. :)

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