Many artists participated in a contest to paint the best picture of peace. The jury identified two. One was of a calm lake... a perfect mirror for peaceful lush green mountains all around it with a blue sky and fluffy white clouds. All thought that it was a perfect picture of peace.
The other picture had mountains, too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky, from which rain fell and in which lightning played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all.
But the jury looked closely and found behind the waterfall a tiny shrub growing in a crack in the rock. A little bird had built her nest there and in the midst of the rush of water, it sat in perfect peace. The jury chose the second picture.
The wise adjudicators confirmed that peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart.
So often we pursue an illusory image of peace where nothing wrong happens. We must align with the true meaning of peace. It is about coping with the most negative situation and maintaining positivity. We must seize control of our own inner peace and nurture harmony in our immediate circle of influence.
Peace is not to be found without...
look within to find it without doubt!
- Pravin K. Sabnis