A Sagacious Probe Within
* Ratanchand Shah
My poor little heart is pecked to a bloody mass by the extremely
merciless massacres by the adamant militants. The carefully planned
kidnappings, sweeping away of the whole civilization by earthquakes,
eruptions of volcanoes, floods and famines etc. etc. The list is
endless. But one thing is sure, the Global Peace is at stake. The
time-bomb of the impending third world war has started ticking and
unfortunately, no one knows when it will explode and bring in the utter
chaos and doom.
Peace is not a merchandise. It is not available in any market nor can it
be purchased at any price. The barter system just ogles at Peace
helplessly, for Peace cannot be swapped. It is high time now we
understood Peace lies within our minds, ourselves. The innermost vaults
of our� minds are replete with ebbing Peace. God did not create us to
disturb His world or its order, but certain circumstances such as
hatred, itching for possession, ego, passion; for superiority and
sovereignty leads us to become aggressive and to disturb our own and
others� Peace. To stop this and to eradicate this vice, what the
universe needs is Mutual Understanding and sense of Fraternity. We
should understand that we and the world are creations and the whole
world is our home, home sweet home. This goal ca be achieved when we
plummet ourselves into the realms of non-attachment and non-violence.
The sweet, mellow an juicy fruit of Global Peace will savour our eager
mouths. There are umpteen number of examples in the chronicle of History
that prove without doubt that disturbance of Peace is the root cause of
chaotic upsurging of mal ice and hatred, lamentation and relentless
repentance. Fathoming the depths of history, we chance upon the well
-known example of Emperor Ashoka who, after he saw the aftermath of the
Kalinga war, vowed never to hold any weapon in his hand, never to allow
any kind of slaughter in his kingdom, and accepting the principles of
human grace he started treading the path of Peace. This was the reign of
Peace, the rule of tranquility. The most modern and latest example is
that of Saddam Hussain, the supreme dictator of Iraq. Because of his
stubborn sense of possessiveness, high and sky-rocking ambition, he held
the Global Peace at stake. But the proverb, � Every dog has his day �
came true in his case when he had to surrender himself to the Peace-
yielding united forces led by the U. S. A. He held them at bay and
escaped to his all-proof underground palace. All his boasts, braggings
proved bubbles of air.
Jainism is the only existing ancient religion which aims at reaching the
inner core of human mind, Peace, through non-violence. Sense of
non-attachment attained through complete renunciation makes and prepares
the mind that can give rise and birth to pure, chaste and sublimely
healthy thoughts which can mould the complete civilization. None should
have any thing in excess of others sparing themselves from the jealousy
of the ones who have less. This way, believe it or not, we can even
trace the roots of socialism in the principles of Jainism.
Thus, we can sum up by saying that every action and deed of ours must
lead us towards mutual understanding, sense of fraternity and oneness
with the universe. We are after all, human beings and humanity is our
religion. By divorcing humanity, we should not lick the feet of
rascality. Humanity should be our quasi purport. Each one of us should
start worshipping the dignity of mankind. After all, in a broader sense,
we are all brothers and sisters. We must adhere ourselves together with
the strong bonds of universal fraternity. That day is not tong when the
whole universe will breathe the pollution-free air of Global
Peace Embodies the Golden Casket Of
* Prin. Premchand Bhauchand Agre
We have just enough Religion to make us hate but not enough to make us
love one another is a gem to be considered.
World is the biggest family of mankind. Peace is the base of full growth
and progress of man. Shun hatred and plant love to convert bullets into
flowers and battle fields into gardens. Homes, educational institutions,
social sectors and Religious Temples, should be the centers to produce
Ambassadors of Peace. It is very important to uplift the human values by
imbibing optimistic thoughts in the individuals. Peace is the innermost
cry of mankind. Human values in man should be of high degree to make man
humane and to herald world Peace. The caste, the sect, the religions may
be seen as barriers in promulgating peace but by the virtue of the
principles and preaching of any Religion it is not true.
All the religions lead to the path of Peace. On the contrary, Peace is
the base of all the Religions. The mellifluous confluence of all the
Religions on the face of the earth will give us our idea ubiquitous
If this ubiquitous Religion is not considered, caste will create chaos
in society, creed will grid the ill thoughts, sect will abolish
secularism, which will keep the idea of fostering peace miles away from
An ubiquitous Religion is the crown of humanity which is adorned by all
other religions shining like gems. This idea encompasses all the
religions, keeping intact its individuality.
It is that religion which has the noble principles that give importance
to other living beings too. So, let us bring the whole world in a
compact cell without any discrimination of caste, creed, sect and
Religion where compassion will teach compassionate people to be kind
enough to understand each other. The idea of co-existence, co-operation,
cohesion, live and let others live, must be nourished and cherished by
us all to avoid doom�s day and jeoparady.
In 1945, Nagasaki and Hiroshima, the spots in Japan, made the
scientists, politicians and states-men of the world think over the
problem as to how the world-peace has come into jeoparady. Less they
think, more they will he entangled into the dangers of destruction�s.
The after effects of the dropping of the atom-bombs resounded the cries
of the people of Japan. Japan and Germany witnessed and experienced the
power of destruction.
Many countries that are under spell of �isms� and the spread of their
�isms� are to be taken into account before they use the destructive
The major countries like Soviet Russia, the U. S. A., the U. K., China,
France are thinking to use the atomic power for the purpose of � Peace �
in the world.
The world is standing on the brink of destruction through the media of
Atomic Power. Whether to face annihilation or to survive for better life
is a big question-mark before the big countries.
If we read the pages of history, there were wars, battles and
revolutions but they never created the problem of peace. The incidents
and happenings were for either supremacy over states or provinces or for
the religious tenacity. Men were killed, slaughtering took place. In
history Emperor Ashok�s lamentation and his repentance marked an
everlasting goodness on human minds. Even now, in twentieth century his
preachings remained unchallenged and unwithered. His monuments stand as
hall-mark of peace and tranquility which were gifted by Bindusar.
Wars and battles made people think over peace. Psychology played an
important role stop wars and battles. The Ramayana stands as a mark of
forbearance, honesty, truth and sacrifice, a battle against injustice.
Religion and character were the points of discussion, which are at
present considered as a narrow-mindedness of the sages. The other epic,
Mahabharata, stands for the rights and duties of the people. It mainly
deals with the inner mind and salvation. Mind is the main instrument of
human ability and disability.
Whether the epics and scriptures help to maintain peace in the world is
a problem. During the last twenty years, we read, see and observe, the
age-old epics, scriptures and fables pronouncing their voice. There is a
way to establish peace. It is through ubiquitous Religion in which there
is a way to control mind and body. The materialistic trend is brought
Non-violence is the base of the preaching of all the religions. It is
the mind which initially thinks of good and bad, right and wrong, duty
and right. If we train our mind through ahimsak way of thinking, our
minds will not be: provoked. The control of mind, control over body,
control� over senses, make a way to peace. The scriptures proclaim
control of the senses which play a major role in life. Our
pleasure-hunting senses make or mar our life.
The modern scientific trend is to produce things and articles which give
pleasure to mind and body. But in ism more stress is laid on the control
of mind through omnipotent soul.
In Bhagawad-Geeta, the character of Lord Krishna is unique. He is not on
any side of warring parties, such as Kaurawas and Pandawas. His advice
is not for fight of material gains. Material gains are not an end in
They are only means towards eternal peace. It is Samayasara if we
consider Krishna as soul of human. Peace is not outside the body, it is
in the hearts of human beings.
Those who have peace of mind, can alone build a peaceful nation and
The present continents are lacking in personalities who should really
have peace of mind. Their minds are full of their own way of life and
their so called `isms� ( socialism, communism, groupism ) are dangerous
to human peace.
International peace is at stake. Nobody knows when these powers will use
their atomic weapons against one another.
How dreadful and fearful the effects of gases are! Just recently we have
seen this in Bhopal Tragedy. It is a small leak of gas which led to a
great calamity taking a toll of thousands. It is heard by many and
witnessed by a few. There are more powerful weapons arranged for
destruction on the borders of many big countries. They are posing to
destroy each other. Where is the human touch ? Where is the humanity ?
Where is the kindness and mercy ? All the hearts of the statesmen and
diplomats are lurking in the shadow of death and doom. This philosophy,
the scriptures, the religions, will be vanished in no time, leaving
behind trains of wailing, mourning, deceased and crippled as happened in
Nagasaki and Hiroshima in 1945.
We have to study the minds of the persons who invented the weapons of
destruction and also we have to study the minds of the statesmen and
politicians who plan to use these weapons for human destruction.
The Munis and Tirthankaras, sages, saints, messiahs never thought of
producing such weapons. They never thought of violence. Their way of
life was to think only of peace and peace alone.
The ascetics, munis and shravikas have played a great role in
establishing peace and non violence when the society was treading the
way of violence and sacrifice in the form �yajna,. How did it all
happen? It is because of perfect preaching against violence alone.
Science is the symbol of progress and development but the progress will
end and bring in doom within no time. The bomb of mind is more dangerous
than the atom bomb itself. The heart and mind of the men who invent an
atombomb are more powerful than bomb itself. It is time to train such
minds and hearts which would think of the humanity and the survival of
At this juncture we need a mind, a heart which would teach the ideas of
peace and tranquility. It is needless to discuss over the systems of
education which prevailed during Vedic and Historical periods. They did
not produce the weapons which would annihilate human race or cripple the
human race. The educational systems were mainly founded for the
betterment of mankind in general.
But the modern education is mainly marking the line towards the material
wants and needs which cater to pleasure and pelf.
When a man runs after self, power and pleasures, naturally his heart and
mind become blunt towards soft and tender things in life. � Squeeze �
and � exploit � are his watch words.
The factories, mills, organisations, agricultural systems are all
maintained and conducted for the production of great variety of needless
Man and his activities are aimlessly racing to hunt physical pleasure
and so-called material happiness.
The houses, ways of living, dresses, cultural and entertaining programs
have a special mark of western style which to disturb the peace of mind.
The incidents of assassination of Indira Gandhi, the chaos in Punjab,
Khalistan, Gorkhaland and Bhopal Calamities, show political disturbance.
In gulf, in Palestine we find a distinct mark of wrong way of treating
life. Such incidents were never in the history of our nation.
It is only the human culture which proclaims the peaceful way of life
based on non-violence, and the restrain of mind. If we want to introduce
a culture for peace in the world, it can only be done through this
system of life.
As a seed is a cause of a Tree, so mind is the cause for the body-play
and the activities of human behaviour.
In Jaina religion we find the seeds of peaceful mind which will not
create any weapon that would destroy the mankind.
Now we have to see that the modern generation forms mach a mind which
would not think of violence. It can only ho done through the preaching
of ubiquitous religion and its Teaching.
Now educational institutions are becoming powerful moans of moulding the
characters of children. So in curricular we have to set a pattern of non
We should have an idea to establish a laboratory for mind. We know
laboratories and workshops are established for research and production,
but we want to establish a laboratory to study the activity of mind. It
is the mind that makes bell of heaven and heaven of hell. So we want to
scan the mind�s activity. If we study the human race, we come to know
that all have same limbs. They drink same water which comes from the
same source. The food which is produced from the water is the same. But
the thousands of human beings are different. All blood is red in colour
and never goes beyond four groups. The basic contents are the same. It
is produced the same way. It the same work in the body irrespective of
caste and creed, sect or religion. The forms, shapes, ideas and
experiences are different. Why ? is a question mark. Scientists must
work on the point of the origin of thoughts.
So we want to establish a laboratory to study the mind which thinks of
both peace and war. Competition is one of the factors which is a hidden
power in the flow of blood. So is the laboratory to study blood cells.
Healthy competition should be started.
To shun unhealthy competition, ubiquitous principles and way of life
must be adopted. Non-violence is the watch-word in omnivagology. Human
philosophy mainly deals with the problem as to how to control senses and
amorous feelings. It also tells not to have things more than necessary
The paraphernalia of life as we now see and enjoy was not at all present
in old days. Still people were happy and had peace of mind. In the
history the period of Harsha Vardhana and others was known as � Golden
age �. People enjoyed peace and tranquility.
Pure thoughts, and honest acts only create pure and healthy mind.
Humanity is the only way to establish peace. The qualities like truth,
non-violence, kindness, sympathy, will lead to the peaceful nature.
Hatred and malice lead to death. They create only unrest in the mind. So
we must study the minds of people and find the way out.
We have to introspect ourselves and then come to know that all are
equal. As we have wants and needs, so also our neighbours. We love
ourselves, our home, our children, similarly we should love our
neighbours. Then only peace will be established.
Castes, creeds, communities, religions, sects, are all secondary things
as far as humanity is considered.
It is no secret that international atmosphere is now highly charged with
hatred and malice. The danger to peace had never been so great.
In many of the international meetings, summit talks, it was discussed
that man should not have any fear for his own destiny but for the
destiny of the children and their future.
The states should not waste money carelessly on the arrangements of the
visits of political leaders of different countries, who do every thing
to banish the ideas of wars from the life of mankind.
Today the world stands on the quicksand of an uneasy peace. The second
world war was over, leaving behind its waiting train of thoughts.
We can create a glorious atmosphere of universal brotherhood and peace,
if our politicians and statesmen have a sympathetic view of human
Hunger, scarcity exploitation, capture of markets, supremacy over the
territory, spread of cults and �isms�, are the causes of wars and
battles. Those who are living under these conditions, provoke wars.
War starts in the minds of men and not on battle fields. I lie desire
for peace, truth, truthful labour and friendship must be our watch-words
in the modern world.
We are convinced that the part of colossal means now living squandered
all over the world on armaments, could be diverted to finance economic
advancement to combat hunger and poverty, develop economic advancement
to combat hunger and poverty, develop public health system rind provide
cultural facilities in the third world countries.
War with the use of modern weapons of immensely destructive power can
only lead to death and the end of n culture.
A noble and Godlike character is not a thing of favour or change but it
is the natural result of continued effort in right thinking. The effect
is long cherished association with Godlike thoughts. An ignoble and
bestial character by the same process is the result of the continued
harboring of groveling thoughts.
Man is made and unmade by himself. In the armoury of thoughts he forges
the weapons by which he destroys himself. He also fashions the fools
with which he builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength
of peace. fly the right choice and true application of thought, man
ascends to the Divine Perfection. By the abuse and wrong application of
thought, he descends below the level of the beast.
Man is the master of his thoughts, the moulder of character, the maker
and shaper of conditions, environment mid destiny.
All the messiahs were rich in thoughts and behaviour. They could have
enjoyed their lives in a palace, and luxury would have been their way of
life. But they relinquished ail material world for the sake of human
betterment. They accepted a way of life which would be an example in
itself to be followed by the generations to come. During the period of
their preachings they were offered many temptations to which they turned
� Hate is death and to love is to iive�, � Live and let live � was the
important preaching. The destiny of the peace-loving world is not
written on the face of the bullets and guns and nor even atom bombs
would establish peace. It can only be established through the preaching,
teaching following and adopting the human way of life and pattern of
Einstein�s principle E=MC2 is not a new formula. Landing on the moon was
not unknown to our people. Soviet Russia and the U. S. A. had journey to
the moon. It is a poor show of strength of space-travel. Though helping
to achieve scientific space know how, in no way it is helping to the
peaceful way of life. On the contrary it is a threat to peace-loving
nations as the negative thinking goes on rampage.
The scientists are bent upon finding more and more power of atom and its
energy. They had better use their energy to find out the means to
establish peace in the world. They fail to understand that peace is far
away from the research of Atom.
Cosmos stands for peace and not for destruction. Annihilation is not the
way of life. Cosmic rays are there to maintain peace in the cosmos and
not for destruction.
As proclaimed by Mahavir, peace should come through penance, peace,
through non-violence, through truth.
The Sun emits rays which help to sustain life. So peace-loving hearts
should emit rays of peace and only peace.
Life produces life, death causes death, peace should yield only peace
and not unrest.
Those who sacrificed lives for the cause of peace, have no doubt, left
the seeds of peace behind.
We hope the seeds will not go unheeded. It is the seed which gives birth
to trees. Trees may wither and vanish but the seed remains for ever.
The seed of peace will remain eternal. As a man acts and conducts
himself, so he becomes the doer of good. If the doer does evil, he
becomes evil. One becomes virtuous by virtuous action and sinful by
sinful action. Men say that man is made by desires but it is not so.
Desire causes thinking and makes him think otherwise.
Penance, self control, alms-giving, non-violence pro important for the
human way of life.
It is the need of time to think over, once again, human philosophy which
explains more of peace and non-violence. I From the beginning of the
human era the preachers cultivated the mind of society by teaching
scriptures, agriculture and all types of knowledge. Humanity is the base
of progress and peace. It is the symbol of eternal peace. It enlightens
the path of peace.
In short :
- Co-existence of all the living beings is very important.
- Co-operation among the human beings is a must.
- Be compassionate.
- Be considerate.
- Try to understand the feelings of all living beings.
- Shun hatred.
- Sow the seeds of love.
Remember a Gem
We need more understanding of human nature, because the only real
danger, that exists is man himself. We know nothing of man, far too
little. His psyche should be studied because we are the origin of all
� Let us remain for Peace �.