Attain Peace through Love
(Vinod Anand)

The human being is so designed that he can derive ananda or bliss and maintain it through association with his kind, as in satsang. To divest you of all contacts with others, and tread a lonely path is a sign of weakness, of fear, not of courage. Lively association alone produces morality, justice, compassion, sympathy, love, tolerance, equanimity and many other qualities that toughen and train character, and mould the human personality. Culture is the consequence of the co-mingling of hearts and heads. A group of individuals, who are charged with hatred or contempt of each other, cannot produce any beneficial effect on any of its components; a common outlook, or rather, a common ‘in-look’, is the essential .factor, Sama chinta — sameness of beliefs, opinions and attitudes — is the prime factor. Sama chinta must result in a flood of ananda that envelops and enthuses the entire group. If the individual knows he is divine and that all else are equally so, that consciousness is the best bond for society; that ananda is the best atmosphere to sustain people. How can a person who knows that all are divine keep away from the God he recognizes? “I am he, he is I, both land he are kith and kin in Him.” This awareness is so thrilling, so satisfying and uplifting, that such a society is the noblest satsang. Shutting yourself in a room and offering incense and flowers to a deity or picture, singing or reciting God’s glory are poor substitutes for discipline that liberates you from ignorance. All beings are the images of God; then, why shut you in? All Creation is marching on a pilgrimage to the Creator; why then behave as if you are trekking it alone? You believe that the time spent in church, temple or domestic shrine in adoration and in ritual worship is devoted to God and the rest is spent for other purposes. But, you cannot demarcate and delimit the realms of Divinity and human beings like that. God is ever with you everywhere. You have all the resources you need, with within you. You can tap them by identifying them and then manifesting them, and by sharing them with others. God is Sat, Chit and Ananda—Being, Awareness, Bliss Absolute. He is Shiva-Shakthiswaruupa, the Divine Energy. You are destined for divinity. When the Divine takes on human form as described in epics like the Ramayana, Mahabharata, and the Bhagavatam, one has to interpret the actions as providing examples and lessons, and not as human stories enacted for entertainment...A heart saturated with love of God can never entertain thoughts of violence. God is love, peace, and strength. A tree is judged by its fruit. Leaders of people have to develop this universal feeling of love, not• limited to political boundaries which change from decade to decade, or religious labels which are affixed and erased to suit temporary needs. The prayer that rose from millions in this country from all its temples, holy seafronts, shrines and altars for centuries, has been Sarvejanaah sukhino bhavanthu — ‘Let all the people of the world be happy and prosperous’; samasthalokaah sukhino bhavanthu — ‘May all the worlds have peace and prosperity.’ So, pray for all humanity, for everyone’s welfare and happiness; for peace and progress of all countries of the world, and all beings everywhere.

Author's Bio: 

VINOD K.ANAND: A BRIEF PROFILE

Born in 1939, and holding Master’s Degree both in Mathematics (1959) and Economics (1961), and Doctorate Degree in Economics (1970), Dr. Vinod K.Anand has about forty five years of teaching, research, and project work experience in Economic Theory (both micro and macro), Quantitative Economics, Public Economics, New Political Economy, and Development Economics with a special focus on economic and social provisions revolving around poverty, inequality, and unemployment issues, and also on informal sector studies. His last assignment was at the National University of Lesotho (Southern Africa) from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that he was placed as Professor and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of North-West in the Republic of South Africa, and University of Allahabad in India, Professor at the National University of Lesotho, Associate Professor at the University of Botswana, Gaborone in Botswana, and at Gezira University in Wad Medani, Sudan, Head, Department of Arts and Social Sciences, Yola in Nigeria, Principal Lecturer in Economics at Maiduguri University in Nigeria, and as Lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Nigeria. Professor Anand has by now published more than 80 research papers in standard academic journals, authored 11 books, supervised a number of doctoral theses, was examiner for more than twenty Ph.D. theses, and has wide consultancy experience both in India and abroad, essentially in the African continent. This includes holding the position of Primary Researcher, Principal Consultant etc. in a number of Research Projects sponsored and funded by Universities, Governments, and International Bodies like, USAID, IDRC, and AERC. His publications include a variety of themes revolving around Economic Theory, New Political Economy, Quantitative Economics, Development Economics, and Informal Sector Studies. His consultancy assignments in India, Nigeria, Sudan, Botswana, and the Republic of South Africa include Non-Directory Enterprises in Allahabad, India, Small Scale Enterprises in the Northern States of Nigeria, The Absolute Poverty Line in Sudan, The Small Scale Enterprises in Wad Medani, Sudan, Micro and Small Scale Enterprises in Botswana, The Place of Non-Formal Micro-Enterprises in Botswana, Resettlement of a Squatter Community in the Vryburg District of North West Province in the Republic of South Africa, Trade and Investment Development Programme for Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises: Support for NTSIKA in the Republic of South Africa, and Development of the Manufacturing Sector in the Republic of South Africa’s North West Province: An Approach Based on Firm Level Surveys. Professor Anand has also extensively participated in a number of conferences, offered many seminars, participated in a number of workshops, and delivered a variety of Refresher Lectures at different venues both in India and abroad. Dr. Anand was placed at the prestigious Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla in the State Himachal Pradesh, India as a Fellow from 2001 to 2003, and had completed a theoretical and qualitative research project/monograph on the Employment Profile of Micro Enterprises in the State of Himachal Pradseh, India.