“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without” This quote by Buddha briefly yet aptly, defines the way to achieve peace in our hearts and minds.

We all want to live at peace. We do not want to conquer or defeat anyone by stamping on them.  We want to live by each other’s happiness rather than each other’s misery. The world is affluent enough to provide for everyone. We can be helpful to each other irrespective of caste creed   religion or race.

 But we have lost our way. All of us have drifted apart from each other in pursuit of our vested interests and materialistic vision. With latest inventions, greed has dawned upon man, poisoning his soul and mind.  Knowledge, innovations and gadgets gave us comfort but left us in want of peace. Our thinking capacity has overpowered our feelings. Humanity has given way to machinery, kindness to cleverness.

People seek peace under the assumption   that it will come by defending their separate identity from other individuals, other ethnic groups, other religions and other countries. In fact, major problems have been caused by one religion trying to dominate all others-thus starting wars and causing   human suffering in the name of peace. People have digressed from the true meaning of peace while defending their separateness. They are trying to catch a rainbow in a jar or hold the ocean in their hands.

Need of the hour is to invoke mankind towards a world where each one of us are interdependent and interconnected. We are part of a web of life. In the science of Chaos theory it's been discovered it is possible for a butterfly in China to flap its wings and in a few days create a hurricane off the coast of Florida. We are all connected. All living things are run by one life force, the God force flowing through us. Peace will only come when we have respect for all other groups, nations and religions.

In India, the equivalent of "peace" is "shanti," which means the state of inner tranquility. With respect to the state of inner peace, a Buddhist text describes this as follows: "Tranquility of mind comes from having successfully transcended greed, hatred and ignorance."  The Buddhist approach to peace starts from the fundamental act of surmounting these inner poisons.

 If we are to achieve world peace, we must, everyday ,make a difference. A globally known quote states that “Peace begins with a smile." It’s said that a smile can light up a room, so imagine what a world of smiles can do. If every day, someone does something kind for somebody else, it will create a ripple effect.  

I remember meeting two blind children in a park. They were sitting on a bench with my younger sister. When I went to pick up my sister after playing I saw those blind girls giving big smiles. My sister said “ I gave them the vivid description of the things around us, the colors of different objects, animals and flowers”

In conclusion, all obstacles to world peace can be monitored, controlled and resolved. Taking a sneak peek into our world, already we see people taking little steps together, creating peace resolutions and linking hands to balance out the inequality happening in the world. Large support organisations are seen to be the main contributor to help maintain this peace we are seeking.

We the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful Let us fight for a new world - a decent world that will give each one of us a chance to work equally- that will give youth a future and old age a security.

 Let us free the world from greed, hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness. Let us all unite and build peace in our heart and minds!

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