Peace All Around III

The readings on peace in the Spiritual Diary of Paramahansa Yogananda have drawn to a close. And yet the theme continually crops up for me - even though peace has been a bit more elusive of late.

I managed to find a bit of it down by the river early this morning - despite the many motor boats I now realized I would have to learn to co-exist with during the lazy and hazy summer months.

Here are some of Yognanda's wise insights on the state of peace:

"Live each present moment completely and the future will take care of itself. Fully enjoy the wonder and beauty of each instant. Practice the presence of peace. The more you do that, the more you will feel the presence of that power in your life."

"The peaceful individual remains calm until he wants to work...You must always be calm, like the pendulum that is still, but ready to swing into action..."

"Affirm divine calmness and peace, and send out only thoughts of love and goodwill if you want to live in peace and harmony. Live a godly life yourself and everyone who crosses your path will be helped just by being with you."

"To be controlled by moods is to be a part of matter. If you keep your mind on the resolve never to lose your peace, then you can attain godliness. Keep a secret chamber of silence within yourself, where you will not let moods, trials, battles, or inharmony enter. Keep out all hatred, revengefulness, and desires. In this chamber of peace God will visit you."

"When you have peace in every movement of your body, and peace in your thinking, and in your will power, and peace in your love, and peace and God in your ambitions, remember - you have connected God with your life."

"Be honest with yourself. The world is not honest with you...When you are honest with yourself you find the road to inner peace."

"Each time a swarm of worries invades your mind, refuse to be affected; wait calmly, while seeking the remedy. Spray the worries with the powerful chemical of your peace."

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