Many people talk about world peace. Many wish for it, pray for it and hope for it. But what is it exactly?
World peace is something most people want to experience. But somehow mankind is not able to reach this stage of evolution. And there would be no wars, if people would not join the wars.
Somehow there are still people fighting wars. Is this because they love the battle, the thrill and excitement?
Is it because these people really don't want to fight wars but circumstances forced them to take up arms, mostly by political or religious motivations?
And there are some people who believe that fighting armed battles makes them feel alive.
I once heard about a concept about reincarnation and the choices souls have to make on Earth in order to evolve further. Souls who reincarnate into a society of war or harsh environment don't have to make many choices of their own.
Are there less challenges for an evolving soul when reincarnating into a world of war?
In a world of war and battle, one has to follow the path of survival, mostly limited by a small number of choices available. One is led by circumstances and has to anticipate, adjust and trying to evolve in the framework of these circumstances.
And contrary to such an environment, there's a world of peace and a thriving society. In this world a soul has plenty of choices, making it perhaps harder and more challenging to evolve. Because the choices are almost limitless. The circumstances surrounding the life and journey of this soul, are mostly created by the soul. All responsibility depends on the choices made by the soul, living in a free world of peace.
Are there less challenges for an evolving soul when reincarnating into a world of war? Or is a world of peace more difficult due the choices a soul has to make to form it's own life, and therefore more challenging for a soul to evolve.
Perhaps for both situations, it comes to battles anyway. Whether it be real armed battles in war zones, or the internal personal spiritual battle of a conscious soul. Life has battles. Maybe we don't have to call it battles. In life we all have to struggle, more or less. Whether it be in a world of war or living in a world of peace.
It is violence when we use a sharp word, when we make a gesture to brush away a person. So violence isn't merely organized butchery in the name of God, in the name of society or country. Violence is much more subtle, much deeper.
Source: Jiddu Krishnamurti - brainyquote.com
The Holy War
A good friend of mine, Rendra, who's was a devoted Muslim (and passed away years ago) told me once: the Jihad is not what most people think it is. It's not about fighting the unbelievers. And it's not about political or cultural wars. The Jihad, or: Holy War is all about the inner struggle every person is fighting during life on Earth. The Holy war within one self.
What is Peace?
I think when asking people if they can explain world peace, their answers will mostly be the same: a world without wars.
Of course this is the main factor of peace in the world. But does it also mean: no more weapons on Earth?
And I don't mean war weapons, WMD's, nukes, EMP's, missiles and such things.
Many people would also answer: no more killings, when asked about world peace. Does it also mean that there will be no guns, rifles, swords, crossbows and other (small) weapons, when there's peace on Earth?
No president, billionaire, royalty, celebrity or other so called VIP needs to be protected with armed bodyguards? No more armed security for places with valuable assets and treasures?
And when we think about a world without killing, murder and slaughter, does this include the animals as well?
One could say: nature is tough and ruthless and most animals kill other animals to survive. Of course this is true.
But we're talking about the human aspect here. The choices we can make as a soul having a human experience. Many animals are killed in the bio industry, which is a place of severe slaughter. The industrial scale killing of souls having an animal experience.
Is there a place for such practices in a world of peace?
Some say: we have to eat meat, our ancestors also killed animals.
You may have heard of stories of people hunting for animals to eat. And thanking the animal and pray for them after the killing. This is still the killing of a soul, but it has a certain form of peace included in this style of battle for food. This is the opposite of the bio industry war on animals. Is the tribal style of hunting and giving thanks and praying for the animal, included in a world filled with peace?
Some may say: this also goes for plants and fruits. They feel pain as well and are conscious beings. Without going too much into the subject of veganism, perhaps we can imagine that most plants are part of a soul family and not an individual soul, such as humans and animals? And fruits are made to be eaten by animals and humans, in order to spread the seeds of the fruits. When a tree or plant has fruits that are ripe, they fall off, ready to eat. When is an animal ripe to eat?
And what about some animals who kill for pleasure, such as Orca's killing Penguins for fun. Or cats playing with a mouse or other prey before eating it. These are cruel practices of some animals. Are they peaceful? So many questions, as always.
“As long as Man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings, he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”
Source: Pythagoras - goodreads.com
Trust and Abuse
Is there unlimited trust in a world of peace? Imagine a world without wars, killings, murder, abductions and people fighting each other. Is this a world of total trust and love for one and another? Is a world of peace also a world without animals, men, women, children and other life forms being abused?
When you're in your house and a strange knocks on the door, asking for a shelter for the night, would you let him in?
Would you feel safe and trust this stranger in the night? Probably not. Would you do this in a world of peace?
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have received Angels into their houses unawares.
Source: Hebrews 13:2 - biblegateway.com
Violence and Entertainment
The world we live in is created by imaginations and fantasies, resulting in the things around us: architecture, art, literature, movies, music, food, transportation, entertainment and so on. Many movies and series have violent scenes, murders and fighting. And the images on the mainstream and alternative news media can be violent as well.
Images of violence that are being absorbed by the those who watch these movies, series and news channels.
Some people enjoy watching violent movies. Is there a place for these things when you live in a world of peace?
Imagine a planet of peace where the inhabitants are watching violent movies. Sounds like an oxymoron.
One can say: it's a good thing, because it can function as a form of expression for violent tendencies. When watching violence, a person doesn't have to actually do the violence. Is this really the case?
Everything starts from the mind. And what is a mind filled with violence.
Can a mind filled with violent images, achieve world peace?
Wars and the Multiverse
One can say; the Universe is also filled with violence and battles. Black Holes devouring planets and even whole star systems. Explosions, Super Nova's, the Big Bang. And we're made of stardust and particles from this violent Universe.
The fact that we as humans can behold these things and are able to make choices, shows us that we don't have to go along with an violent environment. We can choose not to be violent.
But there's creation and destruction, throughout the Universe, some say.
These are the words humans have chosen for these processes. Creation and destruction. Perhaps there's neither creation nor destruction. It's all one big movement of an ever evolving change that never repeats itself. And mankind is the one 'destroying' or: erasing things in the natural world.
Is war and fighting each other a natural human element? Was humanity peaceful until Eve ate the Apple, given by the Serpent? Or did the violence start when Cain killed his brother: Abel? Or did the violent mind of the humans began even before these Biblical events?
Sorcerers believe that the predators have given us our systems of belief, our ideas of good and evil, our social mores. They are the ones who set up our hopes and expectations and dreams of success or failure. They have given us covetousness, greed, and cowardice. It is the predators who make us complacent, routinary, and egomaniacal."
Source: Carlos Castaneda, The Active Side of Infinity - goodreads.com
Many people believe in aliens, extra terrestrials and other space people. And there's much more: inter dimensional beings, time travellers, people from another crater and so on. Did our violent tendencies came from one of these other life forms?
Jiddu Krishnamurti and Violence
“When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.”
Source: Jiddu Krishnamurti - goodreads.com
Krishnamurti is the master speaker when it comes to the topics of: violence, war and peace, consciousness and humanity. There's a lot of video footage of his philosophical master classes and speeches.
Jiddu Krishnamurti (/ˈdʒɪduːkrɪʃnəˈmuːrti/; 11 May 1895 – 17 February 1986) was a philosopher, speaker and writer. In his early life, he was groomed to be the new World Teacher, but later rejected this mantle and withdrew from the Theosophy organization behind it.
J. Krishnamurti - Violence - Playlist of 23 Videos - AntoTHFC YouTube channel ⇒
The majority of people are violent | Krishnamurti
In the Lord I take refuge.
How then can you say to me:
“Flee like a bird to your mountain.
2 For look, the wicked bend their bows;
they set their arrows against the strings
to shoot from the shadows
at the upright in heart.
3 When the foundations are being destroyed,
what can the righteous do?”
4 The Lord is in his holy temple;
the Lord is on his heavenly throne.
He observes everyone on earth;
his eyes examine them.
5 The Lord examines the righteous,
but the wicked, those who love violence,
he hates with a passion.
6 On the wicked he will rain
fiery coals and burning sulfur;
a scorching wind will be their lot.
7 For the Lord is righteous,
he loves justice;
the upright will see his face.
Source: Pslam 11 - New International Version - biblegateway.com
Fight for the sake of duty, treating alike happiness and distress, loss and gain, victory and defeat.
Fulfilling your responsibility in this way, you will never incur sin.
What is Your Idea of World Peace?
Written by: Thomas I. Voûte, for timetransportal.com 2022