When we actually attempt to understand other people we, as the word implies, have to stand under the people. We then must give credence to their life situation. Life situation is knowing their culture, their religion that guides them, have familiarity with their parents and genetics, and their education. When we have stood under the people we are in a position to be humble. In this humble state we are in a mode that arouses compassion.
Compassion, which is shared passion, allows us to see other people in all of their clothing. We can see that, for the most part, their behavior is not under their immediate control. With a little inner self analysis, we realize that their outward behavior is being ruled by their unexamined history as our behavior is. Our self-analysis, if done in complete honesty, will reveal to us that even after a deep meditation there are some small or not so small niggling within us about other people’s negative outlook about peace. Or we find that our state—how we are thinking, feeling, behaving—is not peaceful. We may be honest enough with ourselves to realize and ask ourselves: “how can there be world peace if I am not fully peaceful in my skin?” Compassion will permit us the opportunity to strive to be more forgiving of others for their foibles. And realize that world peace has to begin with our authenticity and becoming truly peaceful within ourselves before we can demand such from others. This may help us when each time we wonder why other people who may say they want peace cannot maintain a peaceful state in themselves.
Meditative Peace is a state of actualized Consciousness. In this state we are truly in peace for there is no object for us to engage and argue with. We, in this state, know peace and we want everyone to have and enjoy it. But after we finish meditating we usually leave consciousness and enter again into Sensory Awareness. In Sensory Awareness we encounter all of our life’s situation– culture, religion, parents and genetics, and our education. And if we have not realized that these are our ego and the power they have over us, we end up thinking from these, emoting from these and acting to keep these true in us. If and only if we have understood how to maintain Consciousness over Sensory Awareness can we began to authentically think, feel and act differently.
However, when there are concerted efforts by groups of people to meditate and attain a true state of Consciousness, their coming together can and usually does generate a state of higher vibrations from which other people outside the group may “feel” these vibrations. They will feel peace vibrations as has been proven in scientific studies on the effects of meditation on public behavior.
The bottom line is even though most of us cannot maintain the higher state of consciousness in which we know peace we must still meet and meditate together so that we set the stage for the next Yuga in which at least seventy-five percent of the general population will be in a state of Christ Consciousness.
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