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Young souls… learn to accept responsibility for their actions.

Mature souls… learn to accept responsibility for their thoughts.

And old souls…learn to accept responsibility for their happiness.

~The Universe

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Be easy about it.


Don’t rush into things.


Savor them more.


Make more plans and

be more deliberate and specific

about the plans you are making,


and in all you do,


let your dominant intent

be to find that which pleasures you

as you imagine it.


Let your desire for pleasure

and your desire for feeling good

be your only guiding light.


As you seek those thoughts that feel good,

you will always be in vibrational harmony

with the Energy that is your Source.


And under those conditions,

only good

can come to you —


and only good

can come from you.

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Well-being is the only order of the day,

unless you are doing something to pinch it off.


So, little by little, more and more,

people begin to feel comfortable

with their own thoughts;

especially, understanding

that thoughts don’t have

instant manifestational power, anyway.


You live in this time/space reality

where there is a buffer zone between

the offering of a thought and

the receiving of the manifestation.


So it gives you

a lot of opportunity

to amend and

add to.


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Someone has said,

“the Universe has imagined it

even better

than you have.”


And we like to add to that:

The Universe

got all of its information

about what you like

from you,

and it has remembered

every piece of it

and has put it together

in perfect formation.


And so,

the things…

that are on their way to you

are so much better

than you even know that you want.


And as you allow them,

the essence all of these things

that the Universe knows

that you are wanting

make their way to you

and appear

in perfect timing

for you.

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lotus on water

Peace

A conversation with Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

(affectionately known as Amma)

Questioner: What is peace in Amma’s words?

Amma: Are you asking about peace within or peace without?

Questioner: I want to know what real peace is.

Amma: Daughter, tell Amma what your version of real peace is first.

Questioner: I think peace is happiness.

Amma: But what is true happiness: Is it something that you get when your desires are fulfilled, or do you have another explanation for it?

Questioner: Hmmm… It is a mood that comes when desires are fulfilled, isn’t it?

Amma: But such happy moods will soon disappear. You feel happy when a particular desire is fulfilled. However, very soon another desire will take its place and you will find yourself running after it. There is no end to this process, is there?

Questioner: That is true. So, is feeling happy inside real happiness?

Amma: Okay, but how do you feel happy inside?

Questioner: (laughing) You are trying to corner me.

Amma: No. we are getting close to the answer you need. Come on, daughter, how is it possible to feel happy inside if the mind is not calm? Or do you think feeling calm and composed while eating chocolate and ice creal is real peace?

Questioner: (thoughtfully) That is neither peace nor happiness. That is just a sort of excitement or fascination.

Amma: Does that kind of fascination stay with you long?

Questioner: No, it comes and goes.

Amma: Now, tell Amma, can a feeling that comes and goes be called real or permanent?

Questioner: Not really.

Amma: Then what do you call it?

Questioner: That which comes and goes is usually known as “temporary” or “passing”.

Amma: As you have said that. Let Amma ask you this: Are there any moments in your life when you have experienced peace for no particular reason?

Questioner: (after a few thoughtful moments) Yes, once I was sitting in the backyard of my house, looking at the setting sun. It filled my heart with an unknown joy. In that beautiful moment, I simply glided into a state of thoughtlessness, and I felt so much peace and joy within. Recapturing that moment, I even wrote a poem describing the experience.

Amma: Daughter, that is the answer to your question. Peace happens when the mind is still, with fewer thoughts. Fewer thoughts mean more peace, and more thoughts mean less peace. Peace or happiness for no reason is real peace and happiness.

Peace and happiness are synonyms. The more open you are, the more peace or happiness you feel, and vice versa. Unless we have a certain degree of mastery over the mind, true peace is difficult to attain.

To find peace within is the real path to finding peace with-out. The inner and the outer efforts should go hand in hand.

Questioner: Amma, how do You describe peace from a spiritual point of view?

Amma: There is no difference between spiritual peace and worldly peace. Just as love is one, peace is also one. Yes, there is a difference in degree. That depends how deeply you go inside. Consider the mind as a lake; the thoughts are the ripples on the lake. Each thought or movement of agitation is like a stone thrown into the lake, creating countless ripples. A meditative mind will become like a lotus flower floating on that lake. The ripples of thoughts will still be there, but the lotus is unaffected. It will just float.

“Leave me alone! I want peace!” This is a common expression we hear—sometimes in the middle of a quarrel, or when someone is fed up with another person or situation. But is it possible? Even if we leave that person alone, he won’t experience any peace, nor can he really ever be alone. Behind the closed doors of his room, he will sit and brood about all that has happened, continuing to boil within. He will again be in the world of disturbing thoughts. Real peace is a profound feeling that engulfs the heart when we are free from the thoughts of the past.

Peace is not opposite of agitation. It is the absence of agitation. It is a completely relaxed and restful state.

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