Sadhguru looks at why peace of mind is the A of life, not the Z of life, and explains the true meaning of being peaceful.
What is peace? People say that sitting on the mountain and meditating is peace. Somebody else may drink alcohol and become very peaceful, and so on. Whenever your ego is satisfied, you are very peaceful. Wherever you go, in that place, if people are willing to support and boost your ego, in that place you are very peaceful. Only in those places where your ego takes a thrashing, that is where you are not peaceful, isn’t it?
If you have to go and sit on a mountain to be peaceful, that peace is not yours, maybe it is the mountain. When you come down you will have the same problems again. Any fool can be peaceful on the mountain because you are there only for three days. If you live there for three years, you will have problems there too. Vacations are generally very short–which is a good thing. If you stay there a little longer, you will realise even that does not work. Because it is very brief, before you can create new problems, you are back in your old problems. So people shouldn’t complain about the shortness of their vacation.
Generally in the world, when people talk about peace of mind, it is only about, somehow, making their ego comfortable. Instead of being in a disturbed state, they wish to be comfortable. But the very process of trying to make your ego comfortable is the whole process of discomfort also. The more a person tries to be peaceful, he only loses his peace and goes off-track. A person who is trying to be peaceful will never actually be peaceful. Just the reverse of this process will happen.
Peace can also come out of achievement. When you have achieved something, you feel very satisfied. You feel like you are complete, a whole being. This lasts just for a moment. This feeling of wholeness is not really wholeness.
Peace is the A of life, not the Z of life. It is the most fundamental thing. If you don’t have anything else, at least you must be peaceful.
Sadhguru is a yogi, mystic and founder of Isha Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to addressing all aspects of human wellbeing through yoga programmes, and social and environmental initiatives.