By Swami Ramdas
16 July 2018
The potency of the united thoughts of millions is simply miraculous. The mind illumined with the ideal of the highest Spirit can work wonders. Even the thought – good or evil – of a single person, has a far-reaching effect. How much more powerful and irresistible must be the combined thought of all those in the world who take a resolute stand against all that makes for discord and disruption in it!
The first step in this direction is to awaken the mind of humanity. All people of different view-points have to be brought round to think that war is inimical to the evolution of man, to the acquisition of real and enduring peace and happiness, both for the individual and for the masses. War in any part of the world reacts on all countries alike, bringing untold misery to every member of the human race, just as in the case of the human body, where the whole body suffers if any part of it is affected by pain or disease. The local disease or pain spreads all over the system, producing all-round misery. This is what has to be impressed on the minds of all, before they can be made to take an abiding interest in this vital problem of the day. This kind of preparatory work has got to be done by the friends of the cause in different parts of the world.
We know that a thought of peace and goodwill has got immense power to conquer and transmute a thought of an opposite kind. Since the thought of peace and goodwill is born of the Universal Spirit – on whom the external life of humanity is based – when hundreds and millions unite together in this one thought, there will be released an invincible power which would not only neutralise the war-mentality that seeks to rule the world, but also create a widespread and all-embracing consciousness of peace. So, what we need is to transmit the message of peace from heart to heart, and produce against war and chaos a consensus of thought, backed up by the power of the Spirit.
(Extracted from the section titled ‘World Unity and Peace’ from Swami Ramdas’ The Divine Life [vol. 2])
Swami Ramdas (1884–1963), lovingly called ‘Papa’, was a Spiritual Master and founder of Anandashram, in Kerala.