February 2016 By Megha Bajaj Recognising that peace is a frequency available to all is helping Megha Bajaj immerse herself in that state I was reading a beautiful story about the Buddha. An angry man comes to him and spits upon his hand. The Buddha, being who he was, remains calm and composed, while quietly going and cleaning his hand. Ananda is outraged and asks the Buddha how he can allow such a thing, to which he calmly replies, “He is living his nature, and I mine. Why should his anger become my anger?” Somehow, this story touched me deeply. Although I am more or less a calm person, certain situations and people get to me. I am unable to handle them, and I lose my equanimity. I wondered to myself… how, how could I reach a more peaceful state of being? Could I ever reach where the Buddha was? And answers unfolded. As they always do when a seeker asks. Life has this awesome responsibility to answer its seekers – either with experiences or with explanations, either through life or through learnings. And as I sat one beautiful winter night, watching the skies, it all came as a revelation. I realized peace was not a quality which was the right of a few. It was a frequency in Existence that anyone can tap into. Instead of being a physical reality – it was a mental space. One could equate it to a lake beside your home. It is always there. It is up to you how often you choose to sit by its side and drink in its serenity. Similarly, the peace vibe exists for anyone to tap into and utilize in their life. Most of us come and go into these states. On a holiday – we feel deep peace. For some (including me) music, meditation and mangoes bring about deep peace. For some, it is being with children, for others being away from them. For some it is a pet, for others a walk in nature. We all know peace. The only difference is this – while we come and go to and from peace, great spiritual legends knew how to be in that state constantly. Ever since I realised this, peace stopped being a struggle. Rather, it became an accessible state. Whenever I feel I have moved away from it, I pause, take some time out for myself and quietly get myself back into the state of peace. Earlier, peace used to be the small punctuations in a long sentence of disturbance… gradually I am realising that peace is becoming the sentence and disturbance is now just the punctuation. The flow has shifted from effort to effortlessness, and it is an indescribable feeling. To become a Buddha may be a goal for lifetime upon lifetimes. However, to have enough Buddha moments and deepen and prolong them is in our hands itself. In every relationship, in every professional set-up, in every situation, it is possible to gently remind yourself to choose peace, and experience it for some time. The beauty about peace is, the more you choose it, the more it begins to choose you. From being a real effort and struggle in the beginning, it gradually starts coming much more naturally. Recently, I experienced it as a persona that just engulfed me in its embrace… and ah, what a feeling that was. In a sunrise. Upon a moonlit beach. In your temple. In the singing of psalms. During the namaaz. While shopping. A drive with a loved one. Good music. Buddha moments await you in so many little and big things. Enjoy them. Peace is probably one of the best gifts you can ever give yourself and the world. Megha is, above all, a seeker. These days she is attempting to find herself in the role of a teacher through the online writing course designed by her. You can know more about her on www.wonderofwords.org
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