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As written at PRASANTHI NILAYAM Today

31st December 2020 

Peace is essential for man at all the three levels: body, mind, and spirit. This is the reason we chant shanti (peace) three times. You can attain peace at these three levels only by developing love for God. The one without love for God will never be peaceful. All worldly pleasures are fleeting and momentary. The same sentiment was echoed by Sankaracharya: Ma kuru dhana jana yauvana garvam, Harathi nimeshath kalah sarvam - ‘Do not be proud of your wealth, progeny and youth. The tide of time may destroy them in a moment.’ What is happiness? Is it sitting in an air-conditioned room or partaking of delicious food? These confer happiness only at the physical and mental levels, not at the level of the Atma. True happiness is that which is related to the Atma. You should not be afraid of difficulties; they are passing clouds. Do not waver. Follow the heart, which is steady and unwavering. (Divine Discourse, Dec 25, 1998)