Children, there is no beginning or end when it comes to the struggle between good and evil. Since ancient times, there have been conflicts and confrontations between the demigods and demons. Many avataras and realised souls have toiled tirelessly for the good of the world. Regardless, as in the past, war and conflict continue today. Is there any permanent solution? Why is this?
The war and conflict we see in the world are actually manifestations of the conflicts within the human mind. The mind can be man’s best friend and his worst enemy. It has the ability to nurture or destroy him. If we can control our mind using discernment, then it will help us to uplift the entire human race. Otherwise it will lead us towards destruction. In reality, the mind should become our obedient servant, but today it has become our master, ruling over us. As long as man is ruled by his ego and selfishness, there will be war and conflict. With various fluctuations in intensity, it has been like this throughout history.
Mahatmas are role models. They encourage and inspire people by making their own life a noble and ideal model of sacrifice and compassion. However, we must be ready to travel along the path they pave for us. It is only due to the presence and good deeds of such noble souls that the world has at least been somewhat sustained thus far. If not for them, things would be even worse. There are people who say, “What is the point of having police, army or laws? Corruption and violence continue regardless.” We must remember that it is due to the influence of such entities that there is at least some degree of control.
Man can either become a Rama or a Ravana. Both good and bad are within us. So, we have to decide which power we will use and how. The general characteristic of the mind is to flow downwards, but spirituality is the knowledge that teaches us how to raise up our mental power. Greed, anger, jealousy, etc, are the examples of our mental power flowing downwards, but the holy transformative power of divine love is able to uplift us.
We should be able to imbibe lessons from the negativities we see around us in the world. When we see someone doing something wrong, an awareness should awaken within us, making us realise that we should not become like that. We should try to emulate those who do good, not those who do bad. If we are capable of this, then our life will become filled with peace.
Amma, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi