Maharaj Charan Singh Answers a Question about World Peace
Sister, if this creation is to continue, we cannot get rid of these wars, because if the creation has to continue, it has to be imperfect. The moment anybody becomes perfect, he goes back to the perfect one. That soul doesn’t stay in the imperfect world at all. We are only here because we are imperfect. If he doesn’t want this creation to continue, then of course, we all become perfect and go to the perfect one. But if this creation is to continue, then you can’t help it, mind has to be here. It has to be imperfect. As long as we’re imperfect, there’ll always be feuds and wars. You can’t help them. At least history doesn’t encourage us. Whatever history we have been able to trace or know, it has always revealed one against the other, in one form or another.
Because that is the mind – the mind has always been at war. Nations to a great extent can come nearer to each other on the platform of spirituality, never on the platform of social reforms, economic reforms, or political reforms. We can never have the same way of thinking economically, politically or socially. We can never all think alike. But on the spiritual platform we are one and we can become one; we can come nearer to each other because our pivot is one God, and everyone looks to him. On the platform of spirituality, we are one. Then we don’t appear as belonging to certain races, countries, social orders, economic orders, or political orders. We just appear as all lovers of one Beloved, and then we are all nearer to each other.
So if we really want peace in this world, we have to come together on the platform of spirituality. No matter how politically developed a nation may become, no matter how much it may raise its standard of living – that doesn’t mean that those nations with a very high standard of living don’t create war. Rather, they are responsible for creating more wars because they want to keep their own standard of living high. And how can they keep it unless people fight? So their standard of living is high at the cost of other people’s loss. They always want to sell their goods so that their standard of living remains high; so they always like other nations to fight. Actually, nobody is sincere about creating peace in this world.
If we are filled with love and devotion for the Father, all qualities of compassion, of being kind and good to each other, loving each other, automatically come in us. One who is filled with his love, he will never hate anybody, because he will see the Lord in everybody. He will never notice that someone is a Russian, an American, a South African, an Indian. He sees only the Lord in everybody. We are ignoring this spiritual side today, and trying to build peace on political platforms, and they have no base. It’s like building on sand. Otherwise, rich nations would have been able to obtain peace, but they have not. Probably there is more crime in them than in poor countries…. They have compromised with certain spiritual truths in order to raise their standard of living. If we build a spiritual platform – but it is impossible for the whole world to build one spiritual platform – only then can we come nearer to each other.
Maharaj Charan Singh, Spiritual Perspectives, Vol. I