The Seven-Year-Old Heart
Sri Chimnoy

  

We say "peace of mind," but actually peace is never in the mind.  When we want peace, we have to go beyond the realm of the mind.  If you think that you are twenty years old or forty years old, then you will have to struggle with your mind to even have a glimpse of peace.  But if you can feel that you are just seven years old, if you can have a childlike heart, then you will make the fastest progress.

There was a great Indian scientist named Dr. Satyendranath Bose.  His name is truly immortal in the scientific world, not only in India but in other countries as well.  He was not only great but also extremely good, kind, and humble.  His heart was the heart of a child.

He had a special fondness for children and used to play many games with them.  One game that he particularly liked was called Karam.  One day he happened to be playing Karam with some children, and he was deeply absorbed in the game.  A middle-aged man came by and for a long time was watching the game.  After some time the scientist said to him, "What can I do for you?"

The man replied, "Tomorrow there will be a special meeting at our school.  I would be so grateful if you would preside over the meeting."

Very politely the scientist responded, "No, I cannot.  I am sorry.  Please find somebody else."

Again the visitor urged, "Oh, we need you badly.  There is nobody else as distinguished as you are.  We shall be deeply honored if you come and preside over the meeting."

With utmost politeness the scientist replied:  "I cannot come tomorrow at that hour because I am supposed to play with my friends here.  Nothing gives me greater joy than to play with children.  I have presided over hundreds and hundreds of meetings, and there I do not get any joy.

"I want joy, you want joy, everybody wants joy.  To me, this game is infinitely more meaningful than the opportunity you are giving me to preside over a meeting, for I know that intellectual and argumentative people will come to that meeting, and they will bring their reasoning minds.  I am fed up with the reasoning mind.  I want only the heart, the sincere and pure heart, the oneness-heart.  I find that kind of heart here, with my little friends.

"I have promised them that tomorrow I shall play with them, and I shall definitely do it.  I want only to remain in the heart.  I have played my role in the mind and now I am playing the role of my heart.  Satisfaction is there, only there.  Peace is there, only there."

O dreamers of peace, come.
Let us walk together.
O lovers of peace, come.
Let us run together.
O servers of peace, come.
Let us grow together.

Unless and until we have peace deep within us, we can never hope to have peace in the outer world.  You and I create the world by the vibrations that we offer to it.  If we can invoke peace and then offer it to somebody else, we will see how peace expands from one to two persons, and gradually to the world at large.  Peace will come about in the world from the perfection of individuals.  If you have peace, I have peace, he has peace, and she has peace, then automatically universal peace will dawn.
   
   

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