Question: Is war something that is necessary in order for us to restore peace, or is it something to be avoided?
Yogi Bhajan: War can only be avoided when both parties approach each other honestly. So far, history has shown that war has happened when fanatics attacked and people then rose against it.
Question: What is the most important thing we can do to restore peace in these turbulent times?
Yogi Bhajan: To be peaceful ourselves in thought, action, and deed.
Excerpts from a lecture by Yogi Bhajan on March 16, 2003
The clouds of war are hanging on us. The entire economy of the country is at a standstill, and people are in disarray, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Nobody knows what is going to happen tomorrow. But people who practice calmness and stillness, who have meditative minds, know that what is happening is not what many think. Time has brought the Earth to all this, and sometimes things happen which are required to happen.
Jo upajio so binas hai paro aaj kai kaal. Naanak har gun gaa-ay lay chaad sagal janjaal. One who is born has to die, and death has to take its toll.
We are not permanent here. Nothing around us is permanent. Everything moves on. So is the spirit of the Universe. As the Aquarian Age has to come, the Piscean Age has to leave.
Kuaar hoay sabh milangay, bachay sharan jo hoay. Those who will get out of this madness and muddiness of the time shall meet again for peace and tranquility.
They shall take the true shelter of God in their hearts and on their lips. They see the spirit in everybody. There's no reason to worry. Things are many-faceted and happen as God wants them to manifest. If all the wishes of mankind would come true, there would be no life to live, nor rebirth. When our consciousness elevates us into sensory human beings, then we will see the reality, feel the reality, and flow with the reality rather than with maya.
Therefore, my request to you is, do not let your calmness go. Do not let your peace of mind go. Be with the Guru through this time. Your spirit shall be content. Out of that contentment you'll find yourself with a lot of richness. It is very essential at this time. The majority of the world is living in a terrible fear. Nobody knows what is happening. There's too much information available to process. That is not the way. Just feel, within yourself, content and satisfied, peaceful and unique.
You are walking on the path of the Guru, where you must glow in that radiance and that truth so that others may recognize you are people of peace. That's the way we are. If life is that short or long or small, it has a reason for it, a purpose, and you will do your purposeful living on this planet. That's why you are here. You have the right to prosperity and proportionate happiness within yourselves and with each other. I pray, and pray deeply, that nothing should upset you. The Guru has designed your setup to guide you. Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice!
[Published in Aquarian Times, Summer 2003]
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan
Siri Guru Granth Sahib, p. 1428-29.