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Gita Has the Peace Formula

by Rita Gupta

Posted December 14, 2009

Judging by the prestige associated with the Nobel Peace Prize, which was just awarded to President Barack Obama, the question of how to attain peace is one of the most fundamental matters facing humanity at large. The "peace formula" expounded in the Vedic literature of India gives humanity a concise answer to this question. Peace can be had when one understands that God is the proprietor of everything. (See Srila Prabhupada's book, Krishna Consciousness, The Topmost Yoga System, ch. 9.) Until then, there will be no peace; there will be only discord and disagreement. Individuals and nations will fight for proprietorship over regions and countries. Soon, they will fight for proprietorship over planets.

The Vedas tell us that there is a place where all the inhabitants accept that God is the proprietor of everything. In that place, all the relationships are peaceful and full of love. That place is called Vaikuntha, or the spiritual universe. Many vedic literatures include detailed descriptions of Vaikuntha, explaining that just as this material universe has multiple planets, there are multiple planets in Vaikuntha, and they describe what life on those planets is like. They describe what the inhabitants eat, how they dress, etc. Furthermore, in Vaikuntha there is no birth or death. Thus, relationships in Vaikuntha are not only peaceful and full of love, but they are eternal.

The Vedas are the oldest known sacred writings. His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, translated over 80 volumes of vedic literatures into English, giving voluminous commentaries. The best-known of Prabhupadaâ™s translations, Bhagavad-gita As It Is, has been translated into over 50 languages.

In an October 12, 1972 lecture given in Manila on the Bhagavad-Gita, Srila Prabhupada contrasted life in Vaikuntha with life in this material universe, saying: "Here we are full of anxieties. When will my death take place? What will be the political situation? What shall I eat? Where shall I sleep? We're always full of anxieties, but there is another world where there is no anxiety. That is called Vaikunthaloka."

Everyone wants a world free from anxiety. Each one of us can have it — practically immediately — by accepting that God is the proprietor of everything. It is a matter of individual consciousness, completely independent of our government, friends and family.