Q: How can we establish a settled
peace and silence in the mind?
First of all, you must want it.
And then you must try and must persevere,
continue trying. What I have just told you is a very good means.
Yet there are others also. You sit quietly, to begin with; and
then, instead of thinking of fifty things, you begin saying
to yourself, "Peace, peace, peace, peace, peace, calm,
peace!" You imagine peace and calm. You aspire, ask that
it may come: "Peace, peace, calm." And then, when
something comes and touches you and acts, say quietly, like
this, "Peace, peace, peace." Do not look at the thoughts,
do not listen to the thoughts, you understand. You must not
pay attention to everything that comes. You know, when someone
bothers you a great deal and you want to get rid of him, you
don't listen to him, do you? Good! You turn your head away (gesture)
and think of something else. Well, you must do that: when
thoughts come, you must not look at them, must not listen to
them, must not pay any attention at all, you must behave as
though they did not exist, you see! And then, repeat all the
time like a kind of- how shall put it? -as an idiot does, who
repeats the same thing always. Well, you must do the same thing;
you must repeat, "Peace, peace, peace." So you try
this for a few minutes and then do what you have to do; and
then, another time, you begin again; sit down again and then
try. Do this on getting up in the morning, do this in the evening
when going to bed. You can do this... look, if you want to digest
your food properly, you can do this for a few minutes before
eating. You can't imagine how much this helps your digestion!
Before beginning to eat you sit quietly for a while and say,
"Peace, peace, peace!" and everything becomes
calm. It seems as though all the noises were going far, far,
far away (Mother stretches out her arms on both sides) and
then you must continue; and there comes a time when you no longer
need to sit down, and no matter what you are doing, no matter
what you are saying, it is always "Peace, peace, peace."
Everything remains here, like this, it does not enter ( gesture
in front of the forehead ), it remains like this. And then
one is always in a perfect peace... after some years.
But at the beginning,
a very small beginning, two or three minutes, it is very simple.
For something complicated you must make an effort, and when
one makes an effort, one is not quiet. It is difficult to make
an effort while remaining quiet. Very simple, very simple, you
must be very simple in these things. It is as though you were
learning how to call a friend: by dint of being called he comes.
Well, make peace and calm your friends and call them: "Come,
peace, peace, peace, peace, come!"
Q: Mother, Make me more peaceful. ~
Each time that you
feel restless you ought to repeat, speaking inside yourself
without exterior sound and thinking of me at the same time:
O my heart!" Do it steadily and you will be pleased
with the result.