Do you have the courage to look inside, to see what is going on below the surface of life, below the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the material realm?
This first step does take courage; it always requires courage to take a step in a new direction, to explore the unknown, to move in a way that is not customary nor ordinary.
For this step, the urge towards stillness and peace must emerge. A great authority with 75 years of exploration of the inner world of peace and silence is Dadi Janki, the present head of the Brahma Kumari’s.
She asked herself a potent question: “what is the inner secret of the soul?” This is the answer she came up with: ” we desire peace because the intrinsic quality of the soul is peace…” When we have the courage to be silent, ” we leave the world outside, to go inside. When we go inside we are able to find the peace that we have lost.”
“This is one of the most important lessons to learn about ourselves, and it can be summed up in one expression: ‘Om Shanti’. Om Shanti means, I, the soul am peace…This is the first lesson: each of us is a peaceful soul…
The feeling of inner peace that comes from saying, I am a peaceful soul, Om Shanti, is just the beginning. From peace, there will feelings of love. From love will come feelings of happiness. Ultimately all three lead to a feeling of personal power.
These feelings are the basis of good meditation. To feel them and then to carry them into our lives is to make meditation practical.” (from Spiritual Greatness, by Dadi Janki)