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Path to peace is I think being in a state of absolute gratification.
This can be achieved either being a reductionist or being aggressively creative.
A reductionist like The Buddha will curtail all possibilities of growth, possibilities and creativity in the name of abstaining from desires and will discover gratification by constructing her life to the basic necessities.
An aggressively creative individual will on contrary engage in an incessant spree of actively engaging into a domain of study, exploration, experimentation,course correction and above all continue to grow and learn in that domain. For her the domain is her sanctuary of refuge. That 100% engagement in the activity enters her to enter into the state of flow regularly. And each such session of having entered into flow, enhances her abilities towards differentiation and integration even further.
Obviously the aggressively creative individual is more desirable for healthy working of a family, society, nation and the world as a whole. They create much more for themselves and others in their course of life. But more importantly is the sense of gratification they create for themselves is of immense value.
That heart always longs for that gratification. There is an innate surge of that unfulfilled longing deep in our hearts that keeps us active and alive. We are always seeking something. A monk seeks oneness with her breath in deep state of meditation. A capitalist seeks growth of his capital. But there is an innate surge for that longing in everything we do in our daily life.
Now this longing can be focussed on to an extrinsic object of possession or an intrinsic discipline of engagement into a domain of study, exploration, experimentation and creation.
Likes of those who search for their gratification on extrinsic objects are always in that run to have more – in the form of relationships, money, assets, etc. That makes them gratified. And then the journey continues. This mode is a mode of consumption. This is the mode that keeps a capitalistic system ticking. This causes the rise of GDP and all the well-being associated with it. But this mode also along with its blessings of a grand house, comfortable lounge, warm jacuzzi and a comfort of a big cohort of pals, also brings forth a big baggage of that incessant passive dependence on the ‘other’. That ‘other’ might be a constant flow of money, a pleasing and pampering relationship, a citizenship of a nation, being in the good books of mighty and powerful, lust for power and other carnal desires. This gradually eats away the innate power of creativity and independence and that inherent joy, simplicity and lightness of being alive.
On the other when this inherent longing is gratified by the likes of Leonardo Da Vinci and millions of others famous and ordinary men and women, who focus into a specific domain of life long investigation, learning, experimentation, application and learning derive that sense of deep gratification from their daily disciplined routine of actions oriented towards that domain. This is like that of Jack the guy next door who is fascinated with water colour painting, and ensures that he paints atleast a couple of masterpieces every week, or John who is vexed with Mathematics and algorithms who ensures that he cracks a difficult problem and learns somethingknew and applies them in his daily life every week, or Shiela who is infatuated with music, and is able to derive the symphony between the honks of the cars and buses in traffic on her way to office. She spends atleast 20 hours every week practising piano. Or Ira who is fascinated with the world of dogs and researches on their behavior in different situations.
This mode of living I call being aggressively creative. They are not passive consumerists who thrive on consumption of every newer supplies. Rather they are actively engaged into an incessant creative activity, to learn, grow and apply. This is a difficult way of being as it is not just about reading and learning. It is also about applying and course correcting. It is about blooming where you are planted. It is about applying the learning in one’s day to day life and enabling a furthering deepening of one’s proficiency that fuels a further engagement into the domain with greater force and power.
All these for what? It is for peace! The aggressively creative person is at peace for herself, for her heart is totally fulfilled. She has a refuge to go to whenever there is the itch of longing. And that longing is effectively saturated by her daily routine of engagement with her domain. This domain might be single or multiple. But the key is that the domain(s) being pursued are scientific! Getting engaged in pseudo science is another path to passive consumerism!