In today’s world, we are living in an atmosphere of conflicts— conflict between family members, social institutes, so-called religious groups, political parties, and nations. No one knows the real reason of conflicts, but every one knows that it is always the other who is at fault. This has become so common everywhere that we always blame the others for any conflict, we do not take any responsibility ourselves. This way we end up having no solution to any of our conflicts. What happens that one conflict generates million more conflicts. Then it all goes out of control. In this unconscious spread of unlimited tension between people, it is natural that we desire to have some moments of peace. That too seems to have become impossible. It is impossible because we don’t know the real cause—the central cause of conflict. Discussing on this eternal human problem in The Book of Life, the enlightened mystic J. Krishnamurti says: Do not think by merely wishing for peace, you will have peace, when in your daily life of relationship you are aggressive, acquisitive, seeking psychological security here or in the hereafter. You have to understand the central cause of conflict and sorrow and then dissolve it and not merely look to the outside for peace.
He points out the problem: But you see, most of us are indolent. We are too lazy to take hold of ourselves and understand ourselves, and being lazy, which is really a form of conceit, we think others will solve this problem for us and give us peace, or that we should destroy the apparently few people that are causing wars.
Every enlightened mystic, from Ashtavakra to Zarathusthra, from Gautama the Buddha, Mahavira to Jesus Christ, from Lord Krishna to the sages of Upanishads, and so many luminous souls like Gorakh, Kabir, Guru Nanak, Meera, Rabiya-al -Adaviya, Raidas, Sufi and Zen masters, all have emphasised the individual revolution, the individual transformation: the individual must go through a metamorphosis and resolve or dissolve conflict within himself. When the individual is in conflict within himself he must inevitably create conflict without, and only he can bring about peace within himself and so in the world, for he is the world.
In his letter to a disciple who was in conflict, Osho wrote: There is conflict in the mind –always, because the mind cannot exist without the conflict. It gets strengthened through conflict; even warring against conflict is conflict and struggling to go beyond the mind is mind. See this deeply and immediately without motive, just as if you have come across a snake in the street – and the jump. Then it is not that you jump but – the jump. The jump happens spontaneously without effort and without conflict. When this happens there is no-mind and no-mind is the door to the divine.