Peace is a lie, there is only passion.
The first line of the Code is most likely the one that requires the most interpretation. First, we must define Peace. If peace is the absence of war then peace has been a lie since the dawn of human civilisation and will continue to be so until society is able to evolve past current ideas and allow peace to reign supreme.
But if peace can be defined as the absence of conflict in your day to day life, then peace is achievable for a time. But lasting peace? Unless you’re Amish, or a monk, unending peace is a lofty, but unattainable goal. The idea of a perfectly serene life is a lie. We must be prepared for conflict and struggle. The strongest motivator for many is their emotions and their desires. Passion. By tapping into our passion we can explore ourselves and gain knowledge of the Self. We can learn our strengths, weaknesses, abilities and desires through introspection and awareness.
If we learn about who we truly are, we can achieve more. By embracing strengths and overcoming weaknesses we can further improve ourselves. As passion inspires us, so can passion be inspired.If we allow ourselves to fall into the trap of peace and complacency we will be poorly prepared for adversity that comes our way.
Enjoy what peace you can attain, of course. The enjoyment of good times and the fulfillment of passion is the spice of life. But rest assured, it won’t last forever. We must be prepared for the day the peace ends and chaos threatens to consume.
The Bhagavad Gita talks about dharma; natural order that must not be interfered with, lest chaos be courted. Literally dharma means ‘that which supports’, and can be considered the basis of harmony and justice.When we say peace is a lie, we state our readiness and intent; when dharma is displaced and chaos threatens, it is through our passion, strength and power that we re-enforce order upon the chaos.
Because of our acceptance of the inevitable conflict, we excel at it. We revel in the struggle and being able to overcome whatever stands before us. By acknowledging that peace is a lie, we can prepare ourselves, by embracing passion and gaining strength.