Peace is always present. Get rid of the disturbances to peace. This peace is the self.
– Sri Ramana Maharishi
The ancients who wished to illustrate illustrious virtue throughout the kingdom first ordered well their own states. So, they first regulated their families by cultivating their persons. To achieve this , they rectified their hearts, they sought to be sincere in their thoughts and hence tried first to extend to the utmost their knowledge.
When they investigated things, knowledge became complete, and thoughts became sincere. Their hearts were then rectified, and their persons were cultivated.Hence, families were regulated, their states were rightly governed and the whole kingdom was made tranquil and happy.
– The Great Learning I
The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of men when they realise their relationship, their oneness, and the universe and all its powers, and when they realise that at the centre of the universe dwells Wakan Tanka, and that this centre is really everywhere, it is within each of us.
This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections of this. The second peace is that which is made between two individuals, and the third is that which is made between two nations. But above all you should understand that there can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which, is within the souls of men.
Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.