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did mythology already address the concepts of inner peace?

did mythology already address the concepts of inner peace?

In mythology, people had different views of who God is. For example, Egyptian mythology used different kinds of animals to embody their gods. On the other hand, in Greek and Roman mythology, gods and goddesses resemble mortal man and lived among them. They ruled over mortal man to build peace in the society.

However, the ambassador of peace Prem Rawat firmly believes that "People think God is a man. But no, God is energy. God is perfect and pure energy."

Prem Rawat is the founder of the TPRF Foundation which aims at promoting peace in the society through acts of kindness and words of peace. Let us focus on the concepts of inner peace in Greek and Roman mythology.

The concepts of inner peace in mythology

Peace of mind is attained through honesty

Mind tranquility is the fruit of honesty in mythology. When people tell lies or break their promises, this will result in a breach of peace. Likewise, an individual cannot have a tranquil mind if they tell lies or does not keep their oaths to the others. The quest for peace of mind was so valuable for the Greek gods and goddesses that severe sentences were inflicted on those who willfully violated the societal rules.

For example, goddess Hera (Juno) reprimanded women who engaged in love affairs with Zeus (Jupiter), and their children were also victims of their misdeeds. Likewise, Zeus (Jupiter) rebuked any dishonest individuals.

Righteousness promotes inner peace

In Greek and Roman mythology, enlightened individuals valued righteousness for its promotion of inner peace. They were intolerant towards those who were immoral and acted against the truth. For example, when Zeus (Jupiter) had affairs with several women, he tried to hide that to his wife Hera (Juno).

However, they knew that infidelity is degenerating and it should be punished because it deprived some people of their serenity in their family life.

Inner peace was attained through violence

In mythology, violence was usually used to resolve conflicts and to establish peace in the society.

  • In front of the infidelity of Zeus, Hera did not resolve the problem with Zeus peacefully through talks. Instead, she mercilessly injured all the women who dared having an affair with her husband. In addition, she also reprimanded their offspring.
  • The god Zeus (Jupiter) dethroned his father Cronus (Saturn) who had governed over the other Titans or the older gods. Then, he became a mighty god, having the power for himself.
  • When Zeus (Jupiter) ruled over the other elder gods, his father Saturn left Olympus and went to Italy.
  • When Zeus (Jupiter) was enthroned, long-lasting peace reigned in Olympus, and immoral individuals were all punished.

Inner peace derived from happiness

In Roman and Greek mythology, mind tranquility was attained when an individual dwells in a perfect place. For example, the gods and goddesses who ruled over mortal humans resided on Olympus, the highest mountain in Thessaly, northeastern part of Greece. They entered the peaceful abode through a gate of clouds where Seasons stood to watch it. Its dwellers lived there in serenity in perfect sunny weather, while feasting on nectar and ambrosia, and stay serene each day with Apollo's lyre.

In brief, it can be said that the gods and goddesses in mythology resemble us in our acts and thoughts as far as tranquility is concerned. In other words, without enlightenment, inner peace is not perfectly attained even if people value honesty and righteousness.

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