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Many years ago I started a long struggle to attain peace of mind when I took refuge in a 12-step programme where it was recommended for those in the grip of despair and lack of faith to recite the Serenity Prayer. In more recent times I have discovered that this isn’t just a prayer but also a lesson on how to use our Inner Solar System to understand the motivations in our lives
This prayer teaches us that we cannot achieve peace and serenity without the grace of God's (Sun) GOD grant me the SERENITY. Our serenity is disturbed by the Mind (Moon) when it creates the illusion of self-importance where we think we are God. The cravings for excitement from Thoughts (Mercury) and Desires (Venus) are so strong that we are powerless to resist and because we have free-will we can choose to pursue whatever it is we are greedy for and fight (Mars) for it if necessary.
For those of us not blessed with the good fortune of faith in a power greater than ourselves we struggle to achieve the illusions of the Mind, which creates much distress and always ends in distress. My pursuit of pleasure has always lead to disillusion, because, whether I achieved it or not, it was never enough. To become available to God it was necessary for me to exhaust all my own possibilities.
The powerlessness I experienced eventually led me to meditation where I discovered that by giving my mind a rest from the constant bombardment of thoughts, I became more peaceful within myself, was able to think clearly and was less pulled in different direction by every passing fancy. In the Bhagavad Gita ch5.27-28, it recommends:
“Closing his eyes, his vision focused between the eyebrows,
making the in-breath and out-breath equal as they pass through his nostrils,
he controls his senses and his mind, intent on liberation;
when desire, fear, and anger have left him, that man is forever free”
Reciting a Mantra (man=mind, tra=protect) we protect the mind, . Sanjay Rath says “ a good thought is the seed of good deeds” and the Bhagavad Gita in ch8-13 suggests “uttering the sacred OM, which itself is freedom”
Now this brings me to the second part of the Serenity Prayer where as a result of balancing the Mind through Breath work, Meditation and Mantra we are better able to face the reality of any situation with maturity (Saturn) and ACCEPT the things we cannot change. We will have the strength of character to discriminate between right and wrong action (Mars) and have the COURAGE to change the things we can. Our outlook and behaviour becomes more positive, kind and generous (Jupiter) as a result of having gained the WISDOM to know the difference.
The Serenity Prayer is a fine example of how Universal Wisdom is made available to us by the Grace of God when we surrender to His will. That it could have brought me from the depths of despair to the joy of Jyotish was beyond my wildest dreams.