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GATEWAY TO HAPPINESS

CHAPTER FOUR PEACE OF MIND

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      The benefits and importance of peace of mind.

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    Peace of mind is one of the greatest pleasures a person can have. Conversely,

lack of peace of mind can make one’s life constant torture. (Rabbi Simcha Zissel of Kelm; Chochmah Umussar, vol.1, p.255)

2. A person who has mastered peace of mind has gained everything. To obtain peace of mind you need to be at peace with the people in your environment. You need to be at peace with yourself: your emotions and your desires. Furthermore, you need to be at peace with your Creator. (Alai Shur, vol. 1, p.195)

3. All the possessions and pleasures of the world are only valuable if they are accompanied by peace of mind. A person who has tremendous riches and can gratify all of his desires, will nevertheless suffer if he lacks peace of mind. As a rule, the power-hungry and the status-seekers lack this obvious realization. Why work on obtaining power and status when you have the ability to work on something that is much more precious? A peaceful mental attitude and serenity of the soul are the most important factors for happiness.

It is related that when an ancient emperor was about to sail for Italy, an advisor asked him what his ultimate plans were. “To conquer Rome,” he replied. “What will be after that?” “To conquer Carthage, Macedonia, and Greece.” “And after you have conquered all that, what are your plans?” “Then I will be able to spend my life in peace and comfort.” “But,” queried the wise advisor, “what prevents your being in peace and comfort right now?”

4. “Better a morsel of dry bread and tranquility with it, then a house full of feasting with strife” (Proverbs 17:1). Inner serenity is the true essence of success in life, and this can be attained even with a piece of dry bread.” (Malbim on Mishle,

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    178)

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      When you have peace of mind, you can use your mind constructively. Lack of

peace of mind breeds anger and resentment. (Rabbi Yeruchem Levovitz; Daas Chochmah Umussar, vol 3, p.169)

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PEACE OF MIND

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