"So far we have seen that the man who starts thinking about the future and the past all the time is in trouble. One thought rises, falls off. Another thought rises, falls off. And we are jumping on the cusp of these thoughts all the time like mad. But when this Kundalini, this power rises She elongates those thoughts and then the space in between. It's a living process; it has to happen; it's spontaneous. And in the center of these thoughts, then there is a space created. This is present. This is where you become thoughtlessly aware. You're thoughtless, but you're aware. There's no thought. This is the seed of our peace. This is what I said today that if you don't have peace within, how can you have peace without? I have met many people who have got peace awards. But they are so hot tempered that if you have to talk to them, have a barge pole in between. I don't know how they give them peace awards, for what? This is what, we talk of 'peace, peace, peace.' It's just a talk. Unless you have peace within yourself you cannot create peace outside."
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi - 9 September 1995, extract from Conference on Women, Beijing, China.