ram dass and bhagavan dass

Symptoms of Inner Peace

This is a slightly edited version of Saskia Davis’ original Symptoms of Inner Peace ©1984. Saskia has been kind enough to allow me to share it with all of you on my site, which I am happy to do. You can see the original in all its original glory at her website, which is http://symptomsofinnerpeace.net!

Be on the lookout for signs of inner peace. The hearts of a great many have been filled with such peace, and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with this strange virus in an epidemic of some sort. This could pose a serious threat to what has, till now, been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.

Here are some symptoms to watch out for:

  • A tendency to think and act spontaneously, without the influence of fear due to past experiences and consequences.
  • A strange tendency to not over analyse the past
  • A worrying ability to enjoy the present moment
  • An alarming tendency to not stress about the future.
  • A loss of interest in judging people
  • A loss of interest in judging yourself
  • A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others
  • Loss of inner and outer conflict
  • A loss of the ability to worry (this is a serious symptom)
  • Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation
  • Feelings of connectedness with others and nature
  • Frequent attacks of smiling
  • Frequent attacks of laughing with others
  • An increased capacity for loving others and yourself


If you have some of the above symptoms seek a doctor’s advice immediately. If you have most of, or all of the above symptoms then it might be too late for cure. If that is the case, the best advice is to stay indoors and eliminate any contact with other humans, as your inner peace is highly contagious and could infect others. Prolonged exposure to the outside world could result in your inner peace turning into outer peace, if you know someone with some of these symptoms, remain exposed at your own risk.

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5 responses to “Symptoms of Inner Peace”

  1. Alexandra Avatar

    That sounds magical and although I can imagine some of the things happening to me or others I’ve never met a combination of them all in one person. Is it even possible?

    1. caramellokoala Avatar

      It is definitely possible, but sadly only a few people, who dedicate their whole life to it, will ever attain all of the symptoms – something that we don’t have time for in the West. The people who overflow inner peace are often the simplest people; they don’t necessarily sit on a mountain top in meditation, rather they simply embrace each and every present moment as it comes. You can tell who they are by the smile on their face and the twinkle in their eye.

  2. saskiadavis Avatar

    I write as the author of SYMPTOMS OF INNER PEACE. I love the photo you have paired with it! I invite you to visit my website, symptomsofinnerpeace.net for the original writing as well as a poster, copyright info, and contact info for reprint permission. If you would re-post it with my name as author , ©1984, and a link, plus a mention that the version you have posted is an edited version, I would appreciate it. Also an email when it is done would also be very welcome. symptomsofinnerpeace (at) gmail.com.
    Saskia Davis, Author
    Saskia Davis, LLC

    1. caramellokoala Avatar

      Thank you for the permission, I was sent this in an email and didn’t know who the author was.. I felt I had to share it and I’m happy that I can now do it without the guilt! I’ve attached your authorship details and hope I send some traffic to your site! The picture is of Bhagavan Das and Ram Dass, in case you were wondering; I really love the picture too!

  3. Cynical Sid. Avatar
    Cynical Sid.

    I dont mean to be a party pooper but I read the California surfer turned half backed Hindu didn’t have such a wonderful view of “Dick Albert ” aka “Ram Dass”. Something about Alberts fascination being larger based on homosexual impulses. He didn’t understand all the fabulous enlightened qualities assigned him in his book “Be Here Now” and couldn’t shake him as much as he tried, when he was in India. back in the idealistic era.

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