If you are ever wondering which philosophy, religion, or way of thinking is best, it is really dependent on the person and where the person is in life. All the philosophies that will lead you to spiritual peace are grounded in “letting go” and embracing “what is”. You must realize that everything is relative. For example, consider medicines. There are good medicines for diabetes, hypertension, and hypercholesterolism. If you had a high sugar level at some point in your life (diabetes), and you thought that you will take the most expensive, most effective medicine for hypertension, will your blood level of sugar decrease? Of course not!
But if at some other time in your life, you had a very high blood pressure, and then you decided that you will take that wonderful diabetes medicine that you had when your blood sugar levels were high, then where would you be? Remember these words, “There is a time and place for everything.” Just like medicine, there is a right one for the right disease. You must understand that a person needs a system of thought that fits them… at the specific time in life that they need it. In terms of a system of thought though, know that all philosophies of life and religion carry a similar theme: love, kindness, compassion, patience, contentment, obeying the larger society’s laws.
Irrespective of which philosophy you follow, understand that everyone secretly is always striving for inner peace. Don’t let society disturb your walk towards inner peace. A wonderful woman named Peace Pilgrim spread her message in this short list that discussed how you know you have achieved inner peace:
Some Signs and Symptoms of Inner Peace
A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences
An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment
A loss of interest in judging other people
A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others
A loss of interest in conflict
A loss of the ability to worry
Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation
Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature
Frequent attacks of smiling
An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.
(I would add to this A loss of interest in caring about what others are thinking about you, or even noticing what others are thinking of you)
If you start believing some of these above traits in any philosophy or religion that you are following, I sincerely believe you are on the right track.