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A Human Being

This isn’t about fighting and being a better warrior. This is about winning without drawing a sword.
Sep 12, 2017
Prem’s four international birthday celebrations for the year were kicked off in September at Ivory’s Rock Conference Center in Brisbane, Australia (Amaroo). Over 4000 guests from all over the world attended this 5-day convention. Here’s Prem’s 1st address on Day 2.

Good morning everyone. You’re in—I’m in the shade; you’re in the sun now, so....

First of all, you have to understand the preciousness of this time that you have. Just throw away every other thing; it’s meaningless if you don’t understand the preciousness, the importance of your existence.

And it’s too much noise—noise that paralyzes you. You remember…you have heard me talk about, “You don’t need wings to fly; you only need to cut the ropes that bind you”? Well, what do you think those ropes are that bind you, that hold you back? It’s the noise! It is the ultimate confuser—because it’s not yours!

And your brain cannot logically resolve it, cannot say, “Oh, this is wrong; this is right.” You…when you were growing up, your mother or your father or whoever was raising you told you not to touch something hot, but it didn’t make any sense till you did! And then it made complete, clear sense that that’s what you don’t want to do.

I remember it happened with me. “Don’t eat the hot chilies; they’re too hot!” And it made absolutely no sense till there was a consumption. And I remember screaming with a hose in my mouth.... And it was like, a pain that just wouldn’t go away.

That—you see that, that’s experience; that you can relate to. As a human being, your brain is wired for that. You can relate to it. You can…you can have a conversation about it. It can actually resolve this; it can actually say, “Ah, that was hot. And this is what exactly it feels like.” And you can touch something and not even know what it is that you touched. But just from the feeling, you will go, “Oh, that was hot.”

But if it is just a rut, a “learning by rote,” not by experience.... And then, of course, there is this other thing you have—which I want to talk about today: imagination. Now, I want you to just relax. Don’t…don’t…don’t get into it. And just contemplate how much you use your imagination.

You’re walking along the street. You smell French fries. You don’t see French fries. You smell French fries. Your imagination goes into high gear. You start to see potatoes.

You walk into a room through a door that perhaps has your name on it. And even before you have gone through that door you know exactly what that room looks like. And you’re shocked when a robber has been there or a thief has been there and he’s rearranged your room. It’s like, “Aaaagh! What happened?”

I had to do this for myself. It’s like, “How far is my imagination going?” And it’s everywhere. From the time I get off that bed, my imagination takes over—“I’m going towards the bathroom.”

And one of the nuisances of traveling is, sometimes you forget where you are. And I have, on more than one occasion, walked into the closet and gone, “What happened to the bathroom?” Not that I have walked into the closet, because my imagination already dictated I was walking into the bathroom—and I walked into the closet.

So, could it be that 99.9 percent of the time I’m running on my imagination?

My car? I open the door. What if the door didn’t open because it wasn’t my car? “Oops! What happened!?”

What if I was grabbing this suit and accidentally grabbed the one next to it—put it on—and I look at myself in the mirror and I was like, “What happened?! That’s not the suit I grabbed.” My imagination is working overtime, imagining everything that’s going on—imagining all these things!

This is—believe me, I’m not saying this is wrong. This is just how the brain works. This is what made you so different than a monkey. You could imagine; you could actually imagine funneling the horses down a ravine where they would have nowhere else to go and they would be captured.

I’m not saying good or bad here. I’m just saying, this is just how you are wired. This—you have your brain and different parts of the brain do different things. And billions and billions of different species gave up their existence, but allowed the bridge to happen so that you could be here today; you could be a human being. You could be a homo sapiens, to be more precise.

And whether you are a sapien or not—that’s another issue, and that’s another day. But that’s who you supposedly are. Or, you favor more just homo erectus, or the six percent of the DNA of Neanderthal that you have—that’s a whole another issue. But here you are—you’re a human being.

- Prem Rawat

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