Beautiful song by Brahmanand—I was humming myself that song, one of these days, a few days ago, in the shower. “Without land, you have created a beautiful palace. Without land, you have created a beautiful palace. Without pillars, you suspend the most magnificent ceiling.” To that energy, to that divinity, he says, “You have done the most magnificent marvelous work.”
This is who you are; this is what you’re surrounded with. And in this, there is wealth of joy—oh, yes, and pain and sorrow and all that. Whatever you want! It’s limitless. And you have a capacity…you have a capacity to feel sorrow; you have a capacity to feel pain. And I’m not just talking about physical pain, but the mental pain, the worst of its kind.
But you have the capacity always. Don’t you realize, you never lose that capacity to feel joy? In the darkest of the circumstances, in the darkest, in the darkest, in the darkest of moments, you never lose the capacity to feel joy. What does that tell you? All you need to do is turn to the source of the most incredible joy there is.
And for a human being that is alive, how can anything be more incredible than to be alive? And therein lies your source. Always with you. In imagination you can get joy, but you can also get pain; you can get sorrow. But here, in that beauty, in the beauty of life....
Nothing in this nature is singular. Nothing. Every object…light will cast a shadow if it comes across an object. There is one, and that is the Divine, that is singular. That light, the inner light, does not cast shadows. It is joy, and is pure joy in its nature. It knows not of any sorrow.
The greatest ignorance is not knowing it. Like I said yesterday, you know, we get so confused about darkness, that we really, really start to see, “Well, wait, darkness is something. It’s…it’s real.” Well, yes it’s real, but there’s nothing you can do about it!
You can’t touch it; it’s an absence! There’s nothing…you can’t shape it; you can’t mold it; you can’t fold it; you can’t do anything about it. And the only way you can get rid of it is, you have to bring in light.
And we get attached. “Tell us the plot to remove the darkness.”
So, isn’t that the answers so many people come to me for? “Tell me, what can I do about my pain? Tell me what I can do about my sorrow? Tell me what I can do about my darkness? Tell me what I can do about my confusion?” Well, let me tell you something. It doesn’t exist. “Oh, yeah, but I feel it.”
Yeah, you do; of course you do. But do you want to get rid of it? Change of plan. You can’t get rid of it. Don’t plan to remove it. Plan to bring in clarity, and confusion will go away all by itself. Plan to bring in the light! This is what you can plan for! This is what you can plan for.
See, that’s the difference! This is the difference. All the books out there—and they…big label warning, “Get rid of the darkness. Darkness is bad for you.” You read it; you go, “Wow. Darkness is bad for me. I need to get rid of the darkness.” Right? And it makes one-hundred percent complete sense!
Complete, complete, complete sense. But it isn’t going to work. Because to remove the darkness, bring in the light. And nobody tells you that; nobody tells you, “Ah, eh-heh, ha, you’re missing the light.”
And this is so clear! If you look at what Kabir has said, what is written in Ramayana—it’s so many, so many, so many beautiful verses, that’s what it says. “No, no, no—you need the real thing; you need to bring in the light. Without knowledge you cannot get rid of ignorance. You…this is what you need.”
But then as soon as people get hold of that, they go, “Ah, darkness bad.” Yeah, but without the light, you can’t rid of the darkness. It’ll automatically be there.
- Prem Rawat