So then, what if somebody does become interested? Well, first of all, there’s one question I had to answer: when I go out and I make my message available to people, is my objective to bring a little wisdom, a little comfort, a little solace to their lives?
Let me give you an analogy—say, you are in an airplane; you’re traveling. And you break your foot, your tibia—right here, pbbbth, broken.
And there is a surgeon onboard. But he says, “No, I’m not going to do surgery here; I don’t have the tools in the....” ‘Flight attendant says, “Yeah, but we’ve got plenty of knives and forks.” “And we don’t have any sutures....” And, you know, there is another lady who says, “But I have this string and needle and everything.”
And so he says, “Look. There’s really nothing I can do till we get with…till we land. And you are three hours away from any land that you could…that you would want to go to for a good hospital.” So, the surgeon has said, “I can’t do anything till we get to a hospital, and then a surgery can be performed.”
In the meantime, would you like to be comforted? Or not? No, really, sincerely?
So, the same thing applies. And I want to say things that can bring comfort.... and not…and in some cases, it’s not necessarily a question of comfort, but it’s a question of wisdom that they can start then, taking charge of their life. This is what’s happening in the prisons.
They come in the—they, they’re incarcerated; the judge has said, “You’re guilty.” They’re incarcerated; some are incarcerated for an extremely long time. And they are pointing their…everybody’s pointing their finger at them, and they’re pointing their finger at everybody else. “I am here because of my parents; I’m here because of my friends; I’m here because of this government; I’m here because this system; I’m here because of this legal justice system; I am here because of the judge; I am here because of the cops; I’m....” So they’re pointing a finger at everybody.
And what is happening in the meantime? Their life is being decimated. They have lost all hope, and they are actually setting themselves up to stay incarcerated for the rest of their lives. Because they’ll go out, and they’ll come back again, and they’ll go out, and they’ll come back again—and, “three strikes, you’re out.” Because some stupid person in America decided that they didn’t really have good rules, so they’ll just take the baseball rules and apply them to people’s lives. And, I mean, come on!
So, what happens? Why…when PEP started going out—and now of course, it’s everywhere. It, the…it’s going for veterans; it’s going for people who are in prisons; it’s going for police force; it’s going for hospitals, hospice, libraries, universities, schools, everywhere! Why? It’s because it is working on strengthening the person—not the society, not the group, but the person. And from that strength, then people are able to see what it is that they want to do.
At one of the schools that I went to, little kids who had been abused…And I said to the kids, I said, “You are the Superman. You are the Wonder Woman.” And as a result of that, a lot of those kids who were just swallowing it, came up. “And I don’t want to live under this anymore.” Because, the person was given the courage to rise.
And it sure was inconvenient for all the adults because like, “Oh, my God!” You know? But that’s not the point of it. The point of it is that this life cannot be decimated; this life cannot be ruined. This life has to have that courage to flourish.
- Prem Rawat