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First of all, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I know a lot of people are going to be making resolutions—and everybody already has an idea of what they would like the next year to be! And anything is possible—but most importantly, the most important thing that’s possible is for you to be fulfilled in this New Year, for you to be actually, be happy!
And not because of one thing or the other thing or something that happens or doesn’t happen—but to be happy from the source, the source that you are—and understanding that source that you are. Understanding the source that you are of joy for yourself. Understanding the source you are of clarity for yourself, of understanding for yourself. And these are the things that we forget.
And we—it’s easy to sit down and go, “Yeah, Happy New Year”—and wish somebody a Happy New Year. But what do we know of happiness? What do we know of what happiness really means? What do we know of where the happiness truly resides—that it resides in our hearts, that it resides in us—that that’s the happiness we want.
And so many times, we look to the outside circumstances. We look to the outside things—that if they could change, then we could be happy. But that has nothing to do with what true happiness is.
True happiness comes from inside of you. And it has something to do with who you are and your understanding—and your effort and your commitment towards that beautiful you that already exists inside of you.
So, yeah, and we would all love to change our outside situations, perhaps—and maybe our happiness, we would like to have it be dependent on that. But the true happiness is not dependent on those things.
This year that is coming, the 2020, what if we could pool our resources, our understandings, our clarities, to make it a better world for everyone—not just ourselves, but for everyone. And of course, to be able to do that, that begins with us, with each one of us.
So, we have to bring that commitment towards us—and then bring that commitment towards this world, to make a better world, a better future for our offspring, for our children, for, you know, all those who are going to come who we don’t even know—and maybe we’re not ever going to be even related to them.
All those generations, to leave them a world that is a beautiful world. That there is a clarity and an understanding about that beautiful, beautiful, beautiful nature that already is here! And it just is begging that we take care of it, somehow.
To come together and truly put an end to these wars that we keep fighting. And these resolutions, you know—of course, we can make external resolutions, but the resolutions that need to be made are the resolutions that truly come from your heart!
That, “Yes, I want peace in my world. I want peace in my life; I want peace in my world. I want joy in my life; I want joy in my world! And I want something good to happen.”
Not speculation of what is bad or what is terrible or “How can this be” and “How can this be” and “We’re doing this wrong” and “We’re doing this wrong.” I know, as human beings, we have done a lot of things wrong. And, of course, we have done a lot of things that are right, too—because we can focus on the good that we can do.
And that’s what has to happen. Then, by focusing on that good, maybe some good will come in this world. And maybe that can be our resolution for the next year, for this coming year, 2020—that we can bring joy and peace and love and understanding and kindness to all those who are around us.
So I, again, wish you a very, very Happy New Year.
- Prem Rawat
One day, there was a man who had never seen an elephant; he had never seen an elephant. So, he decided that he wanted to go see an elephant; so he inquired. And he was told that there is a village in Africa where they have big elephants. So the man made his journey to Africa. He went, and he saw a very big elephant.
And never having seen the elephants, he was really surprised. And then he looked, and he saw that the elephants were tied with a very small thin rope around their feet—and that was it. So, he was surprised. Such a big elephant, only being held in place by a small little rope? So he went to the chief, and he said, “Chief, these elephants, they’re strong, aren’t they?”
And the chief said, “Oh, yes. They’re very, very strong.” He said, “Chief, I have a question. How can such a big animal, so strong, so powerful, be held back with just this tiny little rope?” And the chief said, “Oh-ho! Let me explain. When they were babies, we used to tie them with this rope. And they tried to move, but they couldn’t move! And we kept them like that.
“And now that they have grown big and strong, they stopped trying. And they think that this tiny rope should still hold them in place. Of course, if they tried, this rope cannot hold back such a powerful animal. But the elephants have given up trying."
So, why did I tell this story? Because in a way, this is what is happening. Who we are, who you are is much bigger than the sum of your problems. But these problems come, and they’re holding you back. And you do not realize your own power. You don’t realize your own strength!—that as a human being, you have the strength in you to go beyond these barriers.
- Prem Rawat
Discovery Not Creation
Radio Interview Excerpt
Umhlobo Wenene FM Radio
Johannesburg, South Africa
Zizo and KCi
Interview Prem Rawat
Zizo Tshwete: I’d like to know, when you go around and you teach the principles of having peace, do you think it's important that the leaders of nations buy into the idea so that it filters through to the people, or do you speak more to individuals?
Well, let me just clarify one thing: I don't teach and I don't preach, and that's absolutely out of the question for me. All I want to do at most is to say things to people that will cause them, that will evoke something in them to start thinking for themselves, to start understanding, “Yes, peace has always been inside of me.” If I don't feel that peace, it is because of the obstacles that I have created, not somebody else has created. I have created for myself.
You know, distraction. You have to be attracted to a distraction. Because a distraction might be doing something, but then you get attracted to that distraction and that attraction takes you away from where you want to be attracted to. To be fundamentally sound, a building is built on a foundation. You don't see the foundation. Nobody decorates a foundation because it's buried. But the integral structure of that building, actually the integrity of that building depends not on what you actually see, but what is the foundation.
So, what is the foundation of a human being? You know, do you want to be happy? I don't see anybody going to any church, any temple, any God, and saying, “God, I've had too much fun. I'm too happy. Please do something to reduce this happiness.” When we get sad, we do do that. We say, “This is too much sadness. I want to get rid of sadness.” What does that tell you? That tells you that we like to be content, that we like to be happy, that we like to be in peace. We like to be in joy. We like to be in clarity.
And we don't like confusion. We don't like anger. We don't like fear. We don't like these things, but they're both in us absolutely.
I mean, if I may, I can tell you a little story, if that's okay. Once upon a time, there was a settlement. And in the settlement a lot of people were living and there was a chief. And one day the chief was approached by a young kid and he said, “Chief, I have a question. I'm confused. I have a question.” And the chief said, “What?” He says, “Sometimes I see that people are good. And sometimes I see the same people who are good, they are bad. How can this be? I mean, either a person is good or a person is bad.”
But he says, “No. Sometimes people are good. And then sometimes they're bad.” And the chief said, “That's because there are two wolves in us, a good wolf and a bad wolf. And they're fighting each other.” So, the boy thinks about it and said, “Why do they fight?” So, the chief says, “So they can have control over you. They can have supremacy over you.” So, the boy thinks about it and he says, “So, chief, tell me, which wolf is going to win?” And the chief said, “The one you feed.” Zizo Tshwete: Mm. Hmm. Prem Rawat: So we feed the bad wolf.
The bad wolf will get strong. And a lot of people think we should beat the bad wolf. Beating the bad wolf is not going to help the good wolf. The good wolf has to be fed. Doing things to the bad wolf is not going to help anything. And sometimes we just get caught up. And it's like, if we could just remove the darkness from the room, there will be light, right?
No. You know, you cannot take a bucket and try to remove the darkness and then hope there'll be light. No. Bring in the light and the darkness will automatically go away.
So, how do I get there somehow? Obviously, there'll be sacrifices along the way.
No, no sacrifices. Because you already have it. See, there's a huge difference in trying to create peace in your life and trying to discover peace in your life. And I'm talking about discovery, not creation. Anything that we have to create that means that is not in us already, but peace is in us already.
Wow, this is deep.
It’s more like finding peace in something that is already there.
Exactly. It's discovery. It's discovery, not creation.