A guitar, a string, and it is out of tune. And in that state, can it be played? Yes. It will follow all laws of physics. But it will sound better when it is in tune.
When was the last time, my friends, you tuned your guitar? If your song doesn’t sound so well, don’t blame the song. Maybe it is your guitar that is out of tune. And without giving it a thought, you are playing, and you’re playing, and you’re playing—but no matter what you do, it doesn’t sound good.
I am here to encourage you to tune your guitar. It’s not that difficult. It’s not that difficult. All you have to know is what it should sound like when it is in tune. And turn the key and strum, strum, strum, strum. When it is in that harmony—harmony, that’s all! That’s the solution to your problems. All of them. All of them.
In you resides your problem, and in you resides the solution. The two are not separated. You are the coin, and you have two sides: that which is the problem and that which is the solution. You cannot have a one-sided coin.
Ignorance is no big thing if you understand that the other side is knowledge. Emptiness is no big thing if you understand—and only if you understand—that the other side is fulfillment. Lies of the world are not a problem if you understand that the other side is the truth. The badness of this world is not a problem if you understand that there is goodness on the other side.
So you may as well play this instrument whilst you’ve got it, because it’s not going to be available again—and I’m talking about this instrument, this time, this life, this existence.
This is a positive message, not a negative message. This is about you, understanding. Not going, “I wonder why that happened to me.” Because it did! It happened to you because it did. It didn’t happen to somebody else. It happened to you because it did.
Now, can you have control over the past? If you had control over the past, it wouldn’t be called “the past,” would it? Past means “passed.” What do you have control over? You have control over what happens today.
Steer it. Make something happen. Make joy happen in your life. Make peace happen in your life. That’s when peace comes, when there is that recognition and understanding within you.
– Prem Rawat