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Prem Rawat on TalkRadio Studios, U.K

Prem Rawat and Pastor Lorraine Jones radio interview
6/8/2018 11:00:00 AM
Prem Rawat and Pastor Lorraine Jones were invited to the TalkRadio studios in the U.K. to talk with host Mike Graham about their work to promote peace among young people facing an increase in street violence. Listen to it online - select the 11:30 - 12:00 segment.

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Mike Graham:
This is the Independent Republic of Mike Graham; Daisy McAndrew is here with me; coming up, (she’s going to try and shoe-horn in to talk about Love Island, which I’m going to try and resist). But out of fear, the resistance is futile!

Daisy McAndrew:
Going to bring the tone down.

Mike Graham:
Exactly. But, but more of that later, because we’ve got two very special guests with us today—Prem Rawat is here with us, and so is Pastor Lorraine Jones—and welcome to both of you. [PR: Thank you.] Thank you very much for [PLJ: Thank you!] coming in, all this way...

We’re talking now about a very serious problem, though—so we’re going to have to be slightly more serious about what we, what we’re doing. For the whole of this week, (I think you’d be right to say), the headlines have been horrendously bad, in terms of the crime that’s happening, not just in London, but all over the country...

The youth of today, or certain sections of the youth, as they seem to be, completely and utterly kind of carefree about the types of violence that they’re inflicting. We’ve seen people with these horrendously huge knives stabbing each other, people being shot...

You guys are on a bit of a crusade—about trying to fix this problem. I mean, Pastor Lorraine, you, you’ve lost your son [PLJ: Yeah.] some years ago. And it must have been a most horrendous thing for you to have experienced—but, but tell us a little bit about what you’re here for, and what you’re planning to do.

Pastor Lorraine Jones:
Well, being a mother that’s lost her son to this violent problem that [MG: Umm!] we have of youth violence, I can say today that I’m, I’ve got a lot of hope. I, I’m very optimistic about what’s going to take place in terms of a positive turn, turnaround.

We’re going to be rolling out a campaign, “Peace is Possible.” And I’m happy that Prem has honored the invitation which I’ve—I’ve asked for help.... [MG: Right.] Because I work closely with the police and the government, and there’s a lot of initiatives that we are doing—we’re working tirelessly.

But what I’ve found is that there is a loss of hope in organization leaders, the community, and families. And we want to restore that hope, [MG: Yeah.] so we can solve this problem.

Mike Graham:
And what do you think has changed? I mean, obviously, we’ve had this problem for a while, but it really seems to have escalated in recent months, somehow—I don’t know why there are more incidents; there seems to be, as you say, you know, less confidence in the police solving the problem. Communities are kind of just shaking their heads, and not knowing what to do!

Pastor Lorraine Jones:
There is a great increase of hopelessness—hopelessness! And where there’s no hope, people make the wrong decisions. And that’s why the crimes have increased, and—the way in which they’re killing the young people [MG: Mmm.] now, it’s brutal.

I lost my son; he got one stab wound through the heart. But I work with other families as a pastor, where their children have been stabbed multiple times, and even shot in the face. It’s, it’s gruesome, [MG: Mmm!] and we need to restore back that love for humanity, back...

Mike Graham: [simultaneously]
Okay, Prem, tell us what, what your role in this is going to be.

Prem Rawat:
I, I have seen both sides of the fence. I have seen the perpetrators, and I have worked with them, because I do visit prisons—and I have seen the victims, and I help them too.

I have an incredible program—it’s called the Peace Education Program—that has proven itself. Right now it’s in eighty countries! And people are taking advantage of this. And I want to make that available in London, [MG: Right.] to, to the people. Because it really, really helps.

Because what it brings to people is hope. When the hope is gone, a deafening silence of boredom takes over.

Daisy McAndrew:
Prem, just to explain to our listeners a bit more about who you are and what you do—because, I mean, you’re a—you’re a, you’re a guru—that’s just sort of your title. I, I, I haven’t given you that, that title—but you have a lot of followers around the world.

But what is it that you tell these huge audiences that you do address, and what is it that this, this campaign is specifically trying to do?

Prem Rawat:
Yes, and people have labeled me many, many things. But from my perspective, who I am—is, I am a human being who has an appreciation for peace in my life, and I want to share that with, with...

Daisy McAndrew: [simultaneously]
You have a lot of followers. Why do they follow you; what is it they’re following?

Prem Rawat:
They’re following their own quest for peace in their lives. Because this is what makes the Peace Education Program what it is today.

Daisy McAndrew:
So, is it like a religion? Or is it—and, and what, and what relevance does it have to youth crime?

Prem Rawat:
Well, it is not a religion. Because it is about human beings. We are in this world. We can have tons of beliefs. But it is not about beliefs; it is what is real, every day, that happens, that really affects us.

You know, what happened thirty years ago is one thing. We can’t just say, “Look, and why don’t we just roll back the clock, and everything will be okay!” We can’t do that. And today, this is our problem, and we have to grab this problem by the horns—and the only way we can do that is if we give peace a chance! We’re not giving peace a chance.

Daisy McAndrew:
What do you mean by that, on a practical level?

Prem Rawat:
On the practical level, what is the value of the human being; where is the hope; where is, where is the community coming together, everybody...?

You see, the problem we see, (that I see), is that the people of one community, one society say, “Well, you know what we should do?—is, leave the responsibility to the police, leave the responsibility to the politicians, leave the responsibility to the religion.”

But, no! Society has to come together and says, “No, we’re all going to partake in this. Whoever we are, whatever our beliefs are, whatever we think it is, we are all going to come together, and we’re going to participate, and we’re going to make a difference. And if this is the crime that we want to stop, we can stop it.”

But it is all of us coming together. That is what is fundamentally missing.

Daisy McAndrew:
And when you say “all of us,” do you mean, [word] know, and, “parents, politicians, governments...?”

Prem Rawat:
Even the kids! Even the little kids...

Mike Graham: [simultaneously]
Well, especially the kids, really. [DM: Yeah.] Because I was going ask you, [DM: Absolutely!] Lorraine, in—it must be very, very difficult to imagine the mindset of somebody who is willing to stab somebody else. [PR: Ah....]

You know, as to [PLJ: Yeah....] what—I mean, you must have asked yourself that question so many times, you know? “Why did it happen to my son? Who would do something like this?”

And now, when you see the kinds of violence that we’re seeing on the streets every day—and we’re talking about sixty or seventy, you know, Moped attacks every day now in London—you just wonder to yourself, “Why would somebody ever even think of doing that?”

00:10:31 (ed.)
Pastor Lorraine Jones:
Umm! I mean, it’s clear that they’re in a, a terrible, traumatic state. [MG: Mmm.] It’s insane, what they do, and, and it’s...

Mike Graham: [simultaneously]
It really is.

00:10:39 (ed.)
Pastor Lorraine Jones:
...and that shows the the level of their thinking. [MG: Ummm.] And they haven’t got peace! Because when you have peace, you make the best choices.

00:10:46 (ed.)
And that’s why, you know, I’m very happy that we’re, we’re rolling out this first event, which is called, “Seeds of Peace.” [MG: Okay.] And Prem Rawat will be speaking to a the, masses of people.

But, what I wanted to really inject here is, right now, the young people and the families are living in fear. There’s very little hope—literally, there’s very little hope, because every day we’re hearing of another stabbing.

Mike Graham:
Is that an economic thing—or is it not about money? Is it not about poverty? What’s it about?

Pastor Lorraine Jones:
It’s an accumulation of different things. Poverty, money, people, they’re all part of the jigsaw puzzle. [MG: Mmm.] But if you have all these things, and you yourself don’t have peace, how are you going to utilize what you have?

And that’s what we’re bringing to the table; that’s what we want to spread across London—more peace in individuals so that they can utilize what they already have.

00:11:42 (ed.)
The cuts to the police do affect the police! We forget that they’re human beings! [MG: Sure.] I speak with them. And they—it affects them. So, what we want to do is restore back that peace, that hope, so that they can get on with the job that they can do.

Mike Graham:
And if people want to come to this event, tell us a bit more about when it is, and where it is?

Pastor Lorraine Jones:
Well, it’s—the tickets are sold out, so.... [MG: Oh, are they?] Yeah, there’s, [MG: Oh, okay.] in fact, we’ve like, a long waiting list. So, I’m, I’m sorry about that, but it will be filmed, and it [MG: Okay.] will be rolled out.

00:12:11 (ed.)
But you can find out more information on The Prem Rawat Foundation—that’s [MG; Okay.]

Daisy McAndrew:
You’re talking about peace a lot—and yeah, but—a lot, today. But of course—and yeah, a lot of these problems are caused by gangs who are at war with each other. There is no peace if you’re at war with each other.

And if you feel that you belong within that family structure of a gang, (which is, my understanding, is so often why these kids, particularly young men, end up in a gang), how can you possibly compete with that feeling of belonging and family that they get from a gang, and start saying, “Peace is the answer,” when actually their answer is, being protected by their fellow gang members?

Prem Rawat:
Actually, that’s really interesting because, in Ecuador, there was a whole gang. And this gang was having another—a fight with another gang! And people were dying left and right.

And they decided that “this is enough.” And the only thing that really turned the whole point for them was something that could bring hope for them.

Daisy McAndrew:
Which was, what?

Prem Rawat:
Which was, “find yourself; find that peace within you. Find what matters to you the most.” And when they started to look at, that, the possibility of peace lies within them, they started to look at themselves.

Daisy McAndrew: [simultaneously]
But surely, only if they want it—if they want to change.

Prem Rawat:
But, it, it—and well, the thing is, the option isn’t even there for them. And this is what we are working on. [PLJ: Yeah.] Pastor Lorraine and I are working on this, and we want to take this across the world—not just in England! And we want to give this alternative to people, that there is an alternative to all of this violence and all of this senseless stuff that goes on!

Daisy McAndrew:
So, you’re saying it worked in Ecuador? What sort of difference did it make in, in Ecuador?

Prem Rawat:
Now, this gang is going and recruiting other gangs to find, through the Peace Education Program, that hope that they were missing!

Daisy McAndrew:
And so, education is a part of it—and then, presumably, finding a route out of making your money from illegal means, into making money through legal means.

Mike Graham: [simultaneously]
Well, that’s the big problem, isn’t it—the drug, the drug business, that some of them are involved in—not all of them, but, [PLJ: Mmm.] but, many of them. And, it’s very hard to...

Because the drug problem in, in this country, I think, is far bigger than anybody is admitting! [Ind.: Yeah.] And it’s almost time to consider, I think, legalizing some part of it, in order to take it away from these gangs. [PR: But....]

Pastor Lorraine Jones: [simultaneously]
But I think.... [PR: Yeah....] Sorry. [PR: Go, go ahead.]

I think—I mean, the mayor has invested a lot of money, (I’m talking about millions), that’s going into young peoples’ projects and helping [MG: Umm-hmm.] those that come out of prison to go through that restorative justice system—so that they can then, get employ’, get training, get employment, and do the right things.

00:14:58 (ed.)
Now, I’ve spoken to lots of murderers, because I go into prisons as well. None of them are happy with what they have done. [MG: Umm-hmm.] Even those that commit a crime, they’re not happy with what they have done. Nobody’s born a killer or born a, a thief! [MG: Umm.] They’re not born that way. And they’re not happy with what they have done.

So, education, it, it’s a key. And what we’re going to do through the Peace Education Project is educate them about themselves. It’s like reprogramming them about who they truly are so that they can make those positive steps and have a more fulfilled life.

Mike Graham:
And if you believe in them, maybe they’ll see that somebody believes in them. And then, perhaps that will feed itself. [PLJ: Yeah!] That’s [words].

Prem Rawat: [simultaneously]
The most important thing is, they start believing in themselves. [MG: Yeah!] See, that, that, that’s so important, [MG: Ummm.] because once they start believing in themselves, there is hope for them. And it was the lack of hope, the pain of it....

We don’t realize how painful it is not to have hope; to wake up next day and next day, and you know [MG: Umm.] it’s going to be the same thing again and again and again, and nothing will change, and there is nothing on the horizon [MG: Yeah....] that’ll change....

Mike Graham:
And, having worked with these communities before in other countries, when will you know that it’s beginning to work? How, how will you see the kind of, the progress that you’re going to make?

00:16:11 (ed.)
Prem Rawat:
I have been in Soweto; I went there the first time; there were a few people who had been through the Peace Education Program. The next time around, there were so much more.

But not only that. They are taking the message. I don’t have to keep doing it. They are taking the message to the, to their young folks in their community. And it’s spreading! It is spreading because it is like good news!

Look, the people can say, “Look, the, here’s something that makes a difference.”

Pastor Lorraine Jones:
And it’s already started in London. [PR: Yeah, umm-hmm.] I, I have to say that it was rolled out to me—[MG: Okay.] and, as a bereaved mother, when I first watched the film, Inside Peace, it had such a tremendous impact on me. (I’m a resilient woman anyway.)

But, dealing with the pains, the trauma of losing my son in such a brutal way, when I watched that film, and I saw other prisoners who had committed crime, how they walked away from that mindset, it gave me more hope that my....

I’ve got seven—I’ve got seven other children. [MG: Have you?] Yeah—that there’s going to be a better society for them. So, it’s started already, and we’re already seeing positive responses [DM: Yet....] from the Peace Education Program.

Daisy McAndrew:
Lorraine, people often say that it’s when—it’s when women decide to, to take no more of something and change it, change happens, (and it’s a very sexist comment—but it is something, it’s something that people say), and takes a...

00:17:28 (ed.)
Mike Graham: [simultaneously]
I, I’m, I’ll allow that. It’s all right. [PR: Umm-hmm-hmm-hmm!]

Daisy McAndrew:
But, do you—is there something—and have you talked to other mothers—what, sisters, grandmothers, about, about this issue, and how to change that, you know, what’s going on at the moment?
00:17:41 (ed.)
Pastor Lorraine Jones:
Yes, I have. I’ve spoken to a number of other mothers and fathers. And, some of them will be coming to our event on Sunday. But I would like to say that it’s—I mean, what you’re seeing from me, it’s, it’s, it’s a very unique thing, and—and I know the tools that I’m using, (which is a part of Prem Rawat)—but it’s not easy.

00:18:01 (ed.)
When you’ve got a broken heart, and you’re shattered—we’re dealing with trauma, shock and grief—it’s not easy to get up and start walking on in your life. And there’s a lot of families out there that are in this state.

But when they see me coming out, doing what I’m doing, I’m giving them more of a hope. So that’s why I do what I do, as well.

Daisy McAndrew:
And Prem, what about the lack of, of male role models? Certainly, a lot of UK politicians, (David Lammy, particularly, one here in London), talked a lot about gangs and crimes. And he has spoken about the lack of, yeah, of the father figure, and the lack, absent dads in this area, and the detrimental impact.

Do you believe that that is one of the causes?

Prem Rawat:
Well, there are many, many, many, many causes. You know, and the list would be almost too long. And everybody from different parts of the community would like to add their little part [DM: Mmm.] to that...

But to me, it’s like, you know, your house is on fire. Do you really want to stand in front of it and figure out how the fire got started—or put out the fire, first?

Daisy McAndrew:
But if you figure out [PR: Hmm?] how it started, doesn’t that stop other fires starting?

Prem Rawat:
Once you have, once you have saved your house, yes, then you will actually maybe even have better clues of what started it. But if all the evidence is burnt...? I mean, if there is no society left—if the very fabric of the society breaks down, we will have nothing.

You know, to talk about peace takes courage. [PLJ: Mmm-hmm.] To talk about everything else doesn’t take courage. You just sit down; you start talking about, “Oh, yeah, the problem is economics....”

Daisy McAndrew:
How do you define “peace?” Now are you talking about inner peace; you’re talking about lack of fighting...?

Prem Rawat:
No, it is the inner peace. Because it is the inner peace that causes the fighting—what, what the fighting on the outside is, is just a projection of what’s happening inside of you!

Daisy McAndrew:
So, it’s a form of psychiatry?

Prem Rawat:
It’s not a form of psychiatry; it’s a form of realization; [PLJ: Yes.] it’s a form of understanding; it’s a form of condensing your existence, giving it some meaning, giving it... Oh, it’s about you. It’s about you, your understanding of life, your appreciation of life.

Today I was reading something, and it was so beautiful, that, “Life is like a river. Don’t try to dam it; don’t try to change it. Understand it; enjoy it; partake in it; drink from it; bathe in it.” And we don’t do that anymore. We, we want to change that river; we want to, we want to change its course. We want to do this and be the...

But, life is a very beautiful thing, that we have been gifted.

Daisy McAndrew: [simultaneously]
But isn’t this what some of these kids feel—that they’re just being dragged down white-water rafting, and they, they, [PR: Yeah, well....] they have no control! [PLJ: Yeah.]

Prem Rawat:
But they do! They do! Even in the time of the darkness, they have to have the courage—and this is what understanding yourself means—[PLJ: Mmm.] to have the courage to be able to say, “No. I don’t want that in my life.”

And this is the other side of the fence. When I work with those people who are the perpetrators of so much pain for other people, I see that they did not have the courage. But by having a better understanding of themselves, they now have the courage to say, “No. No, that’s not going to happen.”

Mike Graham:
Well, it’s a tremendous hope; it’s a tremendous idea—wait, I don’t want to, want to wish you luck, because you know what you’re doing, obviously. [PR: Umm-hmm.] And, we’ll look forward to, to the results of it all becoming—much more hope, and for everyone, really. [PLJ: Yeah.]

Prem Rawat:
But, please, it’s not just us. I would like to congratulate any person who is listening to this radio show, and who wants to make that change in their life. [PLJ: Umm-hmm.] And because it is, the whole community has to come together—everybody has to come together to make this happen.

Mike Graham:
Right. Well, we’ll see you again, perhaps, after, maybe a couple of weeks, and see how it’s going—and, thank you very much again for coming in—it’s Prem Rawat, a Pastor Lorraine Jones...

Pastor Lorraine Jones: [simultaneously]
Thank you, guys.

Mike Graham: [cont.]
You’ve told us already where to go look and find more information, but tell us one more time?

Pastor Lorraine Jones:
Right, that’s The Prem Rawat Foundation, and that’s

Mike Graham:
There you go; thank you very much indeed. [PR: Thank you!] [PLJ: Thank you!] [PR: Thank you for having us.]

[end of the interview; radio station tag, followed by advertising and conversation]

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