What is life? Many, many definitions. But if you want to look at life, look at it this way: that it’s a bunch of layers. Only one sheet is real; the rest of it is just overlays. Translucent overlays on top of that real sheet. And sometimes the overlays become so many that you lose sight of that real sheet.
What I do is I ask people to lift those layers one by one and see that they’re only the layers. Every layer is changeable and every layer represents a change. The only thing that doesn’t change is the basic fundamental layer on which everything is developed on.
It’s like having a wall. Sometimes interior designers will do it. They’ll have a wall and they have a sofa, and they have different colors. But the base, the main sofa, stays there where they’ve got it. You can see it in different colors, but the basics do not change.
Life too is very much like those layers. We’ve got our relationships and we’ve got our friends and we’ve got our ideas. And we’ve got our jobs and we’ve got this happening and we’ve got that happening. And this is this, this is this, this is this, and pretty soon you’re caught in all of those layers and we forget what the main sheet is, what it is about.
Look, some pianos come with 88 keys. Lowest note, highest note. All songs played on that piano will be contained within those notes. If the artist goes beyond the lowest 88, nothing! Doesn’t matter how good he is. All those notes that can be played, that’s it. That’s it! There’s no more and no less. That’s it. Everything has to be contained within that. It is the sequence. So, if somebody was to tell you, “Mash all the keys at the same time and you will play every single song.”
Take a piece of bamboo, flattened bamboo or whatever, you know, notch it out so it can play all the 88 keys at once. Take it on top of the piano and go ‘whoonkkht!’ And there, you have just played every single song that can be played on the piano. Technically it’s true. But it isn’t. Why isn’t it true? Because it will not sound beautiful; it will have no emotion. A song is not just about playing the key, but the silence in between. That’s what defines a song. The silence is just as important. If you just kept going ding-ding-ding-ding-ding, you’ve got a fire-bell, not a song.
But in this life, if you take all these notes and mash them together and say “Yeah, everything is fine, I’m playing a song,” you are sadly mistaken. There is no song. It’s just a big clunk-clunk-clunk-clunk-clunk sound. And if life doesn’t seem quite right, you are not mistaken. It’s not being played right. It is about the sequence; it is about the silence; it is about harmony; it is about the emotion. This is what constitutes a song.
It begins with you, your understanding, your life, your existence, your clarity, your song, your fingers on those keys that have been given to you. You playing a song, not a hired artist. No, no, no. You playing the song. That’s what it is about; it is your emotion that has to come out; it is your song. And it is your enjoyment of that song that means everything.
- Prem Rawat
The question becomes: is the focus to have that joy in this life? Is the focus to be content, to be fulfilled? Or is the focus on bewilderment? What do you entertain as a thought every single day? Gratitude? Or “I wonder what’s next?”
You have both possibilities. You have the possibility of being in a place where you entertain that one singular, most beautiful thought of gratitude, of fulfillment. Or you have the possibility of bewilderment.
Bewilderment will not bring you gratification. Never has, never will. Knowing, feeling, experiencing will. Don’t let them go to waste. Don’t. Live your life consciously in gratitude, in knowing, in clarity, in simplicity—and prosper! Of course, prosper! Absolutely, prosper! Bloom. Be fulfilled.
- Prem Rawat
Five Seconds of Heaven.
Just five seconds. If you have children at home, try to make five seconds of heaven for them. Just five seconds. Start with five.
You have a husband? Five seconds of heaven.
You have a wife? Five seconds of heaven.
What would make five seconds of heaven for a husband?
This is what’s amazing. Oh, it’s not a big breakfast. Listen. Five seconds.
What would make five seconds of heaven for your wife?
What about your children? Surely, give them toys. Right? No. Listen.
And the day you want to make five seconds of heaven for yourself, listen to your heart and you will have that five seconds of heaven.
To be fulfilled. To be in real joy, to have savored, to have known the divine because it was so close to you. To you.
- Prem Rawat
Do you know what it means to be singular in nature?
It defies nature itself, because nature says, “there can be nothing singular in nature.”
That’s like having a one-sided coin. That would be very difficult to have, wouldn’t it?
In this world, there is so much duality, duality, duality, duality. And then, to have something in your life that is singular in nature. That divinity inside each human being is singular in nature. It has no opposite. It has one thing and only one thing, and it is beautiful.
It is fulfilling. It has no emptiness. It is the light that does not cast shadows. It is that light that has no darkness associated with it. It is singular in nature. It gives, it absorbs, it fulfills, and it is beautiful, always.
- Prem Rawat
You have a mind and you have a heart; you’re balanced. If you learn how to use both of them equally, not only will you be in peace, but you will prosper. Most people only know how to use one. The heart, they don’t understand.
I say “the heart,” and people go, “What are you talking about? What is this thing called the heart?” But let me tell you what it is. The heart is the place where the courage resides, the courage to move on, to go forward, to fulfill who you really are.
The heart is the place where your truest wisdom resides. The heart is the place where you will find your passion. The heart is the place where you will find your compassion. The heart is the place where you will find the quest, the thirst for being fulfilled.
All that is good in you—not from the perspective of the world, but that is good in you from the perspective of a human being—is the place where all these beautiful things reside. And that is the place referred to conveniently as being the most important, and thus called “the heart.”
That’s what a heart is. The courage. The courage to seek clarity in the midst of confusion. When everything is going wrong, the courage to say, “No! I want clarity; I want to be fulfilled.”
Have you experienced this courage? Have you felt this courage? Have you understood this courage? It’s your power to thrive in this world—to thrive, to shine, to be.
You don’t need fear; you need strength. And the strength that I am talking about is inside of you. Knowledge of the self, of you! So you can understand, so you can see, so you can feel, so you know.
To welcome every single day like you will not get another one—and that’s when every day starts to become a gift.
– Prem Rawat
Visible, captioned onscreen: nix, nada, none, naught, 0
Another word for zero? Nothing?
Individual: Or, zilch.
Individual: Well, is zero empty? Oh, or…
Individual: Pretty much.
Individual: Is it though?
And there was a time where they had no idea about zero. Zero did not exist. Math was difficult.
Visible onscreen: BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!
So, Indian Indians came up with zero.
Voices: Ah? Ooh! Ohhh!
Visible, captioned onscreen: oooh! ahhh! GASP!
It is the absolute. It is everything—without being anything!
Individual: The power of zero. Hmm....
Individual: All and nothing at the same time, no?
Individual: It’s a number that’s not really a number. It’s... ...an idea more than a number.
Individual: It’s hard to talk about nothing.
Individual: Mathematically, you multiply anything by zero, you get zero.
Individual: When you add zero to something, the result doesn’t change.
Individual: That’s getting deep.
Individual 2: It’s the power of zero....
Individual: I mean, it’s hard to conceptualize, right?—for us, because we see everything as something.
Imagine accepting zero. Not easy.
Visible, captioned onscreen: Pst! Zero.
World changed. Zero became a common thing.
Visible, captioned onscreen: O!
Some basic (elementary) rules for dealing with the number 0:
Addition: x + 0 = 0 + x = x
Subtraction: x – 0 = 0 and 0 – x = -x
Multiplication: x . 0 = 0 . x = 0
Division: 0/x = 0
Explanation for the infinite comes as zero? It is no entity, and yet, it is incredible entity.
Visible onscreen: 0, nothing, everything
I mean, this zero! Fascinating!
Visible, captioned onscreen: How can nothing be something?
Individual: I think if you were like, you were to attach some sort of feeling to zero, it would be sadness, right?
Individual: I don’t know.
Individual: No, but I don’t necessarily think it’s sadness. Like, I think it’s....
Individual: I’ll vote for, more like silence.
Individual: We have to be very, very still. Or we have to ... think a lot—or not at all. Then we can experience it.
Individual: Maybe it’s something too great to feel...
When you are feeling perfectly healthy...
Visible onscreen: HEALTH-SCAN-O-MATIC, HEALTHY
...what do you feel? I mean, no pain. Your pants are too tight; they’re not too loose. Your shoes are perfect. No headache, no arm ache, no pain anywhere. What do you feel? Zero! We all know when you have to go to the bathroom, you feel something: “Oooh-ooh!” But when you actually don’t have to go to the bathroom, what does it feel like? Zero!
Individual: You’re right!
Individual: Does that mean you are in zero?
Individual: ...you feel the absolute freedom?
Individual: The feeling of zero has to come from a living experience.
Individual: Like a state of contentment, a state of satisfaction when you aren’t lacking anything in particular.
Individual: Zero is cool!
Music lyrics: Let’s go! ... three, six, nine....
How can you feel this zero? Well, there is such a thing called “Knowledge” which works beautifully to let you feel the zero. The Knowledge of the self is more important than all the knowledge of this world. It’s no different than the relationship of one and zero. If zero comes first, and then one? One stays one; zero stays zero. Add another zero, no change. Add another zero, no change. Add another zero, no change. You can add a thousand zeroes, no change. One will stay one; zero stays zero.
Add one first, and every zero takes on a meaning.
Music, lyrics: One more time....
Now, one doesn’t stay one, it becomes ten. Add another zero, and becomes a hundred. Add another zero, and becomes thousand. And so on, and so on, and so on, and so on. Knowledge of the self, first. And then, everything else.
Individual: All the great Masters talk about, you know, nothingness, and ... and ... and how that everything is nothing.
Individual: It sounds negative. But that’s a concept of society, I think. It’s—it depends on how you look at it.
Individual: It depends where you put it... right or left. As they say, ‘A zero on the left is no good at all.”
Individual: Without it, nothing would be complete.
Visible, captioned onscreen: I’m #1
You are the one. When you give priority to everything else, you remain one. Nothing happens. But when you give priority to being fulfilled in your life, then comes all the zeroes. It’s no longer just one. It’s ten, hundred, hundred thousand, million, trillion. Simple math. It’s a matter of priority. That’s all it is—it’s just where you put the one, and where you put the zero. That’s all.