"What is the formula to be rich inside? Don’t spend what you don’t have. This time that you think you have?—you don’t. Don't spend it. Every moment, stay focused—that you can." —Prem Rawat, Johannesburg
You say that peace is not the absence of war. At times you have delivered your message in areas near places at war. How do you sustain that strength and integrity in such an environment?
I think the message delivers itself because when you really think about this, what people want is prosperity. And what I have seen in my life, that all of us just want some elbow room. To believe in our God the way we want to, to prosper, to grow, to have a better life, and these things are not against peace. And so when this message comes out, even though it may be surrounded by war it still reaches a place inside human beings where they don’t want that war. Even in the middle of the war, there are people who don’t want it. Even in the darkness there is a candle, and the candle is lit.
You have heard this statement, “Welcome home.” You don’t know what it means. You have no idea what “Welcome home” means. But I know something that does. And it’s that drop.
In its separation, it’ll do so much, for so many! And in its journey, it will transform, and it’ll transform, and somewhere it will fall. And it’ll give birth to a seed. Because that’s what the seed was waiting for.
Somewhere, it will fall. And it will become a snowflake and be trapped like a glacier. And even though it’s trapped, its desire to march towards the ocean is unabated. And glacier, even though it looks solid, it moves.
And you see the glaciers—just, the big sheets, big pieces just fall off that glacier, and bob into the ocean. And just a few hours later, there’s no trace of the snow or the ice. Once again, the drop has come home. It’s come home. The rain will come, fall on the ocean. And it’ll make the most magnificent of a shape, and dive right back. “Welcome home.” That’s it.
If you’re a drop, you need to come home. Somewhere in that journey of that drop, it will become the juice inside a mango. But its desire, its want to meet with the ocean still remains unabated.
That water, that drop knows the trick of purity. Purity. It knows ... the ultimate trick of abandoning all that, shedding everything else away, and being pure. And then, there is the grand river that flows, and nothing, nothing but those drops. And then when they meet the ocean, “Ah-hoo!”—content to merge again.
You need to do this. I’m not talking about death—don’t go there. I’m talking about the drop coming home while it’s still alive—while it is still alive. While it is still alive.
Come home. Come home. Come home ... to the joy that’s your home. Come home to that clarity; that’s your home. Come home to peace. That is your home. Come home. Don’t forget your passion. What is your passion? As a drop, your passion is to merge with that ocean again. That’s your passion!
People say, “There’s so much greed in this world.” Yes, there is! But why is there greed? Why is there greed? You think human beings are only capable of greed? No, human beings are also capable of generosity.
I just want the wind to blow so you can fly the kite. I want the river to run. I want the well to be full of water, so you can be in the glory of a human being—the glory of a human being. The flower that blooms, blooms! Petals open, colors vibrant, beauty unmatched, fragrance, hypnotizing. Bloom! That’s what needs to happen!
Know! Know that the peace dwells in your heart, not because I said it, but because you felt it. That’s knowing. Know that that Divine dwells in your heart, not because I said it—because you felt it, not one day, not two days, not three days, but all your life. This is the realm. There is no time—there is no “young”; there is no “old.” It is the same for everyone.
When spring comes, it comes the same for everyone—like a baby, a hundred-year-old, a fifty-year-old, forty, thirty, twenty. It comes for everyone in the same way. When the summer comes, it is the same way. When it is fall, it is the same way. When it is the winter, it is the same way.
Let the season of peace come in your life. The time has come. The time has come; let the season of peace come in your life.
- Prem Rawat