Is there any question for what you’re made for?
In this body, in this shell—which, by the way, is made out of dirt—inside of it resides the infinite. What is infinite? Suffice to say, “That which was, is, and will be,” it’s is a pretty good definition. Suffice to say that it has the capability—something in you has the capability of making this dirt dance, talk, walk, and most importantly, want.
Want. This is the most unique combination. And when this process is taking place, it is called “life.” And so far this union is intact, you are alive. And so far you are alive, you can feel. What would you like to feel? Somebody said “bliss”; somebody said “love.”
You know, you can feel both—and much more than that. Not only feel bliss, but feel contentment! Not only feel contentment, but feel joy! Not only feel joy, feel happiness! And many, many more like that, if you could only feel that infinite inside of you.
You and every person on the face of this earth already knows that when you are fulfilled, it is the best feeling! Don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that when I am fulfilled, it feels the best. This is when I am the happiest.
The issue isn’t fulfillment. Issue is, “How do you get it?” And this is where speculation starts to come in. Nobody can tell you, “You are now fulfilled.”
So, people try to figure out, “How can I be fulfilled?” People say, “Read this book and you will be fulfilled. Follow this path and you will be fulfilled. Go to this holy place and you will be fulfilled. Go to the Himalayas and you will be fulfilled. Renounce everything; you will be fulfilled.”
That’s one part. The other one is, “More money you have, the more fulfilled you will be. If you have a good job, then more fulfilled you will be.” The trouble is, those two camps, trains of thought, neither has been able to actually prove their point.
But what about you? The good news is that, “Yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes, this is not speculation! This is possible. It is very, very, very, very, very, very possible.”
My objective is to be in peace, and I love when I can bring others to that peace as well. I know where the water is, and I bring the thirsty to the water.
Let me once again put you in touch with the vision of life. You had this vision, each one of you. You understood what simplicity was, each one of you. And today, once again, be in touch with that simplicity.
That is the most incredible fulfillment that there is.
- Prem Rawat
What is the real attraction in your life? What are you attracted to?
We, in our lives, need equilibrium—a “feeling good.” Good, feeling good! There are certain things, for you, that work—and certain things that don’t work. Feeling good works. Feeling bad doesn’t work.
Feeling good could happen infinitely, and you will be fine; you will not be bored with it. Feeling bad, on the other hand, you want to get out of that situation. This is your nature. Do you concur with your nature?
When the heart is filled with gratitude, this is pleasant. When the priority of this life is understood and acknowledged, this is very pleasant. When I don’t bank and bet on yesterday, nor tomorrow, but I bank and bet on this moment called now—when I have understood the infinite that resides within me, then this is very, very pleasant.
When I live, not on those tracks that are formed by belief, but when I live on the foundation of knowing, (not suppositions and formulas and ideas and theories), but knowing, then this is very, very pleasant.
When I know, (not believe, not think, not wish), but when I know the friend within, then this is very, very pleasant. And this is what Knowledge is all about. This is what life is all about, filling your life with the pleasant.
Think of life like this—it is your opportunity to spend time with the best friend you ever had, to be with the ultimate clarity in this whole universe. It is your chance to spend time with the ultimate kindness. It is your chance to spend time with the infinite. It is your chance to spend some time with the ultimate joy.
Get to know! Get to understand something. Get to feel! Get to be in gratitude. Get to rejoice. When those things happen, you feel alive. That’s when you begin to live. And this is your time, your opportunity, your chance to spend some time with the one inside. How beautiful, how simple is that?
- Prem Rawat
A human being is an incredibly fine, sensitive experiencing instrument. First of all, this biggest organ, our skin feels. Oh, it doesn’t just feel! It feels different things differently. I mean, there are our fingertips. Then there is the palm, and the palm feels a little differently than the fingertip. The back of the hand feels, too, but differently.
And then we have eyes—they see; they react to light. And do you know what you do? You take that light that is falling into these eyes and you convert it into a feeling, an experience. “I like that!” “Oooh, that’s gross.”
An artist takes some strings made out of metal, wires them on a piece of instrument with a key, and then strums. And as he strums, he touches that string in different places, creating different octaves—just noise. But you know what you do? You take that hearing and go, “Aww that is sweet!” Nothing is so fine-tuned.
The taste? “Mmmm.” You have all the logic in the world, and your logic should say, “Hey, it doesn’t matter if it tastes good. What you need are these nutrients, and this, and this, and this, and the....” No-no-no-no, no-no-no, not human beings. We want that wheat to taste as good as it can get—because that feels good.
That’s the tool you are. Place in it that truth that resides in you, and it will sing out with the most incredible ecstasy. That is the ultimate, ultimate passion. Contentment, peace, joy. These are the notes of this instrument. And when you play it right, that’s what happens: gratitude! Peace, contentment, bliss, understanding literally just ring out of this instrument.
So if you have not heard the song, it’s not because of the instrument. You haven’t played it with the passion it deserves. Play it with the passion it deserves, and you too will hear sounds emanating from this that you have been yearning to hear all your life.
Fortunately or unfortunately, 'til you play it, that yearning will never go away, and if you do play it, that yearning will simply increase. When something is like that, then this is the most accurate description of true passion. And that’s the passion you need in your life. Anything else is shortchanging this instrument.
It’s fine; it’s beautiful; it’s incredible. It’s sensitive. It feels; it feels; it feels—it feels during the day; it feels during the night. And when you don’t feel good, it just wants to feel good. And when you feel good, it wants to feel good even more.
And this is the passion you should have. Do not compromise: one life.
- Prem Rawat
Prem Rawat: [voiceover]
Summer comes. Winter comes. Summer comes again. This is the drama that plays out on this planet Earth again and again. But in this big drama, there are little dramas being played out—and these little dramas are the dramas of your life: you, one day feeling good, one day not feeling so good.
But what is common to all of you? Do you know? The most common thing to all of you—which you do not recognize—is one of those things that is at once the most powerful—the most powerful—and at once so quiet, so gentle that you almost would not notice it.
And what is it? It is your quest—your quest, your thirst, your want, your wish to be content. That it is your thirst, your quest, your want, your wish, your desire to be fulfilled. It is your wish, your want, your desire to be in peace. In peace.
A question needs to be asked that, “Whatever may be happening in my life at any given time”—in the time of joy, in the time of pain, in the time of pleasure, in the time of suffering—“whatever is happening, is it bringing me closer to me?” Because if it isn’t, and it’s removing me from myself—removing me from myself—then something is drastically wrong. Drastically.
Now, I know, for a lot of people, this becomes a very serious subject, because there is always that question, “Who am I? Who are you?” And even though a lot of people have thought about that question, there isn’t a certainty of an answer. Nobody has got it pegged: “Oh yeah, that’s what I am.”
Because everybody gets their information—some people go read books; some people have discussions; some people follow this; some people follow that. And I’m not here to try to present to you another path, another way, another idea, another philosophy. I’m really here to tell you, “You’re alive.”
So when I say, “You are alive,” I am saying something so precious, so beautiful, so simple, that you really have to look at it for what it is worth—and it is worth everything. It is worth your existence. It is worth....
All your aspirations, all your dreams are in that. And what do you truly aspire for? You aspire to be content. This is the want; this is the desire: to be. To be content. Now, everything that we do in that world is for that little contentment, for that little gratification, somehow, somewhere, that we may have that.
I am not saying that you should become a monk and go on top of some solitary mountain and sit down, and then you will have contentment. Unh-unh! Did you hear me say that?
And people are already going, “No-no-no-no, just, you know, live in this world.... Party!” Did I say you shouldn’t party? But if you’re going to party, party the best possible way. Party—that’s fun. Fun!
And so here’s the twist. Living your life consciously is the most fun a human being can have on this earth. Confusion is the worst nightmare, because all it does is spirals you more, and more, and more, and more, and more, up till the point that you’ve lost your clarity, your understanding, and indeed, yourself.
You are the source of joy. The peace that you need is not the world peace, but the peace within yourself. The truth is not at the bottom of the ocean or top of a mountain, but within your own heart.
Peace is your strength! Have you learned how to garner it every single day?
We cannot survive more than three minutes without air, three hours without warmth—our environment—three weeks without food, three days without water. Do you know, for your inner journey, where your water is? Do you? That it lies within you?
And so, people ask, “Well if it lies within me, then what do I need to do?” The science—understand the science of thirst: “Science of thirst.” You know what this thirst does to a person?
Okay, so when you’re not thirsty, everything is, “Oh, yes, hello. Hello. Hello. How are you? How are you? Would you like a glass of water?” “Oh, no, I am fine; I’m okay, just, it’s I’d like it, that’s, dah, da-dah, dah!” You’re not thirsty.
Then you start to get thirsty—your lips start to get dry, “Hmmm....” And still you’re going, “Oh, yes, yes, we have to have this, and yes, yes, we have to do this, and yes, yes, we have to do this.”
And you get more thirsty and more thirsty and more thirsty and more thirsty and more thirsty and—well, eventually that thirst will say, “Excuse me; everything, come to a grinding halt. I need a glass of water!” The thirst for water will clarify what is the priority; the thirst for the self will also clarify what is the priority.
So, this opportunity called “life” that you have—which isn’t that much, comparatively speaking—and by the way, I did forget to tell you, that’s a little too long. But no matter how much I practice, I can’t cut the time back—but that is a little too long. It’s less than a second.
And in this “less than a second,” everything, all the dramas are going to play out, all your dramas are going to, all your dramas are going to play out. And which one do you want to win the Academy Award for? Complaining? Confusion? Or something real?
Somebody told me once—this gentleman in India—and one day he came home. And he came home, and his first child said, “Hey, Dad! I have to get these shoes; otherwise I’m not going to school tomorrow.” And the second son came, “Um, and you know what? My bag is finished; I have to have a new bag, otherwise I can’t go to school tomorrow.”
Upon hearing the two sons say all this, the mother also heard this, and came out and said, “Well you know what? And we need dahl; we need this; we need this; we need this; we need this—without this, no food tomorrow.”
And the man had just come from an office—hard day’s work, mmm? And he looked at his family—and he goes, “If I’m not happy, how can I make you happy? If I am not happy, how can I make you happy?” Astute observation. Very keen observation, very accurate observation. Incredibly, incredibly accurate observation.
If you understand that the peace is within you, and the thirst for peace is within you, then you have taken the biggest step towards realizing peace in your life.
Whatever may happen, whatever may come, whatever may go, the reality of it is, your want for peace will be there. The reason for peace will be there. And the way to be able to fulfill that peace will also be there.
What are the desires? To be content, to be fulfilled—and the real thirst to be in joy, to be clear! To be clear, not to be in doubt. Doubt is not human-compatible. Anger is not human-compatible.
How did we get where we are? We started off on the right track—we started off on the right track, oh, absolutely. The thirst in each one of us to be in joy, to be in contentment was there. That’s when we were young, babies.
All we wanted every day: “Bring it on; let it come.” Never bored! Never bored of contentment! Never bored of enjoying, never bored of joy, never bored from happiness.
And of course, you know, our parents: “Oh, here, play with this.” And a baby? A foot is fine. A foot is okay! All day long, “Umm! And look what I found.”
You had a real connection, a real thirst for joy, a real connection with joy. And in your life, even when you could walk, you would walk for one reason! You would go, and see, “Am I happy? Is this fun? Is this good?” If not? Chup, turn—turn; look; find. So far that joy was coming, so far that happiness was there, it was all good.
And the focus gets lost. So when I go to people to talk to them about peace? You see, I know where peace is. I do. It’s in you—been in you all this time. It’ll be there till your last breath—till your last breath.
But what you need to do is to find your thirst, not for explanations; tsk, tsk! Not for explanations. Live your life with a thirst and a focus, and you’ll succeed at whatever you want. That’s my suggestion. That’s my suggestion.
Stop chasing the signs of water. Stop chasing the signs of water. In a dry river bed, there are signs of water everywhere. You can see exactly where the, say, water carved this out, and carved that out, and did this, and did this, and did this. But you cannot water your plants with those signs.
Water is water; it cannot be substituted. Find the water—the water that dwells within you, the answer that is waiting to be recognized.
You are looking for peace, and peace is looking for you. And what do you need to do? Be still. Stop running around. Be still, so that the peace can find you.
You have in you the love that you’ve been looking for. You have in you the joy that you have been looking for. You have in you the truth that you have been looking for. You have in you the divine that you have been looking for.
We’re the ones that need the peace, my friends; we are the ones. And the only way there is going to be any peace in this world is when we are at peace. Nothing else will work.
We are the lamps that need to be lit. Light this lamp. Be alive; be thankful; be conscious in your life.
- Prem Rawat
The story is about a person who loved to raise parrots. One day he decided he really wanted to raise some very, very special parrots. So he went and bought two eggs, and very soon after, the eggs began to hatch.
So the man started to raise them. He tried to teach the parrots everything he could. He taught them about Newton’s physics laws. He taught them about formulas. He even played music for them.
And by the time these parrots grew old, they could recite incredible formulas.
They could quote from great literature! They could say the most amazing things.
They could even squawk an entire symphony of Beethoven in perfect tune. Then one day, unfortunately, the man died, and the parrots were left all alone.
The relatives came, saw the parrots in the cage, and decided who was going to take care of them. “Maybe the best thing would be to release them,” said one of the relatives. And so they did.
Now, these parrots had never learned how to fly. So they let them out on the tree right next to the window, and they crawled along the branches and sat there looking around. This was a new experience for them. And to their great surprise, they saw another parrot sitting on a branch higher up.
So they struck up a conversation, and the conversation went something like this: “Look at all the things we know. We know about literature! We know about music. We know all sorts of scientific formulas.” And in all the things they were saying, they were really trying to impress the other parrot—and he was getting very, very impressed.
But just then, out of the corner of his eye, he saw a cat—and the cat had definitely detected the parrots, and was starting to climb up the tree!
So the other parrot looked at the two parrots and said, “Do you know how to fly?” And they said, “Of course! We know how to fly. We know everything about the flight. High pressure is created at the bottom of the wing. Low pressure is created at the top of the wing. And because of that, yes, we can fly!”
“No, no, no. I’m not talking about the formula. I’m talking about, ‘Do you really know how to fly?’” And they said, “But we know so much! We know all these incredible formulas. We know these symphonies. Surely if we don’t know one little thing, what difference could that make?”
And as he saw the cat coming closer and closer, he flapped his wings, took flight and said, “Good luck. Because that one thing you don’t know, you really need to know. And because you don’t know that one thing, all that you do know isn’t going to do you any good.”