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The Instrument 00:06:09 The Instrument Video Duration : 00:06:09 Do not compromise your passion. Anything else is shortchanging this instrument.

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

Your Quest 00:23:16 Your Quest Video Duration : 00:23:16 Your thirst, your want, your wish to be content.

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 Two Parrots 00:03:36 The Two Parrots Video Duration : 00:03:36 It is better to have practical knowledge in life rather than mastering theory.

Narrator: [voiceover]
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.

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Narrator:
And by the time these parrots grew old, they could recite incredible formulas.

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Narrator:
They could quote from great literature! They could say the most amazing things.

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MUSIC Magazine

Narrator:
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.”

25,550 Days 00:08:47 25,550 Days Video Duration : 00:08:47 Do we acknowledge what it means to be alive, when we're alive?

Prem Rawat: [voiceover]

Changes. For a lot of people, change is one of the things that either they’re trying to resist or find themselves being swept by them. But do we really understand what that means? What is a change?

RESIST

SWEPT BY

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN???????

WHAT IS A CHANGE?

Change

Verb

1.    To make or become different; alter

2.    (tr) to replace with or exchange for another to change one’s name

3.    (sometimes followed by to or into) to transform or convert or be transformed or converted

4.    To give and receive (something) in return; interchange to change places with someone

5.    [etc.]

 

Because as we exist, as we live, in every breath that we take, we are in that swing of a change!

BREATHING - YES - NO

If that breath comes, good; we’re alive. If it goes, we’re getting very, very close to something that we don’t know what it is. And if it comes again, there we just had another opportunity to be, to exist. And if it goes and doesn’t come back, you’ll be in the middle of a very big change.

MOTHER OF ALL CHANGES

That’s the mother of all changes. But it happens all the time—all the time, day, night—but we don’t perceive it as that. We perceive our life in terms of statistics: sixty years, sixty-five years, seventy years, average...

Individual 1: [male, Spanish, subtitled]

How many days on average do you get in a life?

I don’t know...

Millions of days?

 

Individual 2: [female]

I’ve never thought of that.

 

Individual 3: [female]

No, I haven’t either!

 

Individual 4: [male, Spanish, subtitled]

That’s very hard to figure out...

 

Individual 5: [female, Spanish, subtitled]

365 x 80...

I don’t know how to calculate it...

I don’t know.....

Many, many!

 

Individual 6: [female]

Two hundred and fifty million? But my maths are bad.

 

Individual 3: [female]

Trying to do the math.....

 

Individual 8: [female]

Two hundred and fifty thousand days.

 

Individual 2: [female]

Twenty thousand? I don’t know...

 

Individual 3: [female]

Yeah, um...

 

Individual 2: [female]
Ma, go for eighty thousand.

 

Individual 3: [female]

No—eighty thousand! Eighty thousand.

 

Individual 2: [female]

I want to live a long life.

 

Individual 9: [male]

Hundreds of thousands...

 

Individual 10: [female]

Yeah, quite a few.

 

Individual 9: [male, simultaneously]

Round about that, yeah—it would be quite a lot, yeah.

 

Individual 7: [female]

We’re not studying mathematics.

 

Individual 11: [female]

A lot of days—and we hope so, a lot of days, yeah.

 

Individual 7: [female]

Yeah.

 

ECONOMICS LESSON:

$25,550

 

Let me give you a bit of an economics lesson here. If I was to say, “You’re going to receive twenty-five thousand, five hundred and fifty dollars,” is that a lot of money? Well, for some people it’s a lot of money. Some people, it’s not a whole lot of money. Twenty-five thousand five hundred and fifty dollars isn’t going to quite buy you a house and a car, a refrigerator, and a washing machine and pay for your food for too long.

I mean, in this day and age, 25,550 dollars is just not that much. And if this is all you had—this is it, you get no more of it—I think you’d be fairly depressed. Because it’s not going to last that long. I mean, forget about any trips—you may have to walk to the grocery store. Forget about any luxury items.

 

25,550

NOT QUITE DOLLARS. ON AVERAGE 70 YEARS

DAYS YOU GET 25,550 DAYS

 

So why am I telling you about 25,500 dollars!? What has that got to do with you? It does. Not quite dollars. On average, if a human being lives for seventy years, then that’s how many days you get. Twenty-five thousand five hundred and fifty days—that’s it!

 

Individual 1: [male, Spanish, subtitles]

25,550 days!

My goodness!

 

Individual 8: [female]

Really! That’s not much.

 

Individual 11: [male, subtitled]

That’s all?

 

Individual 2: [female]

Wow! Life’s short.

 

Individual 3: [female]

When you break it down like that, yeah. Yeah.

 

Individual 9: [male]

Aww, a lot less than what I originally thought.

 

Individual 10: [female, simultaneously]

Oh, wow! Yeah, it’s not that long, when you think about it.

 

Individual 8: [female]

Yeah, it can be a little bit sad, to be quite honest.

 

Individual 6: [female, subtitles]

Well, not as many as I thought!

 

Individual 12: [female]

Oooh, it sounds really little.

 

Individual 13:  [female, Spanish, subtitles]

Very few days indeed!

 

Individual 14: [female]

It doesn’t sound as many as I thought it would be.

 

Individual 15: [male, Spanish, subtitles]

Well, it seems very few, really.
                      

 

Individual 16: [female, Spanish, subtitles]

You realize that it’s very short—

that if you count the days, it’s nothing!

 

YOU ARE ALIVE

“You are alive.” And for a lot of people, well, you know, that’s not an earth-shattering message.

ehh...

But think about it. If somebody says to you, you’re going to die, that is earth-shattering. So why is it in reverse? If a doctor tells you, “You’ve got two months to live,” people go, “Oh my God.”

OMG

Do we acknowledge what it means to be alive when we are alive? Or does it only enter our minds when that possibility is no more?

 

Individual 13: [female, Spanish, subtitles]

Knowing that I have 25,000 days, I would like to take advantage of the rest of the days doing what I really like to do, and not just be a spectator in life.

I suppose what I want is to live.

 

Individual 17: [female, Spanish, subtitles]

Giving it a number makes you more conscious of the days that you have.

 

Individual 3: [female]

It needs to be lived to the fullest.

 

Individual 2: [female]

Live one day at a time, and...

 

Individual 3: [female]

Yeah. Yeah.

 

Individual 2: [female, cont.]

...don’t waste it.

 

Individual 3: [female, simultaneously]

Don’t take anything for granted...

 

Individual 2: [female, simultaneously]

That’s for sure.

 

Individual 3: [female]

Yeah, and no regrets.

 

Individual 18: [male]

A lot of days are like, lost because you’re just, you’re not living.

 

Individual 19: [female, subtitled]

I want to live every day to the fullest.

 

Individual 9: [male]

Be happier about what you do every single day. Why waste time trying to be sad, and that type of stuff?

 

Individual 10: [female]

Mmm, yeah.

 

Individual 20: [female, Spanish, subtitled]

We have to enjoy every day. Right?

 

Individual 6: [female, subtitled]

As I said, that is very few days.

I would have thought there were more.

That’s why we have to get the most out of them.

We have only one life.

 

My friends, what do you want to buy with the dollar that you get every day for 25,550 days? Me? I want to buy the truest joy. I want for me to be fulfilled.

WHAT DO YOU

WANT TO BUY

WITH THE DOLLAR

THAT YOU GET?

EVERY DAY x 25,550

TRUEST JOY

TO: ME FULFILLMENT

What will tomorrow be like? In one sense, no different than today and no different than yesterday. And if you are fulfilled, it’ll be unique. It’ll be different than today, and it’ll be different than yesterday, and the day before.

TOMORROW  TODAY  YESTERDAY

FULFILLED

And then, you don’t count the 25,550, because it doesn’t matter. This is the gift. Big gift—not huge—big. Twenty-five thousand five hundred and fifty.

The Rhythm of Clarity 00:06:11 The Rhythm of Clarity Video Duration : 00:06:11 This is your story. One breath at a time. That's your beat!

Why do you listen to a song the second time when you already have heard it? The words that touch your heart make your heart feel good. You want to listen again and again and again, and the heart never gets tired of it, ever!

Because it can dance to that beautiful rhythm, the rhythm of light, the rhythm of joy, the rhythm of hope, the rhythm of clarity! The rhythm, that beautiful rhythm makes you feel good.

This is a story—and in this story there are beautiful things. The story should have hope, and hope is tied to clarity. This is your story, one breath at a time. That’s your beat; that’s your rhythm.

This is your symphony! This is your story, one breath at a time. That’s your beat! That’s your beat; that’s your rhythm. The rhythm, that beautiful rhythm makes you feel good.

That’s your beat! That’s your beat. One breath at a time, that’s your rhythm. Do you understand what a miracle this is?

- Prem Rawat

The Ancient Beat 00:00:40 The Ancient Beat Video Duration : 00:00:40 Be in sync

The ancient beat plays within

The endless song is being sung

Be in sync

With the drums of your heart

 

- Prem Rawat

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