The Proof that You Make a Difference

“There’s a fundamental rule of nature. Take two candles—one candle is lit, and one candle is unlit. Bring them together. The lit candle will light the unlit candle.”
Dec 23, 2019
Sometimes we think we are insignificant, but that’s because we don’t understand life’s possibility. Video excerpted from "An Evening with Prem Rawat," Colombo, Sri Lanka. Full audio or video also available in the Events section of the app and website.

So, when I say “we,” when I say to you, “you can make a difference,” do you believe me? 

Why? Shouldn't I prove it to you? Should I prove it to you? I can prove it to you. I can. You want me to prove it to you? Yes? 

Come on, yes or no? There you go. See, in the world of absence, you can just go “Uhm….” And in the world of presence, you go, “Yeah, prove it to me!” So, there is a fundamental rule. This is my proof. There's a fundamental rule of nature. 

Bring…. Take two candles. One candle is a lit candle, and one candle is an unlit candle. Two candles. Okay? Unlit. Lit. Bring them together. What will happen? 

Huh? When is unlit and one is lit. And when you bring the two candles together, what will happen? Aha. You see, the world of presence, and the world of absence. 

What will happen? The lit candle, the lit candle will light the unlit candle. 

Not the unlit candle will extinguish the lit candle. Do you agree? 

This is how you, how you have a chulha at home. You know what a chulha is? That's how your stove works. Your gas, your cooking gas, you light a match. It's unlit. You go “Ech!” and “Boomf!” Sometimes too much “boomf” and that's how it works.

So, that is the proof that you make a difference if you are a lit candle. You have this incredible, incredible, incredible power to light an unlit candle. Now, how big do you have to be? How big does the unlit candle have to be to get lit? And how big does the lit candle have to be, even if it is right down to almost nothing, but it's lit. 

It's good. It can light an unlit candle. Doesn't have to be this big. It doesn't have to be this big. It doesn't have to be decorated. It doesn't have to be green. It doesn't have to be purple. It doesn't have to be yellow. It doesn't have to be any of those things. All it has to be is lit.

You carry this power. If you're a lit candle, you can light an unlit candle. And how many times can you do that? Is there a limit? Till your lit, you can keep lighting. 

It's no, it's not like, Oh, I'm too old. I can't light anything. No. If you’re lit, that's all it takes. Keep lighting. Keep lighting. Keep lighting. Keep lighting.

This law, by the way, is 4.5 billion years old.  It was there.  Not 200,000 or 6,000 years old—4.5 billion years old.

And this is the possibility. This is the possibility. In your life, goodness awaits. The Divine for you awaits to be discovered. Joy, treasured.

Hey, listen, you have no limit for joy. Pain, you do. After a little while, it's too much. “Ahhh, I want out.” Joy? No limit.  You can be joyful every day for the rest of your life, not a problem. Not a problem, not a problem.  Sadness every day? You will find a big cliff somewhere.  That's what people do.  A lot of people think they're insignificant. Right? “I’m nothing.”

Ahh, but this is where the Divine lives. This is where the light lives. This is where the goodness lives. This is where compassion lives. This is where kindness lives. 

What are you talking about, insignificant? 

The only reason why you would want to pretend to be insignificant is so you can offload your responsibilities. “I'm not good…I can't do anything.”

You know when you go to bureaucracy, go to office, you're getting something, you want something done and the person doesn't want to do it.  “Oh no, no. I'm just junior. You have to go see the senior.” But you say, “Okay, 10 rupees?” “Okay, okay, I can do it.”

So why are you abdicating your responsibility in life?  But you don't need to do that. Why? Why are you not understanding what this possibility is, called life?

- Prem Rawat

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