Prem Rawat: Collectively, as human beings on the face of this earth, appreciating what you have is more important than appreciating what you don’t have.
The truth is, (and I may be a little strong, so I ask for your forgiveness if you’re offended by it, but I have to say it). And what I have to say is, “Why do you appreciate those things that you don’t have, rather than appreciate those things that you do have?”
All those things that you don’t have, you think about them. “Oh, I wish I could have this. I wish I could have this. I wish I could have this.” And what has this bad habit eventually done to us as mankind, as human beings? We no longer appreciate the planet we have.
This is a unique place! Trillions and trillions and trillions of trees live here. When I first saw the pictures of Mars, I was just as intrigued as anyone else. (Weren’t you?) But then I realized, not one single tree. Nowhere to be found. I, all of a sudden, became very proud of my earth, my earth that I live on. Because it is magnificent.
Mars may be intriguing; earth is beautiful. But we have lost the appreciation for where we are. This blue marble is unlike anything out there, and what do we sit there and think about? “Well, are we alone?”
Seven-point-nine billion people on the face of this earth and you get lonely? You have been given an incredible opportunity. To be alive, not on Mars, not on Mars, but on the face of this most magnificent planet. And if all those gifts were not enough, there is another gift that you have been given, and it is the gift of peace.
And here’s the killer. And all you have to do is want it. Wow. All you have to do is want it. You don’t have to go create stars. You don’t have to create planets; you don’t have to create rivers; you don’t have to create lakes; you don’t have to lay an egg. All you have to do ... is say “yeah,” acknowledge the need you have for peace. It’s all it takes.
Prem Rawat: You know, to me, it’s very much like you come on a stage. So, there is a door, and you walk through the door and you find yourself on a stage. And maybe you have to take a few steps to actually get onto the stage. And then you look around and you go, “Hmm, what am I doing on this stage?”
00:00:41 And there are people in this world who go, “Oh, there’s going to be a show! So, I will wait for the show to start.” They don’t understand — they are the show. They are the show. Not somebody else that’s going to come and dance on that stage; you begin your dance. It’s you! And then one day, you have to walk off that stage.
Prem Rawat: So, that’s, to me, you know, this is what it is! I am not obsessed by death, by the way. Whether it is 36,500, whether it is 25,550, (that’s if you live to be about seventy-five), what matters? Because you don’t have to make an appointment. It’s going to happen.
So it’s like, if you missed the appointment, (hah-hah-hah), you would live a few extra days; no, it’s not going to happen like that. (That would be nice. But it’s not going to happen like that.) So, what you’ve got to do is make every day that you are alive, you have to make it count. It has to mean something to you.
And you have to choose to make that day mean something. Rather than be the victim of everything else, you have to choose; you have to become proactive in your life.
So, what I’m saying is you are not. You are proactive in your job. You’re proactive in your relationships. But you are not proactive in your life. And you should be proactive in your life.
Should you be proactive with your relationships, yeah, of course. Where did I say you shouldn’t? Why do you assume that? People already assume! “You’re not being practical.” When did I say you shouldn’t have a job? Did I say that? No. Have a job. But people automatically assume, “He’s talking about peace so he doesn’t like a job.”
The question is, (the more interesting question is), “In the middle of my job, can I have peace?” And the answer to that is “yes.” That’s what we were talking about, but it’s not one way or the other way. Can there be peace in your life, in the midst of your job and your responsibilities? Why not? Peace happens on the inside; job happens on the outside.
The day the job happens on the inside and the peace happens on the outside, you’ve got a problem. And I would have nothing to say. But I know peace happens on the inside, and job happens on the outside; it’s perfectly compatible.
In our lives, one of the things we do is we accept failure very easily, very quickly. Because there is one thing which is failing, and then there is the failure.
So, failing will happen.
There was a time in your life where failing didn’t mean anything. It was acceptable; it was normal. And the part of your life where this happened was when you were learning to walk. So there you were, coming from a place, from a time in which language didn’t mean a whole lot.
So, nobody indoctrinated you into this; nobody gave you a lecture about this; nobody —do you know—you didn’t go out and read some scripture, but you had an urge to walk. And this came from inside of you, and there was no question about it—you wanted to walk!
But you were extremely ill-equipped to walk. You had two legs, but the muscles in that leg that needed to carry you were not developed. You needed a sense of balance. And you didn’t really understand it. And so, a day came in which you made this attempt to get up. And anybody could have told you what was going to happen.
It was not a happening thing. You were going to fall—and you did! And you failed! You…you actually failed—because the first, first part is just getting up. But you kept going—and you would fail! And you would fail, and you would fail....
And finally you got to the point where you could actually get up. And as soon as you got up [demonstrating, wobbling] there was still going to be failure! You were going to fail again. Because now the whole sense of balance starts to kick in, and stabilization, and you know, the nerves are telling the muscles, “Do this, do....”
Because everything is an overreaction, underreaction. Nothing is used to anything—and you are doomed to failure.
But you weren’t a failure because you never accepted failure.
And so you took that one little step, and boomf! You failed—bam! And sometimes the kids even look at the mother, “Should I cry?” You know…you…you—they get to, right to that point of where their bottom lip is quivering and everything, and they’re like... And the mother looks like, “Oh, it’s okay, it’s okay”—it’s like, “Oh, it’s okay.” Brainwashing!
But you just kept failing and failing and failing and failing and failing and failing. Till one day, because you did not accept failure, you did the impossible, and you took that step. And then the next step. And all of a sudden the most incredible transformation took place. And what you just accomplished wasn’t walking. You unlocked the world to yourself. Krrrract! Now you could go wherever you wanted to go. You were free.
So, “fail” and “failure” meant two different things.
Then as you grew up, you started to associate the two; you merged the two. “Failure is always painful—demeaning and painful.” And all your life, your energy turned into “not failing.” So that no failing happens in your life, you would have to become non-human. Not going to happen! You’re human! But there is a way out of this pickle. And the way out is, “Don’t associate failure with failing.”
How many of you think something has to be done to have peace? A few! There’s more. Come on, there’s a lot more. Because we are the doers! We’re the doers.
If we want to make okra, it has to be made; it has to be cut. It doesn’t come that way from the okra plant. You have to pick it; you have to cut it; you have to clean it. Then you have to put it in the frying pan. “Do something to have something”—except for peace.
It is what we have been so busy in doing that is preventing the peace from being felt in our lives. And what has to happen is, please, let peace emerge. Emerge. Emerge. Not create. Not think. Not sit there and go, “Now, I am in peace.” And then somebody there, going, “Yes, yes, yes, now you’re in peace.” It’s all we need, right? No! Peace has to be real. Do you think peace is an option?
If you think peace is an option, how many of you are busy in your daily lives and think it’s kind of not possible to sit there and pursue peace because you’re so busy from morning ‘til evening? You’re getting your education; you have to go to college; you have to go to your shop; you have to go to your business; you have to go to your job, your government job, your, you know, whatever! How many of you think, “No time for peace”?
Nobody? This is what people say: “I don’t have time! I’m busy! I am busy being miserable. I have no time for happiness.” Then all I can say is, “Will you please reconsider? This is your life. Reconsider your priorities of what is important to you.”
But we sit in the grand illusion, thinking that it is so. And this is what I said: “All is not as it seems to be. All is not as it seems to be. All is not as it seems to be.”
– Prem Rawat
Everybody gets caught up in "This is wrong, and this is wrong, and this is wrong."
And of course, things are always going to be wrong. Always.
You cannot destroy wrongness. That would be wrong.
It's always there.
And that's not the point. The point is, so is that which is good. And if you can in your life embrace that which is good, then that's all you need to do.
You don't need to go chase the wrongness to say "Get out of here." You don't need to do that.
A lot of people think, "Oh yeah, I have to remove all the darkness in my life, all the things that are wrong in my life." You can't do it. It's not possible. It's not physically possible. You can't push it out.
You look at people, and what do they get affected... What do you get affected by? What do you get affected by? Most trivial thing; somebody said something bad about you so you get affected by it. Don't you? "Oh, how can he say that!"
So have you been affected? No. But do you feel affected? Yes.
And how long does that game go on? It goes on forever. Forever.
How do you win? How do you win? How do you teach somebody to win in this world? Because the winning is losing in this world. And if you want to win, you have to turn inside. That's the only way. You can't go anywhere else. You've got to turn inside.
Everyday to live this life consciously, to be real.
- Prem Rawat