There is something in you that wants to be generous. See, it’s not only that you have generosity in you, but there is something in you that wants to be generous. Not only that you have love in you, but there is something in you that wants to love—and something that wants to be loved. But this is buried under garbage.
In life, as you grow older, you always have to keep focus and perspective on what is important. This garbage that we accumulate in our lives, what does it do? The biggest harm it does is it frustrates us. And when a human being starts to feel the frustration inside of them, they can no longer see straight; they can no longer prioritize; they can no longer understand; they can no longer see beyond the realm of their problems.
And that’s why problems become the biggest thing. And the things that are important will get buried in garbage. You’ve got to keep your house clean—every day if you can—every day; every hour if you can. But if you can’t, at least, every two days—and that’s to sit down; be with yourself!
And say, “Okay, what is important to me?” Not to the world. Not the world’s expectations of me, but, “What is important to me? I want to feel good; I want to be in peace—and I want to help the ones I love, that I want to be there for them.” Once you have this? This is your “house cleaned.” You know where everything is—and do it! Because you can!
And that’s the simplest wisdom, you know, simplest wisdom—and you have that in you. Of course you have that in you. You always have that in you—you have the ability to vacuum-clean up, and make your life shine! And that’s what you should do!
Not be victimized by all the garbage that everybody keeps—because once the room, once the house looks like garbage, people are going to dump more garbage in it! That’s what’s going to happen! And then everybody will come, “Oh, we know a place to dump the garbage....” And that’s what happens.
Clean, clean, clean. That’s called “conscious, being conscious, being aware.” Being aware.
– Prem Rawat
Have you made your choices? You are on this journey—if you want to call it “journey” or whatever—but you’re in this ring now. You’re born—obviously—and so life is afoot. Have you made your choices, by the way?
Have you made your choices? Or are you ad hoc? You get up in the morning—“Nah, I don’t feel good. I don’t like that guy; I don’t like this; I don’t like that; I don’t, and this is not right; I don’t want to go there; I don’t want any of it; I, duh-duh-duh-duh, duh-duh-duh....” Or have you made your choices? Have you made your choices?!
It’s a very, very interesting question: “Have you made your choices?” Are you going to be living—that’s what the ring is—are you going to live this life without making any choices? Or, are you going to live this life with a very particular set of choices? But how can you make the choices if you don’t know what you have? So, let me shed some light on what you have.
You have in you, ignorance—fifty percent. And you have in you, knowledge—fifty percent. You have in you, darkness—fifty percent. You have in you, light—fifty percent. Don’t give yourself too much credit—it’s fifty percent. Don’t go “forty-nine/fifty-one”—no. No, it’s just not true. It’s exactly fifty percent.
And by the way, the fifty percent that you have is more than enough for you to live a life incredibly. Or…or that bad fifty percent is more than sufficient to destroy you— totally. And you have both. You have both.
You have in you, fear—and you have in you, courage. Fifty percent. But if you truly know this, then you can make a choice. You can make a choice: “I want in my life, I want to choose courage, not fear.”
In your pain, in your suffering, in your confusion, do you know you still have a choice? Do you? That you have a choice—you always have a choice. And you can choose not to choose. You even have that choice.
And most of the time, have you not chosen not to choose to be in peace? A lot of people think peace is some thing—and you get hold of it, like yeast, or bread, or peas. That’s not peace.
When the choices have been made, and the choices are good...! A lot of people ask me, “Are you in peace all the time?” So, as soon as I hear that question, “Ding!” No idea what peace is. Never felt it—can barely spell it. And that’s how close a person has come to it.
No. When the choices have been made and from those choices comes the gratitude, because one witnesses the value and the amazing existence of this being on the face of this earth....when the eyes are open…when the heart is full, when there are no dualities, when the questions have become answers, when there is a sweetness and a serenity that dances in one’s life—then peace manifests itself. And when that peace is felt, the heart overflows with gratitude.
– Prem Rawat
How many times are you confused? How many times do you not understand? How many times do you ask yourself, “Why am I here?” How many times do you wonder, “What’s going to happen to me?”
How many times during the day, the sadness can overcome you—when you can choose happiness for every single moment?
That you can choose clarity for every single moment of your life.
That you can choose the strength because both are in you—how much? Exactly fifty-fifty. Exactly fifty, fifty, (not fifty-one or forty-nine) fifty, fifty.
How much confusion do you have in you? Exactly fifty percent. How much clarity do you have in you? Exzzzzzzactly fifty percent.
And you have to choose. You have to choose.
Have you heard about a sunflower? You know most plants—they need the sun; they need the light the photosynthesis—this is what works makes them alive.
So, the sunflower in its dramatic beginnings chose something. And you know what the sunflower chose? The sun. It will follow the sun from east to west—and at night, turn around and wait till it comes again, from east to west. This is what it chose!
“Sun flower.” Is this what you’ve chosen too? To follow that clarity?
Tomorrow, Monday will come. Responsibilities will come. I’m not here to tell you “don’t be responsible.” But I’m here to tell you, “Don’t be so irresponsible that you do not accept the responsibility that comes with being alive.”
– Prem Rawat