I say to people all around the world ... “Look, heaven is right here! Heaven is right here! And if you haven’t found it, you’re in hell!” (That’s my definition of heaven and hell.) It’s ... it’s not about getting baked.... It’s not about getting fried; it’s not about getting toasted; this is not a cooking show. [laughter]
There is a heaven ... and if you are not in that heaven ... then you’re in the other place. It’s as simple as that!
If you haven’t found your heaven now ... here! ... then you won’t even know what heaven is. Because it is here ... that you have ... that expression!—expression ... of life; this is what peace is.
(Yeah so, I know, I know-I-know-I-know—when I say the word “peace,” the first thing is like, “some vegetable ... like an okra ....”) [laughter]
No, that’s not peace. A person in peace is highly dynamic! A person in peace is highly dynamic. And they make that effort ... the effort ... to be ... a fulfilled human. No more. There’s nothing greater as a gift ... that you could be given.
The facts say, “For peace you don’t have to do anything.” Like, “What? For peace you don’t have to do anything? How can that be?” I mean, after all, everything ... you do, you have to something for it.... (Program your phone to turn on the coffee!)
Everything you do, you have to do something for it ... and for peace ... you have to do ... nothing? [Indicates something going over his head] Whssssht!
“How can that be?” How can that be? Because the peace is already inside of you!
In the core, in the core of your being, that’s where peace is!
When ... there is a possibility ... to be human ... to truly achieve what it is to be human ... then the question becomes, “What ties and holds back a human from achieving that? (What is the rope?”) There is a saying ... “To fly, you don’t need to sprout wings; you just need to cut the bondage....”
What binds us? What holds us back ... from achieving ... that simple thing called peace? ... when peace is inside of us?
It truly is a great honor to be here and to take a moment and talk about peace. I have been coming to Rome for quite a long time. In fact, when I left India, when I was a teenager, the first stop outside of India that I had ever come to was Rome. [Paolo Masini: Welcome back.] And then, of course, the flight continued on to England.
But my challenge, in the few days that I had, which was a vacation, a summer vacation—and I came, really, to explore the possibility of what would happen: “How would people react to my message?” I didn’t know if the West was going to be open to the message of peace.
And this is where I would like to clarify—we use the word “peace.” Having talked about this subject for over forty-nine years, I can tell you that the word “peace” does not mean the same thing to everyone. To some people it’s absence of war; to some people it’s a place up on a mountain.
And I don’t care what people call it. You know, when you are really, really hungry and you’re dying of hunger and you come across food, you don’t say, “What is this called?” You eat. If you come across water and you’re dying of thirst, you don’t ask the person, “What do you call ‘water’ in your language?” You drink.
It doesn’t matter what we call peace. But away from the ideas of peace, there is an understanding of peace. In fact, yesterday this is what I was talking about to the students, that, “Let’s just forget about the word ‘peace,’ and let’s just try to understand what it is.”
A place from where a person flourishes, where a human being comes to their full potential as a human being. Fulfilled, not filled with doubts and questions, but with clarity—in an understanding deep within themselves that emanates from their heart.
– Prem Rawat
The first person you have to make friends with is you.
You cannot make friends with other people if you are not friendly with yourself.
This is why it’s important to know yourself.
You know the whole world, but you don’t know yourself. Number 1 point - Know Yourself.
This will bring you peace.
And for the leadership that you have to provide, it is quintessentially important that you know where you are—otherwise you will not be able to! The leadership requires that not only you know where you are—because that’s the whole crew! That’s your crew onboard your yacht, depending upon you to say, “Ah, we’re here!” Or not going, “Um, I, I, I think we are here...” No. “I am here.”
Do you practice, every day, having a recognition of yourself? The fact that you are alive offers the opportunity for the highest potential to be fulfilled. Let’s just look at a situation, a possibility in which a human being is at that utmost state where the potential of that human being is fulfilled.
– Prem Rawat