If somebody gives you a gift—if somebody gives you a gift and you don’t accept it, whose gift is it anyways? It’s not a tricky question; I’m not trying to trick you. It’s just a straightforward question: “If somebody gives you a gift and you don’t accept it, whose gift is it anyways?”
I mean, it’s simple as this. Here’s a handkerchief; it’s my handkerchief. If I give it to you and say, “Here,” and you say, “No,” whose handkerchief is it? [Audience: Yours.] Thank you. That’s what I thought, too. I was starting to have doubts.
And I use it two ways. Somebody says something bad to you; that’s their gift to you. If you don’t accept it, whose is it? Theirs; not yours. So that’s one thing.
How about the other way? This creation has given a gift to you: it’s called “life.” If you don’t accept it, whose is it? Not yours. Not yours—or should it be yours? If you want it to be yours, you have to accept it. And once you accept it, you will understand what it is.
– Prem Rawat
What makes you human? Human. And what makes you human is your humanity! And if you don’t know what that humanity is, then you will never understand what it is about, what is life, what is this time, what does being here mean.
Because there is another possibility. And the other possibility is that we make the choice to capture the day, that we make the choice to be fulfilled, that we capture the choice, we make the choice to be in that heaven here, now!
Instead of being victimized, we begin to understand our own strength—our own strength, each one of us. That it is not about other people; that it’s about me. That I need to live in this world, and I need to experience! Not just think, experience! Experience.
– Prem Rawat
The very things that break down the structure of a family, a simple thing called “not listening”—that is the culprit in the whole world, in my opinion. The government doesn’t listen to the people; the people don’t listen to the government. Wife doesn’t listen to the husband; husband doesn’t listen to the wife. Children don’t listen to the parents; parents don’t listen to the children.
No listening. Why? Because there’s so much noise already going on, of everything that’s wrong. It is the Tom Thumb syndrome. We have become so small, and everything has become so big—that you no longer understand.
You don’t understand who you are; you don’t understand why you’re here; you don’t understand what your potential is; you don’t understand what the breath means; you don’t understand what your choices are. You have a choice. You can choose.
– Prem Rawat
There is something constant. And all the days you’re going to be alive on the face of this earth—all the days—how many are there? Even if you live to be a hundred years old, how many days is that? Thirty-six thousand, five hundred. Take 365, put two zeros at the end, right?
I know I can see disbelief in some of your faces, like, “Whoa, whoa, what, you’re missing a zero. It has got to be three hundred and sixty-five thousand. Couldn’t just be thirty-six thousand, five hundred.”
But unfortunately, or fortunately, that’s all it is—and a big chunk of it is gone. And I only say this, not to scare you, but to provide the spice of urgency of how important it is for you to know yourself, so that the rest of the days that you exist are spent existing to your fullest potential. You have no other choice; you’ve got to live every single day to its fullest—and that’s not “party.” That’s the grand party, the party in which you are happy!
You’re not happy because you are with your friend, but yet, you are happy because you know yourself. You are happy because you have the courage to understand. You are happy because you have chosen, by your own choice, the fifty percent that’s good in you. And you have chosen to tame the fifty percent that’s bad in you.
That you have chosen, you have made a choice in your life to be real. That you have made a choice in your life to find the joy of being alive, to find the joy of existence, to find the joy of understanding, to find the joy of what it really feels like to have courage to know.
– Prem Rawat
This is your life; this is your day. And you cannot judge your life by the things that happen in it—because good things will happen and bad things will happen. And this is what’s going to make you incredibly vulnerable.
Your life doesn’t live for your dreams. Your life doesn’t live for your fantasy. Your life lives for you, and you have to live for your life, for this time that you have, the possibilities that abound because you exist.
So many explanations, so many complexities, so many ideas—but they all come and go. They all come and go; that’s just their nature. And you, so far you are alive, you’re constant. You look at your body—and that’s not constant. It’s changing, changing, all the time. You just don’t notice it.
You know, one of the things I like to do is time-lapse photography. And just to see how everything moves—clouds, how fast they actually move. How always, constantly, they’re changing. And everything is passing by so fast.
But it’s not about that; it’s about our perspective. What is your perspective of your existence, of your life? When good things happen, unfortunately you boost your ego. “I did this; I did that; oh my God, I, da, da-da….”
And then, when bad things happen, you lose heart; you lose patience with yourself, and you blame yourself for everything. That’s no way to live—like a yo-yo—up and down, up and down, up and down.
So, find that stability, because that’s inside of you too. Discover it, and hang onto it. Hang on to the good in you. Be with it! Pamper it!
The decision you have to make is which course are you going to follow? That’s the decision you have to make. Set the course, and then go with it. If the course you select is, “The priority in my life is joy, is clarity. And I will do everything to promote that.”
Not sadness, not self-beating, not feeling guilty about things that I didn’t even do—and accepting failure.
And if you decide that’s not the path you want to choose, then set your course accordingly. Because once you’ve chosen that, all the decisions come easy. It’s like, “Okay, and now I know—that’s the path I’m going.”
“That’s the path I’m going.”
– Prem Rawat