Is peace still possible? Yes, peace is still possible. Is joy still there, yes; your heart is still there, yes. Is the infinite still around? Of course. And so far the infinite is around, you’re set! If the infinite is gone, then you’re in trouble. But the infinite is around, and you are around? It’s all good.
When I was in lockdown, (hah, hah-hah), a long time ago, I, you know, in the 80s, I had turntables. I had records. So, I said, “You know, I had these wonderful, beautiful records. Where are they?” And couldn’t find them, couldn’t find them, couldn’t find them, couldn’t find them, and then one day, way back tucked somewhere, there they were, all my records.
And I brought them out, started cleaning them. And there they were! They were something that I had gone, I had bought. Some of them had been unopened; they were unopened albums. And there they were from the 70s, all this incredible music and – there it is! I realized, “I’m not going to take it with me. But I’m going to enjoy it, so far I can enjoy it.”
This life, my friends, is about enjoyment. And if you can enjoy the divine, that’s the motherlode. Because there’s nothing like the divine. Always there. Always was. When you were one, when you were two, when you were three, when you were four, five, six, seven.
Isn’t it nice to discover something that is from a long time ago in your life that you liked, and it was wonderful? (Like my records?) Well, the infinite is like that. The infinite was there when you were one, and two, and three, and four, and five – all the way to however old you are.
I was talking to somebody whose mother passed away, and this person was you know, “What about this, what about that?”
And I said, “Look…” And this is something I said, even I liked it.
And I said, think of her as the earth and the moon. The moon came from the earth, and as it separated, it went out and it’s just there. It’s not part of the earth anymore, but it’s just there, going around this earth beautifully affecting it. Every night, every day, making the tides, the life, the motion. All you have to look up and see the reflection of the sun on this beautiful surface, glowing. Glowing.
For those who go, think of them the same way. Your little world, now they’re the moon and hopefully, they’re going to affect you in the most beautiful way that you will remember their memory, the tides, the life, the drama. And on those particular nights when it is really dark, they will glow and there’ll be a little light for you. Not only to admire but maybe see by.
- Prem Rawat
You have this most beautiful opportunity. And it begins—it begins with putting that weight that is on your shoulders down. Just put it down. And appreciate how light that makes you feel.
Enjoy being a human being. Enjoy. Do not look at yourself to assess your faults. But look at yourself to discover your opportunities. Because you’re alive, you have been given opportunities. You want to go for a walk?! Then take the walk in the avenue of the heart. And there, all opportunities that exist for you have lined up.
It is not about avoiding that day, the day that you have to go. You can’t do that. It needs to be about every day that you’re alive, that you are enjoying being a human being, and that day, being alive for one minute will become worth it. That day, being alive for one second will become worth it. That day, your existence will bloom.
Your heart will dance; your shoulders will be high. You will wear a smile like you never have. This breath coming in and out, so far it’s working, I’m happy. All good! And if it’s not working, I’ve got issues. And I should be happy every time it works!
Do you realize, if we got happy every time we took a breath, how happy we would be? I mean, it’d be like, “Stop, wait, wait, I’ve got to be happy right now; I just took another breath!” A police officer pulls you over, “You know, you’ve been speeding!” “Excuse, just a minute. I need to be happy right now. I just took a breath!”
Wow, your life really would be very different. It would be incredibly different. Instead of lighting incense, and playing Spotify’s “Spa Music, Relaxing”.... Well, what is this, “Relaxing Music”? (Music to make you relaxed.)
I feel like dancing when I listen to some music. “Relax?” My friends, take away my problems, I will relax. You don’t have to play music for it. “Music to be peaceful by.” Really?
“Environment.” And what about the environment of this heart, of you? Welcoming the divine in your existence. Understanding the divine in your existence. You have a billion excuses. “Too busy. I have to work. I’m old!” And yeah, the same mouth, different excuses. These ears know that voice. These ears, (I’m talking about mine). I’ve heard ‘em; I have heard all kinds of excuses.
And the justifications will be necessary, till you fall in love being a human being. Everything will make sense; everything will come together. The value of breath will be understood. The clarity in your life will shine like the sun. And you will know what it is that it’s like to be alive.
The word “life” will take on a different meaning. It will not be the junctions of pain and sorrow, stepping-stones from one sorrow to another sorrow to another sorrow to another sorrow to another sorrow. Life truly should be the stepping-stones of one joy to another joy, to another joy, to another joy, to another joy.
The time has come for us to understand ourselves! As Socrates said, “Know thyself” a long time ago—and we still haven’t done it. The time has come to do that. The time has come to understand the Divine within us.
You are the container of divinity. You are so fortunate. You are so incredibly fortunate. Now, know it. Not believe it; know it. Know what I know, and then you will know what I am talking about.
I really, really wish you didn’t believe a word! Instead you went, “I’ve got to know!” And if you became like that in your life—“I’ve got to know!”—you will be so filled with peace, you won’t believe how much peace there will be in your life. And I use the world “believe,” but you don’t have to believe me. Know it for yourself.
– Prem Rawat
What are you dedicated to in your life? What are you dedicated to in your life—because you’re going to be dedicated, regardless. If you’re not dedicated, then you’re dedicated to nothing—but you’re still dedicated. What are you dedicated to?
What did you do yesterday? Did you prepare for today? Did you prepare for today? Did you? Or were you so not ready for today that you actually had to set an alarm clock? “I know I’m not going to get up tomorrow. I’d better, I’d better set an alarm clock; otherwise I’ll oversleep!” Just because you’re tired. Tired of what? Doing the things you do!
“Just make one distinction,” is all I’m asking. “Do that that your heart wants to do—just once. And what does the heart want? All it wants is to be fulfilled. That’s all. Once, in your life, be fulfilled. And it’s so addicting, you would want it every single day.
So, people will say, “And so, are you fulfilled every single day?” Good question, huh? And I’ll answer it, “No!” But I know I need to try. And there’s something I can do! I can actually do that! Like you! Like me! We can do that. We can try. And of all things we try for, this one is the most fun.
Because there is no waiting. The fruit is born instantly. Peace isn’t something, you commit a few actions, and then you just wait, and wait, and wait, and wait, and you wait—and, “Say, oh, what are you waiting for?” “Oh-hah, I’m waiting for that peace thing to happen, you know?” No. It’s, bam! It’s there.
Because, what you have just heard, by the way, you already knew. And I’m glad! That’s how it should be. I’m here to remind you—not teach you.
You know—you know! Of course you know—that you want to be fulfilled now. You know that.
But, be fulfilled. Be fulfilled. And if nothing else, then take away one thing: and here it is. “You are so fortunate, so fortunate to be alive”—and you should know this every single day.
(Prem Rawat) Let me tell you the story of the human being – who, in the heart of their hearts, desires peace. The fact that you like peace, that you would even entertain the thought of having peace in your life, is magnificent.
I want to tell you something. There is your inner world – and then there is this world. But I’m going to tell you something. In between these two worlds, there is another world. And it’s the world you’re surrounded by.
In this world, you dictate what happens. Somebody can talk to you, but you don’t have to listen. Conveniently, “whiit,” gone. In this world, somebody can try to make you angry but it’s up to you if you actually get angry or not.
It’s a little world; it’s not huge. You carry it wherever you go. But it’s a beautiful world. Because the only way you can get into this world is if you’re conscious, if you’re sincere about life. And you are willing to embrace life itself over the problems of life.
Now, what I just said is a big statement. It’s huge. “To embrace life over the problems of life.” It’s way beyond the expectations that you have of yourself. It is beyond your disappointments. It is not the sum of everything that’s wrong in your life. But it is about the possibility of what is right, what is good, what is beautiful. That’s it. Remember that.