Falling in love is not a formality. Falling in love happens, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
Falling in love with the idea of happiness. Falling in love with the idea of peace. Falling in love with the possibility to be content. Falling in love with the possibility to be clear. Falling in love with the possibility to be free. Falling in love with the possibility to know.
If you don’t have the love and you have all the rituals, all the rituals of this world cannot make you fall in love.
You can have your wife tattooed with “I love you”, “I love you”, “I love you”…You can have your towels embroidered, “I love you”, “I love you”, “I love you”, “I love you”. You can buy the wallpaper, “I love you”, “I love you”, “I love you”, “I love you”. You can go and… and you know breakfast cereal which has got all the alphabet, you pick the “I love you”, “I love you”, “I love you”, “I love you”. But all that “I love you” will not make you fall in love with that person. No way. Not possible. Because falling in love happens with the heart.
The simplicity. The innocence of falling in love. Innocence. You cannot go out and say, “Today I’m going to fall in love.” Love sees no time. Love is not lust. Don’t ever mistake love for lust. Love is love; lust is lust. And many, many of you might see a picture, might see a postcard, might have a thought… that might be lust, but love is different. And love is innocent. And it is from an innocent place that it comes. And if you do not have that innocence, you will not have the love.
So if you want to be in love, work on the innocence - Not embroidering the towels, because it was that innocence that brought you to that love. And the day you begin to believe in your heart again, the complicated world will magically disappear.
The complication of this world that hounds you can only exist because of one reason: ignorance. Believe in this heart and the message of this heart to you, to be fulfilled. Isn’t that what caused your search to begin with?
Each one of our stories that is so different and yet so alike. Your name is different, your face is different, where you were born is different, how you were raised is different. How you view this world is different. But falling in love and its innocence is the same for every one of us.
- 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.
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
These hands have cradled a baby. In human beings, these hands have cradled a baby. These hands with the skill and knowledge of a surgeon have healed a person. These hands, with the intent of love, have held a face and comforted.
These hands have picked up a gun and destroyed a life. These hands—not mine but hands of the world. Next thing you know, you know, say, “Oh, you killed somebody?” No. No—but have taken and destroyed.
It is of utmost importance to understand that the actions of these hands has to be governed by the heart and not the craziness of this world.
- Prem Rawat
You have a mind ... and you have a heart. You’re balanced! You’re balanced. If you learn how to use both of them equally ... not only will you be in peace, but you will prosper ... in this world.
Most people only know how to use one. The heart, they don’t understand. I say “the heart” ... and people go, “What is a heart? What are you talking about?” I’ll tell you what a heart is.
Heart ... is the place ... where the human courage resides. Heart is the home of your clarity. Heart ... is the place where the Divine in you belongs and exists. Heart is the place from where you seek the truest gratitude of your existence. Heart is the place where the love, because of reasons—no reason, that love resides.
Heart is the place ... where, in you, the thirst to be fulfilled ... is. That place ... that contains all this that is good ... is called “the heart.” That’s what a heart is. The courage ... the courage ... to seek clarity in the midst of confusion. When every thing is going wrong ... the courage ... to say, “No. No. I want ... clarity. I want ... to be fulfilled.”
Have you ... experienced this courage? Have you felt this courage? Have you understood this courage? Because ... this is your power! It’s your power! It’s your power ... to thrive in this world ... to thrive! To shine! To be! Not the stupid little road maps ... that you have created.
“Oh, yes, please-please-please-please, give me a promotion.” You want a promotion? Work hard for a promotion.
You have something to say to the Divine? Then make it real. And what is it? Only one thing: “Thank you.”
Allow this heart to become a major player in your life, major player in your life. Let this heart be that place from where the spring exists, that the request for peace in your life comes from.
Peace is not that difficult. You know why? Fortunately, the people who want war are a minority! Of 7.5 billion people on the face of this earth, the people who want war—that is a minority that wants war. The majority of the people on the face of this earth want peace.
I think the cards are stacked in our favor. Play the game—not because of fear! Play the game. That’s what they want. Peace will be the finest achievement of mankind—not going to the moon, that’s old hat. Been there; done that. It will be peace that will be the noblest achievement of mankind.
– Prem Rawat