I was thinking about the concepts yesterday, and it gave me goosebumps when I came to this thought of living one’s life without concepts. I mean, it would be so childlike. Because that’s what children don’t have!—is concepts. None! None! They just, wherever they go—I mean, and then they start to accrue them. But till they do, they’re just like, “What is this?”
I remember, one of my kids when he was very young; he wanted a knife. We were like, “Man, you know, you’re going to cut yourself.” He wanted a knife. So I said, “Okay, here—here is a Swiss knife.” I just gave it to him.
And he goes in the closet, and goodness, sure enough, trying to open it and close it. he just wanted to have a knife. I mean, he cut himself. Then he knew what I was talking about. And it wasn’t a concept; it was reality.
So, of course, you don’t want them to get hurt and stuff, but they don’t have the concept. I mean, and do we have a concept? And we have a....
I say the word "divine" and it’s not the same light bulb that goes on everywhere. Because I can see that from here. Somewhere it’s green; somewhere it’s blue; somewhere it’s purple; somewhere it’s yellow; somewhere it’s, you know, red; somewhere it’s white. Because we don’t even know when all these concepts crept in.
But listen to your heart; listen to that simple wisdom that is inside of you. And that wisdom doesn’t tell you to go chop down a tree, to paint the house red. That’s not your heart talking; that’s your mind.
What the heart talks about is simple: “Enjoy; be grateful; be thankful; be conscious; be real; be in that bliss”—a very small instruction manual from the heart.
– Prem Rawat
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
People say ... (and you’ve heard this expression,) “In your heart” ... “from your heart.” “From the bottom of my heart....” Well, what is this thing called the heart? I mean, what is it ... heart?
Is it, “duk-duk, duk-duk, duk-duk, duk-duk,” thing? I mean, I don’t think there is anything, “bottom, top” ... [sighs] and there’s chambers in there, or there’s valves in there, but I don’t think any of that has anything to do with joy and peace and....
So, so, so, what is this thing called the heart? So let me tell you what it is. Heart ... is the place ... where the courage resides ... the courage ... to move on, to go forward ... to fulfill ... who you really are.
Heart ... is the place ... where your truest wisdom resides. Heart ... is the place ... where you will find ... your passion. Heart ... is the place where you will find your compassion. Heart is the place where you will find the simplest of knowledge. Heart is the place where you will find the quest ... the thirst ... for being fulfilled.
All that is good in you ... all that is good in you, (not from the perspective of the world,) but that is good in you from the perspective from a human being ... is the place ... where all these beautiful things reside. And that is the place referred to conveniently ... as being the most important ... as being the most important, and thus called “the heart.”
Do you know ... do you feel ... in your life ... that simplicity that the heart offers you, that the life offers you—life, existence?
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
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.