My Version of Divine
I don't know what concept you have if I use the word "Divine." I don't know what it will conjure up in your mind. I don't know. A 65-year-old man with gray hair, maybe older. 100-year-old man, gray hair. Long white beard, long flowing robes.
I mean, you know, don't let all your imagination come from just one painting. I asked somebody the other day. I said, "You know if you had to be an age for the rest of existence— I mean for the rest of existence for everything—what age would that be?" 70? 80? 90? 100? And the conclusion was 25.
I mean, that's young. You can see things; you can hear things, you can actually go for a walk and come back. You can actually remember things.
You know, when it starts to get to like the 50s, forget it. Memory goes south—I mean it's like "huh?" And you say to yourself, "I will remember that. That's important, I will remember that." Fifteen minutes later, "What was it that I was supposed to remember?"
This is 50. You remember that you were supposed to remember. A little bit further down the line, you don't even remember what it is that you forgot. All you remember is, you forgot. What? You don't know. And once you get close to 70, you don't really care what you forgot, what you remember, what it is, what it isn't. It doesn't matter.
So somebody in their imagination portrays the divine as 100 years old. Wshh! I mean in one way that would explain a lot of things. "Gee! I forgot I was supposed to save those people down there. Ugh! Well, anyways. You know, at a 100 I don't even know what I was supposed to remember."
You go up there, and it's like, "But God, you know, I was calling you." "You were?"
But here, my version of the divine is very different: that it is that power that creates. And it is that power that destroys and it is that power that makes sure that everything happens—not just here on earth, but in the entire universe. It is the power that makes the sunshine. It is the power that contains everything.
Undefinable? Absolutely. Un-comprehensible? Absolutely. And within you? Absolutely.
- Prem Rawat
What does fear do to you? What does fear do to you? It destroys you; it can destroy you. What does confusion do to you? It can destroy you; it can destroy your moment; it can destroy a whole day, just like that.
So, heaven is here. What do you think? You believe or you know? Know or believe? Know? Yes? No? Yes? Yes! And do you know? Not because of me! No, no, no, no, no. I disagree
I am a mirror. Does the mirror make up the face? I am a mirror. I don’t make up your face. You can experience heaven, not because of me, but because you are alive. If you are not alive, there can be nine million of me, and we cannot help anyone. Because it’s you. You have in you the Divine.
What is this quietness? Do you? Or don’t you? You do? You believe this or you know this? You do know this? You know this? Wow. So I have another question for you.
Do you celebrate this? Every day? What could you ask for more in your life, than the Divine being in you? Closer than any friend, closer than your wife or your husband, in you?
The one that will accompany you wherever you go. In the darkest place, the Divine is with you. On top of the mountain, the Divine will go with you. In confusion the Divine is with you. In your troubles, in your sorrow, in every emotion that you consider to be hell, the Divine is with you. Do you celebrate this? Do you thank? Do you thank the Divine for being with you?
Your friend? If you do not acknowledge your friend, your friend won’t be your friend for very long. At some point in time you have to tell your friend, “I like you. Thank you for being my friend.” What do you say to the Divine?
These are the paradoxes that we should be working on. Because when we do, the resolution of these paradoxes, knowing—this is truly, truly knowing the self. “Know thyself?” Well, here’s a very good reason why you should know yourself—because this is who you are.
– 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.”
Here it is. This is the opportunity. You come—automatic: here you are. Basics are provided. And you’re going to go—automatic. And to make it clear, you don’t know when. Because if you knew, you would sit there and lament that day. I mean, talk about waste of life!
You know, we have had these guys come occasionally on the face of this earth, and in no uncertain terms say exactly that: “You want to get the most out of it; it’s not happening again!”
And that what’s here is simply divine, the only place where you can truly understand the manifestation of that Divine. You can look at the stars, and you can be in awe. Be in awe, “Wow.” That there is silence! And what is silence? Silence is the only thing—the true silence, the inner silence—is the call of the Divine.
Not words—but the call of the Divine. To hear that and to understand something—not something complicated but something very simple. And what is that? What is that? That one shortest, most complete sentence in the English language. You know what that is? “I am. I am.”
Until, in your life, that little sentence, until that starts to mean something, forget it. Can you walk the life without the ideas? Can you walk the life without the ideas? Can you wake up in the morning and say, “I am content knowing I am?”
– Prem Rawat
You know, the understanding of, well, who the self is—a lot of people think that this is a very Eastern idea—understanding the self. It’s not. It’s a human idea—understanding the self.
“Who are you? What are you?” Everybody on the face of this earth, soon or later, will ask the question, “Who am I?” Above and beyond everything that we get involved in—“Who am I? What is it to be a human being?”
You come in this world—and I was thinking today, “For me, everywhere I go, it’s like passing through.” So I go home, and I’m just passing through. I’m not there too long; I’m passing through. And I go to one country, and I’m passing through—and go to another country, and just passing through.
And before you know, life is the same way—just passing through. And this is what we do. And in one way all the complexities of being on earth—our relationships, our ideas, our wishes, our dreams—trying to realize those dreams…
Trying to wonder why things happen to us the way they do; why things are good; why things are bad; why things are right; why things are wrong … all these complexities—and we want to understand them!
But we never focus on understanding, “Who am I?” And unless you know who you are, what is your reference? Unless you know what a human being is, how would you know what a human being is supposed to be?
But, what is a human being? Of course, these are physical traits—but what is a human being? And what is the importance then, of understanding what a human being is?
Because, in our aspirations, what do we want? There is a state of being, and in this state of being a person becomes desireless—desireless. You can call that state “contentment”; you can call that state “happiness”; you can call that state “bliss”; you can call that state “peace”—and I don’t really care, because these are just words.
What I do care about is that state. I don’t care about the words. Ah, but the world’s caught up in the words: “Talk to me about peace. You’re Ambassador of Peace.” What? Peace is inside every human being. And peace is something that really cannot be talked about. It needs to be felt.
So, the question then becomes, “In this process of feeling the self, understanding the self, do you feel that state? Are you in that state, in that state of equilibrium?”
Now, you may say, “What are you talking about?” Well, this is how your body works—your physical body works like this: if there is something wrong, it’ll tell you. But if there’s nothing wrong, it shuts up!
Feeling of well-being is… some people call it “peace.” Because there, no more, no less, nothing being weighed; nothing being measured. “Go on. Be. Exist.” And filled with the feeling of well-being, glad to be alive, content—content—this is the nature of the self. This is the nature.
– Prem Rawat
This gift of breath is an incredibly powerful gift that you have been given—incredibly powerful, that you have been given. Do you understand its value? Do you understand that this is one gift that all the money in the world cannot buy?
You cannot write it in the will—in a will, in an agreement—that, “All my breath will go to this person.” No. It’s only for you! Accept it, understand it. Cherish life, cherish consciousness, cherish your strength, cherish your heart, cherish knowledge, cherish peace—and you will understand the kindness of the Divine on every human being.
– Prem Rawat