There are many, many, many interpretations of this story, or many ways this story has been put—but there is a new one. And a man came...and he came to the Master. The Master had a very beautiful palace that he lived in, a beautiful city that he lived in.
So the Master told the guy, he says, “Oh, you have come?” And he goes, “Yeah, I’ve come to you; I want to talk to you; I want to learn from you; I want to be enlightened by you.” The Master said, “No problem. But first, go enjoy—enjoy my gardens; enjoy my palace; enjoy the city—it’s really beautiful, really, really beautiful.” And the man said, “Okay, I will.”
He said, “Before you go, take this lamp with you.” And he filled the lamp completely full of oil, right to the top, right to the brim—and he said, “Here, take this with you when you go seeing everything, and make sure you don’t spill a drop. Don’t spill a drop.”
The man went seeing, appreciating the palace, appreciating the gardens, appreciating the city. And when the man came back, the Master asked, “How was it?” And he goes, “Well, my whole attention was on not spilling a drop from this cup. I really walked around aimlessly. I didn’t really enjoy anything because my focus was here, instead of where it should have been.”
The Master said, “Okay. Now, go again! Leave the...leave the lamp behind. Don’t worry about the lamp.” He came back: “How was it?” “Oh, oh, I enjoyed—oh, and the statues were beautiful. Oh, that was...it was just marvelous; the garden was incredible; the flowers were incredible; the statues were incredible; the paintings were incredible; the marble was....”
The Master said, “Look, all that existed then too, but you were not focusing on that. Your focus was somewhere else.”
Where is your focus? In your life, where is your focus? You should be enjoying being alive. Do you enjoy, just enjoy being alive? Just being alive? Do you enjoy being alive?
I know, I know, I know you enjoy parties; I know you enjoy going to your friend’s house; I know you enjoy your songs; you enjoy your movies; you enjoy this; you enjoy that. I know you enjoy all of that. But do you enjoy being alive? Just being alive?!
Because if you don’t, you’re focusing on the wrong thing. Because this is the garden; life itself is the garden of the Divine. Its beauty is unparalleled. It is full of the reflection from the Divine. It is fine; it is beautiful; it has colors....
That’s where truth resides—a truth that is non-confrontational, a truth which is simple, a truth that’s embracing, a truth which is real, a truth that brings peace. That’s where this heart wants to dance.
– Prem Rawat
A man once had a question about the Divine, and he went to a wise man and he said, “You’re a wise man. Tell me, where is the Divine?” So the wise man said, “Okay.” So he called his servant, and he said, “Bring me a big thing of salt.” The servant brought a big thing of salt. And he said, “Now bring me a bucket of water,” and he brought him a bucket of water.
He gave the salt to the man, and he said, “Now take this salt, put it in the bucket of water, and stir, stir, stir, stir, stir.” And he kept stirring; he kept stirring, stirring, stirring, stirring—till the salt disappeared. The wise man said, “Where is the salt? Has it disappeared? Is it gone?” And the man said, “Yeah, it’s gone!” He said, “No! Taste the water. It’s still there.”
The same thing with the Divine. The Divine that you search for is unsearchable, cannot be searched for. Do you know why? It’s already there. Closer than your nose! Closer than your fingertip, dissolved into this magnificent creation, everywhere—and in you too. In you too!
You’re trying to see that salt that was held in the guy’s hand once. It’s still there, but that’s not the way it is. But it’s still there.
When you, in your life, begin to understand the simplicity—not the complex. See, everybody has told you things; you never questioned them. You didn’t question. The people told you things; you didn’t question them. You just said, “Ahh, okay….”
And you went along like this all your life. And today, you’re here, and I’m going to challenge you. I absolutely am going to challenge you—on what you know and what you don’t know. And I am going to say to you, that what matters in this life is what you know, not what you think.
You touch something hot; you burn yourself. And what do you say? “Oh, I thought it was turned off.” Huh! So, tell your fingers that: “It’s okay. Don’t hurt. I was thinking the iron was turned off.”
Your finger says, “I don’t care what you thought. I don’t care what you thought. That iron was hot. And you, dum-dum, touched it—and now, I’m going to let you know you shouldn’t have done that.” This is how it is.
You’re not here to suffer—but suffering is there. You’re not here to suffer, but suffering is there. Choose that that will take you towards that beauty that is inside of you.
– Prem Rawat
Rahim, another poet at the same time Kabir was, he said, “This thing of feeling, this thing of understanding—the deep understanding—is something that you feel. You don’t talk about it. You don’t talk about it.” And then he says, “People who do, don’t feel it. And people who do feel it, don’t talk about it.”
And you know, it goes, “Rahim [speaks in Hindi]. It’s not something that you can say and hear—[speaks in Hindi]. [speaks in Hindi]—the one who knows, who feels, he says nothing. [speaks in Hindi]—the one who says…talks [speaks in Hindi]…doesn’t know.”
Understood! I mean, talk about a concept-breaker! It’s coming from that old… People had these—that’s why he wrote this! He knew there were people going around saying, “Oh yeah, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know”—but didn’t know!
And he wrote this because he saw that…hey! Those who truly know? They know there’s nothing that can be said, because it’s about feeling. It’s not about talking.
You don’t bring religion into this. Let religion be. Religion has its need, has its purpose. Let it be that. This does not need to mix with religion.
You don’t have to be negative against religion. That is what I say, “If you’re a Muslim, be a good Muslim. If you’re a Christian, be a good Christian. If you’re a Hindu, be a good Hindu!” If this is what you want to do, do it, and do it right. Do it good.
This is totally different—totally different. And its presence is not because this lacked something—but its presence is on its own. It is what it is. It is to know. It’s the Gnosis.
You know, there were people who were called Gnostics. And they talked about knowing—Gnosis—that the spark of the Divine was inside everyone. This is what they talked about: the spark of the Divine was inside everyone, and it was possible to turn within and feel this spark.
Now, how do I know? One day I am in my office, and I have the TV on, and a National Geographic documentary is playing! I’m doing my work—once in a while I pay attention to what they’re saying—back to doing this, then.
All of a sudden, the commentator said, “Yes, they were Gnostics. And they believed that the spark of the Divine was in everyone, and it was possible to turn within and feel this spark.” I mean, the way he described it, you could not have described it more perfectly.
So, this is about that: the spark of the Divine is in everyone, and it is possible to turn within and feel that.
– Prem Rawat
The power of comprehension that you have, as a human being, is unlimited! Is unlimited! That, all this happens: the sun, where it is right now, it’ll be there tomorrow too! But it’s not about the sun being there.
As this becomes repeatable, I, my life can become repeatable, and every day become the same—and I am in prison, and prison, and prison, and prison.
To me it’s very simple! What is the definition of heaven? The definition of heaven is very, very simple. “When you feel content. When you are in that joy. When you are experiencing something that, you never want it to end!”
What is the definition of hell? “When you’re not in heaven!” There doesn’t need to be a definition for hell. There doesn’t need to be a definition for darkness. You need to only define light.
What is light? “When you can perceive. When you can see! When you can perceive; when you can fathom!”
In your life, these eyes are limited! The eyes of wisdom allow you to fathom even more in your existence. To see even more, all those hidden nuances that you do not realize are there! To see your weakness, and see your strength. And to work on your strength, to make that stronger—that’s, that’s wisdom!
And this is the possibility; this is what you can have. This is who you are. On one hand, of course—you were born; you were put together of all the stuff that you call dirt.
On the other hand, that dirt can talk, walk, sleep, think, admire, cry. All the palette is there ... of your expression—you cry; you weep; you laugh; you understand; you don’t understand. You get confused! You get depressed!
So, I see human beings—it’s, they get into their problems so much! I mean, it’s like, “Uh-aeaaah!” And they surrender to their problem. That’s it!
“Nothing will ever come of me.” That’s not true! Of all the power that you have.... Because the Divine that is in you, if you allow that Divine to manifest, you will get some of those powers. And the power is ... to destroy that attribute about yourself that you do not want. Or, you can destroy your goodness—you can do that too!
So, all these paradoxes that we faced with—only the wisdom, the consciousness, the understanding, the reality can help us to overlook, see beyond all of these things, and see the preciousness of life.
– Prem Rawat