So, my question to you is, “What do you practice?” Because whatever you practice, you get good at it! How long does it take you to become angry? How long does it take you to become angry? That means you practice anger, and you have become good at it! How long does it take you to get confused? That means you practice confusion, and you have become good at it.
How quickly can you lie? That means you practice lying. And you have become good at it. How long does it take you to become frustrated? That means you practice frustration, and you have become good at it.
Practice what is important to you! Practice clarity! Practice consciousness! Practice peace! And you, too, will get good at peace. That’s how simple it is.
– Prem Rawat
In our lives, we look at the outside spectrum because this is what we’re told: "Look at that; be successful!" What is "successful"? "Well, when you have a big bank account." How big should that bank account be?
Every year it has to grow. The cost of living keeps going, "tick, tick, tick, tick, tick!" So, what you could have when you were back in the forties will not sustain you in 2017.
So, many, many before you only looked at the outside, strived for success, strived for the gains, strived for whatever the world told them, and then they are gone now. Now, the question becomes, "Is that what life is? Or is there something more?"
Is there a world of yours that you are unfamiliar with? Your inner world—in which you don't strive for success, but for happiness; in which you don’t strive for fame, but peace; in which you don’t strive for diplomas, but clarity; in which you don't weigh and measure the accomplishments, but measure your existence by the gifts you have been already given.
- Prem Rawat
So basically, you have kept all the components of the car and taken off the steering wheel. And it is entirely possible that for a little while the car goes. But at some point in time when you need that turn, it’s not going to happen—and there is going to be a spectacular crash!
Because the speed of this vehicle is not determined by you. In the vehicle of existence, the speed of this vehicle is determined by time. You’re going at that speed. There are no brakes and there is no reverse gear.
And the most precious thing you have in this vehicle is not the accelerator—because you don’t want it to go faster. Time already goes way too fast. The only thing you’ve got is your steering wheel. Keep your eyes open and steer. That’s all you’ve got.
– Prem Rawat
Who are you? What are you?
When you hear "Do you know yourself?" What does that mean?
Is it some definition that somebody's going to plunk in your head? It better not be.
Because it has to be something that you know from the bottom of your heart-who you are.
That you were given an opportunity to be alive.
That one moment when the universe began. Not just our universe, all of them, just where it began... did not the possibility of life exist at that moment? Has to. Maybe oxygen did not exist, but the possibility of being able to have oxygen existed. Maybe hydrogen didn't exist, but the possibility of having hydrogen existed.
And so from even that moment, your cards were stacked. Okay? Do you feel like you belong? You being here, alive on the face of this earth is made possible by the same possibility that put the moon where it is. Not any different. Put the sun where it is. All the stars in our universe known and unknown, that's the same force. That's the same possibility that has put you here. The same one that has put all the ants on this earth, that has put all the termites on this earth. By the way, there are tons of termites for every living human being. But has put termites on this earth, the blades of grass, the sand on the beaches, the water in the ocean, stars that you see that are and are not there. Has made the same... exactly the same force has made it possible for you to be alive right now.
Do you belong?
- Prem Rawat
When good things happen, you boost your ego.
“I did this. I did that.”
When bad things happen, you lose heart. You lose patience with yourself. And you blame yourself for everything.
That’s no way to live. Like a yo-yo. Up and down, up and down, up and down. Find that stability because that’s inside of you too.
Discover it and hang on to it. Hang on to the good in you.
- Prem Rawat