You see, my friends, you will never, ever live in tomorrow—ever! Never. And if you don’t believe me, stay up all night; watch your clock. And tonight at twenty-three fifty-nine, fifty-nine, when tomorrow will be precisely one second away, one second later it will have moved. What you thought was tomorrow would have become today.
Do you know you have been living in a very long “today?” Do you know that? It’s just been today! Every day that you are alive in—is today, today, today, and today. And then one day, no more day. But it’s today.
So, here is the problem. Is there a problem in thinking about tomorrow? No, of course not. What’s the problem, then? Well, the problem is, tomorrow has become the source of your hope—not today. So the problem is, the hope is coming tomorrow—and you’re stuck in today!
So it’s like, you keep asking for more gold, and it keeps coming in your neighbor’s house. You see the problem? You want it in your house, and your neighbor keeps getting richer. You asked for a great looking wife, and he has one. And you asked for a faithful dog—yours isn’t, but his is!
Hope should be coming from today! Do you know how to bring hope from today? It shouldn’t be licensed to tomorrow. It should be today.
Hope brings you joy! But if your hope is tied to tomorrow, which is not coming, so neither is your joy. Yeah, I’m just being logical. It’s a problem. It’s a real problem.
And this moment that you live in…. And it’s the same thing. You only live in one little sliver of all this time that we talk about, and it’s called “now.” And you’re stuck in now. You can’t go back, and you can’t go forward. You’re stuck in now. And do you have any idea what “now” is?
So, here are the problems. So, you see the problem? You have no idea where you are. You have no idea who you are; you have no idea where you are; you have no idea why you’re here.
And you have a map. You have a map. And the problem with the map is, you have no idea where you are on the map.
So when Socrates says, “Know thyself,” he may as well say, “You’d better know where you are on that map.” Because as soon as you know where you are on the map, you can choose to go anywhere on that map. But if you don’t know where you are on that map, how will you go anywhere? And here is the belief problem.
So, should you just believe, “I’m here”? It’s problematic. Navigation-wise, it’s a big problem.
So, this is the business of “present position.” This is the business of knowing where you are on that map. Who are you?
And if you want to traverse this ocean of life, please, this is supposed to be an enjoyable journey…not you drowning in it! This is supposed to be existence, the epitome of joy, the epitome of parties, the epitome of all that is possible—life. Life.
– Prem Rawat
People say “now,” right? I have said “now.” And one day I was thinking about “now.” Now is the most elusive thing there is. Because by the time I say “now,” it’s not now anymore. So, by the time I finish saying “now,” now is gone.
Here is one for you. If you don’t understand the meaning of “one,” what is the point in going on to two? After all, “two” is just two ones.
If you don’t understand the meaning of “now,” what is the point in trying to understand the meaning of “tomorrow”? Because you would be pleasantly surprised that tomorrow too will be just full of a bunch of nows—and none different. You need in your life to know.
– Prem Rawat
Prem Rawat: What are the chances that the components of this dirt, (hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, calcium, phosphorus), all these coming together—and making you? What are the chances? Whoa. All this dust got brought together and you were created. You were made. And what are the chances that you came out, and you took your first breath, and you succeeded?
So, first, the chances that all that dirt came together and made you—and then you came out. And you just took your first breath and you succeeded: success. And you took your second one: success. And you took your third one: success. And success, and success, and success.
That is why this is your story. Because that breath comes in and out of you; that’s why it’s your story, your worth, your self, you knowing you. You having an understanding about your existence. Not about anybody else’s.
Nowhere, nowhere in a single scripture anywhere does it say, “You need to understand other people.” Not one! It’s always, “You—need to know you! Know thyself,” not, “Know all the people on Facebook, on Twitter, all the, TikTok, on PikPok,” and whatever else they have.
This need to impress other people has always been there! But it has also been the downfall of human beings! They fight wars because of that! They would exhibit their powers in front of other people! (Ah, and Colosseum, for instance?) Because it is all about “What other people think of you.” What’s important is “What do you think of your self?”
What do other people think of you? Nothing! Why? Because they’ve got their own thinking to do, just thinking of what you think of them. They’re busy! They’re busy thinking of what you think of them. So, everybody is doing the same thing.
Everybody, wise people, and really wise people—nah! Dumb people. Nah! Everybody goes in the grinder; it’s like a big blender going “Umm-blrrrrr,” like a cement mixer. In slow motion, and you’d just pump—and it de-separates you back into all the six little elements that you were when you started. It’s gone.
Never to be put back together again? Not like that, like the way you are. Maybe an eggplant, maybe a tomato, maybe a cucumber. Who knows? But not the way you are.
The core part of why I am here today, and why I’m going to be going to Europe, it really is to remind you, “What you have inside of you is priceless. Let that manifest in your life.” This is your chance; this is your opportunity. Be with that, with that beauty, with that joy that is inside of you.
I’m just a human being. And I am not sitting here claiming I don’t have bad days—that would be stupid! I do! But I also question, "Why am I having a bad day?"
I’m having a bad day, not because the day is bad! Uh-uh-uh, the day is the same!
You think the sun comes out and says, “Here, I’m going to nail that guy.” You really think so?
There are people who believe in the cosmos—you think all those planets and all those stars know, “Hah, huh, oh, let’s nail that one.” No! Mars doesn’t know you exist. Saturn has no idea you are here and you had a burned toast and slipped in your bathtub and have diarrhea … and flu!
I mean, do you really think Mars goes, “Yeah, let’s get that guy. He’s—just keep that train going. So far, we’ve gotten him to slip in the bathtub, burnt his toast, killed the electricity, no coffee in the morning. Let’s just keep going with that thought! I mean, just…the flow is on."
No! No! It has nothing to do with it. You need explanations, so you create an explanation. And this is the beautiful thing about human beings: they have used their creativity, not to create clarity, but to create an explanation which has no head and tail. Point: “Why is this happening to me?” “It was your last lifetime."
All right. Would somebody please tell me what is it that I did, so I won’t do it? I mean, the whole point of punishment should be that you don’t repeat! I mean, what is the point of a punishment—that you are not told?
Somebody walks up to you, hands you a ticket: “What is this ticket for?” “Parking violation."
"I don’t even own a car. How can I have a parking violation? What did I do? Please! So I won’t do it again!"
"No, that’s a secret. You…you figure it out."
I mean, I’m not saying there isn’t karma—there is! But it’s much more recent. It’s nothing to do with the last lifetime. It’s now!
– Prem Rawat
Prem Rawat: Let me tell you something. Okay? Now, don’t get carried away with this. It’s really simple. Try it, okay, just try it. If it works for you, great. It’s very simple. And it’s a challenge, and I am challenging you. Not you challenge me; I’m challenging you: “Try this. Try this, okay? Do only one thing at a time.”
You think you could do that? One thing at a time. So, when you’re asleep, and you start thinking, stop. Either think or sleep; don’t do both. Can you do one thing at a time? When you sit down for your practice, (hah-hah), practice! Don’t think; practice! Can you do that? It’s really simple; just do one thing at a time.
You know, and do two things at a time, that would be a challenge. Right? I mean, that’s like, “Wow, two things at a time!” No, just do one thing at a time. I’m simplifying. That’s my challenge: “Simplify. Just do one thing at a time.”
When you want to love your lover, shut up! Just love. Don’t talk; love. When your child or your grandchild wants to say something to you, listen; shut up; listen. And when you’re listening, don’t start thinking about what you’re going to say; just listen.
If you are a doctor, listen to your patient. Don’t diagnose them — not yet. Listen to your patient. If you are a father, listen to your son. If you are a husband, listen to your wife. In this world of “do one thing at a time,” you can do anything you want, but just do it one thing at a time.
When you sit down to eat? Eat! Don’t talk. Don’t try to have a conversation. Eat. You will enjoy your food a lot better. When the time comes to sleep, sleep; don’t think! You will enjoy your sleep a lot better. When you’re using the bathroom, use the bathroom!
So, I challenge you: “One thing at a time.” A Paris exclusive: “One thing at a time.” What can you expect? Just enjoying everything you do. Just enjoy. And when you enjoy, that is magnificent. To be in joy is magnificent. To be in peace is magnificent; to desire peace is magnificent. To seek clarity is magnificent. To have courage is magnificent.
You were born; you are alive. And one day, whether you like it or not, you have to go. Right? Where do you go? Where do you go?
I ask this question: “When a child is born—and say, the child weighs ten pounds, five kilos, whatever—does the earth get five kilos heavier? And when you die, does the earth get that much lighter?”
So, where do you go? Where do you go? You go nowhere. Where did you come from? From nowhere—right here! From all the materials of this earth you are made. And when you die, these materials go back to where they came from. Earth doesn’t get any heavier because you were born and doesn’t get any lighter because you died.
Do you understand what that means? Think about it! Think about it. This is it! This is it! You are here. You exist. You’re alive and that means so little to you, so little. Till the day comes...or, the doctor says, “You are going to die.” The doctor says you’re going to die. And you go, “Aaaaaaaah!”
It’s funny. A lot of people come to me, very concerned, “Oh, the doctor said I’m going to die.” I say to them, “You didn’t know that? You didn’t know you’re going to die one day?” You are living in this world like you’re going to live forever? Excuse me. What the doctor said was just stating the obvious. “You’re going to die.” Well, don’t you know that?
And once they understand that, then I said, “Let’s help you. Let’s find out what the problem is, and let’s help you.” And I have a very good team of doctors from around the world, and it works. A lot of people have been helped.
But, the first thing is, “What do you know about yourself?” You were born. You came in this world, not because you pushed a button; you did not choose your parents. You came....
Now, let’s see—so, you’re alive for eighty years; you’re alive for ninety years—even if you’re alive for a hundred years—that’s a long time, a hundred years. The last thing that’s going to happen, do you know what that is? The last thing. Do you know what it is?
We talked about the first thing—that was the breath, right? You know what the last thing is going to be? What the doctor looks for? The doctor will look for a pulse, but the last thing the doctor is going to look for is if you are breathing or not. Right?
In the old days they used to put a mirror under the nose to see if you were breathing, because if you were breathing, then they could see the steam; they could see the fog. So they knew, “Okay, he’s still alive”—he, he is what? “He’s still alive."
He is what? “He’s still alive.” He’s quiet. He is not solving any problems. He is not ordering his wife around, but so far he’s breathing, he is what? He’s still alive. And, so far he’s still alive, he gets to stay where he is. Because after that? No more breath? “Sorry.” First thing: the sheet over the head. Finis.
Hmm! Well, this is very interesting. It all begins with that breath, and it ends with the breath, right? Do you agree? So, this drama that you are going through in your life is in the middle of that first breath and the last breath. This is the drama.
You know the drama—right? But you don’t know the breath. Do you understand this breath? Do you understand the meaning of this breath? Do you understand that this is life? Not life style—life. Big difference: lifestyle and life. I’m talking about life, not life style. Lifestyle is rich or poor. Life is life. A poor man is also alive; a rich man is also alive.
How long is a poor man poor? So long as this breath is still coming into him. How long is a rich man rich? So far this breath is coming into him. You have children? How long do you have children? So far this breath is coming into you, they will call you, “Dad, father.” When this breath goes away, they have no problem taking you and burying you six feet deep.
The difference between six feet under and sleeping on your bed is? This breath. Without this breath, you neither have a personality or a life!
So, this breath is your candle. In this darkness, this is your candle! Only if you can understand it, understand the self—that at the base, at the core, you exist!
– Prem Rawat