THERE ARE 6.7 BILLION
REASONS WHY THERE
SHOULD BE PEACE.
We were born and fell asleep, page 40
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Step by step your attention
from happiness to becoming
a slave of the world.
The sugar ant and the salt ant, page 22
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For decades now, Prem Rawat has been traveling the world talking about a possibility that is the same for all people, whether rich or poor, educated or uneducated, old or young.
In this issue of ADI Magazine, which publishes edited versions of his addresses, he begins one of them by saying, "What I talk about really boils down to: What is the possibility for a human being in life?" And the answer he gives is, "Peace is a possibility that lies dormant in the heart of every single person." (The potential, page 12)
Prem Rawat addresses the possibility within each person to feel peace, and has done so ever since he was a child. While the subject may seem simple, his words can open endless windows of understanding into a profound, fundamental, and essential aspect of the human experience.
In Listen to the voice (page 6), Prem Rawat talks about the voice for peace —a voice often ignored by our governments —that continues to call out, as it has since the time of Plato and Socrates and before.
In The sugar ant and the salt ant (page 22), Prem Rawat touches on the subject of experiencing for yourself —without interpretations and without other people's explanations.
In Spring bas come (page 30), the main theme is the incredible drive from inside to search, having faith that the "waters of peace" will be found.
Finally, in We were born and fell asleep (page 40), Prem Rawat revives an old metaphor that we are sleepwalking through life, and that we need to wake up in order to understand and enjoy the gift of being alive. Waking up, he says, means being conscious each moment that it is possible.
Prem Rawat urges people to find inner peace wherever and however they can. This issue of ADI Magazine could be a good place to begin … or to continue.
LISTEN TO THE VOICE PAGE 6
There is a voice for peace that surfaces again and again. It has been ignored by governments and world leaders. We have found ourselves at war again and again. And the voice for peace continues to call out.It is the voice that sees no difference between the rich and the poor, no difference between different types of governments, no difference between an educated person and an uneducated person. Please do not squelch that voice. Assist it, because peace is an innate need of every person —just like the need for water and food, for air and shelter.
THE POTENTIAL PAGE 12
When you hold a seed in your hand, in that seed is a tree. And in that tree are many, many more seeds. In those trees, there are thousands more seeds, and soon, you're looking at millions and millions of trees. The seed has that possibility. But if it is not planted and taken care of, the forest does not exist and will not exist. What I'm trying to say is this: Peace lies dormant in the heart of every single person, but something has to change before that potential will be realized. Unless that happens, it remains just a possibility.
THE SUGAR ANT AND THE SALT ANT PAGE 22
Once, two ants met. One ant lived on a hill made out of sugar. The other lived on a salt hill. "What is sugar?" the salt ant asked. "Oh, it's this wonderful sweet-tasting thing." "I've never heard of that, but it sounds pretty good!" So the ant from the sugar hill said, "Why don't you come over one day, and you can taste it and see if you like it." And the salt ant decided, "Yeah, a new taste. That's a good idea." The day came, and the salt ant thought, "What if I don't like this sugar? Then I'll be hungry. I'm going to bring some salt with me." So he put some salt in his mouth and took off.
SPRING HAS COME PAGE 30
If spring came into your life, would you be prepared? Are you ready to bloom? If you are, I have some very good news for you: Spring comes into your life every day. Be ready to sprout —without hesitation. And once again, be complete. Be whole.However strong the grip of ignorance is, it will be broken, because the seeker within you is stronger than the sum of all the questions, however many millions there are, however much confusion there is in the world. Such is the drive from inside.
WE WERE BORN AND FELL ASLEEP PAGE 40
Hundreds of years ago, a poet said that we were born and then we fell asleep. So, imagine a person is asleep, and sometimes the person laughs, sometimes the person cries, sometimes the person screams, and sometimes the person speaks. It's like having a nightmare again and again. And yet, there is a great desire to keep on dreaming, because the dream becomes so intoxicating that you want to stay asleep. So when somebody comes and says, "Wake up," it sounds peculiar. You are so caught up in the dream that you say, "What do you mean, 'wake up'? I am awake. All the good, the bad, the traumas —everything that happens in this world —isn't that real?"
What I have to say, I'm going to say from my perspective, andyou might find it a little different. I'm not associated with big institutions. When I travel and talk to people, I really talk to people. Sometimes that's what we forget —that we all are human beings. We get so caught up in our causes, in our definitions of everything, that we forget to look around and see that we —each one of us —are human beings with the same fundamental ambition: to be happy, to be in peace.
A lot of people talk about peace, and sometimes I ask them, "What does peace mean to you?" For many, peace is an absence of something. You go somewhere to get away from the noise of the traffic. Soon you're overlooking a beautiful lake, where everything is very serene, and you say, "Oh, it's so peaceful." Or you might think that if you climb Mt. Everest or accomplish some goal in your life, maybe then you'll be in peace.
But what is peace? What was it like for Socrates or Plato to even contemplate the idea of peace? There weren't tanks or airplanes back then, but people were still trying to cope with problems not so dissimilar to ours.
What was the quest? To bring peace to every individual. So, again, it brings up the question, What is peace? Is it something innate that resides in the heart of every human being? Or is it a state that can be manipulated and brought about from the outside? There is a fundamental difference between these two. When I speak about peace, I say that the desire for peace has resided within human beings since time immemorial and continues today. And there is a voice for peace that surfaces again and again —despite how many times it has been ignored.
It has been ignored by governments and world leaders. We have found ourselves at war again and again. And even in the face of that, the voice for peace continues to call out. We need to acknowledge it. We need to listen to it. This voice doesn't belong to a specific group of people; it doesn't belong to any one country. It is every single human being, in their own way, searching and trying to find peace. That's how powerful it is.
It is the voice that sees no difference between the rich and the poor. It is the voice that sees no difference between different types of governments. It is the voice that sees no difference between an educated person and an uneducated person. Please do not squelch that voice. Assist it, because peace is an innate need of every person —just like the need for water and food, for air and shelter.
REASONS FOR PEACE
People all around the world cry out for peace. I know. I meet with people who are extremely poor and people who are extremely rich. When they begin to express what they need in their lives, it becomes obvious that what each one wants is exactly the same.
Sometimes we see the reasons peace is not happening. And we don't realize that peace is not that far away from each one of us. If we want to light up a football field or a cricket field, what do we need to do? There is a bank of lights, and each one of those lights has to be turned on. Human beings are the lightbulbs. If we want illumination, we have to be turned on. Each one of us. There is no other way.
"I didn't do anything.
All I did was show you
who you are."
It is no accident that we find ourselves at unwanted thresholds again and again. When wars are created, people look for reasons to justify them. It is time that we start to look for reasons for peace, because that's what has not been given a chance.
Nobody wants war. Why? Who does war inflict the most pain on? The innocent. And these innocent people are simple. They did no wrong. Their ambition is to have food. Maybe they can't even dream of having it three times a day, but they hope to have it at least twice a day. They dream of a shelter, a better life for their family, a future for their children. That's all they want. Going into space is optional. They don't think that far.
Not long ago, I was in a taxi, talking with the driver. He was asking, "What's going to happen to our children?" All this man wanted was the opportunity to have peace.
Wherever you turn, wherever you go, this is the fundamental need that people have. Is it that hard? Is it impossible? In times of trouble, what do we need? When we have personal problems, we need strength. And at the end of the day, that strength comes from within you. Other people might be catalysts, but the strength comes from within you.
Peace is no different. The quest for peace comes from within you, and the peace you are looking for is also within you. People say, "So what is the formula?" The formula is obvious.
LION OR LAMB?
Once there was a farmer who came across a lion cub. He saw that the lion cub was ill and very weak, so he brought it back home, gave it milk, and put it in his barn, which was filled with sheep.
So, the cub grew up spending all his time with sheep, until one day he was no longer a cub. He had become a young lion.
One day, while the sheep were grazing, a big lion came out of the jungle and roared. The sheep scattered all over the field trying to hide, and so did the young lion. The big lion saw him and said, "Why are you hiding?"
He said, "Well, you're going to eat me."
The big lion said, "No! Don't you know who you are?"
And the little lion said, "I'm a sheep. But whatever you say, I'll agree with it, because I don't want you to eat me."
The big lion said, "No, no, no. Come with me. I want to show you something." He took him to the lake and said, "Take a look."
And when the young lion looked at his reflection in the water, he saw that he was not a sheep. He was indeed a lion. He started thanking the big lion, and the big lion said, "I didn't do anything. All I did was show you who you are."
MORE TO IT
I like that story because sometimes that's what happens to us. We forget our fundamental nature. And when we cannot see who we are, how can we respond to the needs of those around us? It's impossible. We are not what we think we are. We are a precious gift in the midst of this magnificent creation.
Last night, I looked up and saw the beautiful stars. And yet, not long ago, I was watching a TV documentary that showed how violent it is in outer space. Black holes. Planets. Stars. Massive explosions. Standing there last night, it was incredibly serene. How could it be? Is that a mistake? Is it all a mistake? Or is there more to it?
I say there is more to it. There is a want for peace in everyone. The desire for peace dances in the heart of every human being. That is good news. As long as people are on the face of this earth, the need for peace will exist. If we acknowledge this need and seek to fulfill it, we can feel what it is like to be happy.
If you want happiness in your life, you need peace first. Then happiness will follow. That's my personal observation from traveling and talking to people around the world. And I try to make it possible for them to find that peace in their lives.
What I talk about boils down to this: What is the possibility for a human being in life? And what I want to tell you about does not reside on top of a mountain or at the bottom of the ocean; it is something that resides in the heart of each and every person in this world.
So, what is the potential of a human life —of my life, of your life?
When you hold a seed in your hand, there is a possibility. In that seed is a tree. And in that tree are many, many more seeds. And in each one of those seeds is another tree. In those trees, there are thousands more seeds and thousands more trees, and soon, you're looking at millions and millions of trees. Just looking at a single seed sitting in the palm of your hand, you're looking at the beginning of a very large forest.
The seed has that possibility. If that seed is sown, watered, taken care of, it could become a tree, and from that tree could come a forest. But if the seed is not planted and taken care of, what is the possibility of the forest? It does not exist and will not exist.
What I'm trying to say is this: Peace lies dormant in the heart of every single person, but something has to change before that potential will be realized. Unless that happens, it remains just a possibility. You can write poems or books about it, you can have seminars about it, but it's only a possibility; it's not a reality.
I've been talking about peace in so many different places. I've been saying we need peace even in the absence of war. War starts, and everybody says, "We should have peace; we should have peace." And what happens when the war stops? "Oh yes, let's go back to business as usual." What kind of business? The business that takes us to war! Peace is not something you can merely talk about. It is not as though you can just put a placard on a wall or hold up two fingers and then have peace.
Peace is something that has to be felt —not once, not twice, not three times, but every day, every moment that it's possible to feel it. That is why I am talking to you. I'm not just telling you about the possibility. I'm also pointing out that it can become a reality in your life.
To a thirsty person, what good is a pep talk? Imagine a person is dying of thirst in the desert, and you're saying, "I know a great place in London that has incredible water." You're telling him about a water bar, which offers all different kinds of water. He's just saying, "Water, water."
You can talk about peace all you want when the need is not present. But when the need is present, there is no room for discussion. You want one thing and only one thing: to fulfill the need. This is how you are made.
Peace lies dormant
in the heart of every single person…
IS PEACE A NECESSITY?
You have the capacity to contemplate, to think, to imagine. You can do an incredible job with these abilities. But that does not replace taking care of your necessities. Your thirst needs to be quenched.
Only when your thirst is quenched does the chapter of thirst come to a conclusion, and not a moment sooner. None of the discoveries, the reading, or all the ideas in the world can make a difference if the thirst is not quenched. This is how it is. The ability to imagine does not take away necessity. You will not be satisfied until you have consumed the water and your thirst has been taken away.
So, then, the obvious question is, Do you have a need in your life to be fulfilled? That's a question you have to ask yourself and answer for yourself. In my life? Yes. I have a need to feel peace, to be fulfilled, to be satisfied in the most fundamental way. And not the satisfaction that comes from somebody saying, "This is your new mantra: I'm satisfied; I'm satisfied; I'm satisfied." Some people do that. They say, "Start to tell yourself how happy you are, and you will become happy." There's one problem with that happiness —it's imagined.
If that's what you're doing, God forbid you actually start feeling the need to be happy. You have told yourself, "Be happy, be happy, be happy." Then one day, something inside of you says, "That's a good idea; I really should be happy." And then you find yourself in big trouble, because you thought you were already taking care of it.
People say, "What about all the responsibilities that we have?" I don't see a conflict, because the happiness you are looking for is the happiness that lies within you, for you —just as a person who is alive, who came into being. I know that it might be difficult to disassociate yourself from being a father or a mother, a teacher or a farmer, a this or a that. But do, just for a second.
BREATH COMES INTO ME
You came into existence. Breath came into you, and it's yours. It doesn't matter how charitable you are; you cannot give it away. I can't say, "Here's a few of my breaths. It's a gift to you." I can't do that. Breath comes into me, brings me something, and leaves. And it comes again and leaves, comes again and leaves, till one day it comes, leaves, and doesn't come back again.
…but something has to change
before the potential will be realized.
There is a home within you …
People don't like to talk about that; it gets heavy, intense. Take a look at your birthday. Your family or friends bring a cake. They put candles on the cake and then say, "Here. Blow them out." Each one of those candles represents a year that you've been alive. So you are symbolically blowing away each one of those years.
You are accepting the passage of all of those years —it's done. Of course, nobody knows how long you're going to live, so they couldn't put on the additional candles. The blowing out of candles is about your vulnerability, not your strength. The illusion is the song that goes along with it. That's truly distracting. It makes you think blowing out the candles is about your future, but really it is the acceptance of all that's gone and will never come back. And that is the nature of your life.
Don't judge whether that is good or bad, right or wrong, or whether it should be some other way. It is the nature of existence. It's simple. You are here, and being alive is your greatest celebration. You don't look at it that way, because you have scales. Everything is weighed and measured, and it's either a good time or a bad time. You measure yourself —not by your state but by the state of things around you. Is your business doing well? Are you getting a promotion? Have you been passed up for a promotion? That would make a bad day. Your business not doing so well would also make a bad day. And what makes a good day? When things are going your way —because you measured the day by that. You didn't accept the day; you measured it.
ART OF MERGING
I'm talking about accepting life and accepting the need to be fulfilled. To be in joy. Not because somebody told you, "Now you are successful; now you are happy; now you are in joy," but feeling a joy that comes from the very depths of your own being. Being happy because you are fulfilled and you accept today as a gift, because it is a gift.
What is a gift? When somebody gives you something and asks nothing in return, it becomes a gift. When somebody gives you something and says, "Where's your credit card?" it is no longer a gift. When I say, "Life is a gift," immediately some people think, "Who is it from?" Do you really care? It's being given. Take it. Are you going to fight it?
What did you give for today? Nothing. But it came, and all the moments were like little drops. A drop of water merges with another drop of water. That's another example of potential. If another drop comes by, the water droplet has the possibility to merge with it, and if another one comes, it will merge with that one, too. Another
… and you need to come home.
one comes by, and it will merge with that one, too. This possibility of merging allows it to become a mighty river. If each drop said, "I don't know where this other drop came from; I don't know what its convictions are, what its religion is, what it believes in, so I'm not going to join it," the river would never be.
Water knows how to transform itself. Heat it, and it says, "Oh, this is too hot. I'm leaving," and it evaporates. Does it go away? No. Any moment it can collect itself, it will. It will become a drop again, coming right back as water to join the ocean. Sometimes it can rain and rain. And what is rain? It is the droplet making use of its potential. The droplet is tiny, but it can cut a mountain in half. I'm fascinated by this.
Water is so supple, and yet, those drops coming together have the potential to generate megawatts of electricity. From a very simple thing that it wants to do, which is to flow toward a lower area, mega-megawatts of electricity are generated. All because a drop knows the art of merging with another drop. That is its nature.
THE WAR INSIDE
When can I begin to understand that my nature is to feel? To think is okay, but I need to feel. To imagine is okay, but I need to see. To have a dream is all right, but I need to be fulfilled with my eyes open. There is nothing wrong with dreaming, but fulfillment has to be the biggest part of it. When I can understand that today is a gift that was given to me without judgment, when I can accept it, then I will have taken the very first step on the ladder to fulfilling myself. Then I will know that I am going in the direction of being in peace.
When you talk to most people about peace, they say, "When there is no war, that's peace." No. That's not peace. War is a consequence of something. There isn't just the physical war. There is another war that is far more dangerous, and that is the war that rages on inside a human being. The war on the outside will end sooner or later. But the war inside can rage on and on with no end in sight.
In the world today, we have departments of war, departments of defense. How about a department of peace? Not to be found. Peace is seen as just a good idea, not something we should actually have. Billions of dollars are spent on weapons. When it comes time to collect taxes, governments boast about the accuracy of these weapons. But when they blow up half of the wrong place, you wonder, "I thought this was supposed to be hyperaccurate stuff that could come through one window and leave through another window. What happened?" It found the wrong window!
IN TOUCH WITH YOURSELF
If I ask somebody, "When was the last time you were truly in touch with yourself?" they might answer, "I'm not perfect, but you know, I try. I'm a good person. I don't mean to harm anyone." No. Not like that, not in thought. In feeling.
Who are you? You are a unique being who came into this life. There's no one like you in the whole world, and there will never be anyone like you, ever. That's how unique you are. That's why it is important to be fulfilled.
We think, "I'm sure there's somebody like me." We even go around saying, "I saw somebody who looked just like you." It's not true. The way you see, the way you laugh, what you laugh at, and what makes you smile are the incredibly subtle nuances of your existence. When you are fulfilled, the way you feel is the subtle texture of life. Incredibly subtle. So subtle that only you would be able to tell what it is all about. Therefore, it is incumbent upon you to be fulfilled. It is so important that this materialization of flesh and blood that came onto this earth did not go to waste. That you didn't just come here and leave one day. But you came here, you saw, you admired, you were fulfilled.
Will you be remembered ten years after you leave? Well, maybe ten. Maybe twenty. Thirty? I don't know. It is the nature of the world to forget. Even if they erected a statue of you, one day somebody will come along and want to build an apartment building there, and off you will go. That's not what your life is about. That's not your potential.
Ultimately, what you are dependent upon is not all the things you think you are dependent upon. What you are dependent upon, in fact, is the breath that comes in and goes out. If it ever came down to trading your cell phone, your computer, or your new watch for your breath, you would gladly say, "Here. Take it, take it!" because you know that breath is your pillar, your foundation.
KNOWLEDGE OF THE SELF
You should know the benefit of quenching your thirst, of being in peace. No one is that far removed. But we do need a reminder. When we can forget what is absolutely essential, we can do with a reminder. What I talk about and what I offer is knowledge of the self. Businesses will come and go, but you are one and only one. This life is about being fulfilled, being in joy, digging the mine within you, quenching the thirst. It is about coming home. There is a home within you, and you need to come home.
There is a potential for you to discover and to know yourself. Fulfill your potential.
What did you give for today?
But it came,
and all the moments were
like little drops.
THE SUGAR AND AND
THE SALT ANT
We tend to analyze everything. But when I feel thirsty, I don't want an analysis of water. I don't want descriptions of water. All I want to know is how to get water so I can quench my thirst. That's the point —to quench the thirst.
Whatever we do —whether it is exploring space, mapping the bottom of the ocean, flying a kite, bungee jumping, learning how to cook, designing new airplanes, inventing new technologies —we do because we think it will benefit us. And we have a bad habit of jumping into things without ever looking back and asking, "Did this really benefit me?" We just go on with new invention after new invention.
I look at pictures of myself when I was a baby and wonder, "Where did he go? Did he die?" It's a weird question, because I know that baby was me and that I am alive. But I don't look anything like that baby. So, looking from there to here, I can't help but ask, "Where did he go?"
We think we are the sum of all the things we do, and yet that picture of me as a baby was just one snapshot in a life —my life —which now I understand is never constant. A picture of me threeyears from now will look different. Ten years from now, it will look even more different, and twenty years from now, it will look very, very different. I am constantly changing. I may not perceive the change as it happens, but I am changing.
So who am I? Who are you? We have a singular quest to better ourselves —to evolve, to move forward, to improve upon all that can be improved. To make it better.
My message is about the possibility of the ultimate betterment of a human being —not of mankind, not of a country, not of a social belief, but of a human being. And it is not through religion or doctrine, not through ideas or concepts. Neither is it through hearsay or repetition or through the sheep effect. It is through each individual exploring and finding the beauty within themselves. And all that is asked of a person is to clean their plate.
Once, two ants met. One ant lived on a hill that was made out of sugar. The other ant
lived on a hill made out of salt.
"Where are you from?" asked the salt ant.
"I live on the sugar hill."
"Sugar hill? What is sugar?"
"Oh, it's this wonderful, sweet-tasting stuff."
And the salt ant said, "I've never heard of that. I'm from the salt hill. I eat salt, and it makes me thirsty. But this sweet stuff sounds pretty good!"
So the ant from the sugar hill said, "Why don't you come over one day, and you can taste it and see if you like it?"
So the ant decided, "Yeah, a new taste. That's a good idea."
They agreed on a date. The day came, and soon the salt ant was getting ready to go. "Hmm," he thought, "I'm going all the way to this sugar hill. What if I don't like it? What if it tastes terrible? Then I'll be hungry. I know what I'm going to do. I'm going
I know one thing.
It is almost ridiculously simple.
The coming and the going
of the breath is the most amazing thing
happening in your life.
to bring some salt with me, so I'll have it in case I don't like sugar." He put some salt in his mouth and took off.
When the salt ant arrived, the sugar ant was glad to see him. "Hey, how are you doing?"
"Oh, I'm good. I just can't wait to taste the sugar! It sounds great." "Here. Taste it."
The salt ant put the sugar in his mouth, chewed on it a little bit, and said, "It tastes just like salt."
"Yeah! It tastes just like my salt —there's no difference. I guess you call it 'sugar' here, and we call it 'salt' where I live. It's the same thing!!"
The sugar ant said, "I don't think so. Open your mouth. Let me take a look."
Sure enough, in the back of his mouth, there was some salt. So the sugar ant said, "Let me have that," and he took it out. "Now, taste the sugar."
"Wow! Unbelievable. It's so different, so amazing! I love this stuff!! I'm moving!"
This would not have been the outcome had the salt remained in the ant's mouth. That's why I say, "Clean the plate and taste the dish as it should be tasted —not mixed with anything else. Taste it so you will know what its flavor is."
I am talking about something that is not a blend. It is not about your accomplishments. It is aboutyou —you being alive. I know one thing, and it is almost ridiculously simple: The coming and the going of the breath is the most amazing thing happening in your life.
"What?" you might ask. "It isn't my new job? My new wife? My new husband? My new girlfriend? My new dog? It isn't my new hairdo, my new nails, my new dress, my new house?" No.
You might think, "But there are a lot of wonderful things in this world." Yes, I agree. There's a lot of beautiful scenery —beautiful mountains, clouds, lakes, oceans, beaches, and palm trees. There are beautiful fruits, flowers, birds, animals. But you can only see, feel, touch, smell any of those because breath is coming in and out of you. Without the breath being present, someone could place as many flowers as they wanted under your nose, and they would get no response whatsoever.
WHAT IS GOOD FOR YOU?
If you have a bad memory, the problem is you don't know what you forgot. In certain circumstances, this can be blissful, but it's mostly the other way around. All that is truly good for you, you forget. All that is truly bad for you, you remember like it only happened two seconds ago.
Do you know what is good for you? Before you answer this question, I want to remind you that when you were very young, you knew what was good for you. You didn't think of it that way. You just went about doing it. What was it? You wanted to be happy. You really didn't care about anything else. You just wanted to be happy. That's all. It was a simple time.
It didn't matter if you were born into a poor family or a rich family. You just wanted to be happy. Then slowly, slowly, a lot happened. Step by step your attention was diverted from happiness to becoming a slave of the world. You were being tempered so that the world would be able to withstand you and you would be able to withstand the world. Responsibilities, discipline, and all that. Do this, do this, do that, do that. But you were not being disciplined into what was your innate feeling from the beginning before anybody got hold of your brain.
I see this happening everywhere, and it irks me, but I can't do anything about it. A lot of people think things are not so bad. I'm not here to judge, but in my opinion, if ever a report card was given out on this world, it would have an F on it.
THE ANIMAL KINGDOM
I was watching a TV show where they depicted all the things that happen when they film the show. One guy was trying to get friendly with an elephant, and the elephant just picked him up with his trunk and shook him. Now, I'd like to see that guy pick up
The whales must look at us and say,
"I can talk halfway around the world,
and it's free. I don't need cell towers;
the signal is always there."
the elephant and shake bim. There would be no contest. Porpoises can swim faster than we can. Sharks have evolved a perfect set of teeth. They don't ever have to see a dentist. If a tooth falls out, it's not a problem —a new one will grow. And sharks don't even need teeth —they can gum you to death.
We needed to invent an airplane to fly, but birds and insects didn't have to invent anything to fly. And we're so proud because we invented the GPS (Global Positioning System). Our sense of direction is pathetic. A pigeon that has a brain no bigger than our earlobe doesn't need a GPS. It has one built in. In the old days, people actually used pigeons to carry messages. Wherever they went, when the pigeons were released, they knew how to get back home.
Communication? We have invented cell phones. The whales must look at us and say, "I can talk halfway around the world, and it's free. I don't need cell towers; the signal is always there."
With so many of what we think of as our inventions, we are just barely reaching the minimal mark of the animal kingdom. And yet, most of those creatures feel free to do what they have to do. With all our inventions, we are so trapped that we have forgotten our basic fundamental desire to be content.
In your life, you need peace. You need to be content. You need to be happy. You need to feel like the child that you once were, that you still are! No matter how many turns you have taken in your life or how many changes have happened, these fundamentals have not changed. So, if you need to discover something, discover your thirst to be happy and content.
Discover the joy that resides in the heart of every human being. Be fulfilled. Not by questions but by answers. For some people, this sounds strange. "What? No questions? Just answers? Aren't questions and answers always paired?" No. They are not. That's why people never find the answers. They just keep finding more questions.
When I first came to Boulder, Colorado, back in the '70s, people would come every day to ask me questions. There was an Indian man who had studied the Bbagavad Gita. And every time he had a chance, he'd ask questions about the Gita: "Why did this person say that? What does this mean? What does that mean?" Again and again. So finally, I said to him, "In the Gita, Arjuna has questions, and Krishna is answering them. And as the Gita progresses, Arjuna has fewer and fewer questions. Finally, it gets to the point that Arjuna has no more questions."
So I said, "Don't you ever wonder what happened to make him stop asking questions? That's what you need to find out."
Do you know how much interpretation goes on in the world? I watch the news, and they give me interpretations. They should just show me what happened and let me figure it out myself. But they say, "This is what was said. Let me give you my interpretation. This is what was meant." And I say, "Do I look deficient to you? Like I can't make up my own mind? Like I don't have a brain? Like I can't think?"
The whole point of what I talk about is for you to be able to drink the water yourself —not for somebody else to drink the water and tell you how good it was. You are the one who is thirsty, and you need to drink the water yourself. No explanations, no interpretations.
YOUR OWN IDEA
There are a lot of ideas piled on our shoulders that are not ours. They were placed there by other people. We love to pass on our ideas to others: "This is what it is; this is how it is." Let go of these ideas. They are not yours. What is your own idea? It is the same one you've always had —to be happy. That's your idea. And you don't have to let go of that.
Maybe you have figured this out, but certain things make you feel really good. And if you made a list of all those things, guess what would be on the top? Peace. Peace makes you feel the best. Watching a good movie? That can make you feel okay. Comedy can make you feel good. Some people like massage. That makes them feel good. Some people like to eat ice cream.
But of all the things that we do in our lives to feel good, peace makes us feel the best. Contentment makes us feel the best. There are many things in this world that have strings attached. Contentment doesn't. Peace doesn't.
Sometimes people fall in love, and they go around saying, "I'm in love; I'm in love." Two months later, they say, "I hate that person." It can all just reverse itself.
Peace is not like that. Peace is always good. Where is it? It's already within you. Let me show you how to dig a well to access the water so that whenever you are thirsty, you will be able to quench your thirst.
SPRING HAS COME
It's springtime. And the tussle is on. On one side, winter does not want to let go of its hold. On the other side, the warmth of summer wants to break in. This drama is played out in the skies with the clouds, the lightning, the rainbows, and the sun.
On the ground are all these delicate little plants. They're fragile. Last fall, they took a gamble: "Winter will come, and to survive it, we need to shed our leaves." So they did. But the true gamble was not about winter. The true gamble was, "Summer will come again, and when it does, we will be able to put out our leaves and once again become complete."
So now they are ready, and the slightest hint of summer coming has spurred them to start putting new leaves out. And these delicate leaves and delicate flowers are becoming ready to make the commitment to being complete.
If you have observed this, then my question to you is simply this: If spring came into your life, would you be prepared? Are you ready to bloom? If you are, I have some very good news for you. Spring has already come. Bloom! This is not the time to reason. This is not the time to question. This is not the time to argue whether spring has come for real or not. It is not the time to lament that once again fall will come and the leaves will have to be shed.
Do you know that spring comes into your life every day and that it is vital to be ready? The word is vital, not mandatory. I'm not saying that if you are not ready, there will be consequences like going to hell or anything like that.
When you think about it, that's what happens with so many religions. A religion, to me, is like a finger pointing toward God. And yet, so many people stop looking where the finger is pointing and concentrate on the finger. And then they say, "My finger is better than your finger. My finger is longer than your finger. My finger is older than your finger. My finger is whiter than your finger." And nobody's looking at where the finger is pointing.
Is that what you do in your life? When pain comes, what do you do? What is pain? It's a wake-up call. You know, alarm clocks have obnoxious noises, and there's a reason for that. The point of the alarm clock is to wake you up, not put you back to sleep. If it came on with a harp playing a lullaby, you would relax: "Ahhhh, the alarm has come on. Now I can finally go to sleep." That's not the point of an alarm clock.
When pain comes, it's saying, "Hello, haven't we been a little unconscious lately? Awaken. Awaken." But pain comes, and people say, "What is this pain? Let's look at it. Let's analyze it." That's not what pain is for. The grinding of the gears inside happens because something isn't right.
There is a rhythm that you have as a human being. This rhythm says, "Move. March. Go. Understand." Understand your mortality and be inspired to move on. Understand also your immortality. Part of you is mortal, and part of you is immortal. You are like a sandwich.
You have paid a lot of attention to one slice of bread, the mortal. You should also pay attention to the other slice, because the mortal will disintegrate. That is its nature. Don't let that scare you. Let it inspire you to focus on the other slice —the immortal —that is really good, truly delicious. Pay attention to the inspiration that resides in
However strong the grip of
ignorance is, it will be broken.
The seeker within you is stronger
than the sum of all the questions.
your heart. Within you is the drum that plays the beat to know, to move, to dance to its rhythm, to dance the dance of understanding, and to sing, "What a gift I have been given! I understand my urge to blossom."
People say, "I am looking for something, but I don't know what it is."
Remember the gamble that the little plants take to shed their leaves. Without the use of a high-speed Internet connection, satellites, or databases of the years and years of weather data that has been accumulated, they take a certain gamble that isn't really a gamble. Because the beauty is that spring will come.
THE DRIVE FROM INSIDE
When I look at those tiny bright green leaves emerging, I say to myself, "Go. Move. Don't be threatened. Don't be disheartened because it is cold today. However strong the grip of this cold is, it will be broken."
For you, however strong the grip of ignorance is, it will be broken, because the seeker within you is stronger than the sum of all the questions, whatever those questions are, however many millions of questions there are, however much confusion there is in the world. Such is the drive from inside.
This drive to search is the most beautiful drive. And if a person searches, should I be the one to say, "I know what you should be searching for"? No. I say, "You are searching? Good. Search!" Because if you search genuinely, you will find what will help you to fulfill the quest. You will
A lot of people say, "Tell me, how does it happen?" It's called the thirst, the thirsty, and the water. If there was no such thing as thirst, there would be no such thing as the thirsty. But because there is a thirst, there are the thirsty. And because there are the thirsty, water will be found.
The water that you are looking for is within you. That's why it will be found. I'm sure there are people who would think, "Yes, but there are some who die of thirst in the desert." In the desert that I am talking about, all you have to do is remove the sand of ignorance, and the purest, most beautiful, clear water will bubble up, anywhere. You don't have to go to a particular place. You don't have to be looking for an oasis, a well, or a river. You don't have to be looking for birds or a clump of trees. You don't have to be looking for anything. You can find the water anywhere in this desert, because the most incredible pump is bringing it up all the time.
Every breath is pumping the most incredible water that will quench your thirst —every breath, day and night. One day, it will not be so. People get surprised by that, and that surprises me. Don't be surprised. You know this. There are three things:
birth, life, and death. Birth has happened, so there's no point in talking about that. The last one is going to happen even if you don't want it to. Life is not about putting coins into a machine and then being able to choose: "Okay, I want this or that. But that button I'm never going to push!"
Life is not like that. It's not a gamble. That it will end is certain. To dwell on the end is pointless. Dwell on life. Dwell on the possibility of recognizing that the water is under the sand, the very sand that looks so dry that it discourages you.
Look at the world. Is it not discouraging? I travel to a lot of places talking about peace. But that's not what people are caught up in. They're caught up in things like: "These bank managers made bad decisions," "Two more people were killed." And
they are busy trying to justify all the craziness of the world: "Mankind has been fighting throughout history, so this is nothing new." But at the end of each war and each battle, what do people want? Peace.
Look in your heart, and you will find the true essence of your existence. Look within, and you will find the most beautiful waters. Look within, and you will find your solutions. You will find answers to which you don't even have questions.
In the temple of your heart, you will find the holiest of all scriptures that ever will be. A scripture that no one else can read and for which you do not need to know any language. A scripture that is withyou day and night. It doesn't threaten you. It doesn't tell you to do things. And most incredible of all, it doesn't need interpretation.
Do you need to have faith? Of course you need faith, but in what? I began by saying, "The plants took a gamble." Okay, gamble wasn't such a good word. If you think about it, you can actually change that word to faith.
Have faith that spring will come. It will come. Be in joy. Understand what you have been given. The greatest of gifts is the coming and going of the breath that you receive.
Do you really want to know if God exists? And when I say "God," I don't mean a god with a face and two eyes and a bad temperament. That's the way many people portray God. I'm talking about the most incredible energy, that doesn't have a face and two eyes but is truly omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent; that has passion and compassion; that is holding universes and universes beyond universes together. I'm talking about the energy that puts everything in place, that from dust creates suns, moons, planets.
From nothing, to create everything. To create this Earth, to create incredible textures of carpet, ceilings without pillars —alive, beautiful, ever changing. To create a light that is magnificent in every shade. To create night lights that are unimaginable —the moon, the stars, the clouds, all of it. To make a day and never make two alike, to make a moment and never two alike. To make the trees and never two alike, to make a snowflake and never two alike, and to make human beings and never two alike. This is craftsmanship.
And to give you the ability to witness it —not just to see all this but to be able to admire it and say, "How magnificent."
When it pours and pours with rain, remember the magnificence that you have been blessed with. Remember what the possibilities are. Remember that you're part of it. You're not some abstract good-for-nothing who just happened to be. When the
craftsmanship is so good, then every bit needs to be looked at and admired. Nothing is frivolous; not a grain of sand is out of place. Not a leaf, a snowflake, or a raindrop is out of place. If you accept that, then you must also accept that you are not out of place.
SEE THE REALITY
The ability to admire is one of the human being's greatest achievements. The way you can admire is unique to you. Your gratitude is unique. And it's not out of place. Will your gratitude help God? No. When you feel gratitude, it is you who will be touched. When you admire, it is you who will be filled with incredible bliss and joy. This is how it is.
You look at your day, and you see your problems. You wonder what will happen to you after you die, but you never wonder what could happen to you while you're alive. You have asked questions, but the wrong ones. Somehow, according to the prevailing pattern, you have a free license to think about heaven and want to be in heaven after you are dead, but you are absolutely not permitted to think about heaven here, now. That concept, to me, is bizarre.
See the reality. Reality is more beautiful than anything you have ever imagined.
Spring comes every day. Accept and gather the opportunity. Be ready to sprout —without hesitation, every day. And once again, be complete. Be whole.
See the reality.
Reality is more beautiful
than anything you have ever imagined.
There are people who believe
that there cannot be peace.
And then there are people like me
who believe that there can be peace.
I just want to say one thing to you:
This world belongs to the believers.
WE WERE BORN AND
You cannot help but feel that for a lot of people there is a struggle in life. We struggle with so many things. Why? Whenever you have two forces opposing each other, you have a struggle. And to resolve the struggle, first you have to identify what those two elements are. Once you have identified them, you can choose which one you want and then take away what you do not want.
So, what are the elements in our lives that most commonly cause us to struggle? How does this struggle come to be?
Hundreds of years ago, a poet said that we were born and then we fell asleep. Take it for what it's worth. I know there's a lot of skepticism toward such a thought. But whatever your reality maybe, entertain this thought for just a minute —that we were born and we fell asleep. And in this sleep, we experience all the traumas of this world, all the laughter —everything. So, imagine a person is asleep, and sometimes the person laughs, sometimes the person cries, sometimes the person screams, and sometimes the person speaks. It's like having a nightmare again and again. And yet, there is a great desire to keep on dreaming, because the dream becomes so intoxicating that you want to stay asleep.
To entertain the possibility that we need to wake up is truly very difficult for us. If you go into the street right now and say to somebody, "You are asleep. Would you like to wake up?" they would look at you like, "Are you crazy?!" Not only are we asleep, but we like that state of being asleep. We are used to it. We don't understand what it would mean to be awake.
So when somebody comes and says, "Wake up," it sounds peculiar. You are so caught up in the dream that you don't understand why somebody would say this. "What do you mean, 'wake up'? I am awake. Isn't this all real? All the good, the bad, the traumas —everything that happens in this world —isn't that real?"
How many of us have experienced a flat tire and the frustration it brings? How many of us have burned something we were cooking or ripped our pants accidentally and felt so embarrassed? And when you feel that, doesn't it seem real? And yet, what is the consequence of all these things that happen to us? Not much. Another day comes and you move on.
Could it be true, then, that everything that happens in our state of dreaming while awake is of little consequence?
We do not understand the dynamic of being asleep and being awake. But somebody comes to say, "Wake up," and what they are saying is that there is something you can do that will have a consequence in your life —not a negative consequence, but a positive one.
There are people who do not understand that life is a gift. They can't. They are constantly torn between their wishes and how everything actually unfolds in their life. They're caught in a terrible, terrible nightmare. And they are not the only ones dreaming. Everybody is dreaming.
We are in other people's dreams, and they are in ours. In our dream, we see somebody pass away, and in their dream, they see us being left on this earth as they move on. And it pains us when we look into the future and realize, "Now I will be without
Somebody comes and says, "Wake up!"
You are so caught up in the dream
that you say,
"I am awake. Isn't this all real?"
this person." The present doesn't pain us. The future does. Memories come from the past: "Oh, this was a wonderful person," and you know, that may not have been true. You might've hated that person, but now that they're gone, you look into the future and say, "Now all the good things that might have happened won't happen, and so it's going to be very, very painful."
What are the consequences, then, of being awake? Awakening means to accept the beautiful reality that you are alive. You look, you observe, you see, you understand. And you build, because every step you take has a positive consequence.
When you are asleep, time is only relative to what is going to happen. Maybe you are waiting for someone to pick you up and take you to the airport. You look at your watch and think, "Okay, I have four minutes left; I have three minutes left; I have two minutes left. Now I have to go." What the clock really is telling you is, "Here goes another second of life. Here goes another minute of life. Here goes another hour of life." But those who are sleeping don't understand this. Only the awake can understand the importance of the time they are given.
Do you understand today? Do you understand now? Do you understand that this time has been given to you? To you! That should mean everything. The concept of today, the concept of now, can never be understood if you are asleep. But when you are awake, you understand what it means to have today. To have now.
I often say, "This life is a gift." I'm not talking about what you get for Christmas or your birthday or the things you give to other people. How can you compare life with those things? It's not an object that you can buy at a store, wrap in a pretty piece of paper, and hand to somebody with a note that says "Thank you," or "Happy birthday," or "I got you this." Life is priceless. Do you know what priceless means? Have you ever actually come across anything that was priceless?
Every breath is priceless. Life is above and beyond any value that we can measure. Every day is incredibly valuable. Every moment that you exist and are conscious is incredibly valuable. Does being conscious mean being awake? You bet. That's exactly what it means.
As we sleep, lullabies abound and the bed is soft. And, of course, the traveler is tired. Why? Because the traveler started traveling but didn't know where to go. So the traveler has gone up one road and come back. Gone up another one and come back. Gone up another one and come back. We live our lives with trials: "Well, let's try it and see where it goes."
And when it doesn't work out? Back we come, and off we go again. What can you understand when you don't even know that you are lost?
So, awakening becomes tremendously important. And, believe me, awakening is not going to be part of your dream. You won't dream about being awakened. Awakening will only happen when somebody comes and says, "Awaken." And what will many people say? "I am awake." Or "Why?" Or "Who is this?"
But there is something in you that wants to awaken —that's what causes the struggle. One part wants to sleep, and the other part wants to wake up.
DUST TO DUST
So, awaken and realize what this life is. And know that all that you find so magical, all that you find so incredible in this world are elements that have been derived from dust. And they have an innate propensity to turn back into dust —that's what they do. This body of yours constantly sheds skin. The younger you are, the more it sheds. The older you are, the less it sheds.
Do you understand today?
Do you understand now?
Do you understand that this time
has been given to you?
The process of dust-to-dust is happening while you are alive. You don't even have to die. Dust-to-dust is afoot. In the universe, there is a tremendous amount of dust whirling around. And once in a while, this dust is packed up and turns into a planet. This earth was made out of dust, and one day, it will become dust again. By the very nature of everything around you, this is what you are and this is what your world is: Dust, dust, and more dust. Except for one thing.
The thirst to feel the most beautiful, the possibility to feel the most beautiful, and the most beautiful itself are the only elements in you that are not part of the dust. Everything else is destined to go toward dust, is going toward dust, and will go toward dust. You can bank on that.
"WORD OF GOD"
So, if you want to be mesmerized, be mesmerized by the most beautiful that is inside of you. The thirst to feel the most beautiful does not reside in your mind or in your thoughts. It resides in your heart. That's why you need to listen to your heart.
The mind likes to chase itself, so it says, "Think about the unthinkable. Comprehend the incomprehensible. Try to see the unseeable. Try to hear the inaudible. Try to grab the infinite. Try to time the timeless." Around and around and around it goes.
Every religion is trying to define the indefinable. And people fight over their religion. Every religion says, "This is the word of God. This is the final version; there are no more versions after this." Some people are proud and say, "This is the original version." Others say, "No, that is the second version; it was revised." It's like software revisions: version 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, and so on.
Do you understand what is actually being said in all the "words of God"? That "the kingdom of heaven is within"? That what you are looking for is within you? This you'll find in every single version.
In reality, God speaks to everyone every single day. The voice of the heart is saying, "Be fulfilled. Be in joy. Be in beauty. Feel the most beautiful. Understand, accept. Be in clarity. Don't be in doubt."
Have you ever wondered why pain is painful and why joy is joyful? It's simple. Joy is supposed to be. Pain is not.
Clarity is not something strange. Clarity resides in every single human being. You don't need another person for it; believe me. To have clarity in your life, you have to be able to remove all the things that don't belong there and that cause you to struggle. That's all.
What is tomorrow?
The big illusion
that everybody believes in.
HEAVEN IS WITHIN
Is it possible to spend every day fulfilled? It is. Does it take some doing? Yes, it does. Being conscious is not easy, especially if your habit is to fall asleep or if your habit is to be unconscious. But is it possible? Yes.
You can suffer so much pain in your life because of one second of unconsciousness. One second of unconsciousness can have devastating effects. If you look at the cost of the two, the difference is striking: one second of consciousness is cheap compared to the possibility of an entire lifetime of agony and pain.
What is tomorrow? The big illusion that everybody believes in. Some people are waiting for the day they're going to ascend to heaven. What I am saying is that there is a heaven within us. Ascend, then, to the heaven inside of you. While you are alive.
LIGHT OR LAMPS?
There is so much that distracts us from now, so much that distracts us from our reality. Are you seeking to remove your thirst, or are you seeking to quench your thirst? It's a very pointed question. Say you are thirsty, and you are in a desert. You come across an oasis, and there are two ponds. One pond is labeled "Drink this water, and you will never feel thirsty again." And the other one says, "If you want to quench your thirst, please feel free to do so." Which one are you going to go for? Puzzled?
You might be thinking, "Yes, I want my thirst removed forever." Well, there is one way that can happen. If the water in the first pond is poisonous, then you will die if you drink it, and you'll never feel thirsty again. The other one is very simple. The point of it is not that you should never be thirsty again. If you're going to live, you are going to be thirsty. The point is that whenever you are thirsty, you should have access to water so that you can quench your thirst.
Many people think that once you get "enlightened," that's it. The bulb is on. No. The enlightened one has his or her relationship with light, not with the bulb. So if there is plenty of light outside, turn off the lamp. Not needed. And when it gets dark, then light the lamp. The relationship is not with the lamp; it's with the light. You have been chasing lamps. So you have many lamps but no light. And that's the condition of the world —plenty of lamps but no light.
There are some who call themselves masters, who are masters of lamps —not of light but of lamps. They have old lamps, new lamps, fancy lamps, and very sedate lamps.
There are people who carry their lamps but never light them. They carry their lamps unlit in the night because something might happen to the lamp if it got lit, and they want to protect it. So they get bruised, because their hands aren't free to protect themselves as they fall. They just keep falling and being bruised.
I've been called a master by some people. It has made virtually no difference in my life. If nobody called me a master, that would be fine with me. If somebody calls me a master, that is fine, too. Do I see myself as a master? No. But I do have a relationship with light. I really don't care about the lamps.
WHAT IS PEACE?
There are people who believe that there cannot be peace. And then there are people like me who believe that there can be peace. I just want to say one thing to you: This world belongs to the believers. Historically, that's how it has been. When they said, "Let's put a man on the moon," there were nonbelievers and believers. Nonbelievers don't have to work out solutions. All they have to do is point out the impossibility. Believers look for solutions. To them, there is no obstacle so big that it cannot be removed. If it needs to be overcome, they find a way to overcome it. That's how it needs to happen with peace.
Maybe you have five reasons why there cannot be peace. Maybe you have ten reasons why there cannot be peace, such as there's too much greed, too much politics, too many armies. Whatever. Ten reasons? Fifteen? Twenty? I say there are 6.7 billion reasons why there should be peace on this earth —because there are 6.7 billion people alive today. And each human being on the face of this earth is a reason why there should be peace.
But most people don't understand what peace is. They've never tasted it, never been around it; they've just heard about it. They think that the absence of war is peace, but war is only a symptom.
Here is an analogy: You have a cold, so you go to the doctor.
The doctor says, "What's wrong with you?"
You say, "My nose is running."
The doctor says, "Okay, let's stop it." And he shoves two corks up your nose. "Now it's not running anymore!"
Then you say, "My throat is sore."
Something in you wants to awaken.
That's what causes the struggle.
One part wants to sleep.
The other part wants to wake up.
And he says, "Well, when do you feel the soreness?"
"Every time I swallow."
"Then don't swallow!"
Needless to say, nobody wants such a doctor. But that's how we approach peace. Stopping the wars isn't going to bring peace. Wars have been stopped many times —but they have a way of restarting. If there is a fire, and you just keep putting out little sparks here and there, the fire will start up again and again because the source of the fire has not been extinguished.
A lot of people paint peace as a vegetative state. Once you have it, you become totally undynamic. It's equivalent to having a lobotomy. That's not peace. A person with peace is dynamic! Because they're alive. They're not sleeping; they're alive. They look forward to the blessing of the breath as it comes in and out. They want to feel thankful every day, every second that they can. Peace is dynamic. Living life is dynamic. And that's how it should be for you. Dynamic. Living. Existing.
Many people don't wonder anymore. The extent of their wonderment is, "Why is the traffic moving so slow?" And the city government has even taken that privilege away by putting up signs saying "Accident ahead." So, now you know why the traffic is moving so slow. And people are just bored. Don't be bored. Not one second should you be bored if you understand what life is about. Wherever you go, wherever you are, turn within. Understand. Wonder.
We really have an opportunity in life. And it's not to struggle. That's not how life should be. Understanding and admiring —that's how your life should be, regardless of what happens. Not projections into the future. Not memories of the past. But to be awake and enjoy life. As far as I am concerned, if, in the truest sense of the word, you can enjoy one day, you've done well. You've done really well.
I'm talking about accepting the need
to be fulfilled. To be in joy.
Not because somebody told you,
but feeling a joy that comes
from the very depths of your own being.
There is a voice for peace
that surfaces again and again,
despite how many times it has been ignored.
It is the voice that sees no difference
between the rich and the poor.
It is the voice that sees no difference
between different types of governments.
It is the voice that sees no difference
between an educated and an uneducated person.
Please do not squelch that voice. Assist it.
Because peace is an innate need of every person.
As an advocate for peace, Prem Rawat, widely known as Maharaji, has dedicated his life to helping people find peace within themselves — not as a utopian ideal or an absence of conflict, but as an immanent personal experience.
Born in 1957, he began his mission of peace and humanitarian outreach as a young child. By the age of 13, he started addressing global audiences in response to invitations to speak in London, Los Angeles, and other major cities around the world.
Over the course of his life, Prem Rawat has personally delivered his message of peace to over 12 million people in more than 50 countries. From small, informal gatherings to major international events, from university auditoriums to open-air stadiums seating hundreds of thousands, his message has been welcomed by people from all walks of life.
Currently, his award-winning television series, Words of Peace Global TV, reaches over 115 million households globally, with subtitles or translation in more than 20 languages.
In 2001 he founded The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing his message of peace to people around the world and providing vital food, water, and emergency aid to people most in need.