No. 32, August 1976
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Guru Maharaj Ji speaking to premies in Riva del Garda, Italy on 18th May, 1976.
We have all come here to this resort, to this beautiful place, not to actually have a vacation, but in a way, yes, to give ourselves - physically, mentally and spiritually - a vacation. You see, there's a lot of craziness in this world, there are a lot of things going on, things that have made man extremely confused today, things that have brought the whole human race to a point where everybody can see destruction, where everybody can see a point of no return. It's like being caught in a crowd which is moving, and though you want to get out of that position, though you want to get away from it, there are so many people going in one direction that it becomes very hard for you. You have to fight constantly to be able to get out of that crowd, and you have to be very careful, because if you fall down, nobody's going to pick you up, you'll just be stomped over.
This is where the whole of humanity, the whole human race, has come. We can all see that and we are all afraid of it, but what do we do? We know that today everybody has become so selfish that nobody really cares for one another. We know that the idea of brotherhood has become a very beautiful, a very artistic, a very phenomenal concept. That whole idea, which should have been existing throughout human history, throughout man's construction of so many things, that idea has just dissipated. Therefore, there are a lot of organisations, a lot of people, trying to bring that idea back again, trying to get the idea of brother-hood, the idea of love, the idea of understanding, back into people. They're trying hard and they've been trying hard for a long time and to some extent they have had success, but to some extent they haven't. Because the answer to the whole problem in this world today is Knowledge.
It's like when Premlata wants to just walk off the stairs all by herself, or she wants to go to a place that'll be extremely dangerous for her, for instance, a balcony where the railing will not prevent her from falling. Now at that point, Marolyn or I or somebody picks her up and says, "No." In the same way, all our lives we have been protected from actually dying, because we could have been killed. But who gets the credit for it?
Suppose we are walking into a street where there are a lot of criminals, and maybe we could be shot, but instead, somebody says, "Listen, you shouldn't go through this street. This is a dangerous street." We say, "Oh, okay," and take a different street. Now we have been saved again from being shot, from being killed, but do we really think of it that way? Do we really give that person credit, do we really surrender ourselves completely to that person, because he has saved our lives? Do we actually get down on our knees and pray to him, "Yes, you have saved my life, I'm very thankful to you." We don't. To us, it's just a normal thing. But if somebody is in fact pointing a gun at us, right at our heads, and a superman comes and kicks the person away so we are saved, then in fact we are going to get down on our knees and say, "You saved my life." Now what makes us do that is because that situation would have led us to one position and that would have been death.
In each of those three situations, when I was just a little bitty child, or when I was going to go through a dangerous street, or when somebody was actually pointing a gun at me, I was saved. But what happened the last time to make me actually bend down on my knees and really give credit to that person for saving my life? What made me do that was because I could see my death very, very close to me. There was no point in saying, "Maybe or maybe not." It was right then and there: one more moment and I could have been dead.
See the situation
And the fact that Knowledge exists is a similar situation. There are people who receive Knowledge, and maybe they were saved from one thing that could have completely messed up their lives, but now they're not meditating on it - to them it's always something else, something else, something else. In their lives the real importance of Knowledge has completely disappeared and therefore they're not even doing meditation any more. The reason for that was they couldn't see themselves, they couldn't see the situation around them to really see that yes, in fact I have been saved.
What will really make us understand the importance of Knowledge and what really does make us understand the importance of Knowledge is when we see that there is no way out. Then we see that there are no "buts, ifs, or ands", that there's one thing, "Yes, I need peace, I need that protection, I need that Knowledge." But how do we really realise that? First of all, we have to be coming from a place where we can really say that.
Again there is the example of somebody saving Premlata from falling off a balcony. She could have said, "What's the matter with you? How come you're so crazy? Let me walk, let me go." Some people are that innocent, that ignorant. To them, it really does not matter because they cannot see the situation in front of them. To them, words like, "peace", "consciousness", "truth", and "the real salvation of life", are just words like "dinosaur". Dinosaurs used to exist at one time, but now if somebody said, "There's a dinosaur outside," we wouldn't go screaming out of this hall. Yet if we lived millions and millions of years ago, and in fact somebody said that a dinosaur was coming our way, we would all be completely out of this hall in about five minutes. Now what is the difference? Dinosaurs did exist once, so what is the difference? Why would we run out of this hall in five minutes at
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that time, and right now we will only laugh about it, as some people just did? Because now we see that there is no possibility, that it's become too obsolete for us to even imagine that a dinosaur will be coming here.
What does that show? If we stop really understanding the importance of Knowledge in our life, if we stop really seeing what this Knowledge can do, if we start saying, "Listen, I have got Knowledge, so I can do meditation and that's about it," if we get to that point, then believe me, we will be completely stuck there for ages after ages after ages and we will just go round in a circle. Because we're not understanding the importance of Knowledge, and understanding the importance is necessary. As I just explained in that example, if we understand the importance, if we realise that in fact, yes, somebody could have shot us right then and there, but instead, somebody saved us, then it's down on my hands and knees, because I was saved, I was saved, I was saved.
And so, that is the reason why I am doing this tour today, why I am going around from country to country. You know, it was a 13-hour flight to get here and that's a lot of flying. And then I'm going from one place to another place holding small programs, for 400 people, 600 people, a thousand people. Why am I doing this? Because I see that premies need to understand something, that in fact, premies are lacking something, that in the whole process of their growth, something is missing.
For us as human beings
It's not Divine Light Mission, Italy; it's not Divine Light Mission, Athens; it's not Divine Light Mission, U.K. No, this is for all of us individually as human beings, right down here on the flat earth, as little things that have two legs and walk around. We each have to understand Knowledge for ourselves individually, because if we do not understand Knowledge individually, it's like this: the United States is a very rich country, it has gone to the moon, and it is progressing in many ways, but believe me, there are streets in the United States of America where people have not gone to the moon, and where people are not progressing, and are not rich, where it all boils down to just simple things, because food is simple. So Knowledge individually concerns each of us. As human beings in this world we see that,
"Yes, wow, I am caught in a crowd. Yes, in fact I do not experience happiness." Nobody has to come up to our ears and say, "Mr. Joe Blow, you're not experiencing happiness." No, it's not that kind of situation. We have to evaluate our own life, we have to experience ourselves and we have to see, "Do I really need food or don't I?"
It's like the example I have been giving in Spain and in Portugal. Okay, you go to a department store and in the department store there's a clothing section, there's house utility equipment, and there's just about any kind of thing you can imagine. I can go to the clothing section and say, "Yes, pack up all the clothes you have." Then I can go to the kitchen utility section and say, "Oh, kitchen utilities, pack up everything you have." And then I can go to a different section, "Oh, pack up everything you have." I can go from section to section to section in those big department stores and say, "Pack up everything you have." But then I'll say, "Gee, I need a place to put all this stuff. Say, is this department store for sale?" And I'll buy the whole department store!
Now first of all, that is impossible for us to do though we can go and say, "Yes, pack up the whole thing." We can steal a nice suit, steal somebody's car, print fake cards, and drive up there and say, "Listen, I'm the president of the United States of America. Why don't you pack up everything you have?" But that just wouldn't make sense. So what do we do?
I mean, wouldn't it be nice to just pack up the whole department store and then any time you want anything you can just go and pick it out? You'd have a supply of everything for days and years to come. It might even be generations. But you don't do that. What you do instead is say, "Okay, I need bread, I need a strainer, I need a bedsheet, I need a pillow." So I make a list or I keep those things in mind, I go to a department store, to different sections, buy whatever I want, have them packed and bring them home.
We can't just take the whole thing. We have to realise what we do need and then we have to say, "Yes, in fact, I need a strainer, not the department store." I want the strainer because I see a need for it. If I end up buying the whole department store, I'll end up buying all the things that will just rot there, and there will be cockroaches all over the place, and white ants, and by the time I come back in about 15 or 16 years, there'll be nothing left but dust: I mean, can you imagine if all the rich people in the world bought up everything and there was nothing left for anybody? Can you imagine if, when everybody saw a use for something, they would just go out and buy it, so that one day, when the need for something came, they would have it?
The first realisation
So what happens in the whole process is that you have to first look around and find out exactly what you need. Okay? For example, I'm a man and all I can do is just support myself, my family, and my house, and that's my limit. I can go ahead and make a list that I want 78 cars, that it would be nice to have the New York Empire State building, three or four choppers, and 17 or 18 boats. Well, sure, it would be nice to have an Apollo to be able to go to the moon, so any time you wanted to take a stroll out of the earth, you could just hop in the Apollo and go there, and you'd be in quite a different atmosphere, you'd be breathing quite different air. But we have to really, really see in our lives, "This is what I need, this is what I want, and can I financially back it up, so it won't just fall through?" Then I would proceed to obtain that thing.
It's exactly the same with Knowledge because it is a realisation that we have to come to. First of all, we have to come to a point of saying to ourselves, "Do we want Knowledge?" We have to ask that question to ourselves, not to somebody else. Of course, if somebody asks me that question, I'll say, "Sure you need Knowledge." This is what I've been saying, "Yes, everybody needs Knowledge, because without Knowledge we are really not experiencing the true happiness." But an individual has to ask himself that question, too, because if he understands the importance of Knowledge, then he is really going to meditate on it, then he is really going to put his heart into it, then he is really going to do it.
It's like there are two couples. One couple has a child, but the father isn't into it and the mother isn't into it. So what they end up with is a child who has no love, and they say, "Put him into the boarding school." The other couple wants a child, they're into it, so when the child comes, they'll take care of him.
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In the same way, we first have to understand individually the necessity for Knowledge in our lives, that, "Yes, I need to experience peace. Yes, I am caught in a predicament that I cannot get out of. Yes, in fact, I need to be saved." I'm pretty sure that all of you came to Knowledge from that predicament, if not exactly the way I've explained, then something like that. That is pretty much the basic situation. It's like, "Yes, I need Knowledge, and why do I need Knowledge? Because I want to receive peace."
Now the thing about that is, if you were joking at that time, if you were just completely nosey to find out why so many people would walk into a hall at one time, and then somebody said, "Do you want to receive Knowledge?" So you said, "Sure, I want to receive Knowledge. Why not? Is it free?" "Sure it's free." "That's a pretty good thing. If I can get something free, it can't hurt me. If it does, I'll just dump it out the window," - if we were that way, then we made the greatest mistake; we really did. That was the kind of joke like somebody saying, "I bet you ten dollars you can't jump off from here." And you said, "Sure I can." So you just opened up the door and jumped out of the plane.
If you would make that a joke, it would be a dumb thing to do. That would be a very dumb thing to do - to receive Knowledge and see no practical aspect of it. Then you said the joke you shouldn't have said, that was the wrong kind of joke, and nobody's going to laugh about it. I'm not laughing about it, but I am going from place to place to place to be able to reach all the premies, to explain to them, "Listen, this is no joke. Nobody is going to laugh at this joke; this is a practical thing you just did, so realise it in your life."
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And really premies, if you look at it, we are very fortunate to be able to have received Knowledge in this time, when everything's going wrong. It's like the world has come to the point that when you put a coin in the slot machine, in instead of money, three lemons come out and you see the money rolling in the picture. I mean, it has become like that. It's like man tries to do one thing and something crazy happens. And when you look at all the situations of the world, it isn't getting any better, it really isn't. We can see that from "Newsweek", "Time", all the newspapers that are printed. It's just really not getting better. It's just going, going, going, going, going, going, going, going, and nobody really knows where it's going to end up.
There are people who predict many things, and, well, to a certain extent they're right, but then, to a certain extent they're wrong. So what is really going to happen? Instead of sitting down and calculating that if I jump from a cliff that is 3,000 feet high, by the time I land on the ground it's going to take approximately two minutes so it's going to be about G2 that I crash under, and then my leg is going to fall apart five miles away, my head is going to be in 75 pieces, and there's going to be blood for one mile. Instead of calculating this don't do it, just don't get into a predicament like that. We just can't do that with life. As Marolyn said, life is no joke we can't joke around with life. Life is fact, something that we're living in.
So I won't say luck, because this is no luck, this is grace, this is pure straight grace that we have been able to receive Knowledge. But when premies are not coming from a clear point, when premies are not understanding what is happening, when premies are not seeing the importance of Knowledge in their life, but instead, seeing the importance of everything else, then what happens? Well, I'll give you an example. The first place I was scheduled to go to on this tour was Athens, Greece. We were all set to go to Greece, but then I heard that they're not together, that people are talking about all kinds of different things, that people are not realising that actually there is a program happening, Guru Maharaj Ji is coming, so let's get together and do this program. Instead, they said, "No, I want this before the program can happen. Well, let's do this before the program can happen." Listen, I'm not going to go to a bozo place like that. Why not? Because I said so. I said I'm only going to go to the places where people are together, where people really understand the importance of Knowledge, and this is what's going to happen. I'm going to stick to my word, I'm just not going to go to a country and waste my time there if premies are not together.
Get it together first
My first saying is, "Realise Knowledge in your life first. Then everything comes later." If you have realised Knowledge in your life, if you have had that practical experience in your life and if you are one with it, then things will happen and when the right time comes, everything will go beautifully. But when a person says, "I want to go in the Apollo, I want to go in the Apollo," it's like, okay, maybe you will be able to go in the Apollo, but get that money first. Buy one, then you can find a pilot to go there. Like, get it together first. Otherwise, how can you do that? You know?
So first of all, we all have to realise the importance of Knowledge in our life and if we do not understand that, then we are the ocean without water, then we are the earth without a jungle, we are the sky without a sun, we are the night without stars or moons, we are the bulb that can never glow. Then we are the camera without film, we are food without salt, we are drums without any skin on them, we are the guitars without any strings - all somebody can do to us is go, "Dum, dum, dum," on the back of the guitar, or somebody can take that drum and use it for target practice. We have to really, really realise that importance. And if we don't then what we are trying to manifest in our life is not going to manifest for us because, as I said before, this is no joke. If you think this is a joke, then you're making a mistake. This goes for everybody: this is no joke. First, realise the importance of Knowledge in your life.
There are three things I have told you about. I am the doctor. You come to me and say, "Guru Maharaj Ji, help me." So I say, "Okay, there is Knowledge. Do satsang, service, and meditation." Then you turn around and say, "Doctor, listen, I want you to cure me but I don't want you to give me any medicine, any instruction, or anything. I want to just come in front of you and have you just cure me." No. Life isn't like that.
Bob and I were talking about the time when initiators were going around saying that we should be ready to cut our heads off if Maharaj Ji wanted. Well, I'm never going to ask anybody to cut their head off for me. But when Bob and I were talking, the point came up that cutting your head off would be much easier, or jumping off a cliff would be much easier than what I actually ask premies to do. That's why I'm saying it's no joke. To cut your throat, all you need is a nice, long sword and it's done, and it's not going to hurt later. It's just over and done with, finito. And then if you're going to jump off a cliff, all it will take is that one moment, that one second. All you have to do is say, "Bye," just make a little effort, and you'll be down the cliff and that's that. That would be easy to do. But we have to be able to constantly do satsang, service, and and meditation in our lives and benefit from it, not just do it for namesake, but do it for the practical aspect of it, do it for that original point where we realised that we wanted peace, we wanted Knowledge, we wanted to get out of that predicament. Do it for that purpose. And if we can, then we will really realise the beauty of satsang, service, and meditation.
Where does meditation fit into our lives? It's like eating food; you have to eat for yourself. There's Knowledge, but you have to practise, you have to use it, and when you do meditation, you're using it. It's for our benefit, and premies who have done meditation know that it's like if a guitarist has a beautiful guitar in his hand, but he takes it, turns it around and puts it on his back, what's he going to do with it? How's he going to play it? If a drummer sets his drums over there and and sits down over here, how is he going to play them? It's just like if I invite all the premies into this hall and set up a program here, but then I stay in Japan, what good is it? And so, in the same way, we have to realise that meditation is what plugs us in, it is the way.
And then, what does satsang do for us? Well, satsang puts us back in the right place. We always need that extra dose of satsang, we need to give satsang and to receive satsang. And satsang is an experience. Like I was saying, if I do not have any experience, then what am I going to say? I'm going to come on this stage, everybody's going to get up and clap, and then I'm going to say, "Gee,
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ah, premies, nice of you to come here, nice to see you, ah, what else can I say?" and walk off. But because there is an experience behind it, I can talk to you about that experience. I have experienced something and therefore I can tell you about that experience. This is what I talk about. So, first of all, satsang is just a communication of that constant experience, that very beautiful experience. It is, but if we don't have that experience, then we won't be able to understand satsang, nor will we be able to give satsang to anybody. And yes I understand that there are a lot of great fakes who can get up on a stage and try to give animated satsang, but they really don't hit it off right, because something is always missing. Something that should be there, that true experience, is missing, because you cannot imitate truth. And that is the difference. So premies, there's
satsang, service, and meditation.
… and Maharaj Ji
Now, where do I fit into all this? Okay, I am there for assistance, but where am I going to assist you, where do I really come in? I can assist you only so much. Yes, you can realise Knowledge. Okay. And then, yes, I can give you satsang. But it's your own practical effort that you have to put into meditation, and into service. I'll help you along, and that is my purpose, to be a person to help you along; if you make a mistake, I'll tell you. But again it is all your effort. And I will only be able to help you if you? Then I'm limited in my field and doing something wrong. If you don't listen to me then how can I really help you? The I'm limited in my field and you're limited in your Field and there's no communication. So you have to listen to me, you have to understand.
And so, everything is going to happen when we put our effort into understanding what Knowledge is, the importance of Guru Maharaj Ji, the importance of satsang, the importance of meditation and service. Because everything revolves around Knowledge - no Knowledge, no meditation, that's for sure; no meditation, no satsang; no Knowledge, no meditation, no satsang; no satsang, no meditation, no Knowledge, no service; no service, no satsang, no meditation, no Knowledge, no experience; no experience, no satsang, no meditation, no Knowledge, no service, nothing - zilch! So everything revolves around Knowledge, and this is why I was screaming at the top of my lungs, well, it wasn't exactly the top of my lungs, but what I was screaming for was for you to understand the importance of Knowledge.
Without that understanding, if you are trying to do service, you're not going to get much of anywhere, because where does service come from? How do we really do service? Okay. Well, first of all we have to surrender ourselves to be a servant, because unless we are a servant, how can we do service? This may sound somewhat off the wall, servant and surrender and all that, but this is not a surrender to some army, this is not a service to some person, this is, in fact, surrender to the Lord that we should have surrendered to before, and that we all already have surrendered to, but now it's just realising and really surrendering from that point of view so that we can become servants, so that we'll be able to do service.
Why should we be able to do service? Because without service, it's almost like we are missing a wheel, and if we are missing a wheel, then the car is not going to put-put along very well, the car is not going to go anywhere. If we don't do service, then there is meditation and satsang left, but that's limited. Service has to be there and the reason I always say, "Service has to be there, service has to be there, service has to be there," is because, if we don't surrender, meditation is really not going to work for us. We are going to be sitting there saying, "I'm Joe Blow, Joe Blow, Joe Blow, Joe Blow, I'm so and so, and I'm so and so, and I'm so and so," our ego will be constantly inside of us. But there is an experience, and there is a way, that we really can surrender, and this is not surrender to just anybody, but this is surrender to the Lord, this is surrender to somebody who we are supposed to surrender to. That's why it's all so beautiful, that is why it's all so gracious, that is why I'm saying there's grace there; that this is not luck, this is grace. It's because, in this life, when everything is going wrong, we have these opportunities, we have this grace, we have this golden chance. And it's for us to use.
What's stopping it?
That field, that experience of truth and peace, is an experience open to everybody. But then what's stopping it? When we really look at it, we'll find that we are the people who are stopping it, because remember, Knowledge is not going to just come walking to your door and say, "Knock, knock," And then we'll say, "Who is there?" And Knowledge says, "Knowledge." "Knowledge, who?" Instead, we have to go to Knowledge; it's our own effort that we have to make.
So premies, where does this all end? What I'm trying to say is that there is something very, very beautiful. But in the course of growth, in the course of so much happening, not really understanding, we start getting lost. Because that is also a part of growth. When people don't take Knowledge seriously, they start getting lost. But then they see, "Oh, wait a minute. We really need Knowledge, we really need Knowledge," and they start crying for Knowledge. It's like if a person is not thirsty, and you bring him water, he'll take one sip of it to oblige you, and then he won't even drink it. But if that same glass of water were provided for the guy who was dying of thirst in the desert, he would not take just one sip of water to oblige you, he would drink the whole glass and say, "Thank you, thank you, and thank you," from his heart.
So, what is the point in actually getting lost just to be able to say to ourselves again, "Now, wait a minute, I really did need Knowledge." Because then where will we end up? Starting from scratch again. Then we'll have to go through the whole procedure to get back into Knowledge, to get back into that beautiful experience that we can just plug into now, because we already have come so far. It's much easier for us to plug in now than for us to actually try to get lost, just to be able to say, "Ya, ya, ya, I see now, ya, I did need Knowledge. Yes I do need that experience." That'll be just too late. And also, we have this time, and we just can't keep throwing it around.
So premies, this is only a one-day program, and we have to just keep on going from here. For so many years to come, this is probably what I'll be doing - giving premies satsang, trying to make premies understand that Knowledge is important, that without Knowledge we are really like the ocean without any water and therefore we're not even worthy to be called an ocean. I'll be moving on along and you'll be left to try to actually become independent, to actually be by yourself so that you can understand Knowledge.
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A lot of premies think, "Oh, what can we do to really please Guru Maharaj Ji? Oh what can we do to really, really please Guru Maharaj Ji? What can we really do?" It's like there's a cook, a chef, and he puts all his effort into making food for you. You turn around to him and say nothing, but he can presume, he can see how much you ate, and he can say, "Yeah, the guy likes the food." If you actually go up to the chef and say, "That was very good," and show it by actually having the dinner, then the chef will be very, very pleased. Now, I definitely don't want you to just come up to me and say, "Maharaj Ji you're doing a great job." But if you get your life together, if you actually understand the experience of Knowledge, then I will know that what I'm doing is very successful, I will know that, yes, you are understanding. But if you don't, then you don't have to come and say, "Maharaj Ji you're doing a great job." No, that's sort of irrelevant to me. I want to see the result. What if you take the food, throw it to the cats and dogs and everybody else, and then go to the chef and say, "Hey man, you're great. Your food was just completely beautiful." He'll say, "Yeah, sure, you just let the dogs finish it. It was beautiful for the dogs, but not for you, huh?"
The same sweet apple
So this is the time; this is the chance. Can you imagine how much effort, how much energy, one person has put into making this whole world and keeping it in the right shape? In all the craziness of the world, man has changed his weapons from a wooden club to an automatic machine gun to a laser. But you still get the same sweet apple from that tree that you got way before. Somebody has put so much of his effort into observing, into keeping everything together for you, for you who are constantly changing, and who want to change. Somebody has sat there and preserved that apple tree to give you the sweetness of apple every time it bears a fruit. Somebody has sat there, preserved so many, so many, so many things for you. And really, he's doing a wonderful job, but what are we doing? We're literally abusing what he is doing, what he is putting up with for us, by not using this time in the most beautiful way, in the right manner.
This human race is probably the only thing which completely throws itself out of balance. In the ocean, there are many kinds of fish. One fish eats the other fish, and that fish is eaten by another fish; the smaller fish gets eaten by the bigger fish. And then there are the two extremes - the shark, and the dolphin or porpoise. Well, porpoises are intelligent, they can take care of things, they're smart, they're loving. And at the other extreme is the shark. Yet between these two extremes, there is a beautiful, beautiful compromise: the shark keeps out of the porpoise's way, and the porpoise keeps away from the shark. There's a beautiful compromise. It's like, the shark knows that the porpoise can kill him and the porpoise knows that the shark can kill him. They're like the two extremes but you can put a porpoise and shark in the same tank, and they won't come close to each other. They'll just circle around, both will keep attentive, but there's a compromise. It's not like, boom! One will go after another. No, it's just a beautiful, beautiful compromise.
In the same way, the human race, in fact, is very intelligent, very, very advanced. But what is our compromise with nature, with the other extreme of nature, since we are at one extreme? What is our compromise? It's a completely crazy compromise that we have made. And today, there's one thing that we can really do, and that is Knowledge, actually experiencing that truth, actually becoming one with that most beautiful harmony, that is the only thing that can bring that compromise back.
So, now I'll finish, and it's up to you to realise. I hope you realise, because it is for your own benefit. Little wars are happening everywhere, not just in Greece or in one place, but people are going off the track in so many places. It's like saying, "Well, America's doing this and this country's doing that, so why why aren't we doing this?" No, no, no, this is not our business. Our business is to realise the importance of Knowledge and this is why we are here. If we take our main motive and throw that down the drain, then are we very smart? If we start saying, "Oh gee, um, why don't we do this, and why don't we do that, and why don't we do this, and why don't we do that?" I mean, there's a lot of things I could name. But I don't have to because I hope you have understood what I am trying to say. I hope that, for your sake and for everybody else's sake, you have understood that we all are premies, we all are brothers, and we all are here for one motive, for one reason, for one purpose and that is for realising Knowledge. If we miss that motive, then it's not only that we are the dirty fish in the lake making the whole lake dirty, but we are also making our complete surroundings like that. There are too many people involved in our not realising the importance of Knowledge, in our not realising the importance of service, in our not realising what satsang is. There are really too many people involved. If you want me to name them, then first of all, you are involved, and all the premie brothers and sisters are involved, and I'm involved. When brothers and sisters around you don't feel comfortable, then someone else is not going to feel comfortable - and that's me!
And so, we can really make it beautiful. Anyway, our main objective is to understand Knowledge and if we can understand and come from a really clear place, from a really beautiful place, from the place where we should be, then our directions will be clear, then we will know what to do. Then when we'll be given a direction, when we'll be given a service, we will really know how to do it well. So we have to come from a clear place ourselves, we have to do meditation, and we have to understand Knowledge, because everything revolves around Knowledge. Divine Light Mission was founded by Shri Maharaj Ji so many years ago, because he wanted to spread this Knowledge, and if we're not coming from a clear place today, then what is going to happen is that this world is not going to realise Knowledge. If we are coming from a wrong place, if we are coming from a completely wrong place, not from a clear place, then it's going to delay everything more and more and more and more, and as I said, too many people are involved in it. As a matter of fact, many people around the world are involved.
So, if all the premies come from a clear point, then they can really become the instruments to help spread this Knowledge all around the world. It's like a dirty lens is not going to take very good pictures, and so we all have to become clear, we all have to realise, and we all have to really look in our hearts, understand Knowledge, do meditation and get clear, so that we can be in peace and henceforth bring the whole world into peace.