Inspire Electronic Magazine, Volume 4, Issues 116 - 138
The Prem Rawat Foundation
5/1/2007 - 14/12/2007

"I’m not associated with big institutions." Rawat first tried to create a huge institution for himself but he could not attract the necessary numbers that he had hoped for and predicted. In the last 20 years he has attempted to associate himself with big institutions such as the UNO, the European Parliamant and various famous universities but these associations have been bogus except in Italy where he is associated with some corrupt politicians.

"When I travel, I talk to people—human beings." Rawat does not talk with he talks to, he does not talk with people persoanlly but from a stage to basically the same group of people who come together to hear his speeches.

"Not long ago, I was talking to a taxi driver" - Rawat never catches a taxi. He is always ferried around in limousines driven by his devotees.

You don't know what Truth looks like, so you think, "If I have my perfect coffee, I'll be happy. My newspaper. My croissant. My baby. My friends. My job." Do you know what an incredible amount of work you are putting in just to be a little bit happy, even for one minute? This is how much you value happiness, how much you need joy. You will stand in a line for an hour to have one second of it. Anything. This is your drive. This is what inspires you every single day.

When you live with explanations, only one thing is created. Confusion.


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Inspire v4 i116, 5 January 2007: Welcome to the World of Existence

I'm here to talk about something very, very simple, but at the same time, it touches every one of us. What is it? It is about this journey, this life, this existence. Not an idea. Not a theory. Not rules. Not some printed pages. But about you and me.
The most incredible thing that is taking place is not what you read in the newspaper. It is not what is in your library. Don't mistake me; I'm not putting them down. I'm just trying to lay forth an order of priority. What is the most important thing? The most important thing is: you are alive. Now what? What does that mean to you?
Sometimes we have interpretations of what it means to be alive. Because I am alive, I can do this, I can do that. The focus is not about all those things. The focus is your existence, you being on the face of this earth. This will never happen again. The house you live in, other people will live in, too. Right now, you say, "It's mine." One day, somebody else will say, "It's mine."
What is yours? What can you truly consider yours that no one can take away from you? All your life, you work very hard to collect things. But are they yours? All your life, you work very hard to become somebodyto have a name, a title. But is that really you?
Who are you really? Who am I? I have a lot of awards. Is that who I am? What is this journey I am on? I was born. Things have been happening. When I say "journey," I'm not saying, "Let's go on a journey. Let's find out what we can do on this journey." The journey has already begun. This is not about brochures or holiday packages. This is not about what you would like to eat. The journey has begun.
When you were in your mother's womb, your parents had a lot of ideas about you. And being in love, they made their little plans for you. They may not have known if you were going to be a boy or a girl. But when you came into this world, there was a very short period of time in which they held their breath, waiting. In that moment, it was not about aspirations and your gender. They were only interested in knowing one thing: Are you breathing or not?
If you are breathing, then, "Ah! Congratulations, it's a boy. It's a girl! Oh, wonderful! Oh, so cute. Look at those eyes." But before that, before the eyes and the face and the cuteness, there's only one concern, and that concern was, "Are you breathing or not?" And this happens againat the end. At the end, they all wait. And they wait, and they wait, and they wait, and they want to know: Have you stopped breathing?
Everything you are is predicated on something so incredibly simple. And everything you do in your life seems so far removed from that reality. Is this reality ugly? No. It is beautiful. Welcome to the world of existence. Welcome to the world of clarity. Welcome to the world of understanding because this is what it is about—the peace that dances in your heart, not the doubts that wreak havoc in your mind. The reality of your existence is supremely sweet.
I'm not here to tell you about the good or bad, right or wrong. I'm only
here to tell you that what you are looking for is inside of you. And this is not a puzzle. These are not empty words, because I have a way that you can feel the reality that is inside of you, the peace that is inside of you, the joy that is inside of you. In this life.
You think you are blessed when things go your way. But you are blessed—truly blessed—when breath comes into you. Could it be that the miracle of all miracles is the coming and going of this breath? Could it be that I have been living on top of a goldmine every single day?
The good news is that true joy is already inside every single human being. And you can experience it if you want to. Search for peace. And wherever you find it, great. And if you don't find it, come to me. I can make it possible.
Maharaji
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Inspire v4 i117, 24 January 2007: Chasing Fulfillment

Sometimes, even in my dreams, I'm talking to people, and sometimes I wake up, remember the dream, and write it down. This is a story I dreamed about.
There were three brothers—all very, very poor. They decided to sell whatever they had and buy some gold. And each one knew that this gold could give them everything they wanted. It could make them rich and give them nice clothes, food, a house—everything.
So they got the gold, and each made a little hut for himself far, far away. One was a very religious man. He put the gold on the altar, and every day he prayed to it, "Oh, please, gold, make me rich. Give me food and a house and new clothes." And he would write beautiful prayers and sing beautiful songs: "Gold is everything. Gold, you will make me rich."
The second one also made an altar, but it wasn't called an altar. He was scientific, and so it was called "a display." He would display the gold and write essays. He wasn't religious, but he also prayed in his own way, "Oh, gold, you have the potential to remove my hunger, give me a house, give me new clothes, give me food."
The third one sold the gold. In the opinion of the first brother, he would be sacrilegious. To the second one, he would be very impractical, very unscientific. To get rid of the very source? Very bad. But, anyway, he sold the gold. With the money he got, he bought a farm, plowed a field, raised vegetables, grew fruit. Whatever he needed, he ate, and whatever he didn't need, he would sell in the market. With the money he made, he built a house, bought new clothes. And every season, he got more and more and more. Whatever he wanted to eat, he would. Whatever he didn't, he'd sell. And he just kept getting richer and richer and richer.
After a few years had gone by, the three brothers decided to get together. The first one explained how he prayed to the gold every day, and one day the gold would answer his prayers. The second one, who was very scientific, said, "One day, this gold will fulfill everything that I have in my mind it can do. Its potential will come through." They both turned to the third one and said, "What do you do? You're doing pretty well. You look bigger and have new clothes, a nice watch, nice shoes. What do you do?" He was very shy and said, "Oh, well, I sold the gold. Out of that, I bought a farm. And, hey, come visit me! I've got a home, a beautiful orchard. I grow my vegetables and I'll cook for you and give you some clothes." And they said, "You sold the gold?"
Every time I think of this story, I find it to be deeper than I first realized. Those two couldn't see the obvious—that what they were praying for had in fact happened for this brother. The only thing they could see was, "You sold the gold?!! You're doomed now." No. He wasn't doomed. He had unlocked the potential of the gold and he has all that he needs. You, too, have all that you need. It lies within you. Every dayeven in sadness, in sorrow—there is a joy unparalleled inside of you waiting to be discovered. People think, "Does that mean that you don't get upset?" Of course I get upset. But even when I am upset, I know that within me is unparalleled joy. Do bad things happen to me? Yes. Do good things happen to me? Yes. Am I any different from you? No. And if I am, it's only one thing: In all that I do, I know that inside of me resides the One I have always sought; that when I feel lonely, I know that I am not alone; that when there is darkness outside, I know there is a lamp. I know. Not, "I think" or "I wish …" or "Wouldn't it be nice …" No. "I know."
The journey of being fulfilled is very simple. You. You have that whether you decide you want to experience it or not. Even if you decide you don't want to experience it, you still have it. You have the possibility to be fulfilled. That is what the journey is all about. How do I know? I have felt it.
Maharaji
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Inspire v4 i118, 16 February 2007: War and Peace

It's a great honor and privilege to talk about something that is so fundamental to each human being. Usually, we talk about things that are good for society or for a country. Very seldom do we actually come across something that addresses each human being specifically — not what a human being could create or achieve but the potential that every human being has within to be content and to be in peace.
What kind of peace am I talking about? I'm talking about the peace that is innate to every human being. Now, what good is it? This is the big question. The formulas that we are using in the world today for war — economic formulas, solutions, ideas about what war means — have been tried for many, many years. We come up with a slight variation, and we all become happy, "Yes, yes. This is the solution."
A long time ago, Socrates said, "Know thyself." This, we have not pursued. We have pursued going to the moon. We thought, "Going to the moon will do everything." Well, it made wristwatches cheaper, little LEDs possible, and a lot of technology. But, peace? No.
There are two words that have been used in parallel throughout history. And they are: Peace and prosperity. "Peace and prosperity," not "Peace or …" This formula has some importance. That's why it was placed there so long ago. We have pursued prosperity. Peace? No. And what do we end up with? No peace and no prosperity. Prosperity seems to come and go. One day, you are a millionaire. The next day, the stock market is down and you are nobody, because you have not identified who you really are.
What I am looking for is not outside of me. What I have, I do not acknowledge. I acknowledge my friends, everybody that I meet, but do I acknowledge me?
There is great significance to knowing who you are. What you are looking for — the solutions you seek, your most fundamental needs — are based upon you being a human being.
It is no accident that you want to be happy. Nobody taught you to be happy. There is a fundamental reason that, again and again, you choose joy over pain, light over darkness, happiness over sadness, clarity over doubt.
Nobody goes to a temple to pray, "God, you have given me too much happiness. Please take a little bit away." Never. There is no limit.
The desire to be happy is immortal within you. The desire of peace is immortal, and it has been steadily marching with every generation on the face of this earth.
It is a great credit to humanity that there are people in the middle of the war hoping for peace, that they have not given up. For me, they are the heroes. They might be people who have no tools, no authority, no microphone, no audiences. They might live in a little village on top of a mountain in Afghanistan or in the middle of a desert in Iraq, hoping against all odds that there will be peace.
War isn't just the tank kind. There is another war. This is an incredibly powerful war, and it is devastating. Its bombs are much more powerful, and its bullets are relentless. This war can rage day and night. No cease-fire. It goes, and it goes, and it goes. And even then, there is something inside every single human being that wants peace. The real dignity of a human being is preserved when a human being not only listens to their mind but to their heart, and there is a balance between the two.
Make that heart your friend — that heart that even in the middle of war wants peace. Make that heart your ally, and you will have a friend for life. You will have a friend that is real, a friend that is true.
Maharaji
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Inspire v4 i119, 1 March 2007: Story of an Existence

I have a lot to say about something very, very simple: that you are alive. And because you are alive, there are amazing possibilities.
Recently, I saw a TV documentary titled "Death of the Sun." It was very interesting. They were talking about what will happen to the sun. It is brighter now than it used to be a few million years ago because it's burning up, tapping into more and more inner gases, which is also causing it to expand. It is growing so big that one day there will be no blue sky, only a massive red sun glowing. By this time, life on earth will be gone. The oceans will be dry. Because it has become so big, the sun will start pulling other planets away. Jupiter, Mercury—gone. Earth could possibly escape, but not likely.
When the documentary was over, I turned off the TV, closed my eyes and started to think. Everything we do has some implication for tomorrow. We go to sleep; we like to wake up. And that waking up will happen tomorrow. We eat today, but in a way that has some implication for the future. "I don't want to eat this because it will make me feel sick." Or, "I'm looking forward to a big dinner, so I'm only going to have a light snack." To live, to exist has some implications for tomorrow. Going somewhere, coming from somewhere, doing something, talking to somebody—most things we do have implications for tomorrow.
So, to put it in perspective, the whole of humanity, as we know it, is definitely going down a road. Is it a good road or a bad road? I'm not here to pass judgment, but we're going down a road. Some people are going down the road happily; some are being dragged down it but everyone is going down a road. But is it obvious to us? We know about our mortality, but it is not obvious to us. That's when people get shocked—when it becomes obvious.
And here, on this road, as humanity is marching along, there is something coming the other way. It is not just a possibility. It is afoot. The destruction of the sun is afoot. It is in the process right now. After that documentary, the word "future" seems very wavy and twisty.
This isn't going to happen tomorrow; it is supposed to take 500 billion years. But it is going to happen. So, what does it mean to you and me that this beautiful earth will no longer be? It means that every day you have must not be taken lightly. I know that may seem impractical, but this documentary put it in perspective.
Ultimately speaking, there cannot be any compromise in your existence. None. Do you know about your existence? You know about the things that happen in your existence—your responsibilities, your family—but do you really know about your existence? Do you know that all the things that matter to you so much do not matter to existence?
You have to understand the value of your life. Then, and only then, can you begin to reflect on the value of someone else's life. Then, and only then, will it be possible to stop the wars. Will that bring peace? No. Because peace does not need to be brought. Peace is in the heart of every human being already. No one is born or dies without having that peace inside of them. When that becomes obvious, something changes. The value of every day, every single moment, needs to become obvious to you.
Knowing that it's all going to end, what matters to you the most? What option do you have? If you were thirsty and water was leaking from your bottle of water, what would you do? By the time you could fix the hole, the water will have leaked out.
My advice? Drink as much as you can. What else are you going to do? Knowing that it's all going to go, you may as well enjoy every day that you can. Don't waste even one.
This is the story of an existence. In this story, there are beautiful things. The story should have hope. And hope is tied to clarity. Try to understand what your objective is. Clarity will bring hope. Hope will bring light and make it obvious: "That way." And the strength comes.
Maharaji
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Inspire v4 i120, 15 March 2007: Can you Change the Story of Your Life?

Here we are.
Somehow it all happened. There is this beautiful planet earth—just gorgeous. The blue is just amazing. The rivers—the way they run, the way they sound, the way the sunlight shines on them and creates all these ripples. The green leaves —the turning of the leaves in the fall, and then the dancing of each leaf in the wind. It is spectacular. Deserts—just sand and more sand and rock formations.
And then you, who can appreciate it all. This earth cooled down to just the right temperature so that you can exist. Variations. The seasons—winter and the thawing of winter turns into spring, where life begins anew.
You are placed on this earth. You're not going to last for billions of years. This story unfolds from almost nothing. One part unfolds, then another and another. It does a little dance of unfolding, and then it folds back up into that nothing. From that nothing to the unfolding to the folding back again is your existence, your story. Not somebody else's story or their story for you as drafted by them, but your story as drafted by you.
Some people say, "Destiny is prewritten; whatever is written on each one of those pages is already written." So then why pray? Whose mind are you trying to change? And if you pray and you think it works, then you have to change the definition of destiny. It's not prewritten; it can be influenced.
Other people say, "I am responsible for unfolding every bit. I am the one who writes everything." How about a happy medium? The fact that each part of the story is going to unfold is destiny, but there's nothing written on the pages. The paper feeder is automatic. You write the story. What would you like to write? What should your story be like? Should it be about suffering, pain, anger, and a list of all the things you don't have? Or should it be a really interesting story? The adventure.
The biggest adventure is not climbing Mt. Everest. That's been done. The biggest adventure that will ever unfold in your life is you finding you. The story is fun. It is delicious, and it is the biggest mystery: You are never far from yourself, ever. The closest you will ever be to anyone is you, and the one you don't know is you. You know everybody else, and what you have to do is find you.
Talk about an adventure—this is Dragon Land. Here, dragons are not imagination. They really exist. If you don't tame the dragon in your adventure, it will eat you. And if you do tame the dragon, you get to fly on its back wherever you want to go.
In this story, there are swords, but there is one sword that has unbelievable powers—the sword of clarity. Everyone has it but is afraid of it. They're not afraid of the dragon. They should be, because the dragon has only one mission in mind: Food. And if you are not careful, some of your most treasured things will be taken away from you.
You are the protector, the knight in shining armor of this story. You have the sword of clarity that can make everything right, but you're afraid to pull it out.
Does this adventure start from your birth and then there is a happy ending? No, this story plays out every single day. You get to make a happy ending and you get to be victorious every day. Can you change the story? That's a million-dollar question. A lot of people will tell you, "No. You cannot." Me? Yes, of course you can change the story. And not only that, I have seen it changed. Even in your most frustrated, darkest day, there's a place inside of you where you can go, touch that place within, and your story has changed.
If you choose to change the story, I'm here to help and I can help. I've helped a lot of people. But the most important thing is that there is a lot of hope. If you really understand that you can change the story, there's a tremendous amount of hope—hope that this life can be fulfilled every single day. And that is a mighty nice hope to have. And not only hope, but tools to make it real.
Maharaj
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Inspire v4 i121, 29 March 2007: What Makes You Happy?

Let me begin with this: What makes a cow happy? I've been around cows, and I can tell you one thing. When a cow is being a cow, the cow is the happiest. When is an alligator happy? Being an alligator. You can put a diamond-laced chain on the neck of that alligator, put lipstick on it, tie it onto a very expensive chair, and say, "You look beautiful." But the alligator doesn't really care about those things. It just wants to be an alligator; it just wants to do the alligator thing—whatever that is. Being a cat is what makes a cat happy. Being a dog is what makes a dog happy. So what is it that makes the human being happy?
The question is: what makes you happy? Before you answer that, keep one thing in mind. The alligator is not dependent on anything else—just being itself is what makes it happy. For the cat it is being a cat.
It would be a sad day if your happiness depended on someone else or something else. If it did, you're in trouble. Now your life is dedicated not to enjoying happiness, but to having that person around who makes you happy or preserving that situation that makes you happy. People ask: "What are we doing in this world?" We try to preserve all that we think is good, that we like. The whole world is busy trying to make that happen. Nobody's enjoying themselves because enjoyment is not important now; what has become important is to make sure that those circumstances are there, that those people are there.
Can true joy be dependent on anyone else? Is that a harsh or a sweet reality? For those who have felt true joy, it is the sweetest reality. It's a reality that says, "I exist. I am alive. The most beautiful gift, most incredible wealth of breath is being given to me and I am conscious. I am aware. I have not only a yearning to be happy, but I have the source of happiness within me." Both things. Having the yearning to be in peace and the source of peace within you are both important. A lot of people want to know about peace and ask me, "So where is it? How can we get it?"
I tell them, "Peace isn't the problem. Peace is inside of you. I know that. And in fact, you know that. The problem isn't peace; the problem is the yearning." Standing in the middle of the farm where you have tomatoes, eggplant, oranges, and a peach tree, the problem isn't food. The problem is hunger. Peace is innate. The issue is your desire for peace.
How can I be dependent upon myself when I don't even know who I am? Who am I? An alligator knows who an
alligator is. A cat knows who a cat is. A dog knows, "I'm a dog." The human being, who has the biggest brain per body size, who has the run of the earth and the surface of the ocean, asks: "Why am I here? What am I doing here? Who am I?"
Maybe I will be happiest if I can just be me—if I only knew who I was. In your life, things change and have kept changing. There were things that were not good, and they went. And there were things that were superb, and they went, too—an indiscriminate throwing out of stuff. The only thing that has remained constant is the desire to be fulfilled.
When I am fulfilled, the desire to be fulfilled even grows greater. It's like love. When you don't love, there is no love. When you love, then you love even more, and then you can love even more. And then you can love even more. A lot of people think the objective in life is to be fulfilled so that they won't have the desire to be fulfilled. That would be a sad day. When you fall in love with someone, you don't actually fall in love so that you can stop loving—do you? You fall in love so you can love even more, and that has remained constant.
You can truly enjoy your life. I offer the possibility of knowing you so that you can be you. Without knowing you, you cannot be you, and if you cannot be you, you cannot be happy—like the cat, the crocodile, and the cow. It's important for you to know you so that you can be as happy as you can be. This is how simple it is. Find out who you are so you can be who you are. Whenever, wherever, even in the dark hours, be who you are so you can be happy, so you can be content, so you can find peace. Yes, you have many, many important things that you have to do. Place this one at the top, and then all the rest will fall in place.
Maharaji
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Inspire v4 i122, 11 April 2007: A Spectacular Dream

Here is a riddle: There is something that we have all been given plenty of, but it's never enough. We want more. Everybody goes around pretending they don't have enough of it. We're given this one thing, but we can never keep it. What do you suppose it is? Time.
We say, "I don't have time. I don't have time. I don't have time." And it just keeps coming and coming. All the time we get is ours, but we don't get to keep any of it. It slips through, and the only thing we are left with is what we do in that time.
So what is it that we should do in that time? Don't underestimate this little question. This has been debated for centuries: What should we do? We are such "do" creatures that we forget certain fundamental things.
The thirst for fulfillment is innate; it is within you. If you feel the thirst, you are doing what you should be doing. We are driven to do so much in our lives. We think we have to do so much. All our responsibilities, all our ideas, all our thoughts—it's, "Do, do, do."
But once in our lifetime, it would be nice to sit down and feel what we really want to do. The quest for doing it would come from within, not from the outside. It would not be driven by this world. So much of what we think we have to do comes from somebody else.
What does the bathroom cabinet of life look like? All the fixes: "Take this anti-stress thing. Go for a walk, go for a jog, go do this, go do that." Nobody says, "Why are you getting stressed?" It's something to think about because there is one more element to living that we have not included. It's not about going to the moon, and it's not about accomplishments, and it's not about what we could do.
There is another quest within each human being, and that is the desire to be fulfilled, not in thought or imagination, but in earnest. It is the desire to be in that one place which is surrounded by certainty, peace.
Life is not about solving problems. Every time you solve a problem, there will be another one. In fact, some days you feel that you better not solve problems because that is the only way to avoid new ones.
People make excuses why we cannot have peace, but how many recognize that the quest for peace has been going on for an extremely long time. We have had a dream for a really, really long time. A spectacular dream, a dream that said to be in peace—not fear, doubt, pain, sorrow, or confusion—a dream to be in clarity.
Peace is to be in clarity, to feel that understanding, to be in joy not sorrow. And there dwells reality—not a theory, an argument, a definition —but a feeling. True reality is a feeling, to know in clarity.
Peace is the reward. Joy is the reward. A life fulfilled—one at a time. That is the most incredible reward you can ever have. It's the highest honor, the most noble quest—the quest for peace. It is always noble because there's no end. Those who have felt the peace rejoice. The truest victory for every human being is not all the deserts you could cross or the mountains you could climb. It is about feeling, joining, admiring the place within. This is life, not the things that happen in it.
Each breath is a blessing. Be a fisherman. Somebody can show you how to cast that net within and catch as many of those blessings in your life as you can. Reel them in. Fill this vessel, understand, and rejoice. Feel free, really free. Feel the ultimate feeling. Feel happiness, peace every day. Feel the gratitude in your life every day. That's what life is about.
Maharaji
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Inspire v4 i123, 26 April 2007: The Train of Life
Translated from Hindi

In this world, there's a train that is always moving. It doesn't stop at a station or for anyone. It just keeps going. Every second, some people get on and some people get off. Where will it stop? Nobody knows. To sit in this train, all you need is the ticket of life. We have already been given that. We're in the train, and it is moving.
People ask me, "Why am I here?" What kind of question is that? Since I was very little, people have been asking me, "What is the goal of this life?" I used to tell them, "You have this life, and you don't know what the goal of your life is? That means you have not understood what you have been given. You've just believed what people have said."
This is what happens: You're in a car and you get lost. Someone's standing on the side of the road, and you ask him, "Where is so-and-so place? How do I get there?" He says, "Go straight, make a right turn, then one kilometer ahead make a left, and you'll be there." Then you say thank you and keep going. You don't ask, "Do you really know where this place is?" You say, "I need to go there," and he says whatever he says. It could be completely wrong. It could be that he is crazy. It could be that he doesn't know where he is going, and he is lost himself, giving people different directions. When we close our eyes and do things with blind faith, the impact is different than when we do things consciously.
Today, the world is ready to explain to us what we need. I do not accept that because what we need and the desire for it are placed within us. Until we understand what that desire is, we just get stuck in the names, the definitions, the descriptions. We get stuck in imagination. It is one thing to have a description of something and another to have the experience.
When it comes to peace, when it comes to understanding, people are happy to stay in the description and not have the experience. Every day, we try to imagine God through our mind and intellect. We try to talk to him and see him through these eyes. And what is the experience?
What is the experience of that which resides within? This is what I talk about, and this is what I pay more attention to. The descriptions are fine, but without experience, all those things are incomplete. Water quenches thirst, but a picture of water cannot quench your thirst. Fire can burn something, but a picture of fire cannot burn anything. If you want to have true love, you have to experience true love. Just hearing words or descriptions and imagining it are not enough. It needs to be real.
If you want the experience of what is within you, I will walk a thousand steps, but you need to take at least one step: you will have to ask for it from your heart. And I can give it to you.
It is necessary that you come from that place within you that is simple. Don't come with your bag of concepts. In this life, we need to understand how much has been taught to us and how much is our own. We need to recognize both of those things, and it is very difficult.
These are not just words. I guarantee you that you can definitely have the experience of that which has no beginning and has no end, which is real.
That experience is already inside of you. It doesn't need to be created. You just need to lift the veil of ignorance. Once you have understood, once you know where your home is, you won't need to get lost. You won't need to wander. So understand and enjoy that real thing.
Maharaji
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Inspire v4 i124, 9 May 2007: Explanations

Not too long ago, I had an interview with a magazine. The interviewer was saying that people have so many explanations. I agree. Who is considered good? The one who can come up with the best explanation. People want to explain God. People want to explain life. People want to explain what is good, what is truth, what is salvation. And these are things that can only be felt but not explained.
You cannot explain what life is. You need to feel it. You cannot explain breath. You need to breathe it. You cannot explain water. If you are thirsty, you need to drink it. You cannot explain food. If you are hungry, you need to eat it. You cannot explain what this existence means. It can only be felt. If you understand that, an entirely different door opens up to you. You begin to understand by feeling — not through explanations. You begin to understand the preciousness of life, the joy, and the truest responsibility to be in gratitude to the most magnificent power that has made it possible for you to be alive. That's what it means to be alive. Not doubt. Not confusion. Not pain, not suffering, not misery, not darkness. Not sorrow and lamenting and wishing. Being alive means to be crystal clear. You have imagined this entire existence and what it means. Day after day after day, this monster that you have created could never survive except that you keep feeding it with explanations. Every day, you have to explain what happened, what it means to be alive. Every day, you have excuses for why you were unable to feel gratitude, why you lived another day unconsciously. And before you know it, you run out of days. And then you finally know without a doubt all that you should have done. But now you don't have the means to do it! People have explanations for that, too: "Life is cruel."
When you live in the world of explanations, what will you hear? More explanations. And what I am telling you is that more explanations is not what you need. What you need is real water to quench your thirst, not another explanation of water. What you need is real food to satisfy your hunger. Otherwise, you're going to go hungry from here on out. Satisfying your hunger is not about explanations or ideas or being close to food. If that were the case, hungry people would lean on restaurant walls and be satisfied.
If it won't work with food, why would it work in the inner realm? Is the hunger for peace an illusion? Or is it real? Is the hunger to be content an illusion? Or is it real? A very good question. And the answer is: It's not an illusion! It touches every single human being on the face of this earth, and it has been an issue since time immemorial. What people have done is to learn how to evade the issue — not tackle it but evade it. I tell everyone who will listen to me that you don't need to evade it. Peace is real, joy is real, contentment is real, and there is a way to get to it. I know. I've been talking to people about it for a long time. Don't take my word for it. Find out for yourself. Somebody told me, "Here is a person who is very independent." I said, "He is dependent on being independent." We would all like to be "independent" because we are so dependent on being independent. Another explanation.
We're drowning in our own explanations. Why do you have so many explanations? You cannot explain it. Who can? Everybody has an explanation. Why are there people dying? People have explanations. Why are there people hungry in this world? People have explanations. But why do you have so many explanations for these things? Nobody knows.
Feel at home in peace, not in confusion. Feel at home in the feeling, not in explanations. Feel at home in your true self. If you want to be independent, then be independent of confusion. Be independent of doubt. Be independent of all that is not yours. And feel. Feel reality in its magnificence. Not from fear. Because fear is not yours, either. You were made to behold joy. This is what belongs in this vessel, in this human body. This is what it was made for. Not all the other stuff.
Who you listen to is up to you. That's always your choice. You can listen to the voice inside of you that says, "Everything is wrong." Or you can listen to the voice that says, "Be. Be free. Be clear. Enjoy this life." Many people will tell you that you don't have a choice. I know you have a choice. Every day that you hear the two voices, you have a choice which one to listen to. You won't be able to stop hearing them. But which one you pay attention to is up to you. Know. Understand. And be fulfilled. Every day. No excuses. No explanations. Be fulfilled every single day.
When I talk, people say, "I have never heard that explanation before!" I tell them, "This is not an explanation. I'm offering you the real thing." Feel it. Feel that peace in your life. This is the real thing. The magazine interviewer asked me, "So, do you just go around showing people pictures of wells?" I said, "No, I make sure that their thirst is quenched. This is the possibility that I present."
Maharaji
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Inspire v4 i125, 25 May 2007: The Train of Life

I travel a lot and talk to people about peace. People have so many different interpretations of peace. Using the analogy of a lamp, we want to see lit lamps of peace on the borders of India and Pakistan, Beirut, Israel, Palestinewherever it may be. But peace is a little more than lit lamps. And that's what we have to consider.
The body of an oil lamp is made of clay. In the lamp is a cotton wick, and in the bowl is oil. If you light the wick, it will burn for only a few minutes before going out. If you want the lamp to stay lit for a long time, you need oil. You may not actually see it, yet it is the oil that is helping the wick to stay lit and give light.
There is a peace that is not just a surface peace—not just a peace of ideas or conditions, but a peace that goes far beyond those things. The peace that we need to get in touch with and that we should be discussing around the world today is the peace we would like to see reflected on the borders of nations.
People not fighting each other is just a reflection, a consequence of something else that happened. Not the real thing.
A mother or father would like to see their child smile. It's a wonderful feeling. So how should they go about that? Pull their cheeks? Put a piece of wood between their lips?
This is what we try to do. We have created a qualification for peace, and that is: no wars. But "no wars" is a consequence of something, just like war is a consequence of something. Peace will happen when every one of us can feel that feeling of peace within us.
If you want to light a room, you light the lamps. Each lamp is a human being. If you want peace on this earth, you will have to light these lamps called human beings.
We have fundamental needs, and unless they are fulfilled, it really doesn't matter what we do. We have traded today for tomorrow. Today was spent planning for tomorrow. But tomorrow will never come because tomorrow always comes as today. How will tomorrow be spent? Planning for the next day.
The world is in a rut. We have traded peace for prosperity when the formula has always been peace first, then prosperity. Not prosperity, then peace. We think that all we need is prosperity. If everybody had food, everything would be fine. But even when people have food, they still have needs.
There is something that has been the quest of every civilization on the face of this earth. The thirst for peace lies within you, and peace is also within you. Begin with yourself. Begin with respecting what today means to you, instead of trading it for tomorrow. What does this moment that you are alive mean to you? Your life is like a necklace—one moment, another moment, another moment, another moment.
You are the first step. Peace begins with you, not somebody else. All our lives, things have come from somewhere else. But the process of peace begins with you. It begins with you understanding the possibility that being alive brings.
So much happens that attracts our attention. Maybe one other thing should attract our attention, and that's the possibility of peace. So much happens that distracts us. Maybe there is one thing we should never be distracted from, and that is the possibility brought by life itself.
I present people with the possibility of themselves. I remind them to pour the oil in the lamp. It's fine to decorate the clay, and you need the wick, but don't forget the oil. There are many priorities and demands, many things that have to be done. But begin with the very simple formula of peace and prosperity. That formula was laid out a long, long time ago. And peace begins with you.
Maharaji
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Inspire v4 i126, 8 June 2007: Peace Then Prosperity

From my heart, what I want to talk about is very simple. You know, it's the little things in life that sometimes have the most significant impact. Little things like peace being felt in the heart of every human being. Maybe it's a little thing. And, in the pursuit of prosperity, we ignore the formula set forth a long, long time ago: peace, then prosperity.
In this day and age, we are ambition-driven. Have you ever wondered what the ambition is for? What is the ambition of a poor farmer in some remote place? Is it to work in a high-rise? He has never even seen one, and he can't even imagine it. What is the ambition of a little boy that only has a bicycle wheel and gets incredible pleasure, hour after hour, rolling that wheel down the road? I do not claim to be an expert, but I have traveled quite a bit. Their ambition is not that much different from the ambition of all the people I saw going to work this morning in this city. We sometimes forget that we are human beings. We have very simple needs. And at the top of the list has always been the need to feel contentment. To feel a heart full of joy. To feel a peace—not by definition—but a peace within each individual.
I go from place to place reminding people of the most important things in their lives. Simple things—not complex things. I see wars in this world. I don't like wars. And I know it has been said many times that the poor soldiers that have to actually fight are the ones that detest it the most. Nobody likes wars. And yet, wars happen again and again and again. And every time there is a war, there is a call for peace. Is that an accident? No. The call for peace has been there. We look everywhere, and sometimes we forget to look within ourselves for the thirst that we have. The thirst is within us, and the well is within us. The quest for peace is within us, and the solution for peace also lies within us. This is who we are. We are human beings striving in our own ways to reach the same goal as anyone else. At the end of the day, maybe some people have more resources and others very few, but the driving force is exactly the same for everyone.
Like all the different cuisines, there are many religions, many solutions. They are supposed to satisfy the same basic hunger that is in each of us. We are driven by very fundamental ambitions. It is not a question of whether the world recognizes it or not. What do we recognize? What do we see?
When you look in a mirror, you see yourself differently than anyone else sees you. We look at ourselves very, very differently. We know our needs. We understand our needs. And whatever you do and wherever you go in this world, remember that peace is on top of the internal list. External lists are influenced by society and what is in vogue. External lists change. Internal lists stay the same. Like they have since you were a little child.
We may speak differently, we may even have different languages, but the true feelings from our hearts are not that different. If you're going to be in the boat of this world today, little things like having peace in your life become incredibly important. That's my opinion. This is my message.
I cannot help but feel that the same ambition drives us all. Perhaps what you know, what you have accomplished in your life, is on a scale unimaginable to a farmer in India. Yet, we are so concerned with our differences that we have forgotten about our similarities. Even though I like the differences, I also like the similarity we all have—that a lamp burns bright in the heart of every single human being on the face of this earth. And in this great darkness of ignorance, where people are fighting with their own kind, that lamp needs to shine as brightly as it possibly can.
What I like to tell everyone is that if you want the solution, turn within. Look for the things you want, but also look within. People find that to be a powerful message, and I can understand why, because sometimes we forget those simple little things. As we go fumbling in the darkness, maybe the solution has always been with us. With a little opening of this heart, shining of the lamp, we don't have to stub our toes on all the obstacles out there. Simple it is and always has been. Peace, then prosperity. Your own call within you that you feel. Let it be real. Peace is not a fiction. Peace is the one flower that is held by every human being. That's what peace needs to be.
Maharaji
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Inspire v4 i127, 22 June 2007: Asking the Right Question

Something from within tells us that joy is a possibility, happiness is a possibility, that being fulfilled is a possibility. But we want to invent a tool for that, not realizing that an incredible tool has already been given to make this possibility real. This tool is called life. Consider this: life is a tool to accomplish something. This life you have been given can make this possibility real.
Do you want to accept that possibility? The question is not, "Wouldn't you like to be happy?" Everyone would say, "Sure." But do you want to accept that this life is a tool and with it, you can accomplish the greatest of all joy, the greatest of all happiness? Everything we do, we do to be content. But we don't make the connection that what we do to be content doesn't bring us contentment. All the things we do may be necessary for many reasons, but they are not going to accomplish the one objective called the real joy.
Every day, you are given an opportunity for that. Do you have the ability to look at every day anew? To recognize the value of a moment? To be content? Yes, you do. Do you? Are you? We are perfectly satisfied being frustrated and expressing our frustration to other people. When something goes wrong, that's what we talk about. No one wants to talk about all the good things that happen. It's not interesting to talk about being alive.
You have the ability to recognize what is good. Do so. If life were a canvas with colors, would you paint? If life were a drum, would you play? Or would you say, "I don't know how to paint. I don't know how to play." "I don't know how" is an excuse. If you really don't know how, you can find out. It takes searching and understanding. That's the tool you have been given. It's called life.
Learning is so far removed from us that we don't understand what it means. We measure our existence by our accomplishments or failures. We live in a world where everything is fixed instantly. There's a fix for everything. People think, "I want to be happy. No problem." This is the message they have ultimately gotten. You don't have to learn or understand anything; everything has a shortcut.
In this world of instant fixes, I tell people, "You need to learn. You need to learn about what this life is." That must come as a really odd message because they think they have come to watch another commercial. "Unhappy? No problem. Here, pop this pill." But I'm saying, "Learn. Open your eyes. See. Look around you. Everything you see and experience, one day you will not be able to see or experience. Understand, because there will be a time you will not be able to understand or know the joy of understanding."
Somehow we want a license to be able to look into the future. You won't get it. And what future do you want? The one you shape? Or a future like a kite that has come undone from the string? Flopping. Randomly, things are happening. What future would you like? As you see it, the future is uncertain. But for you to be content in the uncertainty can be very certain because that is not sparked by this world. The source of that is within you. And this is what you should learn—the knowledge of the self, the self that you are. And for that, you need to understand that life is a tool. If you could understand the possibility that exists in this moment, you wouldn't have to look at the past or lament the past. We say, "This is how life is," because somebody we thought was credible told us that, and we never questioned it. But did we ever ask, "How do I use this tool of life I've been given to accomplish what I want to accomplish?"
Some people will say that's the wrong question. Your heart's going to say that's a wonderful question. Ask that question to somebody who knows. The heart knows when it receives the true answer. Everything that happens is meaningful—not meaningless—to further the accomplishment of being fulfilled every single day.
When our conversations are about all that is wrong, listening to news that is good can be difficult. But it is good. It is good that you are alive. It is good that you exist. It is good to be happy. It is good to be content. It is good to be clear. It is good to learn, to understand. It's all about good. It has always been good news. And it always will be good news.
Maharaji
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Inspire v4 i128, 9 July 2007: Fear or Trust?

This world is full of people looking for solutions without identifying what the problem is. It is like the analogy of a house with dirt all around it. Every day the wind blows and the dirt ends up in your house. Every time you watch a commercial about a vacuum or you see a new invention to get rid of dust, you listen. This is how most people's lives progress—waiting, hoping that somebody will come up with a lighter vacuum cleaner with more power. You hear, "Bring in your old one; we'll give you a discount, and you can take home a new one, a better one." Isn't everybody waiting for a better mousetrap? A solution to our problems. And somebody says, "You don't need a vacuum cleaner; you don't need a duster. This dirt problem can be taken care of." "But, how can that be?" Some people with a touch of wisdom say, "Okay. Tell me." Solution? Plant some grass. Maybe tile the surface. Your problem is dust, but it is exacerbated by the fact that there is so much dust outside and when you open your windows, the wind blows it in. Does that make sense? Of course. In your life, take notice. What solutions are you looking for? What are you trying to solve? What do you as a human being—not as a parent, relative, employee, employer—what do you want in your life?
If the one thing you have identified keeps changing, you haven't discovered your real want. Because the truest want does not change. That is its nature, its beauty. It's not influenced by what happens around you—who comes and goes in your life. It has nothing to do with that. You live in a world that constantly changes. You live in a house that changes every day. All the door seals are deteriorating a little bit. No matter how strong your house is, it slowly sags. The earth shifts. All this dust you've been trying to get rid of came together, compacted, and created this planet earth, and now it is shifting. Every day that you just go on with your business, this is what's happening. And here you are.
Imagine that you're going on a week's vacation, and you know the vacation is going to end from the day you begin. You can say, "Oh, this is terrible. It's going to end." Is that what you do—lament? "I dare not have a good time because I know it is going to end." No. Quite the contrary. You want to have the best possible time you can in those days. You don't want to miss a moment, an hour —you want it all. And that is how your life should be lived. Because this vacation called lifetime is going to end. Being afraid is not the point. Too many people are caught up in that. This life cannot be lived in fear or lamenting. This life needs to be lived with a passion—of understanding, of clarity, a feeling of being fulfilled every single day.
We look for solutions to our problems in the concept of utopia. Do this and that, and at the end comes this wonderful time where everything is perfect, I have total realization, all I see is clarity, and I know everything. There is no such utopia. Your utopia comes every day, because every day that you are alive is perfect. Open your eyes and see how beautiful existence is, what a gift it is. The possibility.
Recently, a hummingbird built a tiny nest outside my office, and laid two little eggs. The mother would come and sit, and then the eggs hatched. I made sure nobody disturbed it. First one came out, sat on a branch, and then flexed his wings. I was able to take some beautiful photos. The mama sat on another branch watching. We got a honey dispenser so she could get food close by, and she was okay with it. This baby bird had to have total trust. Fear or "it's okay" were the two choices. No logic, no reasoning. Not, "Anybody with a Canon camera wouldn't harm me" or "Somebody who has allowed me to exist up till now won't harm me." No. It could have been total paranoia and panic, but it wasn't. I would come with my camera, and the bird would look, until he got his flying business straightened out and took off. Then it was the next bird's turn, and he was even smaller. He sat on the branch and wouldn't go. It took him longer to get his wings flexed. Then one day, he was gone, too. Same thing: Total fear or trust? Both opted for trust.
What do you opt for in your life? Fear or trust? You can reason and find fear. But with understanding, you realize there is so much more beauty than I could ever fathom, so much more clarity than I could ever understand. That this life is the sweetest gift I will ever have, the most precious gift, given most freely. A car or a house can be replaced, but a breath can never be replaced. And all I have to do is accept it.
People create their scenarios. "Oh, I'm so busy. Got to do this; got to do that." What can I do? Learn in my life how to appreciate. And my appreciation needs to begin with one solitary thing—breath—to understand how precious that is. One life. It is critical that you be clear, determined. Like taking that vacation, no moment shall be wasted.
Prem Rawat
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Inspire v4 i129, 25 June 2007: Garden of Life

From my heart, what I want to talk about is very simple. You know, it's the little things in life that sometimes have the most significant impact. Little things like peace being felt in the heart of every human being. Maybe it's a little thing. And, in the pursuit of prosperity, we ignore the formula set forth a long, long time ago: peace, then prosperity.
In this day and age, we are ambition-driven. Have you ever wondered what the ambition is for? What is the ambition of a poor farmer in some remote place? Is it to work in a high-rise? He has never even seen one, and he can't even imagine it. What is the ambition of a little boy that only has a bicycle wheel and gets incredible pleasure, hour after hour, rolling that wheel down the road? I do not claim to be an expert, but I have traveled quite a bit. Their ambition is not that much different from the ambition of all the people I saw going to work this morning in this city. We sometimes forget that we are human beings. We have very simple needs. And at the top of the list has always been the need to feel contentment. To feel a heart full of joy. To feel a peace—not by definition—but a peace within each individual.
I go from place to place reminding people of the most important things in their lives. Simple things—not complex things. I see wars in this world. I don't like wars. And I know it has been said many times that the poor soldiers that have to actually fight are the ones that detest it the most. Nobody likes wars. And yet, wars happen again and again and again. And every time there is a war, there is a call for peace. Is that an accident? No. The call for peace has been there. We look everywhere, and sometimes we forget to look within ourselves for the thirst that we have. The thirst is within us, and the well is within us. The quest for peace is within us, and the solution for peace also lies within us. This is who we are. We are human beings striving in our own ways to reach the same goal as anyone else. At the end of the day, maybe some people have more resources and others very few, but the driving force is exactly the same for everyone.
Like all the different cuisines, there are many religions, many solutions. They are supposed to satisfy the same basic hunger that is in each of us. We are driven by very fundamental ambitions. It is not a question of whether the world recognizes it or not. What do we recognize? What do we see? When you look in a mirror, you see yourself differently than anyone else sees you. We look at ourselves very, very differently. We know our needs. We understand our needs. And whatever you do and wherever you go in this world, remember that peace is on top of the internal list. External lists are influenced by society and what is in vogue. External lists change. Internal lists stay the same. Like they have since you were a little child.
We may speak differently, we may even have different languages, but the true feelings from our hearts are not that different. If you're going to be in the boat of this world today, little things like having peace in your life become incredibly important. That's my opinion. This is my message.
I cannot help but feel that the same ambition drives us all. Perhaps what you know, what you have accomplished in your life, is on a scale unimaginable to a farmer in India. Yet, we are so concerned with our differences that we have forgotten about our similarities. Even though I like the differences, I also like the similarity we all have—that a lamp burns bright in the heart of every single human being on the face of this earth. And in this great darkness of ignorance, where people are fighting with their own kind, that lamp needs to shine as brightly as it possibly can.
What I like to tell everyone is that if you want the solution, turn within. Look for the things you want, but also look within. People find that to be a powerful message, and I can understand why, because sometimes we forget those simple little things. As we go fumbling in the darkness, maybe the solution has always been with us. With a little opening of this heart, shining of the lamp, we don't have to stub our toes on all the obstacles out there.
Simple it is and always has been. Peace, then prosperity. Your own call within you that you feel. Let it be real. Peace is not a fiction. Peace is the one flower that is held by every human being. That's what peace needs to be.
Maharaji
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Inspire v4 i130, 9 August 2007: Voyage of Life

In this life, we hear many things. We hear about the road of life, about what is the purpose of life. But the fact of the matter is, no one knows. Each one of us, because we are alive, will make a voyage. What will it be like? No one knows.
You are given a vessel—this human body. By the very fact that it exists, it will make a voyage and go where no one has been before. You might think it will be similar to another person's voyage. No. There are infinite little changes, variables that will make your voyage unlike anyone else's. How you perceive, how you understand is completely unique to you.
Every day is different. Even if you do the same thing every day, no two days are alike. It is not just a question of good or bad; it is how you view it. One day things could be really bad and you're feeling good inside so, "It's not so bad." There could be a day when things are really good but you're not feeling good inside, so you think, "Oh, no. Everything is bad." How do we make this voyage? What is the purpose of this voyage? To understand this, you have to begin at point zero. Why? Because you've heard a lot, read a lot of books. This is all information floating in your head. You need to begin at zero—no information. Let's look at the facts, not ideas.
You try to make this body comfortable. You want a soft bed, a soft pillow. When you buy shoes, you walk in them to make sure they're comfortable. We spend a lot of time and energy to make sure our body is externally comfortable. Do we also spend that time to make sure that our existence, our life, is internally comfortable? Or do we learn how to live with disparity, with anger, with confusion?
You start out as a baby. As you get older and older, the body deteriorates. You know it's going to deteriorate, but you try to take care of it, preserve it. You want to be comfortable because this is how you are made. This body does not like pain; it reacts to something hot. It wants to see and hear that which brings you enjoyment. This is how you are. So, is it any different for what is within you, that the heart also wants to enjoy? Your existence wants to be fulfilled.
What is the ultimate experience? Without being a rocket scientist, I would have to say that the experience of the ultimate would be an ultimate experience. The ultimate would be that power that makes everything possible. Powers it. Moves it. In the whole universe. I'm not going to try to define it because one of the definitions of the ultimate is that it's indefinable. I'm not going to try to explain to you what infinity is; we cannot understand what infinity is.
This universe is amazing, but the fascinating thing is not understanding the universe, but understanding that what powers the universe happens to be within us right now, and we can experience it. And when you do, you are filled with peace, with clarity, with joy. This is when you experience the truest, truest happiness. How beautiful is this opportunity to make this voyage of life. What do you need to take with you? Do you need anger? Do you need fear? No. These have been given to you, but so has kindness. There is confusion, but there is clarity. There is pain, but there is joy. Pain is the absence. Kindness and joy are the presence.
Your life is about absences and presences, and you need to know the difference. To make doubts go away is impossible, but to bring clarity into your life is very possible. This you can do. In your life, have you put on your list what you do not want or what you do want? For most people, there are all the lists of what they don't want: "I don't want confusion; I don't want poverty; I don't want pain. I don't want this; I don't want that."
Let me help you prepare for this voyage. You try to pack everything, and your back hurts from carrying all those ideas. You don't need everything. Lighten your load. Carry the essentials; that's all you need. Pack clarity. It will see you through most problems. Confusion weighs a lot; clarity weighs so little. Pain weighs so much, and joy so little. These are good things to carry with you because they hardly weigh anything and they make you lighter, too.
Take the voyage. It's a good voyage. Feel the heaven here. This earth was designed for you. Be in that peace. Be in that joy.
Maharaji
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Inspire v4 i131, 21 August 2007: What We Reflect

What is the nature of light? We all know that when light comes, darkness cannot stay. It goes away. Light is the only thing that can make darkness go away. But that's not the only quality of light. There's another quality. Whatever it falls upon, it illuminates. And this process happens by reflection. Each object—each person, the walls, the ceiling, the carpet—has the quality that it can reflect light. When it does, light falls on your eye, and you can see that object.
What does this mean to us as human beings? It means that when light falls on us, what we absorb and especially what we reflect gives us a color. This is the color we will be seen as.
If you absorb everything and reflect hate, if it's all dark, no problem. But if the light falls on you and you are reflecting hate, it will become visible. If you are reflecting peace, that will become visible. A family knows when the father is angry just by one look, "Oops. Father is angry. Disappear." So, the question is, what do you reflect? What do you want to reflect? Do you reflect the color, "I know everything"? I'm not making a judgment. I'm not here to say that's a pretty color or an ugly color. I am not an interior decorator.
Somebody once asked me, "How would you describe what you do?" I said, "I am the one who carries the mirror, puts it in front of people, and says, 'Look at yourself. Do you like what you see? Great. If you don't like what you see, maybe you can fix it.' This is all I can do—carry the mirror." Some people don't want to look in the mirror. A lot of people feel threatened by the subject of peace because they don't want somebody to redefine their world by telling them what peace is, what joy is. I am here to point out some simple facts: This is your life. You exist. You're here temporarily, and this earth is temporary. One day—not tomorrow—it is not going to be here.
Recently, I was on a veranda overlooking the city. It was still early. All you could see were lights in people's houses. It looked so tranquil, but there are incredible dramas going on. There are people who are happy or unhappy, people who are fighting or just want to sleep. Amongst those lights, new hopes are being formed and dreams are being shattered. A drama behind a veil that seems so tranquil. An incredible drama.
So, you have this ability to reflect. What do you want to reflect? Do you want to reflect peace because you feel peace, contentment because you feel content? Would you like to have a slight tinge of gratitude? Do you want to feel joy? A joy that is real, that comes from within you, that does not seek triggers from the outside? These hues are not imagination. They have to be real. If they're not real, their reflection will not happen.
A lot of people say, "Oh, I have felt peace before." This is like saying, "I don't need to eat today; I ate last week!" Some people think you feel peace once in your life, and that's it. No. You need to feel peace every day of your life—that's the kind of peace you need. People go near a quiet lake and say, "Oh, it's so peaceful." Quietness is not an attribute of peace. They have a definition of peace and go around looking for it. But if you're looking for peace by description, you will never find it. Why? How do you search for something you already have? The word "searching" assumes you've lost it. But you never lost it. It's within you.
You have an amazing possibility, and that is to reflect the color of the infinite that is within you. Forget green, blue, and yellow. If you are going to reflect a color, reflect the infinite. This color has shades of peace and hues of contentment. Not questions, but answers. Not ideas, but realities. When you begin to be filled with the color of what is within you, you shine.
As long as you're alive, the light is shining. You need to shine, too. It can happen. Prem Rawat
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Inspire v4 i132, 6 September 2007: Living Without Fear

Many times we go to places that we feel are holy or sacred. What I want to talk about is the most sacred place that lies within inside everyone. Because of that place, we are who we are. Because of that place, the most amazing gift has been made possible—the gift that we are alive.
We all judge our lives by what happens, by what is going on around usand that is always changing. We are very concerned about these changes. Some people say, "Changes are good." They've read the books. But it isn't always so. Changes are good if they are according to your plan and happen with your timing—not abruptly. Changes are good if the end result is to your liking. To give some perspective on this, remember that change has always happened as far back as our earliest human ancestors.
For our ancestors who climbed trees when they were afraid of all the animals that wanted to eat them, change was not seen as good. They wanted to start the day alive, still be alive when they went to sleep, and then wake up still alive. That was what was good. It must have been terrifying. Slowly they made a change into the caves, and this brought its own set of problems. They had to be careful the cave was not already occupied. Today, the way we think is what has changed the fastest. We have become very good at reasoning, and we have our beliefs. There was a time things had to be factual, and knowing had to be very real. You had to know, not just believe. We have traded knowing for belief. "I think I have enough gas to get there," but you don't know you are going to get lost.
You don't have to go around just believing. You don't have to be stuck with reasoning. You can know. The question is, as a human being, what do you choose in your life? Being unconscious is a choice, and being conscious is a choice. It actually takes the same amount of effort to be unconscious or conscious. You may think that being unconscious actually conserves energy, but it doesn't because of the consequences. What are the consequences? Pain and suffering. If you have suffered, you know how much energy it takes. You can't sleep, and it costs a tremendous amount of money. You have to have tissues, you have to buy books, you have to make phone calls. You have to try to find some relief from this agonizing suffering.
Consciousness may seem to take a little more energy, but it actually doesn't because you're happy. Happiness doesn't cost anything. Everything about happiness is free. When you're happy, it's like, "Do I have to call somebody? Do I have to do this or that?" No, you just relax. Everything is gorgeous.
You want to be free, but you have forgotten what it feels like to be free. You want to understand, but you have forgotten how to understand. And what happens? That which is the most precious is disregarded. I'm talking about this breath. It's the most precious. But because it is so abundant, you disregard it.
Don't, in your life, abandon know-how. Drop for drop, ounce for ounce, there is no substitute for knowing. The feeling of joy, the feeling of contentment, the feeling of peace, the feeling of being in love—when a human being is in love, there is a fullness inside. When a human being is content because they have felt the peace within them, it surpasses all reasoned descriptions of heaven. That's pure heaven. It dances on a person's face, and it's unmistakable.
When the heart finally feels full, the human being becomes content. The now becomes endless, the breath becomes precious, and all is put together perfectly. Then you begin to see perfection because the fog is gone. All that was dark, hidden, is illuminated, and you can see. And because you can see, there is no fear. Do you know what it is like to be without fear? You don't have to be in fear; you can have that feeling in you—clarity, true heaven. To know. You don't ever have to be with the unknown. You don't have to rely on reasoning. You don't have to rely on beliefs.
That's the possibility. Choose wisely this beautiful option every day. How kind. How gentle. How beautiful. How elegant. Maharaji
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Inspire v4 i133, 26 September 2007: Heaven Is Here

We are very, very fortunate to be alive. Do you understand that, or do you look at your existence and judge it by what is happening in your life? "I'm happy because …" How many of us do that? We all do. Even me. But that does not make it right.
I was lying in bed one night, trying to sleep, thinking, "Why did this go wrong? Why did that go wrong?" All of a sudden, something inside of me said, "Stop it. The most important thing that is happening is not all the things that are wrong. The most important thing that is happening is that this breath is coming into you." Then I went to sleep.
Confusion—gone. Yes, that is the most important thing that is happening. All the things that are happening in your life can change, can go from good to bad to good to bad. But this should not change. Because if this changes, that's really a bad day.
If you understand the importance of this existence, you can put away all the explanations because you don't need them. The world is full of explanations. For years, people have tried to explain why bad things happen. It is still going on, and it will go on forever. Removing confusion is like trying to remove darkness. The only way to remove darkness is to bring in light. One tiny lamp will make the darkness go away. When you understand that it is not about the good and bad, but about the ultimate good that has happened, there is clarity in your life. The light that you're looking for is not far from you. It is within you. The joy that you are looking for is not far from you. It is within you.
If you want to see the reality, it takes a very different vision. Not, "Where? Where?" Here. Do you know how to turn within? Or are you standing at the airport waiting for your friend to come—who you don't even know? You look at everyone. "Could it be him? Could it be him?" And this is what you do in your life, don't you? "Could it be her? Could it be him? Is this it? Is today the day that I'll find my reality? Is it here? Is it in India? Is it on top of a hill? Is it in this book? Is it in this movie? Is it you? Is it you?"
What does Truth look like? I can tell you. Next time you see your face in the mirror, look closely. Don't look for defects; look for Truth. And when you see that person in the mirror, that's what Truth looks like—you. Here lies Truth—in you. What do you strive for every day, unknowingly? You don't know what Truth looks like, so you think, "If I have my perfect coffee, I'll be happy. My newspaper. My croissant. My baby. My friends. My job." Do you know what an incredible amount of work you are putting in just to be a little bit happy, even for one minute? This is how much you value happiness, how much you need joy. You will stand in a line for an hour to have one second of it. Anything. This is your drive. This is what inspires you every single day.
Do you know why a person says, "I want to forge my life"? So that he can be happy. Do you know why the little boy starts playing with his food? So he can be happy. Why do we look at a sunset, the sunrise, a star in the sky? To be amazed for a moment so we can be happy. Do you know that all that goes on in this world is because somebody thinks it's going to make them happy? And does it?
Happiness is within you. We plant what we think peace is—definitions, ideas. But the opportunity I offer is to be able to go within and feel it. Not by thoughts, not by ideas, but from your heart, from a place that is real. That's what it takes.
Something inside of you is saying, "Thank you for this life. Thank you for this breath." And in that gratitude, see the unfolding of all the mysteries. There is no mystery. There is a simplicity. There is a reality waiting for the right seeker to come along who has the vision, who can see that simplicity, who is not afraid to be simple. There are people who are afraid to be simple, because to them simplicity is worth nothing. Simplicity is everything. It's the simplicity of feeling joy, of being alive, of wanting to be content. It is so innate for every human being. This is what everybody wants—to be fulfilled. You, too, in your way, want to be fulfilled. You, too, have the same cry.
Quench the thirst, and get thirsty again, and then quench the thirst. That's how simple it is. I'm not here to tell you something new. The something that is very new you have—the breath that just came. That is the newest thing. And you just got it. And it left. And here comes a new one. And it just left. And here comes another one. I'm trying to point out the magic of that existence that's there. That's heaven. Heaven is here. Heaven is in your heart. That's the truest heaven there is.
Prem Rawat
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Inspire v4 i134, 5 October 2007: When You Find Yourself Alive

All of a sudden, you find yourself alive; you exist. Now what do you do? Try to find some meaning, get some answers. Lots of questions—very few answers. Lots of misunderstandings—very few real understandings. Lot of problems—but very few solutions. And yet, time is like a big hand that keeps pushing you along. You want to stop, but the hand of time will not let you—not even for one minute. Not allowed. So what do you do?
One day you were born, and now you are alive. One day you will have to go. But before you go, you have the opportunity to fulfill yourself. This has been the possibility for every human being throughout time. And this is your possibility.
Why should you fulfill yourself? The answer to this question is written in the scripture of your heart. This is the only scripture that does not require that you be literate. People express themselves in different ways, but what they are saying is the same thing. We are all human beings, and, ultimately, we have the same passion. Ultimately, we want to be in peace, we want to feel content, we want to feel happy. We want to feel that inner joy, that inner peace. Something that doesn't just come and go. Something that we can call our own.
What is really yours? You cling to so many things, "This is mine." Then one day, it's gone, and you wonder what happened. What is your very own? Something that will not abandon you till the very end. Something that is real—not a fantasy. Something that will never leave you, no matter where you go or what happens. Things happen—good times, bad times. Roads turn. The world changes in an instant, and all you thought was a certain way is no longer the same. Sages have called this "The Grand Illusion" because it looks so real.
So what are you doing to fulfill yourself? There are things that bring out the best in our nature and there are things that bring out the worst. What is your nature? Are you kind? There's no question that there is kindness in you, and there is no question that there is anger in you. There is no question that there is love in you, and there is no question that there is hate in you. Everything you despise in another person is in you, and everything you love in another person is in you, too.
What manifests? Kindness or hate? What are you in touch with? Are you frustrated by justifications or delighted that you are alive? Are you frustrated trying to reason where you are on this highway of life? Trying to look for the answers for why this happened and why that happened?
All the tools you need to find fulfillment are available to you. You are not incomplete; you are complete. It is your nature to want to be fulfilled. And I help people with that. The world has prepared you for the questions. Let me prepare you for the answer. The problem I see with this world is that people are so obsessed with their questions, that even after they get the answer, they don't want to let go of the question. Be glad to let go of the question when you find the answer. When I pray, I pray for gratitude to fill my heart. That's all. My wants will be many. I can want more things than this world can imagine. But sometimes I don't even know what I want. But when I pray to be filled with gratitude, that suits me very well. To be thankful that I am alive.
A few days ago, I was having one of those days where everything was going wrong. Everything. I just smiled. "You know what? Good day to remember that this breath just came into me, and all is well." All is well. Just as this breath isn't permanent, so the troubles of this world are not permanent, either. Take solace, take comfort. Your problems, too, will go away one day. They're temporary as well. The only thing that is permanent in nature is in your heart. Recognize that and be fulfilled. Fulfill the possibility that was declared the day you were born, the moment you took your first breath.
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Inspire v4 i135, 25 September 2007: Supreme Wisdom

Sometimes we get carried away with everything that is happening in the world, and it's incredibly confusing. People tell you, "This is how it is." They tell you about God, about afterlife, about before life.
Life is about now. Somebody told me once that I was an emperor in my last lifetime. So what? If you live your life by explanations, maybe it would important to know what you were in your last lifetime or what will happen after this lifetime. But if you live understanding the value of this life, all those things are irrelevant. The only thing that is relevant is that I am alive. Now.
When you live with explanations, only one thing is created. Confusion. When you live by the value of your existence today, what is created is clarity, simplicity, gratitude, understanding. Not speculation. If you say, "Explain to me why my tire went flat," you will surely find someone who will explain it to you. There is no shortage of explainers.
Why? Because we truly do not know. It's easy to say, "I am Jose or Maria or Patrick." Excuse me. You are not that. You're something else. It's easy to say, "My mother's name is this, and my father's name is this." But you're something more than that. "I am a college graduate. I have a degree, I'm a doctor, I'm a lawyer, I'm a this, I'm a that." No. You're something more than that, too. "I'm a housewife." No. You're something more than that, too. "I'm a mother, a father." You're something more than that, too.
All these relationships you measure yourself by are relative. They are, and then they're not. You are in the process of moving on. It doesn't feel like it. You need to understand what is moving and what is not moving. In this river of life, you are sitting on a boat, and it's moving. When you look out of the window, it looks like all the things you see are moving. They're not moving. They're there, and they willbe there. You are moving, and you won't be there.
What is perishable? This vessel that you are in is perishable. One day, it won't be. This vessel is moving. You are moving. Since when? Since you took your first breath. First breath. Most amazing thing. Before that, you were blue. Then you took a breath, and the process of life started to unfold. Powerful. And another breath and another and another.
The unfolding of the same power that unfolds the universe is what just came and touched me, bringing me this gift of life. Bringing me every day, every moment, every star. This is a miracle. Every baby that is born is a miracle. We do not understand that, and that's why we suffer. Having everything, we think we have nothing. Burdened by our problems, we hobble through life.
Yet how beautiful it is in this moment. I cannot go back to yesterday, however hard I try. And no matter how much I try, I cannot go to tomorrow. To me, that is supreme wisdom. Here I am in this moment, and here, everything is wonderful.
Young people want to live in the future. Older people want to live in the past. Nobody wants to live in the present. And where has joy placed itself? Where has understanding placed itself? In the present.
So if you ever wonder why it is so hard to have understanding about life, maybe the answer is: You don't live where it lives. You have gotten used to confusion, and it's not nice.
What can you do? Learn how to live in today. And what is today? Another chance you have been given you to fully feel what it feels like to be alive.
Amazing. And this is what life is all about.
Prem Rawat
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Inspire v4 i136, 7 November 2007: The Face in the Mirror

Everybody has their own definition of peace. Some people think peace is an absence of noise. Some people think it is absence of wars. Some people think it is a beautiful scene.
If that's what peace is, there is no shortage of beautiful places in this world. And there are places that are extremely quiet. So why isn't there peace? Is peace a manifestation of something that happens inside a human being or is peace something on the outside only? This is where we have to slow down, because the definitions are abundant. What is peace? Where does the desire for peace come from? Was it that somebody sat down at their dining room table one day and said, "Good idea to have peace in this world"? Or is peace and the desire for peace innate to every single human being? This, in my opinion, is the pivotal question because if the desire for peace is innate and fundamental to every human being—like food, like breath, like sleep, like water—then without it, we cannot be. Without it, everything is out of balance. If you put someone in the most beautiful room with an incredible sofa, nice wallpaper, and a view but no air, will they enjoy that room? Or will they bang against the door for someone to let them out?
You cannot explain to them, "Look. Air is a small part of the scene. You have the wallpaper, the room, the sofa, a television. Relax! Enjoy yourself. Why do you care if there is air in there or not?" You can't see it. But when something fundamental is needed, explanations alone are not sufficient. You cannot explain to a hungry person, "It's okay." When you are trying to address something that is very basic to a human being, there are no compromises. Peace is the same way. A human being without peace is not complete. You were never taught the desire for peace, just as you were never taught to cry. The baby knows how to cry, how to laugh, how to be. These are fundamental things nobody has to teach. The desire for peace is also fundamental. This is who we are. This is our foundation—a need from our heart pushing us to be content every day, to find that missing piece of the puzzle. If you are putting together a puzzle, and you know there is a piece missing, not which one, you keep trying. That's what the world is doing. Somebody comes up with a better formula, a better word, a better description, a better book. And people say, "This will do it."
"If we could all come together and set aside our differences…" Great theory. Hasn't worked. Why? Four kids cannot do it. Have you seen four children come together and put aside their differences? I haven't. All it takes is one ball, one ice cream, one candy bar…
When we look at a person, we say, "Young, old." These are our qualifiers. "Indian? American? Italian? Chinese? Japanese? African?" We say, "Where are you from?" We have forgotten how to view a human being. And we have forgotten how to view ourselves. We see a face in the mirror, and we don't look at the face. We look at the imperfections of the face: "What's this? What's that? " That you exist is a miracle. That this breath comes into you every day is an incredible miracle. And you feel and know and understand. That's a miracle. In the heart of every human being dances the desire to be in peace. If we want social peace, the first thing that needs to happen is that the cause of the turmoil be taken away. Who fights? People. That's where the turmoil comes from. If that turmoil has to be taken away, first it has to be taken away in people. People like you and me.
There are people trying to bring peace. Peace does not need to be brought from anywhere because peace exists inside of you. Very humbly, I say to you that what you're looking for is within you. Peace for you as a human being is entirely possible. Turn within and you will feel it. How? Start with appreciating every day of your life. There is only one thing that can stop the onslaught of unconsciousness, and that is a little bit of consciousness. Live this life with a little bit of consciousness. Be aware of your existence, because all too soon, you won't have it. There is no magic wand, because the magic formula has already been unfolded, and it is us—each one of us on the face of this earth. With all our needs and wants, there is one more that has not been identified yet, and that is peace. That's what we want. Unquestionably, I don't care who they are—rich or poor, educated or non-educated, tall or short, dark or light—as long as they're human beings, that's what they want.
Give it a thought. It's a very, very special subject to discover in your life. Prem Rawat
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Inspire v4 i137, 30 November 2007: Passion

I'd like to talk about the importance of passion in our life. Often when you ask a person what their passion is, they answer something like, "Oh, I just love gardening—that's my passion." They like it; they enjoy it. And I'm not saying they shouldn't. But that's their hobby.
What can you have a real passion for in your life? What can truly ignite the fire in you to admire, to love? Something so special, so real. You cannot be passionate about something that is just in your imagination. It cannot be, "Oh, I love dragons." Well, I like dragons, too. They're powerful, they can fly, and they breathe fire. But I can't touch one or go talk to one. To be passionate about something, I need it to be really real—not a figment of my imagination. If you need to sit down on something, you check to make sure it will support your weight. You can't sit on air; you'll fall down.
When I was very young, I used to love to listen to stories. If a story took all night to tell, it was fine with me. Every night, it had to be a new story. And when they would say, "And then they lived happily ever after," I would say, "No, no, no—keep going. I want to know what this happily-ever-after is," because that was a big assumption. The stories just freeze everything. It's done, finished; reality is locked up. What happened? So if we're going to talk about passion, maybe we can begin with clearing up a few assumptions. People think, "If I have this, this, and this, all my problems will be taken care of." But that's not what happens in real life.
Most people have a nice long list of what they don't want in their lives and their list of what they do want is zilch. That's not how things work. Do you know what drives you? Do you know what inspires you? Do you know this thing that doesn't like pain? Do you know this thing that wants you to feel peace?
With all our reasoning, we haven't understood our nature. We haven't understood that there is such a thing that, if our consciousness were plugged into it, would bring not just joy, but supreme joy. Joy unparalleled. That's what we should be passionate about. If we were, the floodgates would open. All our reasoning would not be needed. Just to understand the ultimate truth. The ultimate truth is so simple that you have to be utterly simple to be able to understand it.
How simple? You have to have the heart of a child. What does a child have that you don't? You're sophisticated. You have a lot of ideas, a lot of concepts; you have seen the world. You're a little bit seasoned. So what is it that a child has? The child has simplicity. So if you want to experience that passion, you will have to have a heart of a child.
People ask, "What do I do to become simple?" It's not about doing; it's about undoing. We get bogged down by the very things that we have placed in our bag as we go along in life. The burdens we have placed upon our own shoulders —we did it ourselves—are the very things that bog us down.
The key is not to measure how many miles you have come, but to enjoy every single step you take. And don't walk so fast that it tests your endurance because, in reality, there are no benches on the side of the road. You do not get to sit down and rest because there is this thing called time attached to
existence. And that is why passion becomes important. Because without passion, this life is like food without any taste. You can eat it, you can chew it, but you won't enjoy it.
A human being is an incredibly fine, sensitive experiencing instrument. Play it with the passion it deserves and you will hear sounds that you have been yearning to hear all your life. Fortunately or unfortunately, till you play it, that yearning will never go away. And if you do play it, that yearning will simply increase. For me, when something is like that—without it, the yearning never goes away and with it, the yearning increases—this is the most accurate description of true passion.
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Inspire v4 i138, 14 December 2007: Peace First

You might find my perspective a little different. I'm not associated with big institutions. When I travel, I talk to people—human beings. And sometimes that's what we forget—who we really are. We get so caught up in our causes and definitions that we forget to see that each one of us has fundamentally the same ambition: to be happy, to be in peace.
When people talk about peace, sometimes I ask, "What does peace mean to you? " For many, it is an absence of something. They get away from the traffic, go somewhere overlooking a beautiful lake, and say, "It's so peaceful." Some people think that if you do something—climb Mt. Everest or accomplish something in life —then you will have peace.
What is peace? What was it like for Socrates or Plato to contemplate the idea of peace? They didn't know about this war-torn world, the tanks, this and that, but they were trying to cope with problems not so different from ours. And their quest was to bring peace to every single individual.
So is peace something innate that resides in the heart of every single human being? Or is it a state that can be manipulated and brought about? When I talk about peace, I mean the desire for peace that has resided within human beings from time immemorial. And it continues. A voice for peace surfaces again and again, however many times it has been ignored by governments and world leaders.
Even in the face of that, the voice for peace continues to call. This is what we have to acknowledge, to listen to. This voice does not belong to a group of people or a country. This is within every human being trying to find that peace in their own way. That's how powerful it is.
I say: Do not squelch that voice. Hear that voice, because that is the voice that sees no difference between the rich and poor, between types of governments, between an educated and a non-educated person. That peace is an innate need—just like water, air, food, shelter. People all around the world cry out for peace. I know. I meet with people who are extremely poor and extremely rich. And when they express their needs, it is obvious that what each one of them wants is exactly the same.
People look at the reasons and justifications for wars. It is time that we start looking for the reasons for peace. Because that has not been given a chance. And it is no accident that we find ourselves again and again at those unwanted thresholds. Nobody wants war. War inflicts the most pain on the innocent people who did no wrong. Their ambition is simply to have food, shelter, a better life for their family, a future for their children. That's all they want. Going to the moon is optional; they don't think that far.
Not long ago, I was talking to a taxi driver, and he said, "What's going to happen to our children?" All he talked about was the opportunity to have peace.
This is the fundamental need that we have. Is it so impossible to look within for the solution? In times of trouble, when we have personal problems, we need strength, and that strength comes from within. Other people may be catalysts, but that strength comes from within us. Peace is no different. The quest for peace comes from within, and peace resides within the heart of every single human being. We forget our fundamental nature. And when we cannot see who we are, how will we respond to the needs of those around us? We are each a precious gift on this magnificent Earth. There's nothing like it for billions of miles.
The other night, I looked up at the beautiful stars. I had seen a documentary on outer space and how violent it is: dark holes, planets, stars—violent explosions. Yet that night, it was incredibly serene. How could it be? Is it all a mistake? Or is there more to it?
There is more to it. In every human being, there is a want for peace. And as long as there are people on Earth, the need for peace shall exist. If we acknowledge that need, we will begin to seek peace first, then happiness will follow. That's just my take on it from my personal experience, traveling and talking to people and trying to make it possible for them to find that happiness in their lives.
Prem Rawat
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