WHAT WE SEEK IS PERFECTION

Can you imagine all the ordeals all of us combined have been through? We have been through so many things, so many different things, almost infinitely. And we all come to that point of saying, "Is this it?"

There is something that is really calling us deep within. We feel that it's God - it's a power, it's an energy, a force, or whatever you call it that's sustaining our lives - and somehow we're really drawn to that because it is all-powerful and we know that we are just human beings. All men are really, really drawn to that, seeking something that's perfect. Maybe we look outside, but the One who is that energy and that power and that love lets us realize that it's not out there. It's something that is with us all the time. We've always had it; it's just that we didn't know.

One of my favorite stories is about the musk deer, which is a deer that has the scent of musk in its navel. The scent is very, very alluring to the deer. He always smells it and he knows it's really near, so he just goes to a tree or to a branch and says, "I know it's really close. It must be in this," or, "It must be over here." He keeps running until finally he just completely exhausts himself. His search goes on and on and on.

The thing is that the musk is in its own navel. He had it within him, but he never really realized it.

And we have something within us that is so beautiful, so calm, so powerful. It's something that is really attractive to mankind. He searches for it in so many different ways, and he touches on it.

But now in this time Guru Maharaj Ji has come, and he's the "musk deer" who knows where the musk is. So he just goes around and says, "Why are you searching, searching, searching out here? You're just going to run yourselves to death, and then that's the end, and what have you accomplished?" He comes and tells us what this thing is that we're looking for, and where it is. It's not "out there." We don't have to go somewhere to get to it. It's within us. It's within every human being - every man, every woman, every child in this world. And we have the opportunity to find out what this is and then to go into it and really feel the satisfaction that this secret brings.

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You know, it's called a secret but it's really no secret. lt's the simplest thing, the most beautiful thing, the most practical thing. And it's just so easy. Every human being no matter who he is can really understand this, can really get to a point where they realize that this is within them.

Guru Maharaj Ji's not here to establish sects that we can put ourselves in, whether they're of religion or caste or color or creed or whatever you want to call it. Guru Maharaj Ji is saying, "Forget all that. Those are just barriers. Those are just concepts that we've formed about ourselves and about each other." We group ourselves in these little things because we feel secure when there is more than one of us and we kind of cling to them. But Guru Maharaj Ji is saying, "Just forget all the concepts. You're not black. You're not white. You're not yellow. You're not pink. You're not a color. That's not you. You're not an American, you're not a German, you're not an Indian; you're not a certain thing that sometimes you think.

We have this identity that we think we are and Maharaj Ji comes and just lays it all down. He gives us something that is really real, something that doesn't change from day to day. Our concept and our idea of who we are is really changeable. It's in time, and as each new situation comes it changes. But Maharaj Ji shows us something that's really real, that doesn't change. And that's this Knowledge. This is it. That's all we can say. Sometimes I feel like I just want to share this so, so badly with everyone. When I experience something really beautiful then okay, it's really beautiful, but if it's really, really wonderful I just want to share it. I just want to say, "Hey, come here. Look at that. Isn't that beautiful? Look at that sunset," or "Look at this." It's just so beautiful to share it with someone, and then the two together feel like they're experiencing something together.

This Knowledge is the thing that we really can experience together, because it's the thing that is everlasting. It's something that is always with us. It doesn't change. And it gets so beautiful that we feel like it can't get any more beautiful; this is too much. Yet it still keeps getting more beautiful. It's like we've finally found someone who really, really loves us.

In a lot of relationships we call "love" we say, "Well, I love you," and then something happens and we get mad, we get angry. Where did that love go? That's why there's so much separation in this world, or divorce. People are only loving the surface, so when it's gone it's just gone. Then they say, "Where is it?"

But this love that Guru Maharaj Ji shows us, that is within us, this is something that is always there. And it gets more beautiful and more beautiful and more beautiful all the time. It's like he opened the door to our hearts and it just comes pouring out. It keeps going and going. lt's never-ending and ever-giving. It's really just too much to try to talk about. M.S.

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