Prem Rawat's Teaching about "Merging" - In His Own Words
Prem Rawat's English is and was poor and very idiosyncratic. When he was still calling himself Guru Maharaj Ji in the 1970's he referred to himself as the Perfect Master (Satguru) and explained that there was only ever one unique person alive on Earth at any one time who was the Perfect Master and that this Perfect Master comes in(to) the world time and time again since time immemorial to reveal to humans the Knowledge that allows them to realize who God is and to become one or merge and join your Creator. He says he takes you beyond liberation and merges you in himself. He talks about "Becoming One" through the practice of the techniques of meditation that he teaches and through staying in touch with him by attending his speeches and to bow before him and kiss his feet as part of this "Knowledge." "Merging" is synonymous in Rawat's vocabulary with "becoming one".
Shri Maharaj Ji (Prem Rawat's father and predecessor), Delhi, India, August 7, 1952
But all saints have remembered the Name. All saints and Vedas speak with one voice, that you should have love for the Holy Name. So the best act is to meditate on the Holy Name. By the Holy Name, your body will become fruitful, your spirit will be pleased, you will be free from the cycle of regeneration, and you will get liberation. You cannot get such a fate by reading scriptures. When you will remember the Name and meditate on the Divine Light while alive, you will merge with it after death.
The Golden Age, November 1978, Number 49
Hans Jayanti, India Gate, Delhi, India, November 8th, 1970 (before a million devotees)
I take an oath on Guru Maharaj Ji, and I swear by my mother who has give me birth, that I will give you peace. If with a true heart you give me the reins of your life, place them in my hands, you will be saved. So, dear premies, if you want to merge yourself into that bliss like Mira did, you can. Do not think that time has passed. Now the time has come when people will see that a greater devotee than Mira has manifested. I do not want any praise for this. I do not gain any pride by doing this, I do not want to have a name for it.
The Golden Age, November 1978, Number 49
Shri Mata Ji, Porchester Hall, London, W2, 8 Jan 1972
But what is that Holy Name of God which a child remembers when he is in his mother's womb? By external languages no one can communicate with God. What is that language which enables a man to communicate with God, which enables a child to speak with God, in his mother's womb? Know that Word, know that Name, know that primordial vibration which is so capable of enabling a man to reach God, to merge with God. Know that Word, know that language. We need a living doctor, a living leader, and a living Master. A Master who was born in the past is not going to bring real Knowledge into your life, only a living Master can give you True Knowledge, can reveal to you the practical experience of God.
Divine Light magazine Volume 2, Number 6, March, 1973
Millenium '73 Festival (the most holy and significant event in human history), Houston, Texas, November 10, 1973
Only then: there won't be two things. There'll be only one thing left. And we will be completely merged. Because there will be nothing else to merge with. We and our Father will be one. And this is the way to do it. I have done it. This Knowledge was revealed to me. I have done it. And so you can also do it. Because see, there was one point also in my life when I had not understood Knowledge.
Volume 4, Issue 2, And It Is Divine Magazine
Auckland, New Zealand, October 24, 1975
But what we have to realize is the importance of this Knowledge. Once we do that, it's just so beautiful. Because with that experience we can just go on and on and on, until we merge into that infinite, infinite thing, which is what that Knowledge is. We have to merge ourselves into that. Try to understand. Try to meditate.
Volume 4, Issue 2, And It Is Divine Magazine
Public Program, Hans Jayanti Festival, Orlando, Florida, Afternoon, November 9th, 1975
But see, it's altogether a different story now, because I have found that missing link. As soon as I found that missing link, I became one with everything. And therefore I became everything. Not as an individual, but by merging into that infinite thing which has no beginning, which has no end, which cannot be created, which cannot be destroyed. We have it, for you, for you to experience. We can offer it to you. We are offering it to you. We are not forcing it down your throat, believe me, we are not. We are just offering it to you. If you want something like this, look in your heart.
Volume 3, Issue 1, And It Is Divine Magazine
London, England, April 19 1977
It's like, "Why is God there?" Is not a question, because we're not supposed to ask it. It's just, we're supposed to merge in that most beautiful Being that is there. In fact, that we have realized some way or the other. I mean, it's in fact, you cannot just look around you and deny that some kind of a power, some kind of energy, doesn't exist. I mean, of course, you can take two rivets and a piece of metal and rivet them together and they'll stand there. And they're there. They're maybe standing. But something can be taken away from that which will make it all crumple, and it's not the rivet
The Golden Age Number 39
Hans Jayanti, Rome, Italy, Night, 9th November, 1977
Of course, today, in body, Shri Maharaj Ji really doesn't exist within us. But yet we know, and we can feel it, and we can understand, and we can really - well, quite clearly see, that the reason why he came in this world, the reason why he even got born into this world, the reason why he went from place to place, spreading this beautiful Word, spreading this very beautiful message to all people of the world, had no distinction. He had no reservations. He went to everybody, door to door, just telling them that they have this human life, and that in this human life it is possible to realize the purpose of this human life, to realize the goal of this human life. It is possible to merge with that oneness, to merge with that incredible thing, to become one with that ultimate.
That experience of Knowledge is within inside of us, because that Knowledge is within inside of us. But we need Guru Maharaj Ji, we need Guru Maharaj Ji to be able to tune that so that we can hear it, so that we can feel it, so that we can emerge in it. And by Guru Maharaj Ji's Grace, and only by Guru Maharaj Ji's Grace, have we already reached to the experience of what we are, of what we have.
The Golden Age Number 42 and Divine Times - September/October 1978 Volume 7, Number 6
Wembley Hall, London, England, Friday, 3 March 1978
And of course, for the people who have made a sandwich out of Knowledge - Knowledge, Knowledge, mind - are very much suffering. Their ego is suffering. They are suffering because in their life Knowledge has a purpose. They want to make Knowledge a part of their life: "Here Knowledge. Here, boy. Heel. Sit. Down." No. That's what a lot of people think is the way it's got to happen. They got a little leash on Knowledge, and you sort of just chug it around wherever you want to go, and when you want to meditate, you go, "Stay." When you don't want to meditate, "Okay, boy, go." And everything just happens. But that's the greatest mistake. Because Knowledge isn't going to become a part of our life. It's not like you got this incredible life and Knowledge just walks in and just plugs right in like an adapter or something. But this whole life, completely, has to become a part of that Knowledge. This whole life has to merge in that Knowledge, not Knowledge just merging into our left pocket. And premies, that's the difference of understanding.
The Golden Age, May 1978, Number 45
Malaga, Spain, March 26, 1978
And yet there exists a thing that's completely infinite. Past all the universes, past all the stars, all the galaxies, all the Milky Ways, all the moons, all the suns, lies an incredible experience, lies this incredible energy. And that energy is experienced. The experience of that energy, by Guru Maharaj Ji's Grace, is possible, now. And that is what's being rendered to us. That's what's been given to us, to be able to experience that perfection, to be able to experience that bliss, to be able to experience that incredible beauty that lies within all of us. What makes us premies? What makes us understand that we are all premies? It's that Knowledge. Because we all share the same secret that keeps every one of us alive. Okay, so you don't know what the other guy's wardrobe is like. Or what kind of watch he wears. But it doesn't matter. Because we all know one thing, and that's that Knowledge. And we know that that Knowledge keeps you alive, keeps me alive, keeps everybody here alive. And then, by knowing that, it automatically becomes a beautiful, beautiful garland, in which we completely just merge, and become one, and then experience that great oneness that just doesn't end! It has no end to it. And so that's the point that we have to come to.
Divine Times - Holi Issue, 1979 Volume 8, Number 2
Memorial Day, Malibu, California, May 28 1978
But it's quite obvious that only by Knowledge -and then, not even that - only by Guru Maharaj Ji's Grace, can we really understand who we really are, can we really have our true identity, can we really experience ourself, can we go beyond the barriers of right and wrong, can we go beyond the barrier of all time, and cross all infinity and merge with what's finite. And that's only possible by Guru Maharaj Ji's Grace.
The Golden Age, August 1978, Number 47
Shower of Grace Festival, Malibu California, June 10 1978
And this is what I was talking about: That a devotee's karma, his action completely gets absorbed by Guru Maharaj Ji. His action, when we merge … See, when we merge with Guru Maharaj Ji is when we become a devotee. See, when we merge with Guru Maharaj Ji is when we become a devotee. Because there are first, to start with, no two identities. Let me explain, because this does sound a little different. There are no two identities to begin with. But there is an illusionary, an imaginary line that we have created, this completely imaginary wall that we have created. And we are on one side of this wall, and Guru Maharaj Ji or that Knowledge or that perfectness is on the other side of the wall. And we have to merge. We want to merge, you know. And the whole thing is that sometimes the fox tries to jump, and they jump and they jump and they jump, but they can hardly ever reach the grapes. And so they say, "The grapes are sour." "This Knowledge doesn't work for me. Guru Maharaj Ji's not true. There is nothing like Knowledge." "The grapes are sour." Does that make the grapes sour? Just because you couldn't jump high enough? And the whole thing is, so much effort is put in, and has to be put in. And all it is is just an imaginary line.
Golden Age August 1978 Number 47
Shower of Grace, Malibu, California, June 11 1978
So it's quite obvious that there is one proof that we are complete idiots, if we do end up taking that track where we don't even have one wheel, or two wheels, or three wheels, but 8400 million wheels to go through, forever and ever and ever! And on one side, a complete salvation, a complete merge, a complete -- complete complete! No more ifs, ands and buts. So what are we going to take? Which one are we going to choose? … And Guru Maharaj Ji says: Come! Come to me. Take those three steps, and I'll take my 3,000, and let's complete the cycle. Let's go beyond, become one, and go beyond all these chakras, go beyond all these imaginations, go beyond all these concepts, and merge with what reality really is, merge with what Truth really is, merge with what we are supposed to merge with. And yet, so many scriptures have been written. So many people believe in these chakras of 8400 million things that can happen to you, and for such a long time. And maybe some people don't. And I'll come to that later maybe, and try to tell you that there is no difference if you believe in that or you don't believe in that. It doesn't change the fact that you have to become one with that reality, if you want to become one with that reality!
Divine Times - June/July 1978 Volume 7, Number 4
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Saturday, 26 August 1978
And when Guru Maharaj Ji comes, when we open our hearts to Guru Maharaj Ji and let Guru Maharaj Ji in ourselves, then Guru Maharaj Ji takes us away, takes us beyond liberation. Because liberation is a state of being. And Guru Maharaji takes us to a state where there is no being. He merges you in himself. And by doing that, you leave what you are and you become what you should be. And that's the shortcut to all the chakras in this whole universe. That's the shortcut to all this "pazzaz" that people put up. That's the shortcut to liberation, if you say it in that way. Or that is the short cut to the Way. Or that is the Way in itself. And that's what we have to understand. Guru Maharaj Ji is here. That Knowledge is here. And you are here.
Hanuman was asked, "What do you want? Would you like liberation?" Ram said, "I'll give you anything that you want." And he said, "I don't want liberation. What I am going to do with liberation? I want devotion." Because when Hanuman could have merged with Ram, then it would have been above and beyond any best situation.
So in same way, premies, there's Guru Maharaj Ji. And Guru Maharaj Ji has what you want. But you have to stabilize. And Guru Maharaj Ji will then come. And just flow. And you have to flow with Guru Maharaj Ji in this instance. And Guru Maharaj Ji will guide you and make that connection. And then the exchange of Love will happen. In his agya, we will find our happiness. In his Love, we will find our life. And in his satsang we will find ourselves. And in him we will find everything that we need. But we have to first even start, just a little bit. Because in Him we have to merge.
The Golden Age, April 1979, Number 52
Denver, Colorado, Saturday, 24 February 1979
So dear premies, this is the second night of our program, to come together again to understand more about that Truth. We come together because we all want to know. There is no end to knowing. There is no end to exploring. There is no end to completely merging, to be completely unified with that ultimate goal that we all want to have in our lives.
The Golden Age, April 1979, Number 52
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 10, 1979, Evening
Yet remember one thing: that that Guru Maharaj Ji, who is creator, who is the Sustainer, and 'who is the Destroyer, has love enough for his devotees to come onto this Earth for his devotees; then absolutely, unquestionably, there are no bounds to what can happen. All we have to do is to become that devotee, to have that devotion. That's all: that faith, that surrender, to Guru Maharaj Ji, that love that is sincere, that comes from our hearts for Guru Maharaj Ji. Not in our imagination, but in reality. If we can become a devotee … If there is Guru Maharaj Ji and then a devotee, when they join, then there is devotion. And it is said that when that happens, when Guru Maharaj Ji and a devotee are bound together by devotion, then the purpose of that soul that devotee has been completed. That's it. There is no more to be done. There is nothing left to be done. It has received the stage beyond liberation. It has received, it has joined, it has merged in the state which is beyond, above and beyond -- joined its Creator. It has joined its Owner. It has joined where it came from; it has joined back to its own. Like a drop of water merging into the ocean, there is no more.
Even our arti, the way we sing, "You are my brother, you are my father, you are my …. you are my everything." And we have to make that a reality. Guru Maharaj Ji really has to become everything to us: our friend, our life. We have to somehow disappear. And that is the only way we can disappear: by our devotion, to be completely locked in Guru Maharaj Ji's love; by our devotion, to completely merge in Guru Maharaj Ji.
Affinity, February 1980
Cancun, Mexico, January 16, 1980
And there is something more. There is that Knowledge in our lives. There is something more: There is Guru Maharaj Ji. There is something more because there is an experience. When we submerge into that experience, when we submerge into the Truth, when we submerge into the experience of sat, chit and anand - Truth, consciousness and bliss - which to me encompasses entirely everything - what is left? Truth, which is that primordial energy on behalf of which everything is existing - be it Mars, be it the sun, be it the moon, be it Earth, be it any little creature, be it any little plant, be it a little ant, be it anything. The Truth.
And yet, when we come to hear satsang we sit down. It's the same format. There is no screen back there. And we come and we can concentrate and we can listen to something and none of it's fake. Every single bit of it's more real than we can even dream of. It's more real, and all we have to do is open up and submerge. All we have to do is open up and completely be dissolved in the reality, to be taken away in the experience of satsang, in that experience of Truth.
Affinity, June 1980
Sao Paulo, Brazil, January 30, 1980
And that something else is that Truth that we have to experience. That is our destination: to become complete, to become whole. Instead of being this thing that consistently goes up and down and up and clown all life long. To become one. To become one with that which is always one. To become complete by joining, by becoming a part of what is always complete. By completely submerging into something that has no beginning and has no end.
Because when a Perfect Master comes - that Knowledge he gives to us, that experience that he gives to us, is not bound. It's open. Its free. It's complete and it's everything. When we receive it, when we merge with it, then we become real, then our experience becomes real, then our life becomes real. And to me, that's what reality is. That's what's real. And to receive the reality, that's what we have ???. Get with the real, what's real - that Knowledge, that Master.
Affinity, June 1980