Satsang of SHRI GURU MAHARAJ JI,
Houston Astrodome, 9th November 1973.
Dear premies and most respected ladies and gentlemen, we are again assembled here today at the Astrodome to talk about something called peace. It might just sound like another word to you, but not to us. The word peace is something that this whole world wants to realise, and we appreciate that we have all assembled here to understand what that peace is.
In this world, many people have promised to bring peace, not even promised, they even tried to bring peace, but for some unfortunate reason, they weren't able to do it.
So we have to understand what peace really is. What truth really is, that's what we have to understand, because there is something within our hearts that tells us to understand it, to recognise it, to realise it. So this is what I am doing. I am just preaching peace to all humanity so that we can bring real harmony into this world and so that everybody can be in perfect perfection, so that everybody can be in perfect tune with that love, with that beautiful, beautiful harmony that everybody desires to be in.
Now, when we come into this world, because we are little kids we probably don't understand this world a lot, we don't recognise this world a lot. But anyway, we are little children, so we are happy. Maybe sometimes we cry for milk, or maybe we are hungry, or maybe we just want to see our mum; then we cry. But as time grad ually goes on, and we grow older, we understand more of this world. And then there comes a point in our lifetime when we suddenly start recognising this world more and more. And that's the point when we really start being confused. We begin to ask, "What is this world anyway?" Many people give us different kinds of definitions and still we are confused. And so more and more confusion comes into us. The older we grow, the more the confusion comes in. And then suddenly we reach that point which this world is existing in right now, where we really are confused. We really are! Because the thing we are really looking for, the thing we really want to understand, the thing we really want to recognise in this world, is missing. There is a little something missing between us and perfection, and this is what we have to find.
There are many people in India who read the Ramayana, which is about Lord Ram, who read the Bhagavad Gita, which is about Lord Krishna, and there are many people who read the Bible, which is about Lord Christ. They read all these scriptures, but still there is something missing, there is something they lack. And no wonder, because what they have in front of them is just a scripture, just a book. And what we have to understand is not a book but the practical realisation and the practical feeling of that Perfect Knowledge, so that we can be one with perfect harmony. This is what we have to understand, this is what we have to get into. This is the one point that every man wants to get to, but how to get there: this is the hitch.
We come into this lifetime and first there is a stage when we are little children. Then there is a stage when we are a little bit grown up, and we go to school. Then there is a stage where we are young, and we get married. Then there is a stage where we are considered to be middle-aged; possibly we do some business but probably we don't. Then suddenly there's a stage when we are old and then there's a stage when we are dead. But what happens when we are dead? What really happens to this body in what we call death? Of course, we can understand that there's something within inside of us that is making this body survive, like the electricity which makes these microphones run. But we have to recognise it, we have to realise it. In this century what we really need is to recognise that truth, to recognise that perfection. But how? That's the problem. That's a really big problem, because there are many people who think they should recognise this truth, recognise this Knowledge, but how to recognise it? You have to go to the Perfect Master.
And now I would really like to put some light on the question of what a Perfect Master really is. You see, when we go to school, we have all the books, and we have to read from them, but still we go to the master. And this master is the person who really teaches
Scriptures alone are not enough
us how to get along with the books. The books are there, but we really do not understand them, so he tells us all about those things, and then once we start to understand, this is when we keep progressing in science, keep progressing in maths, keep progressing in algebra. This is exactly the same thing with our lives. We have all these scriptures, the Bible and all these scriptures, but still we have to go to the priest. Why? And the priest has to go to a bigger priest, and then finally there is the Pope. And even the Pope is said to be connected with some higher authority, some higher power, and what is that higher power? That is the power which we have to actually and practically realise within ourselves – and that power is called God.
Now we can say G-O-D, God, G for generator, O for operator and D for destroyer. The one who generates us, operates us and destroys us. When we are generated, we are born. When we are living, we are being operated and when we are destroyed, we are dead. What is that power behind it all which is enabling us to do all this, which is great enough to be called God? This is what we have to understand and this is what we have to recognise in this lifetime. In the Ramayana it says that this lifetime is even precious to gods, not G capital but small g – gods. Because in this human life we can recognise this peace, this truth, we can understand the meaning of perfect love, and then we can approach the Feet of the Perfect Master, because He's perfect. He's not perfect in His body, but He has understood and He can teach us that perfectness that we want to understand, that perfectness that we want to recognise in this life. And this is why He is called Perfect Master. So understand who is the Perfect Master. This is what we have to recognise today, in this lifetime.
There are many organisations that say, "Well, we are the Perfect Master," or, "We've got the Perfect Master, we've got perfect peace," but, ladies and gentlemen, there are these little glasses which have a red colour in them, but really they're just little toys, they are fake glasses and if somebody tries to throw that glass over you, it just looks as if he's throwing water on you but really he's not. And that's a funny glass, it's a really really funny glass. And this is what many organisations are; they are just glasses with a kind of colour in them and they try to throw it on you. Sometimes you are scared because you think that there's going to be coloured water over you, but in fact there's nothing in the glass – it's all colouring! And then finally you understand, finally you recognise, and you laugh about it.
So what is the truth and who is the Perfect Master? That is what we have to recognise in this lifetime, because nobody knows what we are going to be in the next – maybe a pig, maybe
a donkey, maybe a dog, or maybe a snake. Whatever you are, you won't be able to recognise the Perfect Master, because if a snake just walks in here, forget it, everybody's going to jump and scream and probably the police are going to come with guns and try to shoot that snake, or somebody courageous could try to take it in his hand and throw it away from the Astrodome. Whatever happens, it would be really incredible. We'd be really afraid of that snake.
But you know, that snake really doesn't have any intention to bite anybody, it just wants to listen to the satsang, to listen to what I'm talking about. But still you won't believe it, you'll try to throw it away. So in what life are you going to actually receive and understand this Knowledge? In which lifetime? Americans have a saying, take it easy. They have that saying, take it easy. But, man, I'll tell you one thing. You shouldn't take it easy in getting the Knowledge; you should really go ahead and receive it. Because you do not know when you are going to be dead; this you just do not know, you just don't. Maybe you're alive one minute, but maybe you'll be dead the next. One moment you are riding in an aeroplane, you are fine, and the next thing you know is you are out of your body, you're dead. This is the one thing we are not sure about, so we have to understand, we have to recognise this Knowledge now, in this lifetime.
And it's quite possible. It's quite, quite possible to understand this Knowledge, to be one with that perfect harmony and to be one with infinity in this lifetime; it's quite possible. And this is where we've got to be, this is where we are supposed to be. Undoubtedly we are supposed to be here. One with that perfect harmony.
But ladies and gentlemen, we come into this world and first we are a little child, crying, and mummy shows us a little toy, a little ball, and if we like it we start laughing. Then she shows us a bigger one, and we start laughing some more. Then she shows us a bigger one and we start laughing even more. The more we get into it, the more we laugh. And then there comes a point where we get completely involved in this illusion. Because what we are in is really an illusion. All we think about is money, money, money, money, money, money, money, money, money. But there is something more than that, there is still something more superior, something more fantastic than this illusion which the world is in today. And that's this Knowledge, that's the perfect harmony that we ought to be in. That's that perfect peace that all the saints have talked about, no matter who they are – Christ, Mohammed, Krishna whoever it has been, they have always talked about this perfection, they have always talked about this Knowledge.
Guru Maharaj Ji challenges the intellectuals
And it's an individual experience. If I eat food and I say, "Well, I'm going to eat some food for Henry and I'm going to eat some food for Jack and I'm going to eat some food for so-and-so", and so on, I can forget it. It's never going to work because those people are still going to be hungry. If they don't want to feel hungry, they've got to eat it for themselves. In the same way, if we want to feel that peace and be one with it, we must understand it ourselves. It's a practical realisation, it's an individual experience that we've got to experience for ourselves.
And who must we go to to get the experience of this Knowledge? The Perfect Master. One who teaches us maths, we call him a maths master, one who teaches us science, we call him a science master, and the one who can teach us perfection, we'd better call Him Perfect Master. We've got to because that's the way it is He is the Perfect Master. Many people get confused about this and say, "Oh, how come He's the Perfect Master?" It's because He can teach us perfection, that's all. He can really make us understand what perfection is in this life because He has perfected the subject. This is what we have to understand and recognise in this world today.
And if we can understand that little point – that really this is all that humanity is missing, this perfection oh boy, I'll tell you something, there is going to be perfect harmony in this world. I can bet you that there's going to be perfect harmony. It's going to be beautiful. And people will just understand what this Knowledge is, I can bet you that. Know why? Because I know what's going to happen if everybody realises this Knowledge, and if you meditate some, if you realise this Knowledge more and more, then you will understand this too.
I can challenge all the intellectuals of this world, I can challenge all the scientists of this world, to comprehend with their finite brains what this Knowledge is. I challenge them, because they can't. It's an individual experience which they've got to realise for themselves. No matter who they are, they have to understand it for themselves. And then, no matter who they are, they'll see it's just fantastic, it's just far out, this thing that I'm talking about. That Light which shines without the sun, that Light which is self-effulgent within inside of us, that primordial vibration that's sustaining us in this human body; what is it? To understand it, to comprehend it, I challenge all the people of this world, except premies, because they have already understood. They have recognised it, so I can't challenge them. They'll answer me back and I'll lose my bet. But the people who haven't, I can bet them because they don't know what I'm talking about. It's just too far out for them. Those people say, "Wow, ain't that fantastic. But
I guess it's too far out for me."
But listen, if it is, why don't you give me a chance, huh? Why don't you realise it, why don't you feel it within, inside your hearts? There is love all over the world and you are missing it. Can you just believe that? I think it's incredible. Because that love is right there, and those eight million people who have understood this Knowledge can really feel it within, inside their hearts, they can really dig it. But people who haven't, forget it. For them it's a dash, dash, dash and a big question mark. "What's going on? What love?" That's what they say, it really is, I'm not joking. You go and talk to them; dash, dash, dash and a big question mark. But listen, there shouldn't be a question mark, because the answer, that love, is right there. The love that you want to feel is right there for everybody, but we've got to open it up. How? By meditating, by being one with that perfect harmony.
See this microphone? If this microphone was facing towards those people, it wouldn't be able to catch me so clearly, it wouldn't be able to amplify this voice so clearly. But because it's facing directly towards me, it can do a beautiful job. It's the same thing right here. Because our minds are just completely scattered into this world, we just can't comprehend, we just cannot focus onto that perfect love and perfect harmony. But when they are focused onto it, oh boy, it's really beautiful! It just is, I can't describe it, it's really gorgeous. It's incredible. And because it is, people who have recognised it, people who have understood it, they understand more and more of it, until they reach to a point where there is just complete and perfect harmony. And then their tongues just stop, they go back; their ears just stop, they get blocked; their eyes are just completely shut off. And you know what happens after that? Premies know what happens after that! They are completely in harmony with that perfect, perfect vibration.
Well, I told you something very important right now and premies understood it, but the rest of you have to take this Knowledge to know what I was talking about. It's far out, it's beautiful, and it's inside of you now. Understand this, because if you happen to look towards your future for peace, I can assure you of one thing forget it; you ain't going to get it there. The future is somewhere else. Our future is within our hearts, it is with the Perfect Master who can guide us into the most beautiful place in the world. That person can do it. Now, I'm not telling you who He is, but let me just tell you one thing. If you haven't got Knowledge, come to me and I can give it to you. I'm not saying that I'm a Perfect Master, but you come to me – I'm your godfather. If you come to me, I'll give you the Knowledge that you need. Come to me if you want to understand; I can
Smuggling the perfect currency
give it to you.
I can make you the richest possible man in this world. You want to become rich? It sounds pretty funny but do you want to become rich? If you do, I can make you the richest possible man in the world because I am the richest possible man. Mind you, I don't have any dollars or pounds. I have the perfect currency and it is called Knowledge. I'm rich in that and that's all that matters to me, because that's going to last for ever and ever. And it's going to grow and grow. Pounds go down, dollars go down, and all currencies go down, but this currency that I deal in never goes down! People think I am a smuggler. Well, you bet I am a smuggler alright! I smuggle peace and truth from one country to another. Because the currency I am talking about – oh boy – it's, it's too big. It's really rich, and I smuggle it. I'm a smuggler. And if you think I'm really a smuggler, then Lord Krishna was a smuggler too, Jesus Christ was a smuggler too, and Lord Rama was a smuggler too, because they were smuggling the same Knowledge. And maybe I'm a bigger smuggler because I carry it from one part of the world to another. So I don't say I'm a Perfect Master, I say I'm a smuggler.
When this press release came out saying "Fifteen-year-old guru, a smuggler", I really laughed, because they didn't know what was going on. I really was a smuggler! They said it because of something else, but they just didn't know what was really going on behind the scenes. I was really smuggling! And this is what smuggling is all about. It's about this Knowledge, this fantastic and perfect Knowledge. Who charges me customs duty on it? Nobody does. Ain't that beautiful smuggling! I've been to Italy, Copenhagen, Germany, France and all these countries. I've been to America so many times, and always I carry this Knowledge with me and still nobody charges me anything! That's beautiful – it's a good job! (Applause) And, thank you, it's a good jot) because it can't be banned, it just can't be banned because it's within inside of me. One saint said, you cannot burn it, a thief cannot steal it, the wind cannot blow it. This Knowledge is beautiful, it's fantastic, and you know something? You'd better receive it, you'd better get hold of it, and as soon as possible. I'm telling you this for your own good, you see? For your own personal good. It's going to help you, it's going to make you rich. If you want to become really rich, rich in everything, this is going to do it, this is going to make you rich. It's going to make you fantastic, it's going to make you lovely, it's going to make you blissful, it's going to make you just perfect. It's going to make you just everything you want to be and even more than that, even more than you can comprehend. It's beautiful! So understand, this is what you have to
receive personally, for yourself, and then you'll know what it is I'm talking about.
So ladies and gentlemen, this is the time. Just imagine me as a cowboy with guns pulled up on you and telling you to receive Knowledge. And you'd better! Imagine me like that, OK? Or any way you want to. Because one day you will really realise Knowledge. So, try it! Just try it! We're not going to take a red stamp, and make it damn hot and say, "Well, you have received the Knowledge from Divine Light Mission and Guru Maharaj Ji so that's it for you," and put it on your forehead! We're not going to do that. So try it!
Many people say, "You are a fake, you are the anti-Christ." You know what I do? I give 'em a big smile, because they don't know what they are talking about. They are probably drunk or something. Because when the anti-Christ comes, they just won't know about it. It's going to be too professional, too professional. It'll be right on top of their heads, and they won't know if it's there or not. And this is the very thing which has stopped them from being really open to everybody and from understanding just what I'm saying.
All I'm saying is try it, give it a try. What's wrong with that? If you like it, carry on. If you don't like it, leave it. What's the problem in that? I can't understand the difficulty. If you like it, if it's beautfiul, carry on, and if you don't like it, leave it. So simple! Lots of people think, "Oh, I don't know what He's talking about. What is He saying? Oh, He's going to give me Knowledge, so yes, He must be the anti-Christ."
You know when a real thief comes, he steals, he does his robbery, and the police never know. But if he's caught because of what he did the police then know he isn't a real thief. And it's exactly the same with the anti-Christ. All the people who say that I'm a fake, don't bother about me. Maybe I am a fake, so forget about me. But talk about Knowledge, huh? Take this Knowledge, understand it. It's beautiful. Why do you have to consider me? Many people say, "Oh, you are a fake!" And the only thing I can do is to just give 'em a big smile. That's all I can do. I can't do more than that, I just can't, because what I'm talking about, they don't know. Listen, here I am, talking about it, I'm not even considering myself to be any part of the subject, and still they say, "You are a fake."
It's as if a cloth merchant is showing me all the cloths for my new suit and I say to him, Oh, I like you as a cloth." He won't give me a big smile. More like, "I think I'd better call an ambulance and send you to the mad hospital. I am not a cloth, I'm only showing them to you. So please don't call me anything." And that's the exact condition here.
Guru Maharaj Ji asks to be treated like a brother
What am I saying? What have I got to say? I just want you to realise God, I just want you to know who God is. I just want you to be in perfect harmony_ If you are, well and good, continue. Why look at me? If you are looking at me, it's as if a wife is not satisfied with her husband; she is definitely going to find another husband or something. But if a wife is satisfied, why is she going to look around? And that's the exact condition here. If a man is satisfied with what he has, I mean really satisfied, he is not even going to look around for anything. But if he is not satisfied, then he's going to pass comments like, "You are a fake," or "You are the truth." Because he's looking through the whole 360 degrees now. He's not satisfied with what he has got, he's not contented there, and he's looking for something else.
It's what I am saying that matters. What anybody says about me, that doesn't matter. It's what I am saying that matters, and I'm telling you the facts. Just presume I ain't a Perfect Master. But if you want to see the truth, if you want to recognise the truth, if you haven't recognised the truth and you do wantto, come to me and I can show you. And I can establish peace in this world. I can! It's very possible. In fact, it's just too easy to accomplish peace. Just give Knowledge to everybody and do it! But just look at your mind, just think about it. People are saying, "You are anti-Christ, you are this and you are that." What shall I tell them, yes or no? The only thing I can tell them is, "Brother, you can look for yourself who is anti-Christ and who is not, if you like. But I think you'd better treat me as a human, not as anti-Christ" Because I am a human. You can see that with your own two eyes. And if you are human too, if you are human, and if you are a brother, please have some love for me and consider, as a brother, what I'm talking toyou about. Because a brother should %ten to a brother.
And that's it, that's all the deal is about And if you want to know this Knowledge, if you want to recognise Knowledge, you are most welcome, ladies and gentlemen, you are most, most, most, most, most welcome. You can recognise this Knowledge, you can realise this perfection and have this peace in your life, in this lifetime, in this very lifetime. You can.
And if you realise it once, and you get into it, I don't even want to say what's going to happen to you next because you'd better figure it out for yourself what's going to happen to you next. It's just fantastic, it's just so blissful. Because you are suddenly there. You wanted to go to your destination, and you are right there. It's like taking a ride from LA to Houston in a seven-forty-seven; man, it's really a drag because it's such a long flight. But imagine it's an electronic device that you just go into, like a
little telephone booth. You take your luggage in there with you and there are all these switches. You put your American Express card into it, it checks out your credit and if it's okay the green light comes on, you press the button for wherever you want to go, suddenly this electronic device comes on and transforms you into electronic rays, and there you are, flipping off into the wires! You are dematerialised then materialised again. And it's like that. Really, it's like that!
So understand, premies, what I am talking about. Understand, ladies and gentlemen, what I am talking about. If you think I am a fake, why? Because I take money from you? I don't. Don't give it, because I don't want it. What else? I'm not asking for anything else, except for you to just try this Knowledge out. And if you are too scared to do it yourself, then you are chicken. There's no doubt about it. You'd better call yourself a chicken. Because there is nothing to it; it is already within inside of you and still you are too scared to try it! What else can you be other than a chicken?
I don't mean any disrespect to you, ladies and gentlemen. I just want to make you realise one point and you can take it anyway you want to. It is just that there are some funny people here who like to be called chicken. There are!
And then there are many ladies and gentlemen here who are most respectable – I don't mean any disrespect to them – and then there are some people here who want to really understand this. In the same way, there are some people in the world to whom you only have to beckon and they'll come walking straight towards you. Then there are other people to whom you have to say, "Hey, Jack! Please will you come to me?", and they will probably come to you. And then the next type of people are those to whom you have to say, "Hey, Jack! Will you put your left foot in front and then your right and then your left and then your right, and keep your nose level towards me, and will you please continue the process?" And when they are before you, you tell them, "Stop!"
There are these three types of people, and I figure that if you are really respectable, you'll just follow my beckoning and you'll just understand what I'm talking about! It's beautiful. Try it! You'll like it! It's beautiful. What else can I say to you, what else can I tell you? There is nothing else to tell you. It's just gorgeous! It's just beautiful!
All the Perfect Masters came, but for what purpose? Jesus came. Why? To tell us to take this Knowledge, to recognise this Knowledge, to open us up to this Knowledge. This is why they took a human life. But when Jesus came and He was standing right there amongst people, though many said, "Oh, I figure He, is the Perfect
If God is omnipresent, where is anti_Christ?
Master," many others said, "1 don't know about Him," and still others said, "Oh, no. He just can't be the Perfect Master." And now we are trying to understand who He was when He isn't even in His body! Even John had to see that body before he could say, "Am I going to baptise you or are you going to baptise me?"
So ladies and gentlemen, I would very much like you to receive this Knowledge, and people who think I am a fake, please take it back, because all that means to me is that you are a fake because you are not understanding who or what I am talking about. And people who are saying I am anti-Christ, please take it back, because all that means to me is that you are anti-Christ! If I am a man and if God is omnipresent, He is within me, so how can I be anti-Christ? Tell me. And if I am anti-Christ and God is not within me, forget it, don't call Him omnipresent. And don't call Him omnipotent and don't call Him omniscient either, because it would mean He really can't take care of me.
So, please come and receive this Knowledge. It's beautiful, it's fantastic! I'm not committing you to anything. If I were, then you may say I'm a fake. But I'm just offering you this beautiful gift, I'm placing it right before you. It's there within you, and the only process needed is to reveal it to you, to give you the Knowledge, to make you understand this Knowledge. And it's just completely beautiful. When we meditate upon it, oh, it's just beautiful. More than beautiful, because we just go into that perfect harmony where everything is just completely synchronised, more than what we expected; it's just gorgeous, just beautiful! The point of perfection is just all lighted up and waiting for us. We just go in there, peek our heads in there, and see it. It's just light and light and light and light and light and light and light. It's more than that…I can't talk to you about it. Even my words…I tell you something. I'm not graduated at all, I only went up to the ninth grade and I can't talk good English. But even if the most intellectual man in this world receives this Knowledge and tries to tell you in his own words, he wouldn't cover more than me, he would probably say the same words I spoke. Because after that there is just one mark which comes, and that's the mark of infinity, that's all. That's all we can draw on the boards and that's all we can say about it; it's just beautiful and that's what we have to realise now! In this lifetime! Now! Otherwise when? When we'll be pigs and people will be trying to take pork out of us? When we'll be going into all the sewers trying to get some food? Then? I'm not saying you'll be pigs. With all due respect to you, I'm just saying one thing. What if you do become pigs in your next lifetime? So realise it now and be one with that perfect harmony, because no matter
what you have done till now, even the greatest sin, it'll all be taken away. Because you will be one with your Lord Christ, you will be one with your Lord Mohammed, you will be one with your Lord Krishna, you'll be one with that perfect, perfect harmony, you'll be one with it. And then, if you are one with it, what matters?
And I guess that's all, that's as far as I can go in explaining to you about this Knowledge. The rest is up to you. It's up to you to understand it. So just try it, please. That's all I say, just try it once, please. A fifteen-year-old kid who's going to be sixteen this December is just asking you to do one thing, just one thing: for the sake of this whole world, receive Knowledge. Not for my sake. I'm fine, I've got it, I'm meditating on it and I'm beautiful, so everything's fine with me. All that matters is you. I am requestingyou to understand and meditate on it, and once you try it, I can bet you nine hundred thousand per cent you are going to like it. You are just going to like it. There's no way out of it; if you really meditate on it, you're going to like it; it's beautiful!
So I really request you, and really, I'm not only requesting you American people, I'm requesting this whole world, to understand and to recognise this Knowledge. What I'm talking about is that real peace that we've all got to find one day. Please understand it. Try it once, just once, and I bet you will like it. You really will. You have got no way out of it. It's beautiful so try it. Please understand. Try it once, you'll like it. It's fun! Even if you have reached the point of realisation, of perfection, and just start sailing on it, even this gliding is going to be so fantastic. And once you start gliding the engine will start up again and it will take you even higher, until you reach a point where the engine just goes continuously, and you go higher and higher and higher and higher and higher and higher and higher and higher until you're there. Where? A big question mark. Realise it yourself, where it is, what I'm talking about.
And that's it. This is all I can tell you, really. It is fantastic and beautiful, and the people who have understood my Knowledge…it's not my Knowledge really, it's our Almighty Lord's Knowledge…and people who have understood it, they know. It's like a little joke for them, because what I'm saying to you now, I said to them before they received it, and that's the little joke I'm playing. For them it's like a joke because I'm talking about the same thing that I once talked to them about and they realised it, and now they know how fantastic it is. But you also have to know and realise this. So, for my sake, for your sake, for the sake of the Almighty Lord and for the sake of peace on this earth, please will you realise this Knowledge?
Thank you very much and God bless you.