An Open Secret

Short articles by people who have been revealed Knowledge.

I remember reaching a stage in my life I where it seemed I was at a dead end.

Feeling that I'd explored all the roads, and even if I hadn't walked all the way along each particular avenue, I'd met people who had and they were all coming back. The things I did just didn't seem to lead me anywhere.

You think, 'This is something I can get completely immersed in,' and then you see you're about to come out the other end. It's like going into a forest. You get halfway through and then all the trees start thinning out again. You don't have to actually do everything to see that.

We don't have to experience everything to see that all the roads are dead ends: because everywhere we look there is somebody who has been there before us. That's one advantage of being on a planet with millions of people. That with any possible thing we can think of getting involved in, that we may imagine will bring us happiness, we can always find someone who has done it. You can look to see if they really have found happiness. Is this person really fulfilled? Do I want to end up like that person? And I never felt that I did.

There was such a different feeling hearing about Guru Maharaj Ji: a certain recognition. I have told people at my work about this Knowledge, but half the time I don't even try. There isn't sufficient recognition or interest for me to continue. I might as well talk about business or the weather or whatever, for all the benefit that that person is actually going to derive.

This Knowledge is so precious that I don't want to trot it out like I'm in a public market place peddling wares. 'Try this. Try my chow mein and what about this curry? its in a class of its own.

Guru Maharaj Ji spreads this Knowledge in such a low-key way. It's a grassroots affair - wherever people are open. It's the most open secret, and yet the most closely guarded secret, and this Knowledge has always been like that. It's always been the most available secret to anybody who wants to know, and yet it's always been the most secret secret.

I saw this film called 'Jesus of Nazareth.' Jesus had insulted this particular scholarly rabbi. A disciple (I think it was Judas) had arranged the interview and he said, 'Oh, I don't think you should have done that Jesus, because he's one of the most open minds in Jerusalem. And Jesus said, 'Look. I'm not interested in open minds. Its open hearts that I'm looking for.' That's just a quote from a film, but it's really like that. People with open minds don't necessarily respond.

And that's why this thing can be such a complete secret in the midst of being very widely publicised. There are very few people who are seeking who haven't at least heard of Guru Maharaj Ji and some even have an idea of what he does: That he reveals meditation and that four techniques are involved. And yet how many people does that actually reach? Because I know that when it reaches a person it's completely irrefutable.

When you've recognised the Perfect Master, nothing else can invalidate that experience, because the recognition goes so deep. As if you went overseas to a distant part of the world and you've been gone a few years. Your parents happen to be on a holiday around the world and you bump into your mother. You don't need somebody to come up and introduce you. 'Have you met this lady before?'

It wouldn't matter if a dozen people come to you and say. 'That's not your mother. Your mother's in Australia and you are in Pakistan.' It doesn't matter how logical their arguments are. You just recognise her. You know this person.

It is like that when there is a recognition of Guru Maharaj Ji. You know that he is who he is. No amount of logical persuasion or argument can really affect you, because its obvious that this is who it is. That this is the person I've been looking for. This person is offering me an experience that I want, and that experience is what is giving meaning to my life. It is actually making my life worthwhile.


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For me, and I think for a lot of us, I always felt there was more to life than just a car, and a house, and all the material things that people have. I suppose that many people feel that way, that there has to be something more. But as they grow older most people tend to dismiss these things as fantasy. They conclude that there is nothing like that. We have to accept the cold hard fact that you have to compromise in life. You have to accept relative dissatisfaction. You have to accept a marriage that maybe is not very satisfying. You have to accept a job that perhaps you don't like.

Still I felt alive in me a feeling that there must be something more. Especially doing medicine, when you see death around you a lot. You see that life's so short, so what's the point? People who are accomplishing so much suddenly having a stroke or a heart attack at thirty-five.

I suppose I considered myself a realist: not a cynic. At school I had an English Literature teacher who was elderly, and very experienced. I remember one time he said to me, 'You're a bit of a cynic,

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"They have gone one step beyond where they can see the truth, the fact,
the gist of life. They have realized life itself; they have understood what makes
this body tick, and that's that superpower, that super, super energy. We have
different words to define it, and I happen to know English, and you happen
to understand English, so I use the words that I know. 'Energy' is the closest
word that comes to it. But believe me, it's an indescribable thing. Because
it's perfect. And perfectness, that perfect thing cannot be put into words."

- Guru Maharaj Ji

Prem Rawat (Maharaji) @ Kissimmee, Florida, U.S.A. November 1978. aren't you?' I said, 'No. I'm not a cynic. I don't believe in cynicism. That's pointless, being negative for the sake of it. But to me. I'm realistic. I'm a realist.' If you get married, there's a fairly good chance that you will be divorced. What's the point of it all?

Some people perhaps don't ask that question. They come to Knowledge simply knowing they're not happy, and they want love, peace or happiness. That was true for me too, but there was the very definite question, 'What is the point of this life?' Is life some futile joke? Are we just a bunch of chemicals, neurons, nerve-endings. muscles and blood? You're born. An embryo pops out somewhere on the planet. A foetus grows. The baby's born. It lives and it dies. Is there some purpose?

I really felt there was, even though I didn't believe in any religion or anything spiritual. There was no logical reason, but just an inner feeling. That attracted me to Guru Maharaj Ji when I heard about him, because that's what he talked about. The purpose of human life.

You go through the whole of medical college training and then psychiatric training, and no one talks about that. I don't think I ever heard the words 'the purpose of human life' mentioned. These people were dealing with 'life' all the time, and yet had no perspective on what the purpose of life is.

If someone is asking to be allowed to show you the purpose of this life, then its worth investigating. If you don't know the purpose of something you can't utilise it properly. You can't. If you don't know the purpose of a surgical scalpel, you could be very dangerous. Or like a mechanic who doesn't know the purpose of the bolts that secure the wheels. If our life has a purpose, we need to know it.

I see it in my job. You see people pursuing so many things, because they want happiness, they want satisfaction, they want peace. So often it ends in suffering. Its shocking to see the extent to which some people are suffering. They pursued what they thought they should pursue to experience satisfaction, and ended up in despair.

First of all we may not know what we really want. Then we don't even know what we should do with this life to obtain what we want. It can get so confusing. Every human being has a sincere 'want'. We all go out into this world and express that want, but the end result appears to be craziness rather than satisfaction. And there is someone who can help.

That is something I would have never, ever figured out for myself.


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We seem to get flung into this world without any understanding, in a sense., of why we are here. I remember when I was a kid growing up, I always thought that it would be so incredible when I grew up, because then I'd know.

Obviously, you're a child and you're not meant to know. But when you grow up it'll all become clear. When I became an adult, the jig-saw puzzle would all fit together.

And people perpetuate it. Parents say it to their kids, even though it didn't happen for them. Everyone's reluctant to admit that they did grow up and it didn't happen for them.

Everyone of us as a child had such a high standard, such high ideals of what life is going to be. And you feel that when you grow up you're going to fulfil that. Your life will come to fruition. But as I got older that incredible feeling of accomplishment that I anticipated never seemed to happen. So I just lowered my standards, lowered my ideals and tried to accept whatever my destiny seemed to be.

You're born in a particular country, in a particular city, in a particular suburb, and you just accept the fabric of society that's around you. But then I would think. 'What if I'd been born an Eskimo: or a black man in the New Guinea Highlands? My whole perception of what life is would be completely different. My values, my outlook, everything about me would be different. I had this curious sensation of being gradually trapped like a fly in a web.

Because we are born and grow up in the society we happen to be in, we take on the values and perceptions of that society, and then believe that that's the way things are. For every single person on this planet, it's like that. I could see it happening to me. and yet there seemed to be no way out of it.

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Venue for introductory program, Orlando, Florida, November 1975. But then circumstances in my life brought me to a point where I had to admit that I couldn't lower that ideal, that standard and still live my life feeling that I was fulfilled. The gap became too great, it might be triggered off because your girlfriend leaves you, or you get drunk once too often, or whatever it is that brings us face to face with the fact that we didn't find the satisfaction we wanted.

In my case it was a relationship. I'd been living with this person, trying to be the perfect lover. I had this ideal of being able to love this other person no matter what they did, and yet the relationship had deteriorated to the point where I had to face that it was a failure. That I couldn't love like that. Then I couldn't reconcile that intuitive feeling inside myself with what society presented to me as the satisfaction that I could obtain. But feeling like that puts you in a difficult position, no matter what society you live in.

The trick is that everyone acts as if they have the answer, the formula for a happy life. Keeping up appearances that they are happy and satisfied, so that to openly question it makes you a bit weird. There are all the books on the shelves that are written on philosophy and psychology, and it's a testimony to the fact that people don't have that formula. All the books that are written on how to improve yourself, how to understand yourself, how to find yourself. All the television commercials promising to tip the scales of satisfaction in your life.

Yet everyone continues with a game, that it's all okay. 'I don't read books like that, so it's all okay.' Everyone carries on, like in the story of the Emperor's New Clothes. Everyone just accepts that the Emperor's got clothes on, even though they know in their hearts that he hasn't.

People know in their hearts that there isn't that satisfaction, and yet we all pretend that we have it.


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I became a film maker for a very basic reason. I didn't particularly know what to do with my time, and being in the film industry would occupy my mind, let me be a little bit creative, and I wouldn't have to hang around at home.

But I could see people who were already into films, and just being with them and talking to them I could see that it wasn't the aim of my life. Because were they really happy, really fulfilled? I worked with well known Australian film makers. If the purpose of my life was to be what these guys were, then I didn't want it. It was futile to dedicate my life to being a film director when I could see that people who were already film directors weren't happy.

Not that they had to be smiling all the time, but they had as many doubts and questions about their lives as I had about mine. Being a film director hadn't shown them how life should be. They were still as unknowing as I was.

That was the thing that struck me about Guru Maharaj Ji. Not so much that he was even saying that he had the solution, but the way he asked the question. With so much authority, he posed the question of 'Why are we here?' The way he asked, 'Who are you and why are you here?' affected me, because usually people don't want to talk about it. It's not a thing you can talk about at parties.

If you go up to a person at a party and say, 'George, what are you doing here? Not at the party, but why are you here?' you'll be a bad number at that party. No one will want to talk to you. So instead you just conform, and go along accepting what everyone else is doing. But it doesn't fulfil us. It doesn't give us what we want.

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To find out why were alive, we have to find what life is. And no-one knows what it is. Its the biggest mystery. We know its important, but we don't know what it is. If someone with a gun threatens you, you raise your hands, and do anything to try and stop this person shooting you, because you know that your life is precious. And yet, do we know what it is? What's 'my life?'

Technically, life is the difference between a living person and a dead body. But what an incredible thing it is. It's the most beautiful thing. It's a secret that we've always wanted to find out. Through anything I did, I longed for that kind of experience.

American Television Interview with Guru Maharaj Ji (Prem Rawat) in August 1973. Some people would look at me as if I were crazy. 'Why are you wasting your time looking for a deeper meaning? Why don't you just get on with life?' But we're always going to get hungry. We are always going to buy clothes. We're always going to celebrate birthdays, have haircuts, grow older, attend funerals, event after event. But that's not life.

Life has the power to unburden us of all those things that are supposed to be life. Some people commit suicide because of 'life'. They commit suicide not because life is miserable, but because everything that is supposed to be life is miserable. Now that my wife's gone ….' Nobody knows what it is.

It's a matter of trial and error. You can take 'your life' around to everybody. You can take your life to a psychiatrist, you can take your life to a new wife, to a new car, but it never solves the want inside of us. We have such a lust, such a want, such a motivation to find something, but we never know what we want to find. All human beings are in this dilemma, its impossible to describe what you are after, because we don't know what it is.

I've sat down and thought, 'What do I want in my life?' - a million dollars. Okay. After I've got the million, I'll buy this and this and this. Think about it for a little longer, and hang on, other people are going to want this and want that, and the taxman and insurance and it just turns into another problem, another dilemma.

In our lifetime, people have manifested what their imagination told them would bring satisfaction. We've exploited this planet to achieve it, and still haven't got what we want. Because if we did, why are we still going into space? Why are we building a better motor car? Building better houses? improving communications? Refining technology? Broadening education? Exending the barriers of science? Everything we do shows that we don't have what we want. The search in us goes on and on.

What we want is beyond our imagination: it's something beyond us, beyond our grasp. What we want is so beautiful we can't imagine it. And we are not meant to imagine it. It's the imagineless thing. You can't imagine it, and yet you know it's there, because you can feel the drive inside you towards it. The reason the questions are there, the drives for satisfaction and peace are there, is because there is a solution.


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Prem Rawat aka Maharaji 1978

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