A Celebration of Life

Birmingham, 17 August 1986
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji 1980s

What we're really talking about today is the importance of taking away the barriers and joining in on the celebration of life. That's what it's all about. To me, every day has to be a celebration of life.

A challenge

I think there're three kinds of people in this world. The first group lives in a house and the sewage runs right through the centre of it. The whole house stinks. So what they do with their life is get a job so they can buy deodorant and incense and perfume to hide the putrid smell.

The second group says, "God, I can't stand this anymore. I have to move." So they move to a new house. Except they don't realize that their new house is exactly the same as their old one. The sewage is still running through the middle of it.

And then there is the third group of people. They say, "Listen, I don't like the smell. I'll

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pitch a tent. I'll find a cave: I'll build myself a mansion if I have to." And they do.

It's the determination
that counts. It's the
wisdom that counts.
It's the quality
that counts.

Imagine that all three groups have to deal with the problem of getting to the other side of a big wall. If you tell the first group, they'll just say, "It's too big. I'm not tall enough . I can't jump it." The second group will look around and say, "If only we had a ladder, we could do it." The third group of people look at it differently. "OK," they'll say, "so we have to get to the other side. Fine. But first of all give me a good reason. Why should I be on the other side?" So they find out why. They get their thinking straight. They find out how to accomplish the task. Then they accept the process and commit to doing it. These people definitely find a way to plough a hole through the wall. Indeed, they're the ones who will make the hole in the wall – a hole that will remain for others to pass through as well.

Undoubtedly, I want to belong to the third group of people. Once we figure out what we're doing, let's do it.

Some people say to me, "This must be a challenge to you." Well, it's the best challenge there is: take the world and spread a little happiness, a little love, a little kindness. Spread a little of this beautiful gift everywhere you go. Do it right. Do it with quality and do it in a way that has never been done before.

One of the things you have to appreciate is that the challenges I have to meet nobody else has had to meet. I am in tqtally unexplored territory. The frontier. The final frontier, so to say. I'm taking this Knowledge and making it available. I'm taking it to the Muslims, to the Hindus, to the Christians, to the Jews, to all human beings. I'm breaking the barriers that people think we can't get across. And everyone can be a part of it. Everyone.

The demand for Knowledge

Some people say, "Well, I don't have much of a role to play." Hey, don't belong to the first and second group. Even if each of us removed just one brick from a wall of 30,000 bricks, the job would get done.

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Do you realize that each one of us has to remove just one insignificant brick for the wall to disappear? Don't kid yourself by saying "small" and "big". It's the determination that counts. It's the wisdom that counts. It's the quality that counts. Then that wall will disappear. It will be picked so clean that there won't even be enough evidence left to know that a wall ever existed.

There're lot of people out there waiting for Knowledge. In fact, the demand for Knowledge has never been as great as it is now. Never. And what's so beautiful is that people are not looking for a religion or a cult. They're looking for something simple and pure.

You don't have to go out there and tell people about Knowledge. I know a lot of you think I'm taking something away from you, but I'm not. I'm giving you the freedom some of you may never have thought you had. Why do I do what I do? I do it not because I have to – if I had to I wouldn't enjoy it – but because I want to. I love it. I put everything into it. It brings me great pleasure and joy. It's wonderful. In the same way, you need to do what you do because you want to. There's no difference.

We are well past
the decision speed.
We are commited
to go. And to do it
right, there are not
too many directons
we can look at,
except straight

It's really beautiful what's going on. The letters I've received in the past two years have been filled with much thankfulness – because people are having an experierience. This Knowledge is working. It's happening.

We are going

The main thing is: We, are going. Let me give you an example from the world of aviation. Do you know what a pilot does on the runway just before take-off? Taking into account the temperature, the wind, and other variables, he looks in a book and determines how much runway length is required for take-off on that particular day. At the beginning of the runway, he puts his fet on the brake pedal and squeezes as hard as he can. He tkes those

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Prem Rawat aka Maharaji 1980sThe future holds
nothing but the
incredible for
us – only more
and more joy in
the celebration
of life.

engines and brings them right up to the temperature and power needed for take-off. When the engines reach that state, he releases his brake and the airplane goes roaring down the runway. Eventually, he reaches a velocity called "decision speed". Technically speaking, when he's one knot over decision speed, he's going – unless he loses an engine or half his wing falls off. In other words, there comes a point when he has to go.

Now, if we are to calculate ourselves roaring down the runway, where are we? Are we before the decision speed? No. Are we at the decision speed?

No. We are well past the decision speed. We are committed to go. And to do it right, there are not too many directions we can look at, except straight ahead. The future holds nothing but the incredible for us – only more and more joy in the celebration of life. It's time to let go and be. Be where life wants us to be. Be in the "now", now.

And remember, no matter what you end up doing, don't forget to be and enjoy. The freedom that stems from within the experience Knowledge brings is absolutely the most important thing to enjoy – no matter what it is you do.

So thank you very much.

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