This untitled booklet contains four of Rawat's turgid speeches from early 1978.
Satisfaction is Knowledge
Guru Maharaj Ji's Satsang, Hans Jayanti, Kissimmee, Florida Afternoon November 8th 1979
Today it's Hans Jayanti. And we all are here for one purpose: to be able to listen to satsang, to be able to have darshan, to be able to have that inspiration that we all need; to be able to have that little understanding in our lives of where we have to go.
And that's what Shri Maharaj Ji, in his life, did. He gave that inspiration to those people who didn't understand in their life what they were there for. He gave that Knowledge to those people who were ignorant, showered them with that Grace, with that Knowledge that they all so desperately needed.
Shri Maharaj Ji did a lot of travelling, an extensive amount of travelling. He went places and he saw people. And everybody had their concepts. Everybody had their fears. Everybody had their desires. Everybody had their mind. And we all understand how much we really need satsang in this world and the power of satsang – it's incredible.
Of course, everything happens by Guru Maharaj Ji's Grace. That's true. But here we are and what brings us here is again Guru Maharaj Ji's Grace. But as it manifested for the first time in our lives, it was through satsang. And that satsang, the power of satsang, has brought us here today.
Because, OK. Look. There is no significance of Kissimmee, Florida, so far as I'm concerned. But for us, there is a very special significance here. And it's not the place. It is what is happening in that place, which is satsang, which is darshan, and opportunity for service.
And that's what Maharaj Ji, in his life, told people. That's what Shri Maharaj Ji, in his life, gave to people. And so much Grace that it was so beautiful! It was so incredible.
Shri Maharaj Ji used to sometimes go to really far-away places. Basically, he used to travel throughout all of India. remote places, real remote places, until the Prem Nagar ashram came together … and even then there was just a little structure. This stage is probably five to six times bigger than that structure. And that was it.
And slowly and slowly as the prachar grew, as the propagation started happening, as more and more people started coming to that realization, it grew more and more and more. It just happened more and more. It manifested more and more. It became true. It became a reality for people more and more.
And I just remember that sometimes … I mean, looking at Guru Maharaj Ji, looking at Shri Maharaj Ji, and just reminiscing some of the experience that he used to talk about, I think it can inspire us so much for our Guru Maharaj Ji, that maybe we can open up one more step. Maybe that endless Love can take one more step in our lives. And always talking about that power, always talking about that Love, always talking about that Grace, always talking about that incredible thing that his Guru Maharaj Ji bestowed upon him …
And one time Shri Maharaj Ji was out touring all by himself. And he was at this really remote place in the middle of this jungle. And he was tired. He was hungry. He was thirsty. And there was like a little rest house, I guess just for travellers who would go through that way.
So Shri Maharaj Ji was resting there. And he didn't have any food with him. And he prayed to his Guru Maharaj Ji. He said, "If you are really real, I want some food. I want some water." And before you know, this premie couple happened to strike the right place at the right time. They had food; they had water. They gave Shri Maharaj Ji whatever they had to offer. He ate, was very satsified.
And when he used to talk about this, when he used to talk about this Grace, when he used to talk about that power it was like, "Wow, man. That's really real! It's really incredible! It's true!"
In the United States of America this would be a very Simple Simon story. "So? What difference does it make? Somebody came along, had food … Well, in America every major intersection on a freeway has a place where you can eat food! So? Big deal!"
But it wasn't the matter of food. It wasn't the matter of an object. But it was the matter of Grace: how it manifested, where it manifested. And that was what was so incredible.
Shri Maharaj Ji used to say that one time he was drowning in this river. And he was really really drowning, being swept away! And he prayed to his Guru Maharaj Ji. He said, "Help!" And he said that all he remembered was that this hand came and picked him out of that river, picked him out of that drowning and pulled him ashore. And when he woke up there was nobody there.
And that, to me, is such an incredible inspiration to have that faith in Guru Maharaj Ji. Because what did that prove? To me, what did that prove?
When Guru Maharaj Ji gave that example, when Shri Maharaj Ji gave that example, it wasn't like, "OK. That's
what was going to happen to me or that's what's going to happen to me." It wasn't like, "OK, I got saved, too. I was drowning." Of course! Everybody is drowning in the river of maya. But to me, I never had that experience.
And what did it show me? It showed me what devotion can do. It obviously proved to me that that was the line of devotion. And what can it do? It can do anything. Everything is possible. All those dreams we have can in fact become a reality.
And so, premies, to have that devotion, to have that Love, to have that inspiration, to have that tie, to have that road between a devotee and his Guru Maharaj ji is probably one of the most fantastic things in the world. A road as solid and wide and beautiful and extravagant as it possibly could be! True. Real. And that's what we all need in our life.
Every time Shri Maharaj Ji used to talk about his Guru Maharaj Ji … And I mean, there were so many stories. There were so many examples. There were so many incidents. And yet, I don't remember all of them. And yet I still remember that inspiration that it brought to me to even have even more of that Love, to even have that road, to keep that road always clean between me and my Guru Maharaj Ji, to keep that road of devotion always crystal-clean. Because that leads to Guru Maharaj Ji, that leads to what is everything in my life.
Because, OK, I can say, "Yes, this is my life. And it's me." I can have all these different associations. And nevertheless, is this really my life? Do you really think your life is really your life? There are people who really believe that. There are these intellectuals: "Of' course, you dummy. It's your life. Whose life is it? It's got your name on it! Isn't your name Dharam Pal Singh Rawat? Isn't your name Prem Pal Singh Rawat? That's your life. It's got your name on it."
So many concepts like, "Of course this is the way it is. Creator? What Creator? This is all a part of evolution, you dummy. Don't you know it? Haven't you read books in your life? Don't you know that once we used to be apes and from apes we became what we are now?"
And it's like, "OK. We were apes once. Glad to know that. At least, at one time, we were smart. We had a bit of intelligence inside of us. And why did we become like this? What happened?"
"Oh, because always there's this evolution going on. Because of necessity. Because we need to."
OK. You can buy that for a little while. So we need to be like this. We needed to be like this, so in the whole process of evolution we slowly became more refined. Our skull structure changed, our hands got shorter. Instead of walking on all four, we started walking on only two! Instead of four-wheel drive: here we are. Only "posi-traction." And why? Because there was an evolution going on.
And this is so incredible. Because here are all these "smarties," just intellectuals. They've spent all their lives reading books. They discover a word or discover a theory or discover a philosophy or discover this or discover that. And it's like, man, they're really smart. They're really intelligent. OK.
But why is there an evolution going on? What is sustaining that evolution? What is life?
Today they have all these technical and modern things. They can literally replace your body if need be. There was a time that when people's teeth fell out, that was that. Your teeth fell out, your teeth fell out. Now if your teeth fall out – and even if they don't fall out – there are people who will pull them out and give you a better set of teeth than you ever had! Any way you want: gold, silver. Give you a brand new set of teeth.
And instead of brushing them like this every morning you just pull them out. Clean them, polish them, whatever you want to do. Stick them back in! Modular. Have a set of teeth for every purpose. If you're going to smile all day long, you put on these really beautiful teeth. If you are going to eat, put on electric teeth and hold them there and they'll go real fast and chew up everything before you swallow it.
If you were wearing a grey suit, have grey teeth. Black suit, black teeth. And anything is possible. Have your name carved in your teeth so every time you smile your initials show up.
Then if your kidney just doesn't do it, well, get somebody else's kidney. And I was reading this magazine. And in the magazine they described this whole bionics. They have a picture of this arm. There's a great big wheel at the elbow and then there's all these bionic parts. You can lift things. You can move your arm. It in fact has sensors from your nerves so you actually can command the whole function that happens! You can make it move any way you want: pick up something, put the right amount of pressure, and do anything that you want. (Of course, you can't lift cars or walk through a jail.) But I mean all this is happening.
And what is the purpose of it all? You know they could build a robot right now and it would do everything that a man does. It would walk. It would talk. It would respond. It would pick up a glass as thin as you wanted. It could pick it up perfectly. The computers are fantastic these days. Incredible. They'll respond to your voice. Give you the answer back. Anything! Anything! You tell a robot to sit down, it'll sit down. The thing would be monstrous and the thing would be huge. It'd be probably about two storeys high, but it would do everything.
It starts off in the morning and in the evening it'd get slower and slower and slower as the batteries ran down. You could even make it so it has its own fuel tank and an engine which is the generator. You lust keep pumping fuel into it.
The probe that they sent to Mars had "eyes." It could see. It could measure the distance of what it was seeing, take its arm, put it around the rock, pick it up, take it in, analyze it, send the report down to Earth. Knew everything. Knew exactly its dimension. Picked it up just the right way. Bring it in and do this whole number! Dig for things. It knew what was what, the density of the rock and that that was the rock it was looking for.
But what about this human life? Is it as worthless? You can just duplicate it? Is it like a xerox? You can just stick it in somewhere and here it comes. But obviously there has to be a bigger purpose in our lives than to be as phony boloney as we really think it is. Man's achievements, man's advances, man's things in this world, his concepts, his ideas … And we are not here for all that. I feel that we are not here for all that.
We can do all that. Look, I don't say that there's wrong in making a robot. Let's make a robot. I'd be into it! Design one. Make one. Have an incredible satsang robot. It would have the P.A.'s built into it. It would go around: "Jai Satchitanand" to all the premies. It'd be huge. See some premie spacing out somewhere, pick him up and shoot him right down where the satsang is happening. Take pictures all the time. Process the pictures. Turn them out. Give them to the premies.
I mean, here there's one, two, three, four, five, six, seven – and then there are a few other premies – about ten premies with these cameras. This whole process of taking pictures. The robot could do it by himself! Have cameras mounted on both of his arms. And he'd be doing this whole number. It could do this whole trip! That's OK.
I'd be into making a car that drives itself. Actually, when I first came to West I had this whole idea how we could make a car that would take you anywhere you
wanted to go! Eliminate the need of humans.
I like computers. They do these incredible things. But what is human? What's a man's capability? What can man do? If your scope is: "Oh yeah, man can build a computer. That's great," so build a computer that can build a computer. So what's the big deal of man? If your scope is all that, if your scope is all those materialistic objects in your life, if your scope is all that, then what's the purpose of man?
Listen, a computer can take a better picture than what this premie can. And he shoots "Wildlife" photography. He shoots a lot of film. And a computer can do a better job than him: keep it focused all the time, absolutely straight. Hold it. It doesn't have to have the factor of moving around, setting up.
And there's a computer that can do anything you want it to do: make calculations, calculate a bigger number than you can possibly imagine in a spur of a moment.
This chair has a computer built into it. It's incredible! This is a custom-designed chair. Premies put it together. There was a time where if any message had to be communicated to me, somebody would have to come and tell me what was going on. Then it came to a point where when someone would set up the microphone, they would tell me whatever they had to tell me, if there was a message or something to be conveyed to me.
Well, now nobody has to come to set up the microphone. They're already there. So this chair has a monitor (a little TV) built into it. And there is a probe station down there with a TV, too. Any message that someone wants to send to me will be displayed on this monitor right here. And I can look. Right now it says, "Pranam, Lord. Pranam, Lord. Pranam, Lord. We love you." It has a stop watch, and all these functions where if I want music, I press the button "Music," "Temperature" for air conditioning up and down, "Video," "Microphone On," "Microphone Off." If I want to call Marolyn, it says "Durga Ji" right there. If I want the kids up here …
"Arti." "Depart." "Come." "Wait." "Mike." "Security." "Clear." "Monitor." It's got everything! There used to be a time in India where two people were standing behind me with great big fans trying to keep me cool. Well, this chair took care of that too. It's got two people right here! Two air conditioning vents and a place right there where I can tune so that they're blowing just at wherever I'm hot.
This whole chair is air conditioned itself so it keeps itself cold, has the entire thermostats right here. I can have the chair "Warm" or "Cold." I can have the chair "Cold" and have warm air blowing out. You name it, this thing does it, just about.
The actual fibreglass mold that I'm sitting on is a mold of my body. So when I sit on it, my body doesn't have to conform to anything. It's just natural.
And so you don't need two premies fanning you. Here you can tell these little guys right here where to blow the air, when to blow the air, and at what temperature to blow the air.
But do you really think that the love premies have would ever come out of these vents? Or what this terminal says right now: "We love you." This thing doesn't love me. I know it doesn't. How can it? It just says "I love you." And that's because somebody typed it in! You can type in "I hate you" and it'll say that too.
For all practical purposes, here is something that replaces human beings. But if my scope is like that, then I can say, "Well, what do you need human beings for? Human beings are obsolete!" Have any kind of calculator, can do anything you want. But that only comes when you're ignorant.
Because you can do things that will take care of a lot of people. Instead of having a staff of twenty people you could have one computer. Calculate the entire thing, give you any information that you want. You wouldn't even need a teacher at school. You could take a computer, plug entire dictionaries in to it, entire maths in to it, plug everything in to it, and it will give you a program that is suitable for your IQ. Every day it'll teach you. And it'll do the homework for you!
But premies, this is not the reason why we are here in this world: to eliminate ourselves by making computers.
Look at man's progress. There used to be a time when there'd be people who would sit down and make paintings. And they could never get people right. It's hard. The guy who did the "Mona Lisa" had to do it so many times. He just couldn't get the right expression.
There are motorized cameras around that knock off 36 pictures in about a couple of seconds. And if you haven't got the mood of that person in those 36 pictures, he doesn't have the mood.
So premies, the most important thing is that we have … this whole world needs to realize why man is here: not for technical advancements. Technical advancements, to me, are OK. Great. They're good! But there is also a purpose that we have to understand.
Maybe there will be a time in the very near future, where people will go, "Look at those things, those four-wheel things. Crazy looking, aren't they?" And they will be referring to automobiles. "Man, there was a time when my great-great-grandfather used to drive a 'car'. I still got it in the garage. Would you like to see it?"
And everybody would come and here would be what is an ultra-modern car to us. And to them it would be like, "What is this thing? So antique-looking." Where you've got shoes, you just close your eyes, imagine something, it measures the pulses of your brain, and transfers you over somewhere. Who needs a car?
But we are here for satsang, service and meditation. And there is no computer that'll do satsang, service and meditation for us. Because it's an experience. It's an experience.
You can have food where you eat just this little thing. They have these as dietary things; you eat this capsule and it's like a sponge. And as soon as it goes into your stomach, it expands. It gives you a feeling that you're full.
And you could always take those capsules and put some chocolate flavouring in it, so every time you burp, you would feel like you had a chocolate cake! Whatever you want. And you would feel quite full!
But this is what happens. These are the kind of concepts, these are the kind of ideas, these are the kind of things that happen when we lose the focus from our center. People don't understand that all these technical advancements are happening because man is constantly striving outward for perfectness: a better car, a better camera, a better calculator, a better computer, a better this, better that – the best!
But people don't understand that there is only one thing that's the best. And everything else is the worst. And that's where you have to come, that's where you have to plug in, into that perfectness that we all want. And unless we do that, we'll be constantly wandering. We'll be constantly searching.
A child has a desire for fulfilment. And this fulfilment the child understands, as it understands … You look at Daya. And she will be crying. And she doesn't know what Marolyn really looks like. There was a time where she didn't. Now she can focus and she can see. But there was a time when she couldn't focus! So when she couldn't focus, she obviously didn't know what I looked like. She didn't know what anybody looked like.
And at that stage, she was constantly driving for satisfaction – contentment. And nobody would tell her, "Oh Daya, now you are with your mommy. You should be satisfied." Nobody would tell Daya, "Oh now you're supposed to stop crying, because you are with your mother." She didn't know that. But as soon as something would happen, which would naturally content her: the holding (not from anybody else, but from Marolyn). It's a natural law. It's a natural chain. It would automatically satisfy her.
It was not like, "Oh yeah, Daya. Now you've had milk. Your stomach should be full and you should be satisfied." Well, if it isn't the milk … you could give her as much milk as you want and she still won't be satisfied. For her, satisfaction is not dependent on anything. She doesn't know … well, now she does, probably, because she can see people. But her satisfaction is completely dependent upon her contentment. Nobody can tell her that. "This is what you should be contented with."
And premies, it's the same way in our lives. But there is a difference. People keep telling us, "This is what is going to content you." And we have lost our natural track. We have lost our natural reaction to that contentment that we all seek. And that's why we are constantly trying this, trying that; trying this, trying that; trying this, trying that.
OK, if there is nothing in this world except me, where would we be? Where would we go: automatically retract within inside of us. And that's where we will find what we need, just like that little baby. You can tell her she should be happy. You can tell her she should be content. (She's a very content baby. She really is.) But she will be crying at the residence. She would come here and I guess feel the vibration, and just start singing. She smiles a lot. She's just happy!
But when she is just a little bit unsatisfied because of hunger, she doesn't know! She doesn't know that she is hungry. It's not like she even knows that what she should do is cry. It's not a habit to her yet!
And Hansi is quite different, obviously. He starts crying … he has really got this "determination thing." I guess when I left yesterday he wanted to come back on the stage all by himself! And sometimes you take him up the stairs, and you're carrying him. You get on top of the stairs and he'll start crying. You don't know why. He's crying his heart out because he wanted to do it all by himself.
Once when we were climbing the ramp to the airplane, there he was, just crying and crying. He wanted to do it by himself. And nothing else was going to satisfy him: very, very determined. And to him, it doesn't matter. Once he gets out of that thing – he's still crying – then maybe he would want some milk.
So I'm very careful with him. He can do whatever he wants to. He's the boss. So usually he doesn't cry. But once he gets into it, that's it. He locks on. You can go across the world and that won't do anything.
Yesterday he was crying. We went from here to the residence, and went around the residence. There's this big truck standing there. Took him there; started it up. He pulled the chain on it: the horn honked. He laughed for a minute and back again – crying. And he did not give it up.
But there are all these concepts. Wadi has a concept now. Her concept is that if she ever gets hurt, if anything goes wrong it's ninny* that is going to satisfy her. And I don't know what Hansi thinks about things, but he has got to do things a certain way. Otherwise: "It's not right. You're crazy. You're everything!" Very determined. Maybe he thinks about something. He's got something he's always constantly thinking about: "Well, I got to do this; I got to do that." The only thing that got him out last night, out of this whole crying phase, was that he wanted to come to the stage.
And Marolyn said, "What do you want? What do you want?" And he finally said, "I want to go to the program right now!" And Marolyn said, "But Hansi, all the premies have gone back to do meditation!" And that snapped him out of it. Then he liked that. Then he started smiling. And he liked that idea: everybody had gone to do meditation
So you have to realize that there are all these little things happening here and there. But with Daya, she doesn't have the concept. She doesn't know that ninny is what is supposed to satisfy her, milk is what is supposed to satisfy her, that holding is going to satisfy her. Her satisfaction is:
*Hindi expression for mother's milk
when she gets satisfied, she's satisfied. And not because she got satisfied from having milk, by getting held, by getting a burp out, by getting a diaper changed, or by taking off her clothes. Those things don't matter. It is: when she's satisfied, she's satisfied.
In our lives, it's quite the opposite. We have been, in this life, taught how to be satisfied. How are you going to get satisfied? "Yes. When you grow up, you will go to school. After school, you will go to college. Then you will graduate. And then you will find a nice job. And after you have found your nice job, you will find a nice girl. You will be married. You will have kids. And then you'll be satisfied."
Isn't that the way it is? There are people who say, "Oh yes, by getting married, I'll be satisfied." After a little while when they get sick and tired of their marriage, they go, "Oh by getting divorced I'll be satisfied." So it has become obviously such a paradox for us that we do not know what is going to satisfy us: "Having a house." People have a house. Then, "Oh, let's add another room."
"Convenience is going to satisfy us. Luxury is going to satisfy us." And yet we don't know what is going to satisfy us. Because satisfaction is not in those things. Satisfaction is somewhere else: the true satisfaction of this life.
I remember that in Holi we got this boat. And it was a little Mako boat. And it had two twin engine mercruisers on it. It's an "OK" boat. It's got two outboard motors on it, a little steering wheel; it's just a little thing you can run about in.
I didn't get that boat because I thought I was going to get satisfied. I don't have that boat right now because I think that that is what's going to satisfy me. It's not those things that are satisfaction. Satisfaction is Knowledge. Satisfaction is when you get satisfied. Instead of falling prey to this world, instead of constantly conforming to the mold of this world and thinking that's where the satisfaction is, you've gotta look again. Obviously you've got to look again. You know.
People join army, you know, and they get a promotion, they get a promotion, they get a promotion, they get a promotion, they get a promotion, then they go yeah, that's gonna be nice, and that's gonna be nice and that's gonna be nice and that's gonna be nice and that's gonna be nice.
But people used to come to Shri Maharaj Ji and say, instead of giving all these lectures, to them they were lectures, instead of giving all these lectures about satisfaction, why don't you give food to the hungry? Why don't you give clothes to the people who need it? You know, and Shri Maharaj Ji said OK. I can give food to a hungry person, but I can give them food today, what about tomorrow? Does it mean that if I give them food one day that he'll be satisfied for the rest of his life? No he's gonna need food again and again and again and again and again till he's living.
I can give somebody clothes now, but as soon as those clothes get torn up he is gonna need clothes again. If I give him summer clothes, winter comes he's gonna need warm clothes. If I give him warm clothes and summer comes, he is gonna need cool clothes.
So Guru Maharaj Ji said that, "Do you really think that people who have all these luxuries, people who can have food three times a day, people who can have a hundred clothes are really satisfied? People who have everything are really satisfied? So if satisfaction really lies in these material objects, then obviously those people who have all this should be all satisfied! But it's quite the opposite. The more people have, the more they want, the more unsatisfied they get!"
A long time ago I was in Bombay. And there was this really rich man. He had whole bunch of imported cars. He had this huge house, a huge apartment building, if you can imagine it: 15 to 20 storeys high with elevators and this and that.
And I mean his house was pretty immaculate. You came in -and there were all these gold fixtures and all these things, beautiful carpets – something you don't see in India. There are not even too many houses anywhere around the world actually that have private elevators. They might have a dumbwaiter. But this house was 15 to 20 storeys high. That's the only way he got up and down.
And at the bottom it had parking lots for all his cars. And he had guest rooms and his private rooms and kitchen – you name it, and this place had it, sort of. Nothing was rented. It was all his, from top to bottom.
And so it was quite a thing. I went there. And I went into the elevator. It was a plush elevator. Went up to the storey. It was incredible. Went into the waiting room and he had this whole thing in silver and gold. Nicest sofas that I've ever seen. Nice room fixtures.
So I got there, went into his room. You see, this guy was scraping the bottom of the barrel. He was going to die. And he wanted to meet just about every spiritual man, every holy man, he knew about. So he wasn't going to take bets. He was just going to bet on everything and he knew he was going to win. That was his strategy.
A lot of people in India have that strategy. They are Hindu. They go close to a Mosque, they go like this (bowing),
go in front of a church, and go like this: (crosses himself), go across a temple, they go like this: fold hands). Really funny things. Because they don't want to take a chance, you see. "You bet all your odds on one thing, and what if that isn't true? Bet on everybody. You're bound to get a ticket from somewhere."
Well, anyway, I walked into his room and I was shocked. There was nothing in this room. He was lying in one of these stretcher-type beds made out of this old beaten-up metal.
He was lying straight. His bedsheets were all white. A whole hospital environment. And he had a little sink made out of aluminium, painted white, to spit in. And it was right there.
What was his "happiness" all worth? What was all that that he had? I mean, people see his house and say, "Man, I wish if I could just have that. That would be incredible."
Look! Aladdin had a lamp. In this story, Aladdin has a lamp with which he can wish for anything. Now, to begin with it would be great to have a wish where you could get something with which you could wish anything you wanted. So you would think that if you could have a thing through which your wishes would come true – anything that you wanted (snaps fingers) – that you would be satisfied.
Aladdin had it. But was he satisfied? No. He wanted to marry the King's daughter. He wanted a palace. He wanted this. There was no end to it. His wishes even expanded. His satisfaction even went one more step away!
We have to understand that there is something in this life that is stable, that is real. There are some people who want to bet on everything. I remember that coming out of Dehra Dun, there was this road. And after a tunnel, there was this temple. And every time Mata Ji would drive by this temple, she would take a little money and throw it towards the temple.
One time, I was there and Shri Maharaj Ji was there. So she took out some money to throw it towards the temple. And Shri Maharaj Ji said, "Why don't you give it to me, instead of giving it to the temple? I can give you what the temple can give you." She got mad. "What do you mean?" These are the kind of things that people have concepts about.
One time Mata Ji took everybody – Shri Maharaj Ji and all of us – to this place where these two "holy" rivers meet, because if you bathe there, you are supposed to have sort of a one-way ticket all the way to heaven, first class. The water was cold. There was Shri Maharaj Ji.
Everybody was starting to bathe in the river. It was really dirty, too. I mean, would you like to take a bath in a bathtub with a couple of dead people in it, swimming around? But there's a lot of dead bodies floating around in Ganges. As a matter of fact, where these two rivers meet it's a shallow area and there was this great big turtle, dead, lying in there just rotting away.
So Shri Maharaj Ji steps out of the car.
"Come on in," Mata Ji says. "Come on in. Come on in. Get inside this thing. Why don't you take a bath, too?"
And Shri Maharaj Ji looks at this premie who was there. And it was like, "Does she really think that by doing this I'll get liberated?" Then he just said, "Well? If by doing this we're going to be liberated, to take a bath in here wouldn't really hurt me, would it?" He would go in there.
So all these ideas that we have, all these concepts that we have … and people used to have a lot of concepts.
And Shri Maharaj Ji would just say, "Well, we have what we need. We are the richest. We are the biggest. We are the kings of kings. What do we need anybody for? What do we need anything for? We have everything."
And as Raja Ji was saying about Shri Maharaj Ji, we used to go up to him and say, "Could we watch a movie? Could we go to see a movie?" And he would say, "What do you want to go see a movie for? Look around. It's all a movie. It's all moving, isn't it?"
And it's completely incredible. One time Shri Maharaj Ji went to a program near Rishikesh. And because the premies found out that he was going to be there, a lot of premies came to this thing. And it was like a big trip that all these guys had put together, all these spiritual leaders had put together. And there were all these big leaders there. And the whole place was full of premies!
So Shri Maharaj Ji came. They gave him a chair. He was sitting down on the stage. After a little while, he said, "Listen, it's getting late! I don't want to listen to all this gibberish. Are you going to give me time to speak or not?"
And as soon as Shri Maharaj Ji said that, all these leaders got really paranoid. Because they knew that Shri Maharaj Ji, when he used to start giving satsang, would take them one by one, and rip them apart piece by piece!
There would be these people with ashes on their forehead. There would be these people with great big beards. And Shri Maharaj Ji used to always recite this one poem. And there would be people who would go swimming in Ganges every morning, four o'clock in the morning. It's freezing cold, but still they have to jump in.
Shri Maharaj Ji always used to recite this poem. He said that if by putting ashes on your forehead you will be liberated, then what about the woman that has to work 24 hours near that kitchen where there's ashes and ashes and ashes?
If by swimming in the Ganges, if by always diving in the Ganges, you think you're going to get liberated, what about the fish in the Ganges that are there constantly? They don't get liberated. How do you think that that's going to all work?
So they all got very paranoid. And they didn't want to give him any time. They said, "We are sorry. But we don't have any time." Shri Maharaj Ji said, "OK. Here I go! I mean, I don't want to sit here and listen to you guys."
So as soon as Shri Maharaj Ji got up, all the premies got up. As soon as all the premies got up, they realized that, "Wait a minute! If he leaves, everybody's going to leave!" So then they said, "Oh please. Here is the P.A. You can have any amount of time you want. Just keep sitting."
And then Shri Maharaj Ji took them, one by one. And they were all sitting there about as embarrassed they could be in their whole lives.
People giving mantras … He used to say, Krishna says in Gita that if at the end of your life, the moment when you die, you remember me, remember my Holy Name, you will come to me. But how are you supposed to do it? Before you start dying your whole body starts to get stiff. You go into convulsions. At that time, when your whole world comes in front of you, how are you going to sit there and chant your mantras?
All these people who were just out there to make "dineros," "dineros," make money, would give people whatever they felt like. Somebody would come along. "Oh yes. For you? One special one." And if another one would come: "For two dollars more, I give you a super special one."
"Here is a rosary for you. Here is a mantra for you. Just sit up and down all day long." I mean, "That's how you're going to get liberated," any way they want!
And Shri Maharaj Ji said, "By doing all this, it doesn't happen. It says in Gita that by giving all these big charities, by doing all these religious ceremonies, that's not how you're going to find me!"
And so premies, it's really true.
Because that power is everywhere. And by Guru Maharaj Ji's Grace, we can realize that power. We can see that power. We can become one with that power.
Once Mohammed went to Mecca and he was lying down. So the priests saw him and got very mad, because the way he was lying, his feet were facing towards the holy place! And this one guy came up to him and said, "Move your feet. Your feet point towards the holy place where God lives."
Mohammed said, "Then why don't you take them and put them towards a place where God doesn't live!" And of course the guy was baffled.
So I mean, all these rituals and all these ceremonies that we go through, the satisfaction can only be attained when our soul, when the "us" who are real, becomes one with that ultimate real reality. There is no other two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten ways. And that's what we have to realize. It's not a question of betting your odds! It simply isn't.
You've got to surrender to Guru Maharaj Ji. You've got to dedicate this life to Guru Maharaj Ji. You've got to open up to that Knowledge. You've got to let that beautiful thing manifest in your life.
There are so many incredible stories about Shri Maharaj Ji. And it's so beautiful to be able to just listen to satsang and get even a clearer understanding, more incredible understanding, about what this path really is! It's so beautiful!
So it's just our option that we do it, that we open up, that we become one with it, that we get going. And I know it's possible. I know it can happen. It's just that we have to let go. We have to open up. Because all these different rituals of this world are not going to bring satisfaction. The rituals of societies – "Go get married. Go do this. Go do that." – all those rituals are not going to bring you satisfaction. What is going to bring you satisfaction is only one thing.
One time Guru Nanak went to this pond in the morning. And he saw all these pundits and all these astrologers and all these chanters and all these people picking water up with their hands and chanting something and pouring the water down from their hands.
So he went up to one of them and said, "What are you doing?"
They said, "Well, we're giving offerings to this god, sun." So there was everybody facing the sun and they were giving these water offerings with this chanting, these mantras and everything.
So Guru Nanak turned around, and he turned around where his farm was and he started doing the same thing!
And so one guy looked at him and said, "What are you doing? Are you crazy or something? Don't you know the sun is there?"
He said, "Oh yeah! I know where the sun is." So what are you doing?"
So he said, "Listen. If you think that by just pointing towards that direction and throwing water in that direction your water is going to get from here to the sun, then I'm doing the same thing. My fields need some water. So I'm giving them water."
So I mean, so many incredible things happen that we can learn by. We can understand that what mind can do, there is no limit. What mind can manifest, there is no limit. What mind can put us into, there is no limit.
But who can save us? That's the thing. What can save us? And there is only one thing. And that's Guru Maharaj Ji.
When we give ourselves into the hands of Guru Maharaj Ji … whose hands are we going to give ourselves to? To the hands of maya? We've already done that and look what we get! A big fat nothing.
But when we give ourselves to the hands of the Perfect Master, what do we get? Love, perfectness, Grace, kindness, compassion, mercy. All that we need in our lives.
So premies there'll be more satsang happening. So just enjoy yourself. There's an opportunity.
So thank you very much.