Prem Rawat's Vocabulary: Devotion Becomes Gratitude
When Prem Rawat or Maharaji ( the Ultimate Ruler) as he insists on being called or Guru Maharaj Ji as he called himself until the 1980's speaks about devotion it must be understood that he is referring to and demanding devotion and surrender to himself. He believes he deserves this devotion because in 1966 he succeeded his father who had been the Perfect Master before him as had Jesus, Ram(a), Krishna, Buddha, Kabir, Guru Nanak, Swarupanand (his father's guru) and others of that ilk. He also referred to himself as the Satguru, the Saviour, the Lord, the Master which makes it obvious why he feels he deserves devotion
There was a problem. There were never enough devotees. So after twelve or more years of playing the Indian card in the West, he realised it was time for a new shtick, a haircut, a diet, a new name. First, a hiatus. Then an attempt at rejuvenating the half of the former followers who were still devoted enough to go to see him and hopefully, donate money.
Then there was a long spin-doctoring evolution in which his followers claimed he was just an ordinary internationally respected Master of Peace, a philanthropist, top gun pilot who had never claimed he was God but he had retired that claim and they just hung on his every word and kissed his feet, not out of devotion to Him, just a simple gratitude to Prem Rawat and the he just started talking about the gratitude, without an object for that gratitude, though all his followers could fill in the blanks.
Shri Maharaj Ji (father of Prem Rawat), Delhi, India, August 7 1952
St. Kabir says that whatever is done without the guidance of Guru, goes astray. Many people believe today that Lord Rama or Lord Krishna, or a flag, or the Gita. or the Ramayana, etc… should be taken as Guru, but nobody bothers to think over what has been written in the scriptures. Guru Nanak writes, in the Granth Saheb that nobody should be mistaken, because one cannot get liberation without a Guru. One who was misguided can discard hypocrisy upon getting the guidance of a Guru, and attain devotion to God. Guru is he who can transform a man into a god in no time, and can show an inner light which is more brilliant than the light of a hundred suns put together. The darkness of night cannot fade away without the rising of the sun. Similarly, until we find the Satguru, the darkness of our hearts cannot vanish.
Volume 2, Issue 2, And It Is Divine Magazine
Shri Hans Ji Maharaj (father of Prem Rawat), November 1963
Why is it that we all seek peace and happiness, yet due to our ignorance of the right path to attaining peace we are unable to find it? We do not know who to ask for direction; we are ignorant that happiness and peace is the result of true devotion to God and His Knowledge. This devotion and Knowledge is not acquired without satsang and the Satguru. All scriptures unanimously declare that to acquire Knowledge, the shelter of a true master must be sought. Today the world does not search for a true Guru, but is rather engaged in whatever devotion it is attracted to. … Kabir has said: "As the rosary is being told by the hands, as the tongue is repeating 'Rama Rama' or 'Krishna Krishna', the mind is still making circles of desires. What is the use of such devotion? External devotion and ritualistic practices will not give us knowledge of He whom we hope to meet. If He is not met, if the mind is not engaged in Him, then of what value are these practices? They are all useless."
Volume 2, Issue 7, And It Is Divine Magazine
Shri Hans Ji Maharaj, India, February 1964
Devotion is much greater than reading or writing. If you think that everything is in books, then point out to me even one man who might have acquired the true Knowledge or gained salvation by reading books. When the object of devotion, act of devotion, and devotee become One, then there is salvation, liberation, and by no other way. It is not attained by reading scriptures, by going to temples, bathing in religious places or donating offerings. Salvation is attained by Knowledge, constant devotion and regular remembrance of the Holy Name.
The Golden Age, November 1978, Number 49
Hans Rawat (father of Prem Rawat), June 1966, at Dehra Dun, India
Today marks the celebration of Krishna's birthday. Many people say that God doesn't take birth. Why should God take birth? Why should He do that? Devotion. God cares about his devotees. God is the object of devotion and He takes birth for the pleasures of devotion. People who say that God doesn't take birth, say as a challenge that God's all-powerful. But for the same reason, people leave all doubts behind to worship that all-powerful God. When God can do everything, then why can't He take birth? If there's even one work He can't perform, then how is He all-powerful?
The Golden Age Number 24, November 1975
Durga Ji, (Marolyn Rawat nee Johnson Maharaji's Wife), Holi Festival, Miami Beach, Florida, Sunday, 9 April 1978.
So now, that's something we should really, really beg in our hearts. Yes, it's wonderful to sing it, but even more wonderful to really, really, really - more than anything else, just putting everything else, the things that we kind of want to do, the things that we really want to do, the things that we would love to do, that we want, that we desire - just putting them all aside, and just really: "Please, Maharaj Ji, please! Can I please feel devotion? Can I please learn devotion? And only you can teach me." Because I really feel we've come to that point where there is nothing else that can even attract us anymore; that we've experienced too much of Guru Maharaj Ji to just even get distracted by anything else. That we now have come to the point where we've realised that devotion to Guru Maharaj ii is just everything. It's it! It's the highest thing that we can feel. It just carries us along in such a way that - it's perfect! It's perfect that I should feel devotion for my Guru Maharaj Ji. And yet I don't know how.
The Golden Age, June/July 1978, Number 46
Alta Loma Terrace, Hollywood, California, August 15, 1971
Q: To whom should we give our devotion? GMJ: Guru.
Q: Shouldn't we give our devotion to God? GMJ: What is God?
Q: Well, Guru is a personification of God in this Earth, right? GMJ: I told you yesterday: Who is Guru? The highest manifestation of God is Guru. So when Guru is here, God is here, to whom will you give devotion? I want that the general should sign some papers. I needn't go to his office when he is sitting in my home. Is it necessary to go in his office when he is sitting in my home? When God has come here, then what is the need to give devotion to God there?
Q: What would happen to a person who has realized this Knowledge that you have given to them? Is he still your disciple? Or one with you? GMJ: When he will get this Knowledge, he will have permanent Peace all that life. Understood? First of all, that devotion is such a thing -- if you are a devotee, and your devotion is actual, real, wherever Guru goes in the world, in any corner of the world, South Pole or North, America or India, it follows Him. Devotion will follow Him. If you are not a real devotee, you can't have a real devotion, and your devotion can't follow Him.
Q: You must follow Him? Or your devotion follows Him? GMJ: No, your devotion will follow Him. You see, you can't see devotion. When real devotee calls me, from real heart, then it comes.
We have to give our whole devotion to Satguru, because He Himself is full. … Satguru is divine. Guru is divine. The most divine. … Is it not true that the Satguru is within us all, within our hearts? God is within your heart. Guru is outside. God is within us all, but His highest manifestation takes place outside. … What is that that brings God from heaven till here? Devotion. What is devotion? The internal call from heart, the internal love. You can't -- you try to give this, but give it to only One who has given you so many things. … So, see, you can never repay Satguru ever in your life. But there is one method that you can repay -- give devotion. I was telling you yesterday that Guru will take devotion and multiply it and give it to God. Remember, I was only saying that for your mental satisfaction. Guru is Himself God! Look at Him; what is God, you will see in Him. Look at Him first. See in Him, and you will find God. The full power of God that you have seen in Light, that you see in Light. So that kind Master only wants love, nothing else. … Whenever a Satguru has come, He has asked for devotion. He is very hungry; He just wants devotion. Devotion, devotion, devotion. Water of love, and food of devotion. He wants that, and that's all.
Élan Vital, Spring 1978, Volume II, Issue 1
Boulder Colorado, 28th August 1971
You want to give one dollar. "Okay, Guru Ji, this is one dollar." This dollar-one dollar belongs to Guru Ji. What is to give him? We give him so many things; these all belong to him. He is not for that. He is for our devotion, which is our own personal, which is our own personal devotion. And he is hungry of that. That's all. Everything is hungry in this world. People are hungry of wealth. Mothers are uh people-mothers are hungry for their childrens to see. And good people are hungry of food. Some people are hungry of something and some people are hungry of something. But Guru is also hungry. Guru is also very hungry! He is hungry of devotion. He is hungry of devotion! So what we have to give is devotion to him. … As Sitaram was telling, what, what I say, I won't take you to only the - I won't give you the address of God, but take you to His home. And I challenge, I challenge that I will give you peace if you will give me devotion. Give me devotion and I will give you peace. This is my bargain.
Perfect Master Audio Tape 017
Denver Ashram, Colorado, 18 September 1971
Hell and heaven are on earth, and liberation is just beyond all these points. There are two types of liberation. One is not to be concerned with this world. The other liberation is to be concerned with this world, but not this world directly, but to the Perfect Master: to be a devotee. Devotion. When you go to the Judge and He weighs your balance, right? and only your one balance is good, only good, and bad has been finished away with this Knowledge, He will ask you, "Okay, what do you want, liberation or devotion?" People who ask liberation just go there and sit there. They can do nothing. But people who ask for devotion come again onto this earth, but they don't suffer. It is always heaven for them, and they always stay with Perfect Masters. It is so very beautiful to be with the Lord. Whenever a Perfect Master will come, they'll come with Him.
And It Is Divine, Volume 1, Issue 1, November 1972
Westminster, London, 2nd November 1971
I was laughing because they were checking my luggage but still I was smuggling and what I was smuggling, was this Knowledge. They were not checking me, they were not checking my Knowledge, they were checking this luggage and I smuggled the thing and I distributed this thing amongst many people, many, many people and every bit, everybody became satisfied. I have satisfaction. I have love. I have devotion to give to people, to scatter it amongst. … This Knowledge is recommended for you. This Knowledge is for you and because you must understand it, because you must know this Knowledge, you must practice this Knowledge, it is being made absolutely free for you. So, don't think that is a less valuable thing than your stereo recorder or anything else. This is still much valued, this possesses much value. And once you receive this Knowledge your heart leaps and is so much filled with just devotion and love. Love, not towards this materialistic world, but love towards God, who is your real father, whom you have forgotten and whom you must realize.
Perfect Master Tape #004
Malaga, Spain, March 26, 1978
So premies, it's just such a beautiful thing happening more and more every day. We have to open up to be able to just become that devotee. I like that song, "Teach me Devotion." It has a certain meaning to me. And the meaning to me is that if you are a devotee, what more can you ask for except for Guru Maharaj Ji to teach you devotion? With that devotion comes everything. It just hits somewhere, and it's beautiful. It just strikes at the right place. Because that's all we want. That devotion is all that we want. And it's just from my experience. That's what I say: that the devotee needs devotion, a lover needs love. Because if that lover doesn't have any love, then he's not a lover anymore. If that devotee doesn't have any devotion, then how can he be a devotee? And that's the thing that we want. There's so many ways to explain it, and there's so many functions to it. And you can just go step by step one by one. You can say, "Okay, it's to do satsang, service, and meditation. Or it's to have Grace flow through. Or it's to have the Love flow through." Or anything. But it all goes in one great circle, and it is to just be that devotee who can understand and who can see and who can experience that Love, who can experience that devotion that really is there. What can you say? What can you verbally say? Because that's an experience. And how can you try to describe that experience of what devotion is like, of what that surrender is like, of what that Love is like? Even for one moment to have Love, and not to have any selfish reason behind it, not to have any reason whatsoever attached to it. No strings attached. It's an experience! Just a beautiful, incredible Love. Love Original. Period.
Divine Times - Holi Issue, 1979 Volume 8, Number 2
Shower of Grace, Malibu, California, June 11 1978
Guru Maharaj Ji gives you that ultimate Knowledge which is within inside of you, that experience that we all need to know. And without that devotion, we cannot … Because, see, the thing is, we have to have that devotion. If we don't have that devotion, we are not devotees. And if we are not devotees, then he is not our Guru Maharaj Ji. It's not like just saying, "Okay, I take you for granted, Guru Maharaj Ji, so that'll be it. Here I am, and let's get at it!" No! If that constant balance of our devotion varies, goes away, then that Guru Maharaj Ji -- for us, not in reality -- will also sway. Because you know, go shopping. And to these guys I am "the Guru," period. Or some of them don't even know it. Some of them don't even recognize. And to them, what difference does it make? No difference. And when that devotion, that understanding starts happening more and more and more, then that much more of a Guru Maharaj Ji does Guru Maharaj Ji become.
But premies, the whole thing is that that Guru Maharaj Ji can't be that big, that big, that big, or five feet. All of it! So our devotion has to be 100%. Every bit.
So we have to be completely open to Guru Maharaj Ji. Our devotion to Guru Maharaj Ji has to be completely 100%. And we can do it! Because it is from Guru Maharaj Ji that we become devotees. And from us that that door opens, by which we make that devotion of ours happen 100%. You know, it's a fail-safe deal. You can't go wrong. Because he gives us the devotion to give it back to him. And it's a whole fail-safe deal. You can't say, "Well, what if this happens?" There is no "if, if, if." It's just, if your concentration, if your devotion is 100%, then Guru Maharaj Ji is going to manifest 100%. And you cannot have one percent, or a half percent, or a quarter percent of your ego and mind, or concepts, or anything like that. It has to be a clear sheet.
Divine Times - June/July 1978 Volume 7, Number 4
Hans Jayanti '78, Kissimme, Florida, Evening Program, Monday, November 6, 1978
But I had that faith. By Guru Maharaj Ji's Grace, Guru Maharaj Ji gave me his Grace to be able to generate Grace, for me to be able to not have that mind kick on me so hard and so strong, and to be able to have that faith in Guru Maharaj Ji all the time, to be able to experience devotion of Guru Maharaj Ji all the time. Because the thing is that devotion is a tie. Devotion is a connection between a Lord and the devotee. The only way you can ever know the green light, the "annunciator panel" of devotion -- are you a devotee or not? -- is your devotion. As long as there is going to be devotion between you and your Lord, then there is no problem. You are a devotee, and he is your Lord. He is you saviour. But as soon as that devotion goes out, automatically you get disqualified as a devotee because you don't have any devotion. You don't have that tie. You don't have that thread. And in our lives, how many moments do we feel that devotion towards Guru Maharaj Ji? I was in Malaga and Marolyn sang that song for the first time. And I liked it because, "Maharaj Ji, please! Please teach us devotion." It's so important! It's more important than the person who wrote it thinks it is important. To me, it has always been, "Without that devotion, Lord, you can't be my Lord because I can't be your devotee! And that devotion brings us two together, manifests us in the way that I like it the most, the way I love it the most, the way I'm supposed to be, the way it's all meant to be! And this is my green light, my only indication that, yes, I am here, and you are keeping me here to have that devotion." And devotion doesn't come until you have faith.
Affinity, June 1980
Denver, Colorado, 25th February 1979
I think it's completely stupid to think that God's going to do whatever you think you want Him to do. But that Almighty is going to do whatever He wants to do. That Power is going to manifest Itself in any form It wishes to, any time It wishes to, anywhere It wishes to. Who's going to tell It, "You can't do that"? Who? And yet there is a fact related to that, and the devotees dictate that. The devotees in fact dictate. Because they are the receivers who want to tune into the frequency. Manifestation of a Savior is going to happen to save the ones that have to be saved. That omnipotent Power will manifest Itself, establish devotion, for devotees, period. It cannot for Itself, because there has to be a two-way transaction. The devotees have been the single most strong, powerful thing.
- Divine Times, Summer 1979, Volume III, Issue 2
Holi Miami, 7th April 1979
Guru Maharaj Ji sends his devotees first before he comes, so there can be some devotion which can bring him down, which can bring him into this world. And so the devotees come in this world first. And then comes the Perfect Master. And maybe those devotees who come first aren't really devotees yet, but are destined to be devotees. And when the Perfect Master comes into this world, it's just like two great big magnets. The attraction becomes faster and faster and faster and then "klunk." It happens. And what an opportunity, what a setup, what a stage is then, in fact, created. We all come. All the devotees get together and with that sincere love, pray to Guru Maharaj Ji, pray to that Savior, pray to that Perfect Master to help us.
Élan Vital, Summer 1979, Volume III, Issue 2
Holi, Miami, afternoon, 8th April 1979
And to have faith in Guru Maharaj Ji, to believe Guru Maharaj Ji, and to have that devotion towards Guru Maharaj Ji, is to me the most ultimate experience of this Knowledge. Devotion. Never, ever has a Perfect Master gone up to his devotee and said, "Listen devotee, because you have meditated enough, I grant you a wish." No. "You have been a devotee. You had devotion. You have surrendered. You have done service. I grant you a wish." And what wish did Hanuman ask when Ram said, "Okay Hanuman, I give you a wish. You may have anything you want"? Did he say, "May I, every time I come in this world, have Knowledge?" No. He said, "Look, I don't want liberation." He said, "I want devotion."
Divine Times, May/June 1979, Volume 8, Number 3
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 10, 1979, Evening
In Shri Maharaj Ji's satsang, he was saying that one day he locked himself in a room and he just said, "If you are really Guru Maharaj Ji, if Guru Maharaj Ji is really real …" -- and this was before he was Guru Maharaj Ji and he had his Guru Maharaj Ji -- he said, "If Guru Maharaj is really real … " I guess for him devotion was that strong, his love for his Guru Maharaj Ji was strong, that even when he prayed from his real heart, "I want to see you," Guru Maharaj Ji came and gave him darshan in that way. What is a miracle? You cannot call this a miracle. You have to call it Guru Maharaj Ji's Grace. Because it is a little bit one step beyond it.
Yet remember one thing: that that Guru Maharaj Ji, who is creator, who is the Sustainer, and who is the Destroyer, has love enough for his devotees to come onto this Earth for his devotees; then absolutely, unquestionably, there are no bounds to what can happen. All we have to do is to become that devotee, to have that devotion. That's all: that faith, that surrender, to Guru Maharaj Ji, that love that is sincere, that comes from our hearts for Guru Maharaj Ji. Not in our imagination, but in reality. If we can become a devotee … If there is Guru Maharaj Ji and then a devotee, when they join, then there is devotion. And it is said that when that happens, when Guru Maharaj Ji and a devotee are bound together by devotion, then the purpose of that soul that devotee has been completed. That's it. There is no more to be done. There is nothing left to be done. It has received the stage beyond liberation. It has received, it has joined, it has merged in the state which is beyond, above and beyond -- joined its Creator. It has joined its Owner. It has joined where it came from; it has joined back to its own.
Even our arti, the way we sing, "You are my brother, you are my father, you are my … you are my everything." And we have to make that a reality. Guru Maharaj Ji really has to become everything to us: our friend, our life. We have to somehow disappear. And that is the only way we can disappear: by our devotion, to be completely locked in Guru Maharaj Ji's love; by our devotion, to completely merge in Guru Maharaj Ji. And so then comes the part of, "How do you have devotion?" Again, devotion is the miracle which is beyond all miracles. Devotion is that thing that so many saints and so many people have constantly thirsted and thirsted and thirsted for.
And all Guru Maharaj Ji is asking of us is to make that little effort happen. That's a little effort. It's that little faith, it's that tie of devotion to Guru Maharaj Ji -- not into this world. And for an instant experience: now. For that experience that our heart yearns and yearns and yearns for.
Can it really be that hard to surrender to Guru Maharaj Ji? Can it really be that hard to have faith in Guru Maharaj Ji? Can it really be that hard to love Guru Maharaj Ji? Can it really be as hard as we make it sometimes for ourselves to have devotion for Guru Maharaj Ji? I mean, aren't we humans? And isn't it all for us, to have faith?
Affinity, February 1980
Miami, Florida December 25, 1979
For a devotee it will always be 'Merry Christmas' because there is never a time in this world when Guru Maharaj Ji isn't here. Always. Every single moment. And that's completely something to be happy about. Because then you have a chance to be saved, to be. … We have desires; we live with desires. That's because we are beings. But a devotee isn't just a being. Devotee is one who has been totally consumed in the experience, one who isn't any more because he has dedicated himself completely. And for that person there is only one thing, which is devotion. That's the only thing that can flow out of a devotee towards Guru Maharaj Ji. … The way it goes is that the street of love is too narrow; two cannot be accommodated at the same time. Well, that's fine. It's too narrow. Just follow Guru Maharaj Ji. Be right behind him. You don't have to be side to side with him. Just follow. Just be behind him. Be that devotee who is there. Just don't get lost. … A devotee lives for only one thing and that's devotion. Because in the way of devotion, the devotee receives that love that completely fulfills him. The devotee gives that love that also completely fulfills him. More he gives, more he receives. And more that love flows from a devotee, more that love is poured into a devotee by Guru Maharaj Ji.
Divine Times, January/February 1980
Cancun, Mexico, January 16, 1980
That's exactly the thing with devotion. Devotion is that connection that all those devotees at that time of Jesus had to him, that Arjun had to Krishna, that Hanuman had to Ram. It's that link between what that Master comes in this world for and what we are here for. It's that ultimate link. That's the devotion. That is devotion. When we try to take our concepts again and somehow monkey it all up, with our devotion - take our concepts, fake our devotion and try to lay our concepts on top of the devotion - it doesn't work. It doesn't work for any of us. Because, again, it has to be sincere. It has to be the point of surrender. It has to be to the point of that clarity where you can understand, where you can see, where it's beyond ego, where it's beyond doubt.
All Guru Maharaj Ji … look, we can have a lot of doubts. We can have all these things. And yet, all Guru Maharaj Ji wants us to have is that devotion for him. If there were that devotion from our hearts to Guru Maharaj Ji, then through that devotion he will fulfil us. From our devotion we fulfil Guru Maharaj Ji - what Guru Maharaj Ji wants: that love, that devotion. And through that devotion he fulfils us, what we want: that experience to be complete, to be one, not to be fragmented in different pieces.
But the true sincere love, that sincere love, that love that's not because of a reason, that devotion where that love is so sincere - so sincere that it changes its name from love to devotion. I cannot give my devotion to anything else in this world except to my Guru Maharaj Ji, because it's sincere. I cannot have an expectation. What can I expect? That's where I have to learn humility. That's why I have to be humble. I need not be humble anywhere else in this world but I need to be humble when I stand at my Guru Maharaj Ji's Feet. Because he has given me everything. I can expect things but I cannot expect anything from my Guru Maharaj Ji because he has given me everything. If I go expecting something from Guru Maharaj Ji, then I know I shall never get it. Because I have to be a devotee.
Affinity, June 1980
Olympia, London, Guru Puja 23rd August 1980
Devotion, what is devotion? And I'm not saying that here I am defining devotion but I know what, I can feel what devotion is perhaps. Devotion is an unbiased love, love not for a reason. … Devotion is love, unbiased love, love not for a reason, not that because it's there. Not because God is there so we should love Him but the fact that we have to love him, for the fact that it's a necessity. A love created because it has no factors involved. Not that we hate it, not that we like it, not that we we, none of the factors. Because I know the day one of those factors will be involved that devotion will only be temporary. … But for this Creator we can't have a love like that. Our devotion has to be in an utmost place where it has to be sincere, it has to be correct, it has to be true, it has to be real. It has to be in a state in which doesn't matter what happens … If we can just realise that small factor that there is a lot to be, there's a lot in us, something that really needs that devotion to exist because in that devotion we can say that sincere thank you. In that devotion we can go a step even beyond and experience that Creator the way He is. … obviously we don't see any necessity in realising God. We don't see any, we don't see any necessity then this is the world's biggest problem. We don't see any necessity in have, in for any reason to have devotion, any reason to have devotion but devotion is the only link, the only existing thing, the only interface there is between the infinite, the ultimate infinite and the ultimate finite. And unless that link is linked, unless that connection is hooked up, unless there is true devotion within inside of us the manifestation of that experience is not going to happen for us. That experience cannot manifest for us then we cannot even start to live, only when that happens, only when that connection becomes then does the real essence of life really start to flow. … That Creator is not bound by religion, is bound by devotion. If you have that devotion, if you have that love that is not biased then you may experience something incredible and that Knowledge is that missing link between that interface and you that converts it into something that you will be able to then plug in otherwise it's just always a dream state. … Because that's what the Creator said, "My devotee is the happiest, the one who has devotion for me. One more is my devotee, he is the happiest, not the richest or the poorest. Not the sins. Not the nice deeds and the good deeds and and the works. It's just a very simple thing, you know, cause to me that is the ultimate recognition that's gonna really bring us that experience. Not my concept of an ultimate experience, not try to pose that I am having an ultimate experience but truly the ultimate experience is what's gonna really bring me the happiness.
Olympia, London, Guru Puja video
Miami Beach, Florida, January 16, 1981
There has to be that devotion. Devotion is that basic, fundamental thing and Knowledge brings us that devotion and Guru Maharaj Ji can take that devotion. What is that devotion for? That devotion is really for you because when you give that devotion to Guru Maharaj Ji, Guru Maharaj Ji takes that devotion and then makes it into that perfect love and gives it back to you, gives it to every human being, you know, who has come, who has able to recognise that Grace.
Eyes of Faith, © 1981 Elan Communications video
Caracas, Venezuela, 4th February 1981
Something happens you see that whatever he has to say becomes Scriptures, every word, every experience associated with him brings that Knowledge closer and closer and I mean incredible experience that even to today we look at it and we give this example of that incredible devotion that there is this woman taking oil, massaging it on the feet of this human being quote unquote and wiping that oil with her hairs and everybody's going "Wow what's going on here?" Would it be any different in this day and age but what caused the devotion? What all of a sudden transformed the words that seemed so negligible to those standing by, to those passing by.
Rome, Italy 1st November, 1981
And yet how do where do I begin? Where do I even begin in the path of devotion? Where do I even begin in this love? Where do I even begin to thank? Or where do I even start? And yet you know Guru Maharaj Ji knows. He knows that I don't know how to start. He know, I'm you know I don't how to begin and he teaches so patiently, teaches, he teaches me to begin, he teaches me to start, he teaches me to go on, teaches me to enjoy this life for the first time, fills me up with the devotion, even though I have none to give. He gives me the devotion to give it to him so that it can continue, it can go one, there can be an experience for me.
Rome 1/11/81 video
New York, 10th November 1982
Uh Maharaji I'd like to ask you what is devotion?
Definition to me of devotion is to have that love, the love that has no reason to be. To me the devotion is not blind love, that's not devotion. Devotion isn't umm I mean we can call it unquestioned faith but my God who's going to have unquestioned faith. Our questions keep coming up more often than there are seconds in a minute ha ha so what is devotion? To me the version then becomes very simply that love, love that flows between two people I mean there is I love my wife very much but I can't say I'm devoted to her. I love her very much and she loves me very much I know that and I love my children very much and they love me very much but I also know that when my children start giving me a hard time like uh my uh my … Umm you know sometimes I'm waiting to go somewhere and my wife isn't dressed and I'm waiting and I'm waiting and I'm waiting and I'm waiting and I'm still waiting. I am going to very frantically say "Come on! We're getting late!" So what happens to that devotion? So devotion has to be a love ultimately between two people that is not dependent upon something. Unbiased, unchanged and that love can only happen when somebody can see and appreciate what I have showed them than on the basis, on the basis of what they experience, of what they see. Really, they will love me and that is the love that I call beautiful. That is the love, that is the love between two people.
Perfect Master Audio Tape 253
Miami Florida, 9th December 1983
Its strengthened by your own experience of Knowledge, it is strengthened by our love, that's what is strengthened by. These are the nucleuses (sic) for that bridge, these are the foundations, these are the pillars that support that bridge and you can draw upon it for strength, for love and if you, if you will some people who wanna call that devotion then that's it, that's what it is all about. It's that relationship between me and you, me being that teacher who has shown you the way to see and what to see and you who has witnessed it, who has seen it. We get baffled, we get shaken, so shaken sometimes from what? Because to me being a human being, you have the supreme blessing and Knowledge is very very straightforward, it really is.
"Birthday Program", Perfect Master Tape 256
Q: "We hear the word 'devotion' mentioned. It has many meanings, what is meant by it here?"
A: "Well I think devotion to me always has meant and always will mean, a love. But a very different kind of love. Most of the other kind of loves we are so boring (???), physically love, family love, all this kind of love but then there is a different kind of love where I love you and you love me not because, there is no becauses in it, there is no qualification, it's a gift, it's a feeling, it's a tie, it's a bond without having anything to bind the bond together, that's devotion and to me that's what it has always meant, and that kind of devotion, to have, to feel, to enjoy, it's a gift, it's the most precious gift and that we can feel it, it's incredible, that we can have it, what can I say?"
Windows In Time video 1989
Shri Sant Yogashram, New Delhi, Vaishakhi Celebrations (Evening Session), 13th April, 1991.
The experience too should be practical and living. And how beautiful it is that due to love, we are getting all this opportunity. Take advantage of it. Accept it and imbibe it. Open up your heart. Be a real student, a person who is totally dedicated. Though I know that you have not the capability to become one. So pray for this also that you may become a student. Be a devotee. But I know, you cannot become a devotee. For this too, you have to beg that you may become one. If you want to become a devotee, you can become one. But you do not know that you have to become a devotee. So far you have been a devotee of only one thing and that is maya (illusion). And if you are left alone just for one minute, you will again become a devotee of maya. Apparently you don't know how to practice real devotion. You only know how to practice devotion of maya. You can become a devotee of kali-yuga (dark-age), but if you want to be a true devotee, for that also you shall have to ask, how is that possible?
'Life Force', Volume 7, Issue 4 October-December, 1991
Long Beach, December 5, 1997
This evening I'd like to talk about transformation, because we have the ability to transform. At any given point in our lives, it doesn't mater how lost we get; there is a reprieve. We can always find our way back. There is the possibility that we don't have to be lost in this life. Even what we may have acquired as our own nature -- and I must underline that word acquired -- we can always transform. It doesn't matter which state of being we are in: it can become better. And in this sphere of Knowledge, in this sphere of devotion, in this sphere of the Master, these possibilities exist. These possibilities are very real. And the transformation, that is a beautiful process.
Event News, Long Beach, December 4 5 6, 1997