sábado, 21 de mayo de 2011

(Self ) Knowledge is a journey - not a destination

 Prem Rawat describes the practice of Knowledge as a commitment of a lifetime, which requires a lot of determination and persistence, and he offers to help people make this lifetime journey. The practice of Knowledge, he says, enables one to feel a love that lies within the heart, a love of life, a love within the breath. He sees the need for such love to be unconditional for a person to progress on this journey:

If you are willing to pay attention… If you are truly willing to listen… If you are truly willing to have that determination to quench this thirst, this is going to be a journey you are going to love. Why? …because this is a journey, the journey that is a journey for its own sake, not a destination oriented journey. No. The sail’s up. The wind has come. And the vessel moves. Because the breath comes... Because you are alive… That is the reason. Make this journey. And the path to fulfillment is based on you, just you.

 Knowledge is your best friend. It’s the sword that cuts clean the ambiguity. Cuts clean the ‘ifs’ and the ‘buts’. Makes apparent the value of this breath, the value of this existence. It is the only thing that produces that parallel between... everything and you. It shows you where you belong and where everything else is. Without judgment. If you call it silence, then it is silence, but it is a silence of a different kind. It is the silence where the heart is full, not empty. You could call it the absence. But it is the absence of a want of anything: because you are full.

Part of making the journey to peace within requires removing doubts and shedding baggage he says. By baggage he means preconceived ideas, judgments, concepts, inherited from the world and not truly ours:

"Learn to trust yourself, because this journey is not going away from you. This is going to you. This is about looking within. We know how to look outside. We see the things. We judge the things: good, bad, right, wrong, “This is nice,” “This looks good,” “This looks great.” But really, when you start to look within it has to be without any judgment. It has to be simple. It has to be clear.”

Prem Rawat says that the person who pursues this process will find himself, becoming more awake and aware. This person will find himself staying away from the ocean of aimless questions, and attracted to an ocean within which Rawat describes as full of answers. These answers within, he says, come in the form of feelings and many of these answers have nothing to do with any questions the person may have. He describes practicing Knowledge as a process of courting clarity:

We know that there is something very beautiful inside of us. But what we do is, when we don’t understand it or we don’t have a means of fulfilling this feeling, we go ahead and ignore it and get on with other things. And those other things start taking priority in our life. And all those things become more important in our life. But now comes the time that perhaps we have this possibility to be able to go inside and experience it again. And this is so much the process of discovery, because we are rediscovering. To me, this Knowledge is not creating a new experience. This is not about creating new elements. This is not about bringing new elements into our life. This is about re-discovering what we have. …because we have incredible strength and we have an incredible potential.”

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