You know, if everybody is fine suffering—why have hope? If you are quite bickering with each other—fear, jealousy, everything…?
There is a fundamental question: Is greed … normal to a human being? It’s a very important question. “Is greed normal to a human being?” So here is the answer. “Up to a certain point, but it’s limited.”
Food, you can only eat so much. After that you will stop. And if others come to eat, you will have no problem. Water, same way. You cannot drink too much water! You cannot drink too much water—after you’re satisfied, your thirst is gone, you will be happy to leave, and let other people come and enjoy the water.
But today the greedfor the fame and the wealth has become so significant—and why? I’ll tell you why. I call it the “Bolly-Holly dreams.” (That’s Bollywood and Hollywood.) They are the dream-makers. They are the dream-makers!
They are the ones who say, “You are not pretty because you don’t look like Beyoncé. You don’t sing so well, because you don’t sing like Beyoncé.
“And this is the dream you should have—your house should look like this. And your clothes should look like this. And you should be doing this.” And you go, “Ah-hah, yeah, that’s what I should have; that’s how I should be. I want to look like Beyoncé.”
No. No. No. No. No-no-no-no-no. If you know yourself, if you really understand yourself, you will go, “How come Beyoncé doesn’t look like me?”
You see, you have to ask yourself, “Do you live for yourself or do you live for other people?” All you young kids in here, do you live for yourself, or do you live for your friends? All day long, aren’t you concerned of what your friends are going to think of you?
You want to be socially accepted. You want to be cool! But if you understand, you are so cool—you are so cool—that they should join you, not you join them!You, you are beautiful. You are intelligent. You are full of kindness.
“Know thy self.” Know who you are. Without that, you are lost. If you do not knowwho you are, you will never know what your possibilities are, what you are capable of achieving, who you are, what pains you, what brings you joy, what brings you sorrow, what brings you clarity, what brings you knowledge—you will never know!
You will never know! Do you really want to live your life in confusion? In pain? In suffering? Do you? [Audience: No!] You don’t look good when you are suffering.
I say this to people—I say, have you just heard anybody going to a temple, a synagogue, a mosque, a church, and praying to God, “God, I am too happy. I have been happy for too long. Please take away some of my happiness”—have you? Does anybody go do that?
But what do people do who go there? “I am sad. And this sadness, please take it away. This misery, please take it away.” What does that tell you? We don’t likemisery. We like joy! We like happiness! We like contentment!
Now, the question becomes, “What do you do for the joy?” What do you do for the joy? Do you allow your problems to affect you? Do you allow your problems to affect you? Do you? Your problems come. Do they affect you? They shouldn’t! They shouldn’t.
But if you don’t want the problems to affect you, you will have to live your life consciously.
If action comes from thought, thought is changeable by nature. It is variable by nature. It can be influenced, and it can be changed at any time! Any time. Any, any given time, a thought can be changed—and there’s no trace of it.
If I’m going to steal something—and I go, like, “I think I’ll steal it”—and then I change, “I’m not going to steal it,” what have I done? I have not stolen! I … even though I had a thought, “I want to steal something,” I did not steal it, and therefore what really happened is, I never stole it.
We are responsible… for our thought! When our thought is clear … so is our action—and so is the consequence of that action. When that thought … emerges from understanding, emerges from light, emerges from knowledge—then the action also carries the attributes of that thought!
When that thought… is born of doubt, of confusion, of anger, then that action too, bears all the traits of the confusion, of doubt, of fear….
What have I seen in my life? I have seen darkness… that you could never even fathom. I have seen desperation that you cannot even imagine. I have seen confusion… that virtually has no bounds. I have seen desolation in a human being that would be hard… to speculate.
And I have seenjoy… in a human being that would make the universe look small. I have seen wisdom! In my life I have seen wisdom… that is so huge, so big, so large, that it truly could encompass countless universes and beyond. And I have seen light in the eyes of human beings.
I have seen… the impossible made possible! And I have seen the very possible made impossible. I have seen courage—and I have seen the possibilities made real because of that courage.
So when I talk about… the fifty years of experience, this is what I’m talkingabout. Because, whatever happens in our lives, the consequences of our actions will affect us. We don’t want that; we don’t like that. We don’t want that to be that way. But that is one thing… that will never change; has never changed, and will never change.
And if you don’t understand your strength, your courage—then unfortunately, you will be weak; you will give in! Your thoughts will bear children… and these children that will be born could ultimately become the very cause of your demise.
Or, your actions, born from your strength, from your clarity, could be the children that you bear… that will ultimately be your partners in victory.
Fear … makes you jealous! Have you ever been angry? Why? Do you know why you were angry? Same reason as jealousy—fear. You were afraid. When you’re not afraid, you have no reason to be angry.
If somebody who is taller than you, bigger than you, comes at you like this—will you be afraid? A little baby about this big comes at you like this—will you be afraid? You’re not afraid of the baby—but you are afraid of … being hurt by this person: fear!
You see, fear is not responsible for just one thing. Fear is responsible for a lot of problems. People become depressed! Have you ever been depressed? Why? Either you can be afraid—or you can be doing something. When you’re doing something, you won’t be afraid.
You see, we fear the unknown, first—what we don’t know, we fear it. We fear that we will not succeed, that we will not be successful in life. We fear—not knowing ourselves, we fear that we will never amount to anything.
Because this is what the world tells us: “You are poor. You are this. You are that.” And everybody has the fear of failure—everybody is afraid to fail. The musician is afraid he will play the wrong note. The mother is afraid she won’t raise the child properly. The cook is afraid he may put too much salt in the food.
And you are afraid … that nothing good will come your way. Be clear! Understand who you are—and you will understand … that the day you took your first breath, all possibilities of failure stopped. You succeeded. You were a success.
And until the breath keeps coming into you, you are successful; you are successful; you are successful; you are successful—and this breath that just came? Success. Oh! And then that breath that just came? Success. And that breath too—success! Don’t you understand, being alive is success?
The Prem Rawat Foundation recently sponsored two forums in South Africa which featured the nonprofit’s Founder Prem Rawat speaking to thousands of people about topics such as reconciliation, hope, forgiveness, and peace.
The events attracted coverage from several local media outlets, including SA Positive News. An excerpt from the SA Positive News report:
One of the points that Rawat emphasizes is self-awareness. “Knowing yourself begins with a simple introspection and then there is a very beautiful way to be able to do this introspection through a programme that I’m offering called the Peace Education Programme. It has benefited so many people – in prisons, in military, in the police force; everybody is discovering that they are not limited by their own imagination but there is a whole dimension to understand that there is courage in you. When you understand the courage within, you start to understand who you are. You understand that the components that are within you are powerful – kindness is in you all the time of course so is anger and hatred but joy is in you, love, understanding, forgiveness and we have only used one spectrum of ourselves – hate. People are convinced that attaining peace is not possible. Without peace the fabric of society is going to fall apart. Nothing is gluing us together.”
See more coverage in the press clips below from the Diepkloof Urban News and follow ongoing news from South Africa here.