sábado, 30 de septiembre de 2017

Prem Rawat

There are many, many, many interpretations of this story, or many ways this story has been put—but there is a new one. And a man came…and he came to the Master. The Master had a very beautiful palace that he lived in, a beautiful city that he lived in. 
So the Master told the guy, he says, “Oh, you have come?” And he goes, “Yeah, I’ve come to you; I want to talk to you; I want to learn from you; I want to be enlightened by you.” The Master said, “No problem. But first, go enjoy—enjoy my gardens; enjoy my palace; enjoy the city—it’s really beautiful, really, really beautiful.” And the man said, “Okay, I will.”
He said, “Before you go, take this lamp with you.” And he filled the lamp completely full of oil, right to the top, right to the brim—and he said, “Here, take this with you when you go seeing everything, and make sure you don’t spill a drop. Don’t spill a drop.” 
The man went seeing, appreciating the palace, appreciating the gardens, appreciating the city. And when the man came back, the Master asked, “How was it?” And he goes, “Well, my whole attention was on not spilling a drop from this cup. I really walked around aimlessly. I didn’t really enjoy anything because my focus was here, instead of where it should have been.” 
The Master said, “Okay. Now, go again! Leave the…leave the lamp behind. Don’t worry about the lamp.” He came back: “How was it?” “Oh, oh, I enjoyed—oh, and the statues were beautiful. Oh, that was…it was just marvelous; the garden was incredible; the flowers were incredible; the statues were incredible; the paintings were incredible; the marble was….”
The Master said, “Look, all that existed then too, but you were not focusing on that. Your focus was somewhere else.”
Where is your focus? In your life, where is your focus? You should be enjoying being alive. Do you enjoy, just enjoy being alive? Just being alive? Do you enjoy being alive? 
I know, I know, I know you enjoy parties; I know you enjoy going to your friend’s house; I know you enjoy your songs; you enjoy your movies; you enjoy this; you enjoy that. I know you enjoy all of that. But do you enjoy being alive? Just being alive?! 
Because if you don’t, you’re focusing on the wrong thing. Because this is the garden; life itself is the garden of the Divine. Its beauty is unparalleled. It is full of the reflection from the Divine. It is fine; it is beautiful; it has colors….
That’s where truth resides—a truth that is non-confrontational, a truth which is simple, a truth that’s embracing, a truth which is real, a truth that brings peace. That’s where this heart wants to dance.

martes, 19 de septiembre de 2017

Prem Rawat

Who are we? Maybe I should talk about that. So don’t think this is un-significant. We’re dirt. Why do you laugh? Because you don’t understand the value of dirt. Dirt is the most significant thing there is. Do you know? You know why?! Because the entire universe is made out of it. 
We all are considered patriots if we sing praises of our countries. “Know the anthem.” I mean in India they’re going through it; it’s like you know “You have to be able to say this; yes, you have to say this; you have to be patriotic! You have to…”
Courtesy of? All these countries, courtesy of? Dirt. You can’t have a country in floating ocean! All courtesy of dirt! So dirt is very significant! People have died protecting dirt! People have become heroes protecting dirt.
Civilizations were raised and razed (that’s a good one, huh?) raised and razed because of dirt! 
And when the sun is finished glowing, what does it become? Dirt! What is gold? Compressed dirt. (See, you’re catching on, how important dirt is!) And guess what moi is made out of. Dirt!
And then, the most incredible pillar of this temple when it falls apart, what will all this become?—it’ll, will become dirt.
So don’t laugh the next time you hear the word “dirt”—smile. Smile, because there’s nothing funny about it, but now you know now you know how important this dirt is. And so, you are made out of the same stuff as the universe! “Wow! That’s impressive. I mean…!”
Next time, “What is your lineage?” Same stuff the sun is made out of, same stuff the moon is made out of, same stuff the galaxies are made out of, same stuff the universe is made of—that’s my lineage. That is your lineage.
So now that we’ve put that aside, who you are; pretty impressive stuff. Nothing trivial, incredible, incredible… to get the dirt to talk, to walk, to smile, to think, to see… to have the nuances of expression on the face from slightly upset to slightly more upset.
Then, made out of that, and then to have this incredible thing called life! (H’aaah,) life! You can love; you can hate, you can have fear; you can have joy. This—and just machine puts it all out! I mean, it puts it all out. If it’s feeling good, it’s like, “Good … yes”.

martes, 12 de septiembre de 2017

Against Impossible Odds

There is this saying, “What can little old me do? Nothing.” Right, “What can I do?” You know, don’t look at it as what you can “do.” Just be in peace. Would you consider that as one of the most powerful things that you can do? If we could just make that the fashion, it wouldn’t take so long. It wouldn’t take so long.
You know, it’s like, there are predators in this world, right? Lions and cheetahs and all of those. And then, there are the ones that are at the bottom of the food chain, sort of to say—the poor zebras and all this stuff. But do you know one thing? There are a lot less predators in this world. 
It’s not that—they are, they’re there, and they’re powerful—but they are a lot, lot less than the prey. I mean, you look at some of those documentaries sometimes—it’s just thousands and thousands and thousands of zebras. And even if there are just like, fifty lions, there is a natural proportion to it.
Okay, so there are, you know, a hundred thousand fish, and one shark. There’s a proportion to it. And it’s the same way. There is a lot, lot, lot that is good. Yes, there is bad. But this is why I am hopeful that it wouldn’t take much to turn it. 
But all I see is disbelief. “No, it cannot…. Peace? Never!” Okay, so if you’re that intelli-gent, why don’t you figure out a way how to make it work rather than just make this incredibly dumb observation, “It cannot work”? 
You know, what do you expect a pilot sitting in the cockpit to be doing?—telling you “We’re all going to die”? Or, “We’re working on it”? And what would you honestly like them to be doing? Just singing in the cockpit, “We’re all going to die, we’re all going….”—or…or actually be like, trying to, you know, read some checklists and figure something out to make this thing fly.
That’s what it takes sometimes—and it happened. I was watching a documentary where they were flying along, and one of the engines threw its propeller, and it lodged into the fuselage and almost severed all the flight controls. And whatever was left was jammed between the prop and the floor, and so they could hardly make this airplane turn. They could use a little bit of differential thrust, but then the plane started going down, and it was like….
And this one guy, one copilot, was just sitting there and he just, “Arrrrgh!”—and muscle it, and muscle it, muscle it, muscle it. And, after like, forty-five minutes of muscling, he managed to take his cable and rub enough of a groove that he could actually have a little bit of control.
And I mean, this crew did an incredible job. They brought that airplane and put it on the ground in one piece. Why? Because they weren’t singing, “We’re all gonna die; we’re all gonna die; we’re all gonna die.” And that plane was full of passengers. 
But they were…they actually were trying and trying, and it was against impossible odds. And it was the same thing that happened to a 380. That was not in the book. The engine tore and took, you know, a part of the wing with it. And, you know, it’s just like, it was not in the book. 
And when the engine, all the controls to it—which were electronic—severed, the engine wanted to be in full power, and it was in full power mode. But they kept their heads; brought it down; put that airplane on the ground; got it stopped.
And I have to say, the kindness and the intelligence of the captain was unbelievable. He knew that that engine—after they landed and they got the plane down—was still running full tilt. And he knew that, because of the wing which was ruptured, all the fuel was all over the place. 
He says, “You know what? I’m not going to deploy the slides, and have my passengers wade through fuel. I’m going to wait till they bring the staircase.” And he sat there. He said, “We’re fine; we’re alive; everything is good. I’m not going to further make the passengers uncomfortable.”
They brought the trucks; they brought the ladders; everybody deplaned right into the bus. And I was like, this is cool! Not only has he just saved them from a catastrophe, he continues to think of their comfort.
So, this is what you need to adopt as an attitude—you need to adopt. Not sit there and go, “Yeah, it’s impossible. And it’s impossible.” And if you’ve got enough intelligence to figure out that it’s impossible, I’m sure you have enough intelligence to figure out how it is possible. 
And maybe it will be nothing more than to be in peace with yourself. A lit lamp can do what an unlit lamp cannot do. A lit lamp can light other lamps. Light up!
– Prem Rawat