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Information about Prem Rawat (Maharaji)
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- Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2004 21:43:07 -0700 (PDT)
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The following is being provided in response to your recent email to The Prem Rawat Foundation website:
Prem Rawat, often called Maharaji, began addressing audiences in India at the age of three. His message was and remains profoundly simple: "The peace that you are looking for is within you, and I can help you find it." For those who wish to make peace and inner contentment a reality in their lives he offers a practical way which he calls Knowledge.
Prem Rawat was first invited to speak in Europe and North America in 1971. Soon thereafter, he was responding to requests from every continent.
The dissemination of his message is supported entirely by voluntary contributions and by the sale of related materials. Prem Rawat personally receives no remuneration for his speaking engagements or for the sale of materials. He supports himself and his family through independent means.
The following, excerpted from recent addresses, provides a glimpse into Prem Rawat and his message:
"For so many centuries, a voice has been calling out: 'What you are looking for is within you. Your truth is within you, your peace is within you, your joy is within you.' The desire to feel those things is what I call the thirst. We have a thirst to feel love and joy. We haven't been given a thirst to feel anger. We have been given anger, but a thirst to feel tranquility. We have ignorance, but we have been given a thirst to feel clarity.
As long as we have been alive, and as long as we will be alive, the thirst to feel good, the thirst to feel joy will always be there. The thirst is within us, and as long as it is there, there will be a need for it to be quenched. People ask: Who invented the idea of fulfillment? The thirst did. Who came up with the idea of clarity? The thirst did. Who came up with the idea of peace? The thirst did.
The problem is, what is true within us --our heart-- only wants to accept things that we have felt. Not the ideas that come from our mind, but what is real. And that is a very big difference. If we understood this, we could make our lives much less complicated.
If someone said to me, 'Thirst is quenched by water,' there would be no debate. It wouldn't matter. I know. It is not because I believe it, or because I think its true, but I know. And that's the difference. It is in the realm of experience. It is not based on fiction. It is based on my most fundamental reality.
Peace also needs to be felt. Love needs to be felt. Truth needs to be felt. Joy needs to be felt. Feeling is our fundamental reality. We are feeling machines. And when we don't feel peace or love or joy, then we want to fix the feeling machine: What can we do? Let's go to this training, let's go to that seminar, let's learn this, let's try this, let's try that.
We have felt the part of us that is complicated. What about feeling the part of us that is simple, the part that is clear? What about being able to enjoy, to sing in gratitude? We need to feel that. Without it, our life is incomplete. Without it, we will do many things, and all of those things will be undone.
So, as this world goes around, and around, and around as it has for such an extremely long time that is where we find ourselves. There we are, on the surface of this earth. Another little drama has begun. Another actor has come and entered the stage. They have their script. What is your script? What are you supposed to say? What role are you supposed to play? The whole world wants to tell you what your script should be. Parents want to tell you what your script should be. Your mother wants to tell you, your father wants to tell you, your brother, your sister, your uncle --everyone wants to tell you what your script should be. And then there is your heart that also wants to tell you what it should be. Will you listen? Can you? Can you afford to listen to your heart?
We have thirst. Instead of trying to quench it, we try to forget it. How can that be? How can we forget what is so important? How can we forget that this is our time? In this time, we can discover that which is the most beautiful in its nature, the most beautiful --and brings the most joy. And we are those machines that love joy.
Some people say, In this big universe, you're just a speck of dust. You may be a speck of dust. But oh, what a speck of dust! In this speck of dust, the infinite and the finite are fused. And you are the threshold of the two. Here, the mortal being comes as close as it possibly can to the immortal. The same power that drives the universe breathes us. We have been chosen to be the platform for life.
And there is a way to peek into this incredible universe within. We can be fascinated by what we see. And we can be fascinated by what we feel when we connect to ourselves and the joy starts to spring forth. This is no accident. This is the supreme reality of every human being. And, when you feel that feeling, that's it. That's it. Time stops. It doesn't matter. Then you know. Nothing has been pulled out of the box of ideas good or bad. You know. And when you know, you are fulfilled. Then you know you are fulfilled. Then you know you have peace. And then --and only then-- is your fundamental reality fulfilled. That is the possibility that Knowledge offers."
- Prem Rawat
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