Know What You're Driving

Prem Rawat's Speech Auckland, New Zealand, October 24, 1975

Dear premies, it's really nice to be able to come here because I can really see that this country is growing and is taking formation. It's really good for premies to be able to understand exactly what has to be done, or what's supposed to be done.

See, man has a habit of living in his presumptions. He presumes things, and that's how he starts this whole world. They have this math called algebra which is a whole presumption. You presume X is equal to this much and Y is equal to this much, and you start solving your problems. Probably it's very good to do that with algebra. But it's not really, really good to do it where there are facts, where there is a possibility to really be able to recognize and realize the fact that is in this world.

It's like, when I first came here and I was in the hotel, I looked down and for a moment I forgot where I was. It looked so much like Copenhagen, all the docks and everything. Then I looked on the other side, on the front side, and it was like England. So for a second, maybe I forgot. When we were driving around, it was just completely like England: everybody driving on the left side of the street, and talking in that accent. It just completely looked like it was England or some other country. But, though I may have forgotten for a second that I am in New Zealand, the fact still remains that I am in New Zealand. In the same way, premies, a person comes in this world and looks around. He sees many, many, many things and then he starts growing. He starts touching, his sensations grow, and then it's like, one second he forgets. But that one second doesn't remain one second anymore. It becomes completely his whole lifetime.

At that point, he forgets what is the real fact of this life. But the fact remains that still there is a fact of this life. That fact is what all the Masters in this world come to reveal, what all the Perfect things in this world come to reveal. The reason is because it is important for you to know. It's very, very important for you to know. It's like, if you are walking and you start thinking that, "I am in America," but you are really in England, and you start crossing the street, forget it. Some car is going to definitely come and hit you. At that time it's very, very important to remember.

This is why all the Perfect Masters come: to remind us that -- wait a minute, whatever you have been doing, you have been doing. But the fact remains that there is the Truth in this world. This is what you have come to recognize.

A person leaves home, and he goes out all day long. He goes to the office. He takes his lunch and he comes back. The reason he left is to be able to support himself and to be able to have that house. Because somebody might have a nice big mansion, but if he doesn't work, if he's an idle sitter, maybe he's got a little bit of money, but it's going to be gone and then the house is going to be gone. He'll have to live somewhere else. Maybe he won't even have any food. So he goes out all day long from that house just to be able to come back to it again. That is a fact.

And he goes out on trips. People. go to Fiji, or people go here and there, just so that they can have a break from that house, so that when they return back to their house, they like it more. It's like, the reason we left is to come back there again. This is a circle, but that's the reason.

Then again, there is a big question: why were we, in the first place, departed? Well, we weren't. That Truth that we are trying to look for is still within inside of us. This is why every person has to realize, has to really, really understand. To be able to experience that Truth is the biggest thing. It's the biggest

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Prem Rawat (Maharaji) Auckland, New Zealand, Oct. 24, 1974
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji aka Guru Maharaj Ji 1974

thing to realize this Knowledge, to be able to experience this Knowledge -- or that we just go in circles, and that we depart just to be able to meet there again.

Now, many people have questions about this. Many people have doubts about this. How come it is like that? Well, try it for yourself. It's so easy. Experience this Knowledge and you will find out that the way it fits in (exactly like I said) is for a person to realize it, for a person to be able to see it.

We sleep hours and hours at night-time to be able to enjoy our day, and the day is there to be able to enjoy our night. That's why the sun goes down and there is dark, so that we can go to sleep. Then the sun comes back up again for us to awake, for us to start doing things. If we really look into these things, we will find out how they fit. It's like a jigsaw puzzle. And there is just one point in it that you have to realize, that you have to personally realize. It's an individual experience for every person. There's just one trick of the magician that he does, and in that trick he has got you. It's like rings after rings after rings after rings, but it's one technique you have to understand to get those rings into one another. Once that is done, there is no problem for you to form just a big, beautiful chain.

Premies, this whole world is like a jigsaw puzzle. All our lives we sit down and try to figure it out. If you take just little, bitty child, and put him into a playroom, give him all these puzzles and give him all these electronic toys, and this and that, you will see that he will take a battery-operated car and he'll try to rub it. It won't go anywhere. So he'll try to see where the switch is. Or what's where. Maybe he can't figure that out. So then he doesn't enjoy it too much. And he takes his puzzle, starts playing with the puzzle. And he doesn't figure that out. Then he goes to another thing and another thing and so on and so on.

The only difference is that when we grow big, we start dealing with real things. We start dealing with the real puzzles, that are no more like battery-operated cars or a little airplane. We start dealing into these jigsaw puzzles which are giant, which we have hooked up to our real lives. And we are in a mess. I mean, we are in a mess.

If we start at the beginning, man came into this world and then there were kingdoms. There was never a time in those kingdoms, nor is there a time in these kingdoms, when everything is peace and quiet. As I said, everything is in a mess. And sometimes, because man is not strong enough, he does not want to face it. He does not want to face how much he is in a mess. Or how many problems he has got. Or all these things. He doesn't want to face it.

But premies, it is made so beautiful when the Perfect Master comes, and he says, "No problem. Listen: This is your problem. And this is the solution. Here you go." Maybe you have got a very, very horrible disease that

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you don't even want to show anybody. You don't even want to tell anybody about it. But when you go to the doctor, he doesn't just laugh or giggle or say, "Uh-oh, sorry Charlie."

He says, "Okay, no problem. Here is your disease." And he diagnoses it. He gives you a big list where it says, "You have got this and this and this," and it's a whole giant report.

I mean, there was a time when you didn't even want anybody to know it. You didn't even want it analyzed. Or you didn't want anybody to know that you even had that disease. And here is the doctor taking all these things and just writing out that this form of the disease is this. But then, that is not it, you see. He also comes up with the solution and he says, "Here you go. This is your medicine. Take it." And everything is A- okay!

This is how a Perfect Master really works in this world. He comes and he says, "Listen. I know. I don't care what you say, but the fact is still there that you've got this problem, and this problem, and this problem, and this problem, and this problem, and this problem, and this problem. But, here is the medicine, and there you go."

It's so beautiful. Because then the whole situation just completely turns around. I know premies completely look back sometimes to their lives as they were maybe about six months before, or a year before, and how really they were, and how really they are now. They have completely changed. That individual experience, premies, is so beautiful. It's so fantastic, that it's completely indescribable.

This is the reason that I have come into New Zealand, so that I can make premies understand how important really it is for every person to be able to understand this Knowledge. And who is going to be finally getting all the credit for spreading this Knowledge around? It's never been Guru Maharaj Ji himself. You know that. It might sound funny to you, but it's never been. He has got the peanut butter, but he is not going to spread it around. You are the knife. You spread it.

This is the case that when all the premies combine together, that's so important. You have to understand that at one time there were only two premies. Compared to America, there are not many premies here, but compared to the two premies who were there, just two premies, when we look all around the world, there are just more and more and more. This is what premies can do. This is what the potential of premies is.

I was in Denver and finally I got the chance to be able to go through the whole organization, the subsidiaries and everything. It's so amazing. I mean, it's terrific. The potential of premies is too much. It's even too much to imagine what they can do. It's like an overnight job. See, this is the thing here: one and one usually make two. But not here. One and one make eleven. When it's a case of premies, one and one make eleven. So, I think it's really important that all the premies come together, and that's now. And start spreading this Knowledge around.

They have these bags in America and I'll bet anything that they have them here, too. They are bean bags. When you first sit on them, they are really uncomfortable because there is nothing there. You just sit on a pile of beans. But if you jiggle yourself around, trying to occupy more space than you really need, it's so comfortable. You can stretch out your legs; you can do anything you want. It really is comfortable. So premies, if you jiggle yourself around a little bit, more community, more people receive Knowledge. And that's more convenient for you. Then that circle you formed of new premies, they jiggle themselves around a little bit, and then it becomes comfortable for them. And it can just go on and on and on. But, this is the thing. This is the fact: that all the premies have to come together -- now.

I could have very easily made this a public program. But I do not want to start giving public programs. I am very, very strong about this. That's why I almost stopped giving public programs. I feel that unless the first community that is there is strong, there is no

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Prem Rawat (Maharaji) Sydney, Australia, Oct. 26, 1974
 Prem Rawat aka Maharaji aka Guru Maharaj Ji In Complete Bliss 1974

reason to form another one. Everything is interconnecting. And if this link isn't good enough, don't try to hook another link to it because it's just going to go -- ping! -- and be right where it was. And that's even worse, that is really, really bad. So many premies get confused that way.

I'll be more than happy to send an initiator here, and as a matter of fact I can send an initiator who can stay, not just hop from Australia and back and forth. But, every premie has to be able to cooperate with him. When that happens, it's just so beautiful, it's so strong. Just get into it and you will see.

When we organize big programs, we have to stay awake, say, two nights and two days, non-stop. All you can see premies doing is drinking coffee, probably. No food. Just working, working, working. People sometimes say, "How can they? They've got to be mad! They got to be crazy. They've got to be nuts to be able to work like that."

But premies, it's really so beautiful. Because the whole energy is just like a rocket taking off. People think, "Oh, brother. They must be sick and tired." But they are not! The first day they work, they work and work and work. And then they want to work all night long. And so they work all night long.

It's like, people grow. Their desire to be able to see premies and then be able to see a program happening and be able to really see premies blissed out -- just really grows! It grows and grows and grows. And the premies are working. They are working. And people think they are nuts. But really, it isn't like that. There is something else behind it. This is what we have to understand.

Everything can be really, really beautiful. Many people face personal problems and many people face this and that. But really, Knowledge has got it all. It's a solution for everything. It's like there are three things: the doctor, the medicine, and you. Or suppose this is God over here. And I am just a human being. That is how this world exists right now. The problem is to make three into one. This is what Knowledge is. This is what the Truth is. This is what the connection is that has to be there between me and God.

God is there. And I am there. And that connection is way off somewhere. I mean, it doesn't make sense at all! But when that connection is brought and connected between me and my God, the three things are one. The problem is solved. The connection is there and everything is beautiful. And premies, this is how it is. The connection between you and that reality is way off somewhere. The reason is not that it floated away. You floated away from it.

This is also what a person has to realize. But then, to take the whole assembly and put it right back together, it only takes a second. So, no matter what we try to say, or what we try to think about things, if we really try to simplify our problems, it just comes back to one. And that is to be able to really meditate upon this Knowledge.

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I really hope that every premie in New Zealand understands what I am trying to say. Because this is not a question -- I mean, strictly, strictly, strictly not a question -- of who does what, but that premies do meditation and try to spread this Knowledge around. It's so strange because sometimes people are so turned off, they're so, so much turned off, that they can't even relate to anything like Knowledge, to anything like that superior thing. But when we try to make them understand, everything is okay.

Until I received this Knowledge, you know, I heard so much satsang. That made it sure that, yes, there is something like God around. But whatever you have heard about Him, about God, if you know he is around; then your curiosity to know Him, to be able to see Him, to be able to perceive Him, grows more and more. The more you hear and the more it gets confirmed in your heart that there is something like that, the more the curiosity arises. You want to see Him.

Before this Knowledge is revealed it was like, if God is, then where is He? If there is a power like that, then where is He? But then, when the Knowledge is revealed, there is no trouble. It is just really beautiful.

This is how it is with every premie. Some premies need to meditate more to be able to, you know, 'jiggle' themselves personally a little bit more so that the jigsaw puzzle can spread out a little bit more. It depends on how much you have piled your problems up, to be able to get them where you can work on them.

So premies, try to understand what I am trying to say. I can understand that you won't be able to get the whole thing at one time. Or maybe you have heard this before from people who have been giving you satsang, and so on and so on. But, really, we have to understand how fortunate we are. This is what we have to understand first.

The thing is, if a person sits in a Rolls Royce and he thinks he is sitting in a small, little Mini Cooper, and he starts driving it like a Mini Cooper, forget it. He is never going to make it anywhere. It's such a difference. A Mini Cooper is so small. It's really a small car and you can just go like this, in between the traffic. Can you image somebody trying to do it with a Rolls? Or somebody sits in a big, long Mercedes 600, and says, "I am sitting in a little Mini Cooper. Here I come!" Can you imagine the people he'll slam?

First of all, we have to understand that we are not in a Mini Cooper; we are in a Mercedes 600. And that's a long car. That's the first thing we have to understand. Why? So that when we take turns, when we go in circles, or anything we do, we always have that in our head: that it's a big car. Then we don't try to take small turns and get it all smashed, or get other people smashed.

It's like the whole consciousness of a truck driver. It's very important in the whole consciousness of a truck driver that he understands how long his truck is. If he just goes and takes a small turn, he is never going to make it anywhere. So when he takes his turns, he goes way out and starts cutting it and he makes it. But that consciousness, if he loses that for a second, and thinks, "Oh, I'm just driving a small little Mini Cooper," -- if the driver of a big three-ton or four-ton truck thinks that, I mean, you can forget about it.

So the first thing we have to understand is the importance of this Knowledge. To really be able to appreciate this Knowledge, we have to first understand the importance of where it really fits in our life. We have to understand how important it is for us. If we do not understand the importance of it, then we are just going to throw it away like rubbish paper.

If somebody really started thinking that a hundred dollar bill was rubbish, just a scrap of paper -- and maybe it is, you know -- he'd just say, "uh," and throw it right down. Then you have to be crazy; you have to be nuts. You tore up hundred dollar bill, thinking it was rough paper. That importance makes the whole difference. So, if we really, really understand the importance of this satsang, premies, it's beautiful. Because then we know. We learn to respect it. And when we learn to respect it, then it's like, it fits

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more. It's just more beautiful.

I am not saying the importance of this Knowledge is in terms of how much it costs. It doesn't cost you anything. So don't say, "Okay, yeah. If it was a hundred dollars worth of Knowledge it would have been much better." Or this and that. No! It didn't cost you anything. The importance itself is very, very important. So first try to understand the importance of Knowledge, and then when we meditate on it, know where it fits into the whole picture.

I guess I have nothing more to say. In speaking, I am very, very limited to how much I can say. But, this practical Knowledge that has been revealed to you has no bounds and limits to itself. You can just go on, and on, and on, and on, and on -- trying to experience this Knowledge.

You know how many saints have tried to make scriptures? And they made them a pretty good size, I tell you. Gita is that thick and Ramayana is that thick and so many scriptures were made. And what they are, there is never a beginning to them, and there is never an end of them. Because they go on, and on, and on. I tell you, even in this age somebody is going to end up with a scripture. Then next one, again, and third, and fourth, and the scriptures are just going to go on and on.

But what we have to realize is the importance of this Knowledge. Once we do that, it's just so beautiful. Because with that experience we can just go on and on and on, until we merge into that infinite, infinite thing, which is what that Knowledge is. We have to merge ourselves into that.

Try to understand. Try to meditate. This is how far I can really tell you. I can't tell you to go and receive Knowledge, because you already have. Well, if you haven't, then this is what you should do, if you want to experience that. If you want a soda don't do that. Because this Knowledge is not going to bring you a soda. If you want a soda, have a soda. But if you want just one thing, if you want that experience, that Truthful experience, then, have this Knowledge. This is what it's going to bring you.

So, thank you very much, premies, and I hope you meditate and try to grow yourself. Because I don't know when I'll be able to come back, but I hope soon, so that I'll be able to see how much it's grown. It's beautiful.

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