Well, dear premies, I guess there is just not much of a story left. As far as it was scheduled, this is the last of the tour. So it's very, very important for all of us to realize this Knowledge that has been revealed to us. You know, it's so strange, in a way, it's really, really strange that this Knowledge was even revealed to us. Now this I'll have to explain to you.
Why it is strange is because we come into this world from the source. And that source is what this Knowledge is; it is what is within inside of us, Whatever we see in this world is a part of that. We are a part of it too. So we start from the source, and we come into this world. We are one with the source and then we depart and we come into this world. We come and we are born. We go through the whole channel of this earth, and the ways of this earth and everything.
But then, after all that, after coming into this world, and going through all the miseries that a man has to put up with in this world, a man is revealed this Knowledge. When he is looking for it, when he is seeking it, he is revealed this Knowledge. And you know what that does - that's what's strange - it puts him right back from where he started. But that's where our destination is too.
This is what I was explaining in Sydney, that we leave our houses, we go away, just to be able to come back. We go, we sit in that office building, or we sit in our shops, or we sit here or there, all day long, work, work, work, work, work. Why? So we can get those papers. And once we get those papers, why do we need those papers? To be able to be in that house, to be able to support ourselves in that house. It all just comes right back there. We go to be able to come back to the house.
Really premies, this is the reason that this Knowledge is so important for all of us. In an instant, in a second well, really, it isn't even a second - it takes us right back to our source, where we belong.
Why are so many people experiencing all these difficulties and stuff? Because within inside of them there is something that longs to go back and to merge with what really created them, with what they really were when it started. It's such a blissful feeling, it's such a beautiful, beautiful feeling when we go back and merge, really, really merge with our source.
This is really the reason why this Knowledge is so beautiful and so important for us human beings living in this world. People who have gone from this world, well, still this Knowledge holds its significance but they can't do much with it. And people haven't yet come into this world, still Knowledge holds its significance for them also, but they won't be able to do anything with it for a little while.
But for us who are really present in this lifetime, who are now existing, living, it is really wonderful. It's a golden opportunity that has been given to us. What else can a man ask for in this world, really, if you look at it that way?
Man has always been dreaming about "Oh, it would be nice to have a Mini Cooper." Then he gets a Mini Cooper and drives it around, "Eh, it gets very hot in here." So, maybe something that's just a little bit better? He goes on, and maybe he gets a BMW or an Audi, and then he thinks, "Naw, I need a big car."
I mean, his desire, there is really no end to it. It just keeps going on and on and on and on and on and on and on. But really, if we come to think of it, or try to realize it, this is not the reason why we have been given this birth. This is not the reason why we have been given this golden, golden opportunity. Because, as it is said, if you take all the wealth in this world, everything in this world, I mean from one cent to as many dollars as exist in this world, or from one penny to as many pounds as exist in this world, or starting from one paise to as many rupees as exist in this world, all the currency of the world, if that's all combined together, it's like nothing. It's really, really nothing.
It's like saying, "I wanna buy a Rolls Royce for a dime." You go to the guy and say, "Gimme that Rolls Royce for a dime. Sounds like a nice price." He will just laugh at you, because to compare a dime to the price of that car, it's really nothing. It really isn't.
Even that is not really the perfect example, because ten cents count towards the price. But where this Knowledge is concerned, you can't even do that. All that money and jewels don't even count towards the price. It's priceless.
So premies, after we have received this Knowledge, of course there are certain things that we want to still do, and which I think are important for a person to do. But, there is nothing, nothing more beautiful, really, than this Knowledge, than this beautiful, beautiful, beautiful Knowledge. When this Knowledge has been revealed to us, by the Grace, there is only one thing left to do, and that is this meditation.
It's like having a glass of water, and you are very, very thirsty. When you get the glass of water, there is only one thing left to do. Maybe before you got the water there were a lot of things to do; to yell, scream, shout, go to the place, get the water, search for the water, maybe dig for the water. There were so many endless amounts of things to do. But now that the water is there before us, now there is only one thing left to do, and that is to be able to drink it.
If we really look at ourselves, here we are in this world, and it's really like a desert and we are just completely, completely isolated. We look at the other people and say, "Oh, it's fine, so long as you aren't around." But really, they are as lost as you are. Because it's like a desert. It doesn't matter, really. If you are in a desert and there is no water, no food, just hot, blazing sun, it doesn't make a difference if there are a hundred there or just one single person; they go through it all. Probably the suffering becomes much more when there are a hundred, because you see everybody dying, right in front of you. Then maybe that's kind of a torture, but this is how we are in this world.
We come, we stay for a little while, and sometimes maybe we experience happiness, at least so-called happiness, what we call happiness. Maybe it isn't even happiness that we experience. It's like, if a little kid comes, and he is really, really crying. Then you give him a candy, give him a beautiful toy he likes. "Are you happy?" And that is his happiness. As soon as that candy is finished, he'll look to you again. Or as soon as that toy is over with, he'll look back at you again. Because really that was not happiness. That was his pleasure, and he mistook it for happiness.
Really, isn't that the situation with this whole world? We are in this big desert, and we come, and when we first see it, we have just come out of the city where there was water, food, our friend, our father, our mother, our everything. And it was so blissful; it was so beautiful.
Then, when we come on this hill, and we turn back, still it's really beautiful, back behind us, and we have a support in ourself. That's like the situation of a little bitty kid, a just-born baby. He is really beautiful, because he has just come from such a place which is really, really mellow. He knows that there was somebody there who was his everything.
So you see this big path, this big desert in front of you. Maybe for an instant you might worry, or for that instant you might feel happy. because you have got a big way in front of you. But we start walking, and we start walking, walking, walking, walking, walking, walking. We reach right in the middle of the desert, and no way can we make it forward. We are almost dead.
At that point, it doesn't matter how many people we look towards, because they are all in the same situation. It's like, if one car breaks down on the highway, and the guy leaves his car, and he gets to the phone booth on the highway, and he calls AAA; Automobile Association of America. He phones them up and says, "Listen. My car broke down on the Santa Monica Freeway. Will you come and pick it up?"
This guy is about fifty miles away in the city, and he says, "I'd sure like to help you. But, my truck is broken down, too. So I can't help you." He phoned there, but how much help was it? Because the guy who was supposed to help him his truck is broken down, and that places them both in the same situation.
Or if he said, "Okay, I am on my way," and he starts coming, and he hits the highway, and his truck goes - bingo! and he is the same way. They are both in the same situation. They can try to look towards each other, or they can think of each other, or do anything, but they are both in the same situation.
We have hit the road, and we try to look towards each other for help; we try to look towards and expect each other for help. This is what the whole world counts on. The thing is, they never get it because they are counting on the wrong help.
And this is why they don't get it.
I'm not talking about 1974. I am talking about whenever you want to start from, from that time onwards till now, till this day, till this hour, till this minute, and till this second. Really premies, so many religions were formed, so many people came, so many people tried to do it, and never made it. The reason was because the people were always, constantly, looking towards the wrong person, towards the wrong way. That's how they really got deluded.
When Jesus came, how many people really listened to Him? There were just a bunch of people, they listened; and they were happy, they were satisfied, they had found water. They got their help, alright. But those other guys were just counting on their mind, were counting on their king to give them water, not understanding that if somebody is leading a gang of five people in a desert, it doesn't matter, that leader is in the same situation as those other four are. Because he hasn't got any water, those four haven't got any water. He hasn't got any food, those four don't have any food. He has no direction. It's like a blind person trying to guide a blind person. They can go, but remember, not very far. They can go in circles all the time. And this is what happens in this world.
So premies, really look at ourselves not something to be proud of, or to build our ego about - but just really look at ourselves and realize the glory and the Grace that has been shed on us and that has made it so beautiful that we have been able to get back our Father, Mother, everything. We have been able to reach our destination. I mean, it's so beautiful, if we just look at it. You know?
That's so beautiful.
Here we are, and we have this Knowledge, this beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful Knowledge. It just goes on and on. The fact is that we are really, really fortunate.
And now that this Knowledge, by the Grace, has been revealed to us, and the happiness has been given to us, shouldn't we all smile? We have been crying all our lifetime already. We've almost busted our eyes crying. Now that this happiness finally got back to us, it's about time we smile about it. And that is by doing meditation, that is by really, really realizing. Because that's what meditation does - makes you really, really realize. Gets you going. Makes you really, really realize what this perfect Knowledge is.
See, we search for perfectness, and we try to look for perfectness, we build up conceptions about perfectness. But that is not the way to do it. I tell you, in India, I have met with every kind of person. Even in America, when I was there, I was meeting every kind of person. And the atheists, who didn't believe in God, nor in scripture, not even in a soul - I mean, I guess they didn't even believe in themselves, who they were - those people - now, believe me or not - were the easiest to tell that there is something like God. Because they had no conceptions about Him. They didn't have a big, giant story to cross over. They hadn't built a big, big river. See?
This is what a person does. He builds a big river, and then the bigger the river. the bigger the bridge has got to be. The bigger the bridge has got to be, the more trouble you are looking for. This is how it is.
I understand that maybe a few premies here have not realized Knowledge. For them, instead of trying to build more conceptions on each other, try to take those conceptions away. Conceptions are not always facts; they are what we think. It's so funny, because even when a man grows up, whatever he thought about God when he was little, that starts reflecting. Maybe he saw a movie, and he really starts picturing God in a big, giant chair, this old man with white hairs. He starts imagining.
Then this person approaches, and he says, "God is the Word. This Word is within inside of you." That doesn't make a difference to him. He just goes more into his conception. "It's a word, eh?" These words start flashing in front of you, "What word is it?" And the concepts keep building on and on and on. This is why it takes a little time. I want that premies should realize Knowledge; people should realize this Knowledge. They should be able to get rid of their conceptions.
Remember one thing: you go to school, and you are sitting, and the teacher is teaching. It's algebra, and you get up and say, "Now, wait a minute. I don't think it was that way," and you start giving your whole story about your conceptions. "I thought it was this way, and I thought that you had to do it this way," and the whole story. You start putting it in front of him, and he'll just look at you and say, "Listen. You want to learn something, or you wanna get out of the class?"
It's exactly that way that you cannot go to school and say, "I thought 'word' was spelled w-f-d-e." He'll say, "Forget it, man."
First we have to double-cross ourself within inside of us, our conceptions, our mind, whatever we have built up. And listen. Many intellectual people, many people who have been really involved in this world, think, "How can we do that? How could we have even built up such a stupid thing?"
In America, this brother received Knowledge, and he was a Reverend in a church. He came to me first in New York. There were two Reverends who came. Both started talking, and I started giving them satsang. Basically it was along the same line as the Bible; it was the same exact thing. But it was arranged differently. The words were different, but the basic thing was the same.
For one of those brothers, one of those Reverends, it was really hard to relate to. "How could it be like that?" He didn't face it. I told them both at the same time, "Listen. Face it, that this truth is within and inside of us."
This example I'm going to give you was a very popular example I used to give. You are driving, and you want to go to Melbourne. You hit the highway, and a sign says, 'Melbourne', and it's got an arrow on it. So you take your car, and park it under the sign. You're sitting there, and here comes the cop and he says, "What are you doin' here, anyway? Get outa here. Pull up." He pulls you over and you say, "What's the matter?" The cop says, "What's the matter with you? Why were you stopped in the middle of the highway?" You say, "No, officer, no problem. I just wanted to go to Melbourne. That's what it said, `Melbourne', so I just stopped my car there." I bet you if that ever happened, he isn't going to give you a ticket; he is going to think you are a stoop.
Maybe it's funny, and that word I said, `stoop', maybe that's a little bit too much for some people, but what it means is a fact. What that person was doing was stupid. And premies, just try to face it.
It's like. somebody comes to me and says, "Where is Bihari Singh?" I say, "There he is," and point with my finger. He says, "Oh, hi, Mr. Bihari Singh," to my finger. My finger is not Bihari Singh, that is Bihari Singh. This is just a finger. And this is how it has eventually turned out to be.
There are so many scriptures and so many things, and they point towards God. They are trying to prove to you that there is something like God. They are trying to convince you. That was obviously why the scriptures were made. I guess Jesus was having a lot of problems convincing people. So His disciples thought, "Maybe we should write a book. It might help them." All the time it took Him, and all the words He said to convince people, they just wrote that down.
For ourselves, we read a scripture, and it's beautiful - not that I am trying to ridicule scriptures - it's really beautiful. There is the Bhagavad Gita; there is the Ramayana; there is the Bible; so many scriptures in this world, and they are all beautiful. They really are. I tell you, if you want to read a storybook, try to read scriptures. They are the best. They are really beautiful. They just go on and on and on, and they're really beautiful. Everything is, like, interconnected to God.
But, again, they are trying to point out for us, "God is there"; "God is within inside of you." Where is God? He's here. So people say, "Oh! Hi, Mr. God," and that's it. They cling onto the scriptures.
Premies, that most beautiful thing is within inside of us. This is what we should realize. No matter who we are, and what our age is, and what we do. It's our own private business, but remember one thing. Maybe there are different flowers on this garland, and maybe they were taken out of different trees, and they are different years old or different days old. But that thread is one. And that one thread has the capability to take all these flowers out of different trees, to take all these flowers which were grown in different times, take them, and put them together in one garland, tie them all together. This thread is what Grace is, what this Knowledge is. It has an incredible, incredible capability of taking every human being, no matter who he is, small child, to the oldest one, young, poor, rich, disabled, abled, anybody, and tying him into one garland.
Premies, that's when it looks most beautiful; that's when the whole beauty comes out. This is what we all want. Maybe it's different words; maybe you didn't think of it that way, maybe you thought it was a bouquet. It doesn't matter; it's all the same thing. One thread ties it all around, makes it into a beautiful bouquet. Maybe you didn't think of that, maybe you thought of something else, but, besides that, what we want to be is right here, right within inside of us. That love that everybody wants to experience, that really beautiful, beautiful vibration, that blissed out feeling, or whatever we call it, or whatever languages we call it in, it's within inside of us.
This meditation can really do a number, really do a number. It can show us our real path. But let me caution you about one thing. There are some premies who are just about ready to give up on this Knowledge. They figure, "Well, he's comin'. Maybe we should go. Maybe it might be some good help." Let me tell you something. When I first go and say, "I want to really study mechanics," Igo to a school, and this guy starts teaching me all these figures. Or, say, electronics. I want to study electronics real bad. I go to school, and this guy takes these funny transistors and these things, and he starts teaching me all these different numbers that all these transistors, diodes, electrodes, belong to. And here I am, sitting in my home, "Wait a minute! I wanted to study electronics. Here I am stuck with this old book and these transistors, diodes, electrodes, and this and that, and I don't want that!"
But then, when you go one more day to that school, or two more days to that school, he tells you why: why you had to learn every number; why you had to really understand what everything was. Then, you remember, and one day you end up as an electrician. Because there was somebody who designed those IBM computers, and he had to learn every single bit. He could have given it up the first day and said, "Listen, this is not the thing that I experienced when I touched those bare wires. I want to study that. I don't want to study all these funny things, you know, red, yellow and green is this, and why blue and red is this, and a silver line means this, and a gold line means this, and this transistor means this, and …"
It's really funny, because, in America, when I was coming from Guru Puja in Amherst and I was driving in the motor home, it was really beautiful. I was driving down, and we hit Denver. We went in the Denver residence, and there was this magazine there, just happened to be there. I opened it up, and it said these things; it's a Heathkit.
It's a kit you get. You get circuit boards, you get your electrodes, diodes, transistors, everything different. You get a book, and then you can make things. You can make a radio, you can make a tape recorder, or anything you like.
I thought that was very interesting. I'd been talking to premies about building this giant tape recorder so that we could take all the tape recorders we've got in the Mission, and dump them into this big box, so that we can make stuff that really costs a lot for the Mission. That money can then be really, really spent in propagation.
So I got really interested in it, and we started building this oscilloscope. Just for the feel of it. We started building it and we started working on it all night long and all day long. We got it finished, but it never worked.
So that was it. Then we got into building some more stuff. Finally, we built a television. It's half done now, I mean, it's completed, but it's got to be put in the cabinet, and worked on more.
We built this radio, and we built all these things, and after a little while, when we started building the radio and the television, I found this card that was in my drawer the first time I came to L.A. - the first time I came to L.A. It was a resistor card, and if you made different combinations of a color, it told you what their value was. I thought it was a nice card because that's just the way it was; it was a beautiful looking card.
I took it out of my drawer, and I came into the room, and I started playing around with it, and I took that resistor and I saw the color on it, and put the color on the chart. It gave me a value, and it was the exact value that was written in the book. Everything at that second was so beautiful, because everything started fitting together.
At that time, premies, when I built that first oscilloscope, I tell you, we had worked on it more than 200 hours at least, and still it didn't work. The first time we hooked it up, it caught on fire. Smoke started coming out of it! At that point it was very, very easy for me to give up and say, "Forget it, man. This is not even my line. I'm supposed to be driving down to L.A. giving satsang to people. What am I doing with this, making this Heathkit?"
I could have easily given up. I mean, very, very easily. But now, finally, when everything started fitting together, and we really started going through everything, everything made sense: why it couldn't have worked, what was wrong, and why it got fired, and everything. Premies, then it turned out to be so beautiful.
Because then we just made this amplifer, it was a quadraphonic amplifier, and we had to make it four times for each channel. It was so beautiful, because everything was fitting together beautifully. It worked, first time.
This is how it is, premies, really. And the reason to make it so big, and to give you the whole example, is that some premies might be at the point of just giving up. Because nothing for them is fitting together, just nothing at all. But remember: you've got a few more steps to go, and everything is going to start fitting together. When you dive in the ocean and touch the bottom, because you have got these big, huge flippers on, as soon as you touch the bottom all this sand starts coming up. It's like a cloud almost. You can't see anything. At that point you can say, "Wait a minute. I can't see anything, so I'm goin' up." And you can just go up, and that's it.
But if you wait, just for a little while, and let the sand settle back down, then it's so beautiful. Because the reason why you came you can accomplish, but just because there was some sand blowing out there, or a whole cloud of sand was formed, to just, to give up for that …
This is one more example I give premies: if you are getting confused, that means this Knowledge is working for you. All that confusing depository that you had, that piled up on your mind, the Knowledge is coming and drilling it open and just taking all these confusions and throwing them up in the air. So you know that this Knowledge is working for you, because it's untangling the whole situation.
So really, you know, it's beautiful. It really is perfect. But you have to have patience, and really be able to meditate on this Knowledge. Then everything turns out to be very, very, very beautiful.
I understand some premies have come from New Zealand, and maybe some premies have also come from Sydney here. And, you know, I don't know when I will be able to return to Australia - I hope soon - but I don't know when. So, till I do, really, really try to meditate, and really, really try to practice this Knowledge, because it's beautiful.
I was also thinking - you know, this is just that we are trying to plan - I think we have a very good chance of making the next Guru Puja in Australia. It's a very, very nice chance.
But it really, really depends on how big you can expand yourselves. Because if it is going to be in Australia, then I would certainly like all the premies from Japan, Hong Kong, and those small little countries, New Zealand, and Fiji, and all those other premies to be able to come to Australia. So really, just meditate, try to give satsang to other people, and blast off. Really be able to explain to everybody what this Knowledge is. Once they'll understand, they will be able to recognize.
So premies, I hope that we are able to make the next Guru Puja in Australia. That'll be really beautiful for all the premies and also for Australia, and the premies from Japan. They really need it.
Just try to understand, because understanding is the whole word. It's the name of the game. If you can understand, beautiful. And if you can't, there is Mahatma Ji here, and he can do a little bit. I don't know how much he can do, but he can do a pretty good number.
Sometimes people don't understand the Knowledge when it's given to them. Maybe their food is burning in the oven, and they keep thinking about that, and here is Mahatma Ji wasting all his time giving Knowledge.
They come out, and they say, "I didn't understand anything." They rush back home, they get their food out, and they are so blown out by their food burning, they forget what they received. So sometimes premies need a Knowledge review. I think he'll be more than happy to give you a Knowledge review. If he isn't, punch him. That's why a mahatma ji is permanently required, so that he can be able to give a Knowledge review to people, and to be able to give them satsang, and all that stuff.
So, just try to understand. That's really what it is. And if you do, it's beautiful.
Thank you very much.