Prem Rawat aka Guru Maharaj Ji aka MaharajiIt's Time To Decide

This is a translation of the satsang given by Guru Maharaj Ji at Jhumri Taliaya, Bihar, India, on 15 April, 1975.

"In this age we can do something which has never been done before. That's why I say, wake up, listen carefully, and try to understand. Get ready now. Get yourselves together."

Worldly people have always had one purpose, not just since today or yesterday, but since the beginning of time: and that purpose has been to oppose the real Truth, and to try and prevent it reaching people. Because the worldly mind is such a thing that it cannot get along with Truth. Why can't it get along with Truth? It can't get along with Truth because it is born of falsehood, is bred in falsehood, and dies in falsehood, in darkness. That is why from time to time the Perfect Master comes to the earth, into the world, to destroy that falsehood, that darkness. That is the reason why all the saints have said one should live in the world like a lotus. Though living in it, one should be out of it.

So, dear premies, everything that has happened up till now is all there in front of your eyes. Those very people who proclaimed they had realized Guru Maharaj Ji, those very people have turned away; when even people such as them can turn away, when even their minds can deceive them, what about the average person? Ultimately we are left with just one thing, and that is that after we have received this Knowledge, we should meditate. And we are only benefited by our own meditation.

I'll give you a simple example. Suppose there is a famine in Bihar State. There is still plenty of food in America, England, even in other parts of India. But until the starving people actually eat that food, it makes no difference to them. From this we can understand that even more important than the food itself, is the actual eating of it. In the same way, this Knowledge has always been here on this earth, but until a person receives Knowledge, he continues in darkness, he does not experience that peace. But when he realizes this Knowledge and begins to meditate on it, and practises meditation

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constantly, then he is benefitted by it. So ultimately we are left with just one thing to be said, and that is that after we receive Knowledge, we should meditate on it.

People sometimes come to talk to me. There was a reporter who came to see me in Lucknow. He was saying, "Look, this Knowledge exists, people need to realise it, and you can reveal it. So.why don't you just go ahead and reveal it to them?" When he said this, a thought came to me. If this man had been living in those ages when a person had to serve in an ashram for 25 years before he received Knowledge, when without even having received Knowledge a person had to accept "this is my Perfect Master," and he had to prostrate and work like a dog … if this man had been alive in those days, I wonder what would have happened to him. Now, in this age, it has been made easy for him to receive Knowledge, and still he says, "Why don't you just go ahead and reveal Knowledge to people?" You see, a fine balance has been made, in that although Knowledge has been made very easy to receive, correspondingly man has lost his discrimination. That is, if you compare the number of people who had Knowledge throughout the world in Krishna's time or Rama's time to now, although Knowledge is revealed so easily, how many people have actually received Knowledge? Not many! If you look at it relatively, there's just a very small handfull of people who have received Knowledge, although more and more people are receiving it every day.

So now dear premies, we have to decide within ourselves. Because until now, how many premies in India have understood what Knowledge is, have understood the true value of Knowledge, and have realised it is the only way? There are some premies for whom this Knowledge is like a toy. They claim, "Oh yes, we have received Knowledge from this Guru," but they never meditate, because for them it's just a little game. In the same way that some people receive beads and some people receive mantras, they receive Knowledge.

For some people, this Knowledge doesn't even exist. They say, "Oh, we didn't experience anything at all." But I'll tell you one thing. It doesn't matter what the reason is that someone relates to it as a toy, or someone else says he doesn't experience anything. Only those people who understand the value of this Knowledge and who meditate constantly will cross over to the other shore; only they will reach it. So, dear premies, ultimately only one thing remains to be said.

You see, when I was in America, I went to various places to propagate, and I saw many people. At first when people came to me, they had no idea about anything. They came, listened to satsang, became interested, then they came to the ashram and listened to some more satsang, and finally they received Knowledge. So I saw them right from the beginning. In the beginning, they had all sorts of different concepts about what this Knowledge might be. Then they heard satsang, and slowly started to lose their concepts. Then their desire increased and they heard some more satsang, and then after that, one day they received Knowledge. And they are so happy they received Knowledge.

And now when I go to see them, there's only one thing I can say to them. These people come, these very same people whose heads were full of the strangest concepts, these people come and listen to satsang with so much love in their hearts, and when I give them satsang there is only one thing I can say. What can I tell them? Can I say, "Please receive this Knowledge."? They have already received the Knowledge. So there's just one thing left that I can say, and that is to meditate. But if a person has never meditated, how can he possibly understand the value of meditation? That's why, dear premies, I have come to India.

Why have I come? There's only one reason for my coming here. You see, whenever there is confusion, whenever darkness spreads in this world, then I have to come.

Now a funny thing has happened. Before now, some people tried to cause confusion over here and some people criticized from over there. People have said, and it's true, that in this Kali Yuga a thing will happen that has never happened before. People think this means the invention of the automobile, but in past ages they had much more wonderful things than cars. They think machine guns are the thing, but they had even more fantastic weapons. People think now we have the airplane, but they had airplanes even in those days. These things are not particularly unique to this age. But the strangest thing that is supposed to happen in Kali Yuga has now happened. We used to be criticized from all directions, but now the criticism is coming from our own people, who we used to call our very own. What does this show us?

This shows us that this person, this Perfect Master, who comes to propagate this Knowledge is completely unattached. Until recently Bal Bhagwan often tried to explain to everybody that I am completely unattached, that I am not dependent on my mother or my brother, that if somebody is my mother she is just my mother, and if somebody is my brother he is just my brother; but now this has been proved And now for God knows how many ages, people will think of this and realize that yes, it is true that the reason the Perfect Master comes to the earth is not for the sake of his mother, or brother, or family, but only to spread the Knowledge.

I am still walking the path of Knowledge. Does anyone dare stop me? No. Because I am spreading the Truth, and I'll go on spreading it as long as there is some life left in this body.

That's why, even though they claim I've been doing all these weird things, I am still walking the path of Knowledge. Does anybody dare stop me? No! Because I'm truly spreading the Knowledge. They're spreading falsehood and I'm spreading Truth. If anyone wants to stop me, he should go and stop them first. Because I am spreading Truth, and I'm spreading it right now, and I'll go on spreading it as long as there is some life left in this body. I'll go on spreading this Truth, because nobody else has taken the responsibility of spreading it and bringing peace to the world but me. This is my duty. And that's why I am sticking to it.

All you people who are sitting here are probably thinking, "How can we help Guru Maharaj Ji?" I'll give you an example. Suppose Mahatma Sampuranand decides it's very important to walk from one end of the stage to the other. If he doesn't have legs, how can he do it? He will have to use legs or something else to transport himself across the stage. And that's what you are, you people are my legs and you are my hands. I can sit and think and plan everything out, I can shout out to the world, but if I am to get this thing done, if I am to spread peace to the world then I can't do it alone, I'll need your help. I have brought this Knowledge, and I will spread this Knowledge, but only with your help.

And dear premies, if you still want to just keep a picture in your house and say yes, this is my Guru, and leave it at that, then forget it. That time has now gone; it's been gone a long time. A new time has come like the time Guru Govind Singh said, "Forget all your theories about violence and nonviolence, and pick up your swords." Now the time has come to fight. Not to fight with a sword, but with your faith as your weapon, with your dedication, with the power of the Knowledge.

Prem Rawat aka Guru Maharaj Ji aka Maharaji We always have these four things with us - our faith, our dedication, the Knowledge, and Guru Maharaj Ji - and with these on our side, nobody in the world has the power to stop us. So wake up, and start thinking about what you have to do.

This is not a joke. I didn't say I was going to establish peace on this earth just for fun. I am not asking anyone how I should do it or anything. I'm just saying I will definitely do it.

I don't care if I have to survive by eating salt and drinking water, I'm prepared to do anything. But all the same, you people will have to help me. Even today, I'm ready to do what I said I would a long time ago. That's why you must wake up now. The time for sleeping has gone. Now is the time to show the world the greatness of the Knowledge, that there is some value to this Knowledge.

Already, many people have received Knowledge, and that's fine, but one tiny thing remains. People think, "Oh yes, we've received Knowledge," and they go to three satsang programs each year and feel, "Yes, we've had darshan of Guru Maharaj Ji, and everything's all right." But those times have been gone a long, long time now. If you're still thinking that way, believing everything's fine like that, it means you've been asleep for many, many years. That time has been gone since the Hans Jayanti festival when I declared I would establish peace throughout the world. And if you're still thinking like that, it means you've been asleep since then. So wake up!

Look, I have come here to do something, I have come to show the world what the real Truth is. There are two things. I've sat down and thought a lot about this, and there are two things. Since this whole trouble began, two things have stood out in front of me. One is this thing with my family, and the other is, what is Truth?

Tandon sent me a telegram. In it he wrote, "Don't come to India." I can show you the telegram if you want to see it. He starts off with salutations and prostrations, and then he says, "Don't come to India. If you come to India, people will beat you up and garland you with shoes." And then he says, "You should retire now, nobody in India follows you any more, so it's best that you retire. Just give it all up and sit back and relax." I have borne such insults.

Do you know what else was written in it? You know why they say I should sit back and relax? Because apparently I am ruining the good name of Hans Ji Maharaj. I know how much truth there is in what they say. I have seen, read, and heard all that they say. When I reached India, why didn't they dare come and see me, and put their cards on the table? Because they don't have the courage. Their minds are confused.

So, dear premies, now is the time to wake up, now we have a war to fight. It's not any pleasure trip, what we have to do now is fight. But it's not a war with swords and guns, that's not the kind of war we have to fight. Humanity has been fighting that kind of war for so long now, and God knows how long they are going to continue, but what have we gained from it? Absolutely nothing. Look at America, they've been fighting in Vietnam for so many years, but what have they gained from it? Absolutely nothing is gained from that kind of war. Now we have to fight a war with such a weapon as has never been used before.

This is Kali Yuga. People say it is a very bad age. In fact, there is no other age like this one. This is the age that is said to exist only by the power of Holy Name. Can you imagine that, can you imagine the glory of an age that exists only by the power of the Holy Name? Have you ever even thought about it? People talk about Sat Yuga, Dwapara, and Treta. But it has been written that this age exists only by the power of Holy Name. Do you know how powerful the Holy Name is? Have you ever thought about how powerful it is? And that's what this age depends upon.

That's why in this age we can do something that has never been done before, and which they will never be able to do again. That's why I say, wake up, listen carefully, and try to understand. Get ready now. Get yourselves together.

People will ask us, "What is this?" and "Why is this like that?" But you won't be able to answer. The time for answering has gone. If we keep answering their questions, forget it, nothing will happen. This isn't the time for answers. This is the time to take up the four things I told you about, and show them. Tell them, "Look, this is what we have." Show them to the world, so no one will be able to ask you any questions at all, no one will have any questions to ask. Show them, tell them, "See, this is my Guru Maharaj Ji. This is his Knowledge, this is my faith, and this is my dedication." If you show the world these four things, there won't be a single person on earth who will dare ask you any questions.

So dear premies, what more can I say. I have already said all I wanted to say. You must understand one thing. Look, Guru Maharaj Ji is perfect, but there comes a point where even he has to bend, just a tiny little bit. And that is in front of his devotees. He has to bend just a little bit in front of his devotees. And now that time has come. We are just on that bend. See, a long time ago I explained to you in satsang once, that there would surely be a test by which we would know who is a real devotee, and who isn't. That time has now come. So find out who is a real devotee and who isn't.

I'll tell you one thing. I reveal Knowledge. I have this Knowledge and I don't fool around with it. I have this Knowledge and I reveal it. If anybody thinks I'm fooling around with it, I tell you, he's just not a man. Lord knows what he is. I don't fool around. I reveal Knowledge. This is the same Knowledge for which great sages tortured their bodies, sacrificed everything, and even gave up their lives. Still they could not get this Knowledge. I have that very Knowledge.

I have that very Knowledge which Lord Krishna called "Raj Vidya," the King of all Knowledges. That's the Knowledge I have. And I have the Wealth of all wealths, so I'm rich. I'm not poor, I'm very, very rich. And I'm not a fool, I'm the greatest intellect, because I have the King of all Knowledges. But what I need now is faith and dedication. If you have those, then get yourselves together. And if you don't, then go wear bangles.

So now I've nothing more to say. My blessings to everybody. Now I have come to India and I'll keep coming again and again. If you keep your faith and devotion to me, if you have taken a vow to yourselves that you will definitely cooperate with Guru Maharaj Ji, then if I have to come every week I will come. I'll come every day if necessary. If I have to stay here, I'll even stay here. But all of you will have to get yourselves together. All of you will have to understand this is not a joke, this is something we have to do. Now the time has come. We can't turn back now. Now there's only one way, and that is in front of us.

So my blessings to all the premies. There's nothing to worry about. Don't worry yourselves about a thing. Now that I've come, just cooperate with me.

The person about whom God knows how many lies and stories were spread to you is sitting in front of you. They said, "He just can't come to India." So who is this sitting here? You can get an idea from that of how truthful they are. They said I couldn't come to India. Well then, who is this sitting here? Am I a statue? No. I have come to India. Now you should wake up, and listen carefully and try to understand. Blessings to all the premies.

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