LOVE: A Plentiful Reason
Guru Maharaj Ji's Satsang at the Holi Festival Miami Beach, Florida.
Sunday, March 20, 1977
Dear Premies, this is the last day of this Holi program, and we've all come here, and it was a very short period of course, but just between yesterday and today, I think we have experienced a lot. And what we have experienced isn't something we were told to experience by somebody: "Well, this is specifically what you have to experience."
But what we have experienced is something that is just flowing, just happening here, and nobody can deny it within their hearts that it is happening. And I'm pretty sure a lot of people came here who hadn't been coming to satsang for a long, long time, and resisted. "What's going on? What is this all about? Why isn't it as it used to be?"
And then, maybe they went through a few ideas of their own. Maybe they thought a little this and thought a little of that, but then it all - I'm pretty sure - just collapsed for them and they had to accept it, that love and that Grace and that understanding that was going on here. Simply because in our day-to-day basis what happens to us, what we really experience in our lives really motivates us more and more to just really see what is the purpose of this life, what is the purpose, what is the goal.
We have thoughts. We have ideas. We have concepts about different things in this world. But all these different concepts at one or the other point just fail, just collapse, just die, just finish. Because Truth does not originate from concepts. Truth is Truth. Concepts are our own little way of trying to justify what that Truth might be, or what that Truth is. We fall into it and we say, "No, maybe it is this particular way," or "No, maybe it's this particular way." But when - so far we stay behind the curtains that's all fine, that's all okay, that - then our concepts are the facts, are the truth, it doesn't matter. But when we are brought out into the open field, where that concept has been, or is going to be, weighed against the real Truth, then it really makes a lot of difference, because it isn't the same thing. That's when things start to click.
For instance, let me give you a brief history of these programs that have been happening recently. And I have been seeing that a lot of premies have been participating in these programs. All of a sudden, at random, idea comes, "Okay, let's have a program." What happens, what - what do we all feel, what do we all think at that time is one thing. And it was just like so simple.
We were getting this Holi program, this Holi Festival together, and as Joe was telling you last night, what happened here, it was just as simple as that. Things just started to fall in their own place. It was just like a Chinese puzzle. You had to pull out the one main tube and everything just fell apart. Or you had to just put one piece back together and everything fell back together. And it was just - nobody sitting down on a drawing board and saying, "let's do this," or "let's do that," or getting into different ideas about it. It was just like, let it go, let it happen. Let's have a Holi festival, and let's make it a non-restricted festival. Anybody can come who is a premie, from anywhere.
And it was just like, alright, if you're from England you can come. If you're from Germany you can come. Before it was like, no, people should stay in their own areas. They shouldn't try to attend all the programs. But that just seems to be a very stupid thing to do these days because, especially it contradicts with what I'm trying to say when I'm trying to say "Let us try to have as much satsang, service, and meditation as possible."
And like, these programs fall together. What makes them all come together is a mystery in one sense, and in another sense it's not. In one sense, what happens? An inspiration begins. Things start to happen. Love starts to flow. People start to see it, you know. It's just like, a vision happens between all of these people. Slowly, slowly, more and more people start to come.
Just recently I remember we were talking about Holi and they were saying, "Well, we can't get this hall, we can get the small hall."
I said, "Look! If there's that many premies coming, we've got to just get a hall that everybody can fit in!" And I mean, it's just so beautiful, everything - just the way it happened - right after another, right after another. Everything. No problems. It was just like it was already pre-planned and we were opening the book from the wrong side, and maybe a few problems seemed to occur, but as soon as we had read the whole book it was perfect. It had to happen. It was meant to happen. And it is happening.
And premies, this love, this sincerity, this power of love that we talk about and we say, "Can't you feel it?" - well, can't you feel it? Because you don't have to be the Grand Mystic Ruler, and stand up on the stage and say, "Oh, yes, and there is this experience, and then there is that experience, and this happens and that happens." It's like, no. It's all out on the table. Look at it. It's - maybe it's, to a lot of people's concept, to a lot of people's dream, it's not what they think it should be. But that's only a difference of how deep are you in it? If you are just on the surface of what is happening here, then only that is how much you are going to experience of what is happening here. And if you go more and more deeper within what is happening here, the more you will experience of what is happening here, and all these programs that are happening. All this sincerity, all this love, all this Truth is really pulling us together,
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really tying us together into that love.
And now where do we stand? What is our duty? What is our responsibility? Our responsibility is to really try to live up to that expectation, live up to that standard, live up to that specification that our Guru Maharaj Ji wants us to live up to. Not try to get out in some head trip about something. Not try to just go on and say "Okay"- you know, to a lot of people it's just like, "Okay."
I was watching a cartoon in Los Angeles, and it was a "Bugs Bunny" cartoon, and in the cartoon Elmer Fudd was programmed to be like a rabbit, and he thought he was a rabbit. And Bugs Bunny passed by this place, and Elmer Fudd told him, "Look, if you come and take my place," - because he was in a sanitarium - he said, "if you take my place I'll give you all these carrots."
And Bugs Bunny said, "Okay." So he took his place and Elmer Fudd went out in the jungle, and of course there was Bugs Bunny, and the doctor came and he said, "Wow! This is the worst case of rabbititis I've ever seen!" And, besides anything that was told to Bugs Bunny, Bugs Bunny was to be told and programmed to say, "I am Elmer J. Fudd, millionaire. I own a mansion and a yacht." And that was it. Finally, somehow, the doctor convinced him that he was a millionaire and he owned a mansion and a yacht, and that was it. And he went out, and of course the story goes that he went on and now he is Elmer J. Fudd and Elmer J. Fudd is like a rabbit, and he wants to go hunt the rabbit, and he's talking to that rabbit who's really Elmer J. Fudd, and all of a sudden the IRS shows up, and says "Who are you?"
And he says, "Well, I am Elmer J. Fudd, millionaire. I own a mansion and a yacht." And they say, "Well, you got back taxes to pay," and took him.
And Elmer J. Fudd, who was the rabbit, said, "Well, I might not he a millionaire, but I'm at least smart. I don't have to go to the jail for this thing."
So premies, in our lives we can be programmed like this by ourselves: imagine different things for us to happen, imagine to get in a lot of different head trips, imagine to get - just like "I am Elmer J. Fudd and I am a millionaire, and I own a mansion and a yacht." Be programmed; we come into that so much, get so deep into it and lose the real goal of our lives, because a lot of times to keep that goal in tune with our lives is really hard. Why is it really hard? Because there is one goal, and there are zillions of disattractions in this world. And - so look at your odds: one to everything else in this whole world. That's your odds. And that's - that's a lot. And to really accomplish what we are here for - to me, a lot of people say, "Well, if we lead this kind of a lifestyle we will reach peace, we will accomplish peace." Lot of people say, "Well, if you live naked -". There's sadhus who live in Himalayas, who live in jungles. They are completely naked and they think they will attain peace. A lot of people practice yoga; they will say, "Well, we will attain peace."
Just recently I was watching the Barnum & Bailey circus and they were swinging, they were doing all these acrobatic things. And these acrobats, these, these people were really fantastic! How they could mold their body completely around. And I said, "Wow! Ihis is - this is something that maybe a lot of yogis can do. But will they achieve peace, will they attain peace in their lives? No!"
I mean, to maybe a lot of people that yoga is a way to, to get into that peace, to get into that true satisfaction of mind. To these guys, it's their profession! This is how they live. This is how they earn money! But would they receive peace? A lot of people go to the Ganges and so forth to take a bath in Ganges and say,
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"Okay, well, by doing this we will receive peace."
And one of the saints says, "There are fishes that live in that Ganges. Do you think they will attain peace? They haven't attained peace so far. How do you think they're going to do it?"
So there's every concept, every imagination that we have in this world, and there's that one goal we have in this world. And we have to really find out what that goal really is in our lives that we have to accomplish. And that goal - so far I have understood that there's a lot of ways to explain that goal of our life, of our lifetime - but it's to complete one cycle from where we were born, from where we originated, from where that inner strength, that innen force came unto us, and to go back to it, to become one with it, to me, is the goal of our life. And of course, you can break it down into a lot of different topics, and I'm not talking about birth, but no. Birth into that life that never begins and never dies. I'm talking about birth into that eternal eternity where there is complete harmony, where there is complete satisfaction.
We go out, like I was saying, and for twenty-two hours of our day - that includes day and night -'where what do we do? Well, twelve hours of it we spend sleeping, and the other hours that are left we go around completely wasting it on this world. And then for two hours we try to sit down and think that we can really experience that meditation in those two hours. All day long we let our horses, let our mind, let our mind completely run wild into anything it wants to do, and then all of a sudden, zap, you're supposed to pull a button, and it's all supposed to come together.
You know, people who graze cows and who take the cows out so they can graze and so on and so forth, when they take the cows out, they always keep them together. They always keep them together. Why do they always keep them together? So when they want to bring them back, it is very easy to bring them back. They don't just let them space out wherever they want to No. They keep chasing them. They keep following them, and they keep it together. This is the same way with us. We have to be the same way, this is - do you know how many heads of imaginations do you have here? Do you know how many concepts do you have here? Do you know how, how many fragments are there of this mind? You know how many times it runs wild into this world? That is all what we want to bring hack in the two hours - well, we have to do a lot of work for that. We can, but we have to do a lot of work. All that. all day long, we have to keep that cattle straightened out, keep that cattle together, and keep that wild mind together so that when we want to bring it hack, we can bring it back.
So premies, this whole path of realization is very simple. And I'm telling you right now it's very simple. And maybe before I have told you it's very simple and I'll keep telling you it's simple, because it has its simplicity in a very unique way. It's not - it's not simple because it's not complicated, that's not the reason. It's simple because it's meant to be simple. It's simple because it's supposed to be simple. It's simple because it is not supposed to be complicated. It is simple because it is a basic fact, a basic reality, a basic reason for our lives to he here. and that is why it is simple. That is why it's very beautiful. And by Guru Maharaj Ji's Grace we now have Knowledge, and now we have that opportunity that we have been looking for for a long, long time to he able to hear satsang.
What does satsang do for us? You know. there are a lot of people, and I have done a lot of conferences and so on and so forth, and I have done a lot of satsangs and a lot of letters are forwarded. and people have these questions; "Well, Guru Maharaj Ji, well, what is service?" and a lot of people have not understood service vet, and it's very, very hard for them and a lot of initiators come up to me and say, "Well, how do you explain service? What is service?"
What is service? To a lot of people it's work. "Clean the floor," you know? "Clean the laundry. Clean the house. Clean the car. Clean this, clean that. That's service." That's not service. Service is an experience. Service is not a job. When service becomes a job, then it's all over. Then you're not doing service, you're doing a job. You might as well get paid for it, or not do it!
But service is an experience which occurs when we do a physical function for our Lord, for ourselves, via that experience of Knowledge. That is service. Otherwise, everything else is work. When we take all those factors and put them together and say, "Okay, this is for myself, this is for my Lord. And, because my aim, because my goal, is to surrender, I surrender myself, to be able to become a vessel, to be able to do as commanded, as requested by my Lord, in a very simple manner."
And, through Knowledge, we can really then experience that experience of service, because people have experienced that experience of service. And people who have experienced that service know what I'm talking about.
And so it's like everything that I'm saying is very simple, and maybe very unique in its own way, but premies, let us
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not fool around. Let us not, let's not give this mind too many chances. It's already had, I think, its chances. Now this is time to really pull together. You know, it's - it's like, quit riding rodeos, just really get on - straightened out, and really take that horse. Stop doing your fancy stuff, trying to ride a horse with one hand off and one hand in the back. Stop doing all your fancy work. Really get on it. Really pull that horse straight, and get at it. Because it's very simple to do. It is a part of our lives, it is a part of this whole thing that goes on and on and on.
Premies, listen. You know, it's so beautiful. In the scriptures they have described a lot of things. In a lot of ways they have described this Knowledge, the experience of this Knowledge, the importance of practising this Knowledge, the important of really surrendering, of really dedicating, of how this whole world needs to have Knowledge. And now it's becoming very apparent.
Because 'til now the world has been - "Well, look. This car runs on gasoline, not on your - some god's Grace!" And it's just like, it's very, very simple. Either God miscalculated and made too few dinosaurs for twenty-first century and we ran out of them - and obviously that has to be the only solution. Because he didn't do it right! He just - he figured somehow -his calculator went wrong, his batteries went flat on it or something must have happened where he didn't produce enough dinosaurs and so now we are out of them and, poof! That's that. And all we can go up to God and say, "God, you made a terrible mistake! And you got to pay, you know, penalty for it! You got to start raining oil again." But that's really not the case.
Because those satisfactions that all we have been looking for, for such a long time in these external means, and going on and on with those - you know, it's so simple. If we would have found some kind of a satisfaction that we were looking for by going to the moon, there would have been no necessity to go to Venus or Mars. And we could go on and on and on and on and on - but how long?
When is this humanity going to come together? When is this humanity going to pull together. and really recognize the Grace of the Perfect Master? Why does a Perfect Master come into this world? There is a Being that comes into this world to grace us with this Knowledge, with this experience that so many scriptures have described, that so many saints have come and tried to describe it for us. This Knowledge is now available, and now - that same Knowledge, by Guru Maharaj Ji's Grace, has been revealed to you.
Look at it not as necessary because you want peace of mind. Look at it as essential as your breath, because that's what it is, and that is the way you have to understand it! You know, you've got to really open up to that Truth, got to really open up to why are we here? Is it to just let this mind run and to persuade this mind? Or is it, in fact, to persuade something more beautiful, something more subtle, something more fantastic, which is within inside of us?
I sincerely believe that there is so much Grace and there is so much love that is, that is being exchanged, that is happening, and that we are so fortunate to be able to share it. And you know, these programs. as I said last night, are going to go on and on. We're going to have more programs. As a matter of fact, was going to sit down today and try to decide for a program when I came back from the European tour. And I'm pretty sure that after that program then there's going to be nineteen days later, another program. And maybe nineteen days later another one, and that's - this can go on, this is easy, this is very easy and very simple. But how many of you are going to attend it and how many of you are really going to try to take advantage of it? And that is the most important thing. (Applause)
I see none of these initiators want to do it. They just sat there. But anyway, it's all here. We have a lot of initiators, you know? They might not be all top of the line, but there they are. Dumb or smart, hopefully they're dedicated to their service, and that's very important. They're here. They're here to come and help you so that you can proceed more smoothly in the experience of your Knowledge. I'm here to do the same. I'm going to, I'm going to keep on helping you.
If you have any problems - keep it in your pocket, and listen to me. Try to understand what I am trying to tell you, and the problem will disappear. The problem that we talk about here is not about your car, its battery keeps going on flat, or not John Chan's problem - his camera got wet yesterday. But the problem that we talk about here is the problem of our mind.
Mind has already superseded you. Mind already has taken a lot of advantage of you. Why give it any more chance? Why give it any more opportunity? It doesn't need to be there anyway. So, for a second, give your mind a vacation. Let it go. For a few days say, "Mind, you have an infinite amount of leave. You can just leave, and never show up back again." And maybe - maybe it'll buy that, you know? Who knows? Maybe it'll happen! But if it doesn't happen, there are other persuasive methods to get rid of it. And the only method that is most successful, and the only method there is, is satsang, service, and meditation. And to give it all a super dose, there is darshan, and - and these programs, the way they're happening.
So premies, let us all really come together. Let's really become one in that bond, one in that tie, one in that love, and go ahead. There's no power in this whole world that can stop us from experiencing what we want to experience. Not even mind, if you're strong enough. There's nothing. No power in this world, that can stop us. Just - all we have to do is have faith in Guru Maharaj Ji. Have faith in me. I'm here to help you, and I will help you, but sincerely have faith in me. Not in some, not in some way, not in some manner, or particular manner, but
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just have faith in Guru Maharaj Ji, period. And let it all happen. Let it all begin.
Because, look, it's really beautiful. Why throw a monkey wrench in it now? It's all happening, it's all starting to grow. And let it flow and let it happen. And I'm pretty sure by the third program we have, you're going to see a significant difference in just what has happened. More it goes on, and on, and on, you know, it's just like, after the program we sit and we say, "Oh, that was a really beautiful program."
When we were in Atlantic City we said, "Oh, wow, that was a really beautiful program." And the Portland program: "Oh wow, that was really a beautiful program." Then we came to Denver, it was like, "Couldn't he more fantastic." .And then we come here, and this is a very, very beautiful program. And then - then maybe there is going to be another one where we are going to say, "Wow! This is it!" And then on and on from there on.
So, let us really open our hearts to Guru Maharaj Ji. Through Guru Maharaj Ji, service, satsang, and meditation can become a reality to us. On our own, we can try. But without Guru Maharaj Ji, in the first place, it never happened, and without Guru Maharaj Ji, in the first place, it's never going to happen. So and that is the reason Guru Maharaj Ji comes in this world.
Guru Maharaj Ji is not here just as a symbol or as a figurehead, but Guru Maharaj Ji is here to help his devotees, and like l said in Denver, the only reason I'm here, and I'm screeching my head out, and the only reason why I want to help you. is because I love you. And that is it! And that is more than a plentiful reason; because I love you. And this is what we have to understand: Love. I love you. Why do I love you? Because you have opened up yourself to me. And that's as simple as that. You're my devotees, you have received that Knowledge, and it's just like, when we start to explain things, when we start to say, "Why?" it becomes very difficult. Why? Well, why? But when we just don't reason it and say, "Yeah, know." Then it all is just so beautiful and so plain for us to understand.
So premies, let's really take advantage, let's really take advantage of this opportunity that is being provided to us. All you have to do is just open up. That's all. Just open up, and try to open up. Open up in the sense of let it happen, let it - let it flow through you. That experience that is happening. Not sit there and resist what is happening to you. right now, but let it flow. Not try to stop it, not try to reason it, not try to wonder at it, just let it happen. You can wonder it, you can reason it later on in your - wherever you're going. But right now let it flow. Let it happen to you. And really try to experience it.
And premies, I know, just as a devotee, the only thing that brought me where I am today right now is faith, is surrender, and I know that if there is anything, then that is faith and surrender, that is also going to bring you to that same realization via satsang, service, and meditation. And I want you to have that same experience that I have had, and this is why 1 want you to open up. This is why I want you to come. I want you to listen. I want you to understand.
And so now premies, there'll be some music, and uh, we have to uh, leave here in a little while, and everybody will be going hack. Yes, I know always before when we used to have festivals, premies would go back and think about the last festival - how nice it was and so on and so forth, and have memories. This time when you go back you can do something else; and start preparing for the next one. And keep in touch, keep close. Have satsang, service, and meditation regularly in your community. Grow within your community. the time is coming where that peace bomb is really going to start exploding very soon, and we have to be all ready before it does. And so premies, I'll let you know when the next program is going to be, but I'd, I'd very strongly suggest that you start preparing for it as soon as you get back. Otherwise you might be surprised.
Thank you very much.
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