So Let's Do It
Guru Maharaj Ji's Satsang in Paris, France, June 8, 1976
Dear premies, this is the second to last program of this European tour, and all throughout this tour I've tried to accomplish something. See, the whole idea of this tour originated in America. Because it was like, yes, there's a lot of premies in Europe, so let's have all of the premies come together, so that we can really do something. Because unity has much more strength. United you can do a lot, but divided it's very hard.
So it's like, let's come together, because we have all realized that there's an aim, there's a purpose in our life that we have to accomplish. And only those premies who are doing meditation, only those people will, in fact, be able to truly come together, and will truly be able to be united, and will truly be able to enjoy the joy of coming together as premies, of coming together as people who have realized Knowledge.
So it was like okay, now everybody should come together. But a lot of people are sort of lost. Because one thing that we never give rest to is our mind. I mean, sometimes we send our employees away for a vacation, sometimes we send ourselves for a vacation, and sometimes we send our brother for a vacation, our sister for a vacation, and so on and so forth. But we never give one thing a vacation, and that's our mind. And if we gave that a vacation, maybe it would get rested up, get all cleared up, and maybe it would be of some use to us, and we would be able to use it properly.
Man really comes from a very weak, very low stage to sort of a high stage after he realizes Knowledge. Because he's coming from a much clearer point, I mean he's coming from a much clearer place. It's like, in man's life there are so many "goods" and "bads." There are so many concepts, there's so much suggestion, that everything he does is sort of tied down with other things.
And that is why the saying even came that a person should be coming from a clear place. What does "clear place" really mean? Why does a person even have to come from a clear place? isn't he in fact coming from a clear place? No. Because it's like, if I have to make an important judgment, if I am a judge on the Supreme Court, all the decisions that I make have to be really, really good, have to be really fair, by the book, and have to be really just, so I can give some benefit to other people. And in the same way we have to make a decision; in every step of our lives we are making a decision.
And life is no joke; life is very important, its very precious. And it's like, in this lifetime, here we are. And we have to ask the questions: "Are we making the just decision for our lives? Are we in fact doing what is right?" And it's all questionable; it's all arguable. Because to a lot of people, if a cat crosses your road when you're walking or when you're driving, something evil is going to happen. And in other countries, in other places, the ritual is completely different, it's completely the opposite. If a cat crosses the road, then something definitely neat, something really beautiful is going to happen.
So I mean, the right and wrong that man has conceived so far, in his life, has all been questionable. And this is what brings so much untogetherness, so much unhappiness to people. Because the concepts, the ideas that man today bases himself upon, are all questionable.
And once in a while, it just so happens that this question pops up. Once in a while, it just so happens that somehow we end up questioning the fact: are we really happy? is happiness just owning a car, or having a nice family? Is that happiness? is that Truth? Or in fact is it something else?
It's really different, it's really interesting, because if you
look back, there's a lot of people who think that. There's really, really a lot of people in the world who think, "Yes, if materially you are well-to-do, if yes, in fact you do have a Cadillac, then that means you have made it in your life. That means yes, you are very well-to-do." And that's it.
But to me, okay, materially you can see that if somebody has a Cadillac, then he has something, because he just can't go and pick a Cadillac from a tree. But then again, does he have Peace? Or is he just relying upon those things, is he in fact acquiring those things -- is he in fact basing his happiness upon those things? And it's like, once in a while, all the material things that we base our happiness upon are bound to break, are bound to crack, are bound to break down. And that happens. And man has been constantly unhappy. That is why in so many years and years and years of research, in so many years of man's mental and physical progress, it's really hard, really difficult to say about the spiritual growth, about the spiritual progress of man through the years. All we know is that the physical and mental progress of man hasn't exactly led him to the happiness, to the Truth that he is really looking for.
So, that concept that if I'm physically well-to-do then spiritually I'll be well-to-do breaks down, because everything in this world is not constant. And we want a constant happiness. We all want a very, very constant happiness. It's like, yes, you want a very, very smooth boat ride. But don't expect a very smooth boat ride when the swells in the ocean are going to be from 7 to 8 feet high. Because though you have a boat, and the boat might be a very, very good boat, you have to consider that the thing that it's riding on is not so smooth any more.
This is what happens in our lives. It's like, yes, in fact life is very beautiful. In fact, a human today is really beautiful. It is a very beautiful creation. But the concept that it's riding on, the theory that it's riding on, is really inconstant. it really goes up and down, up and down, up and down. So from the roughest surface of life, from the most uneven, inconstant surface of life, we're trying to achieve the most constant, the most precious, the most beautiful thing in the world. Theoretically, it is impossible. And practically it's also really, really impossible. And that is why we have to look towards something that is, in fact, more stable in our life, that is, in fact, something which is constant.
Then the search begins. Then it really all starts happening. It's like, "Yes, I want to receive something. I want something. I realize that I'm missing a part of my life." But in all those concepts, a man is taken so far away from himself, that even after people receive Knowledge, they have to really try. You have to really try hard, you know? Knowledge itself is very simple and easy, but the dedication you have to make is not so simple and easy. It really isn't.
The question was brought up about initiators saying in Knowledge sessions: "Are you in fact ready to cut your head off for Guru Maharaj Ji? Or are you in fact ready to jump off a cliff?" Well, in fact, I'm not going to ask you to cut your head off, and I'm not going to ask you to jump off a cliff. A lot of people just don't like the idea of cutting their heads off and jumping off a cliff. But if you look at it, jumping off a cliff and cutting your head off is very, very easy. It's very simple. All you need to cut your head off is nice, long, sharp, thin sword, or go to a guillotine, put your head in it, let the lever go, and it'll all be done and over with. Believe me, you're not even going to know what hit you, it's going to be all out, finished. And to jump off a cliff is very simple. Just find a nice, steep cliff, close your eyes and walk, and you're bound to fall off it. And once you do, it's all over. I mean, that's it.
But the determination and the dedication it takes to do satsang, service and meditation is harder. Because those two decisions, cutting your head off and jumping off a cliff, only happen once. You can't make a choice that you want to cut your head off first, and then go jump off a cliff. You'll only be able to do one thing, and that is only one moment's decision in your life and it'll be all over with. But there is something more. There is satsang, service and meditation, that at every step of your life you have to make a decision about, whether you are in fact going to do it or not. And you have to consider all the circumstances that pop up with it -- mind, ego, what people are going to think about you, and so on and so forth. But that determination has to be really, really, really strong, to be able to plow through all the barriers, through all the walls of concepts, and to be really able to once in our lives realize what this Knowledge really is, and to really realize the purpose and aim of this lifetime.
So, then the idea was -- okay, let's get all the premies together, but let's get them together in such a way that they understand why they are even being brought together. The first reason is to give satsang, to go and talk to premies and remind them once again that what we have is really, really beautiful. And this is what I'm really trying to do.
We have Knowledge, which is the greatest wealth anybody could ever acquire. What is the price of Knowledge? It's just endless. Even of just a small, wise thing, of just a small, wise decision that somebody made? What is the price of it, you know? It's like, you can't really say yes, if you pay Jesus $3,000 over a period of three years, you have paid the price of what He said and what He set up in His life. Or if you have paid John $2,000 over a period of five years, that you have in fact repaid him, and now you own the words: "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was …"
You can't really put a price on it. But everybody who has experienced this Knowledge, even once, has tried to express that, "Yes, in fact something like this exists. Yes, in fact there is something that can give us Peace, that can give us tranquillity in this lifetime." And this is what all the scriptures and all the Masters that came time after time after time tried to reveal.
Yet sometimes it's very hard for us to even understand that what we have is really, really beautiful, is really, really precious. And that what it can give us, what it can supply us with, what it can really offer us, cannot even be
verbally described, it is so beautiful. Knowledge is the most infinite thing, the most beautiful thing in the world, the greatest Love, the greatest …
If somebody wants to call it a concept, well it is not really a concept, because it is a practical thing. But just thinking about it, it is the greatest thing that you can possibly conceive, that you can possibly imagine.
And we have that, and it's all there, for us to realize, for us to be with, for us to merge with.
But remember one thing. And this is what I've been telling all the premies. You have to go to Knowledge; Knowledge is not going to come to you. Knowledge is not going to come to your door and say, "Pardon me, but uh, do you want me?" No, we have to make the effort. We have to make the first step, always, towards Knowledge. Because Knowledge is always there.
Remember, Knowledge is infinite; Knowledge is perfect. Therefore, it's immobile. Don't expect Knowledge to move around, to be circulated, and so on and so forth. It's always there, it's always a constant factor. But we are not. And we have to try to merge with it. Because we know that once we do, there is, in fact, an experience that has been described time and time again. But we cannot conceive of it if we don't merge with it. Because in fact there is something.
When we are little children, we see a lot of things, we feel a lot of things, and we don't even remember them. But from that time all the way up to when we are about 30, 40, or 50 years old, a lot of people have seen a lot of this world. They've travelled places. They have seen a lot of people; they have done a lot of things. But it's like, "Okay, but did you really find Peace? Did you really find that happiness?" if you really look into their eyes, yes, they have, in fact, a lot of knowledge; yes, they know a lot. But then, still, there's something missing in their life.
It's like, it's all there. It's like that example of the puzzle. And this is really a true example. If I bring a big box of those small puzzles, that you can put together and make a really beautiful painting -- to you. Or it's like, I know that there is this box, and it's been opened, and there's all these small puzzle pieces. And if I put these together, they're going to make a picture. And this is what I'm told in my life, that if I really put everything together, that if I really put that effort in, that if I really look, that if I really search, I'm going to in fact find God, I'm in fact going to find happiness. But I'm too afraid to, because what if there is one piece missing? Then the whole puzzle is shot, then the whole puzzle has no value.
A lot of people just go on in their lives betting on the fact that yes, the puzzle is complete. And in the end, when man really sits down and looks upon himself and puts his puzzle together, there's a lot of pieces missing -- and especially the one center piece which completes it all, which really does it. This is what we sometimes experience in our life.
What we have to understand now is that while everything is happening in this life, and while everything is either taking shape or going downhill, we can, in fact, realize the most precious thing. We can realize Knowledge. We can experience, amid the miseries of misery, amid all the miseries that exist in this world, that there's one very beautiful thing that's always there for us to experience. And upon experiencing that most beautiful thing, even the miseries can in fact change physically, so that there are no more miseries. And this is what a whole aspect of Knowledge is, to first realize and spiritually become strong. But if a person is strong inside, a person is clear inside, his outside atmosphere is bound to change.
So this Knowledge is not just something that we will get and put in our pocket for the sake of the inside of the pocket, but this can in fact change us now, in this lifetime, for good -- change us in such a way that it'll fill the gaps. Where there is no love, it'll bring love. Where there is darkness, it'll bring light. Where there's dissatisfaction, it'll bring satisfaction. Where there is unhappiness, it'll bring happiness. And this is what this Knowledge can do. But we have to remember that. Because if we remember that, then our determination, then our decision to really plow through, is going to be strong, is going to really be there so that we can really do satsang, service and meditation in this life. Because we do want to realize Knowledge.
To somebody, Knowledge is like, "Yeah, if you want to become a member of Divine Light Mission, and so on and so forth, you just sort of go and realize Knowledge, and you get this little card, and poof! There you are, a member." This is what a lot of people think they're trying
to do. A lot of people have this mentality about what they have to do, or that they should be plugged into something, that they should be doing something. And so they say, "Okay, I'm gonna plug into something. I'm gonna do something. Let's see, what's the most popular item on the road, what's the hottest shoe?" They find it and they say, "Okay, I'm just gonna do this."
A lot of people go to India and really try to become Indian. But if to become Indian were the way to Peace, were the way to satisfaction, were the way to liberation, then believe me, God wouldn't have made the rest of the world. He would have just made India, and put everybody in India, and that would be it.
But He made the rest of the world. There is the rest of the creation, you know. Of course you can say, "Why doesn't wolf look like a dog?" But it just varies from nature to nature. What He has created is all very beautiful. And no matter who we are -- see, those distinctions are the lame excuses of man: "I am this. I am that. Oh, I am dumb. Oh, I am smart. Oh, I am happy. Oh, I am not. I'm poor. Oh, I'm rich." These are just the lame excuses of man. They really don't have anything to do with man's internal satisfaction.
Because don't tell me that if there's a man who's really, really poor, he cannot become happy. All those factors -- rich, poor, satisfied, unsatisfied, happy, unhappy -- they're all inconstant. Today, it can very well happen, maybe there's person here who's really, really poor and maybe he scratches for bread down in the barrel. Maybe he goes to a garbage pit to get food. But then he goes out and finds this lottery ticket that somebody has just chucked away in his garbage, and it so happens it's the biggest lottery ever drawn in the world: ten million dollars. And poof! He gets the number, and there he is up there with ten million dollars, and he's a millionaire. Or if a person is really, really rich -- I mean really, really rich -- poof! Something can happen and he can be right down, go straight down there. And then what is he?
All those are just completely inconstant factors, inconstant factors, inconstant factors. There's a lot of people who think, "Oh boy, I'm really unhappy. I'm really unhappy. Maybe I'll have a drink," and they go down and they drink, and they think, "Oh, this is gonna make me very happy." And after a little while, they just become alcoholics. So all the factors that we base ourselves upon, that we identify with, are really inconstant. First of all we have to find the most constant factor to base ourselves upon, so we can be constant.
If you were to be in your swimming pool in a little raft, and there was a hole in the raft, and after a little while the raft went down, you would probably laugh about it and swim to the shore, swim to the end of the swimming pool. Or you would play with the raft and say, "Oh, I'm drowning. I'm drowning!" You'd have a lot of fun with it. And if you were in little bigger raft in a lake and that happened, well, maybe you could make it too.
But when you are out in the middle of the ocean, and you have a hole in the boat, a big one, and it's going down real fast, you don't exactly laugh about it. You find yourself in the water, and you don't have any life vest, and you see this little fin coming towards you, and I mean, you just don't joke about those things. It's like, "Listen. Wait, I've got to find solid ground. Everything around me is water, and I can't really live on water, I can't really float for that long.'' This is what the factor is, that in fact we have to see all around us, "Wait a minute, everything is like water. Everything is inconstant. Whatever I can touch, maybe for temporary purposes it'll relieve me. Maybe for temporary purposes it'll give me some help. But this is really inconstant. This can go away any time."
if you really look, in this whole world, what is really constant? They make a 747, and you'd think they would put all the technology into it and the thing would never crash. But that's not true. It does. You would think that about everything -- you would think that you would make a house, and that you would make it nice and strong so that it doesn't crash on you. But in Italy, it just did. There was a big earthquake and a lot of people were killed. Whatever we base ourselves upon materially … it's like we're driving in a car and all of a sudden, poof! Somebody comes from behind us and hits us, and we can be in such a bad shape that nobody will even recognize who we are. Or it can happen in a train or on a ship; I mean, anywhere and everywhere that we base ourselves.
That is why we're not being very successful. That is why the whole of humanity is not really getting anywhere. Because they're trying to search for the right thing at the wrong place, and that is very hard to do. Yes, in fact, what the whole of humanity today is looking for is the right thing: happiness. Happiness is what man wants. But we are looking in the wrong way, at the wrong thing, in the wrong place. And we're not going to find it.
This is what happens. And man is getting more and more frustrated. Man used to be just big, hairy, and he lived out in caves. He had a big club in his hand, and he would see something and he would go clobber, clobber, clobber and kill him. And he would always be sneaking in the daytime, looking at things and trying to find out exactly what's happening. Then he would find something and go clobber, clobber, clobber and kill it.
Today, it's the same thing. But instead of going "clobber, clobber, clobber" and kill them, you go "boom, boom, boom" and you kill them. From the very first point of man's origin until now, it's been pretty much the same. The variation is very small.
In New York they're going to have this big parade. All these sailboats from everywhere around the world are coming to New York. All the modern ships are going to be standing there, and these old sailing ships that are really, really old are going to go in front of these big, new, nuclear-powered ships. That is going to be the last parade, that is going to be the last thing. And after that they're just going to put them away, I guess. It's the biggest gathering of sailboats that has ever happened.
And it just hit me. They had all those sailboats, and what did they do with them finally? Years ago, what were they
doing with them? They were taking people from one place to another place. They were bringing goods from one place to another place. And also, they were fighting.
Well today, we have really, really new ships, really big, beautiful, gorgeous ocean liners with three swimming pools in them. You can get on one cruise and you can't even go through all the ship, they're so big, just huge, just gigantic. But what do we do with them? We still do the same old three things. Either we fight with them, or bring goods from one place to another place, or we transport people.
And it sounds really stupid to say that, because it takes a lot more to drive that big ocean liner than it used to to sail that sailboat. So man has progressed, but apparently for very, very little reason. He's peaked, but for what? It's like making gold car -- to do what? To go around in. Man has peaked, peaked, peaked, but what's the objective?
That's what man is faced with sometimes. He realizes, "Wait a minute, what is my purpose in this life? What is the reason that God has given me this body, this beauty?" Because man is in fact very beautiful, and what God has provided for this body is an act of extreme genius. I mean we can't really simulate those things. It is very, very hard. But why has He given us all that? And the reason why He has provided us with so much love and so much perfection and so much beauty -- there is a reason for it. It's not just eat, drink, and be merry. There is in fact a reason for it. And then the search begins.
For premies who have realized Knowledge, it's really beautiful because you have something. Just saying "something" is really an understatement, because it's really not just something -- it's Knowledge. It's really the know-how of the key to Peace, to that tranquillity that man really wants in this age, in his life. And we can have it, we can achieve it.
And all I'm trying to tell the premies now, on this tour, and this is pretty much what I'd like premies to do, is to really open up, to really, from their hearts, sincerely do satsang, service and meditation. And experience what that Knowledge is. So that we can all come together. The purpose of that is so that we can, in fact, all come together to be able to accomplish a more beautiful purpose in this life. Because there is one. And people do need Peace; people do want that Knowledge. And it's like, we all have to join hands, we all have to join together. And it's going to be a joint effort of everybody to be able to have people realize this Knowledge. By doing satsang, service and meditation, we can really be coming from a clear place, we can really be coming from a point where our dreams can start manifesting.
I'll give you one example. There's a lot of premies who used to go out, and they would be giving satsang. They would be passing out leaflets to people on the street. So this premie carries a bunch of leaflets in his hand, stops at a bus stop or train station or an airport or whatever, and a guy is just sitting there waiting. He hands him a leaflet. And the guy reads it and says, "What's this all about?" And he says, "A mahatma is coming to our town, and Guru Maharaj Ji reveals Peace, and you know, this is really beautiful, and you should come and listen to satsang."
Then he asks you, "Well, what's satsang?" And you say, "This is a spiritual discourse that this Guru Maharaj Ji gives. He knows 24 languages." Then the guy goes, "Yeah?" I mean, he's just amazed; he's just astonished. Then you go on, you just keep on going, and this poor guy is getting all this: "… and then you receive Knowledge, and then you have to have darshan, and then you do satsang, and then you do service, and you can stay in the ashram, and just completely dedicate your life. And to realize this Knowledge, this is really what you have to do. You have to be ready to cut your head off. You have to be completely ready to dedicate everything you have. For this Knowledge you should always dedicate everything you have."
The guy goes, "If I don't get away from here, this guy's gonna sell me out."
Well, I don't speak 24 languages. And the fact is that okay, yes, we need Peace in this lifetime. That is true. And whatever that premie is trying to say is sort of in line. But it's completely off the wall for that person to understand. So then what are the consequences of this? The person goes back home, has his dinner, and during dinner he starts talking to his wife and his children and he says, "I met this kook on the street today. He was giving these leaflets out, and explaining about this person who knows how to speak 24 languages. He said that if I give everything I have, I can get peace." And the wife turns around and says, "Honey, I hope you're not gonna give everything away?" He says, "No, no, I'm not gonna give anything away. I just don't know who this person was," and so on and so forth.
Then it's like, that person is really confused now, and so is his wife and whoever else heard the conversation. He pulls the leaflet out from his pocket, and says, "Yeah, those are the people from Divine Light Mission. Those guys don't know anything. Those guys are just a bunch of rip-offs, out to get people."
And I mean, it's just such a wrong representation, because we're not a bunch of people just out to get people, out to rip-off people. That is not our motive. Our motive is to give people Knowledge. Our motive is to give people Peace, to give them that true satisfaction that man is looking for.
And for such a great job, for such a beautiful job, the credit you get is so low and so dumb and so untrue. And why does this happen? Because somebody is not coining from a right point to give satsang. He is just talking about his fake experience. Because that person is not understanding; what you are really trying to convey to him is completely unrelatable to him. So we have to all come together, and we can make it all manifest, we can really make it all happen. And this is the reason why I'm going around in this tour, because I know there's love, and that there are premies. And all this unity can really manifest for us. So go do satsang, service and meditation.
Because the last example I gave was like, satsang, service and meditation are like this -- there's this gap in our lives, in the whole system. There's Knowledge and there is us, and there's a vast gap in between. And this gap is because Knowledge is infinite and we are finite. And the two things just can't go together so good. Because one is infinite and one is -- one is perfect and one imperfect. So there's a vast gap, and a bridge has to be built over it. And this bridge has to be built by this cement which is called satsang, service and meditation. Meditation itself is the cement, it is the cement -- without that you can't do anything. All you'll have is water and a stir stick, and about all you can do with that is just stir a lot of water. Nothing's going to happen.
And then satsang is the water, and service is the stick. And the better the proportion of those three, and the better they are mixed, the right amount of water, and the right amount of cement will make an excellent base to build the bridge with. When the bridge is completed, then the gap is completed. The gap is finished.
A lot of people think, "We can just close the gap with any kind of thing we want. We can fill it with dirt, just dump a lot of dirt in it, or dump anything we want in it." So they decide to do service when they are feeling like a little exercise. They come and find this little place in the ashram and they clean, clean, clean, just this little area. And somebody walks in and says, "Gee, you're doing service!" And you say, "Yeah, yeah, I'm doing service. I got my life together, and I'm doing service." What is he doing? He's just cleaned a chair that didn't need any cleaning, and he cleaned it by sitting in it and shaking himself. Then he says, "Yeah, I cleaned the chair." That's his service. And he walks right out of there.
And I mean, this is what some people in fact do. That is throwing a lot of garbage in the gap. And believe me, you won't be able to fill it with that. it's too deep. It's too much of a gap. it's the gap between perfectness and imperfectness. What are you talking about? It's not just a small, little hole that you can fill with anything you want. Really, there has to be bridge built there.
A lot of people get up to give satsang, and they really are not doing any meditation, so you know what they get up and do? They get up and start talking to the premies and say, "Dear premies, it's very nice of you to come here, and I really don't know what I should tell you, but it's all very nice, and thank you very much," and they walk right out.
Because there is really no experience that can back up what they're trying to say. There is really no real, strong experience that they can describe. Because that is what you're talking about. That's what satsang is. Whatever you experience within is what you can say. Unless you are just a very good faker, and then you can just throw things
around and do whatever you want -- tell a bunch of stories, make people laugh and that's about it. But there has to be an experience, and then that is really satsang. For that person who doesn't have any experience, it's not going to be satsang.
So it's like, for that person, he is trying to do satsang, service and meditation, but he is not really doing anything. Those are the premies who sit down for meditation, and they're leaning against a wall, and all of a sudden they drop and they go to sleep. Or they're faking it, all the time. That's all they're doing is faking that they're doing meditation. For them, do you really sincerely think that Knowledge is going to manifest? It's only going to manifest that much. It's just going to manifest for them in a very fake way. Because they're putting fakeness into it. Whatever you invest, whatever you put into Knowledge, is what you're going to reap out of it, is what you're going to get out of it. And if you put the true and the right effort, then you're going to get the true and the right experience from it.
So I hope that you understand what I'm trying to say, because it's now. The whole concept, the whole idea is now. Nobody can predict what's going to happen 70 years from now. We might not be around. Nobody might be around. This little thing that we live on might not even be there. Who knows?
But now we know that we are alive, chat there is Grace, and that we are here, and that we can do satsang, service and meditation now, and realize the Truth now.
So let's do it now. Really put that true effort into it and not fake about things. Really get together in our lives, in ourselves. You know? And really make that determination. Not temporarily, not for a three-month trial basis. Because genuinely, I tell you, I wouldn't want Peace for just three months. If I would want Peace, I would want it forever.
So when we have to put our effort into it, we should really put our effort into it, and not just fake about it. Now is the time, and we can do it. We can really all come together and put that initial effort into it. It can all manifest really beautifully. It can all really happen.
It's all up to us. if you want it, you can get it. if we don't want it, we're never going to get it. It's us and now. We can really put ourselves together, and it can really manifest for us. The dreams might be dreams, but they can come true. And those dreams about Peace, tranquillity … they can happen. It really can, if we put ourselves to it.
So thank you very much, and blessings to all the premies.