Prem Rawat (Guru Maharaj Ji) / Denver / February 19, 1977
Well, this is my fourth program for tonight. And it's really been beautiful just to see all the premies because when we are all at that program tomorrow, it's just going to be a massive trip. There's a lot of premies out there who will fill the auditorium.
And one thing I'll tell you (this is the fourth time): This festival was just pulled together. There was really no name given to it. So at the first program, at random, I just named this festival "Love Festival." And I think this is really Love Festival, because we all have come here because of one reason: because of Love. There's no other reason. It's not because there's gasoline, and there's this theater and gasoline in Denver, and that is why we have come here. It's because there is true Love that really exists between all of us, that Guru Maharaj Ji has shown us through Knowledge. And that is the Love that brings us all together.
There's a lot of different logics, there's a lot of different explanations in this world. But to me, there is only one explanation. And it consists of satsang, service, meditation, and Guru Maharaj Ji. And besides that reason, I don't see any other reason why this world was even made. We got a lot of fringe benefits, and I think we have quite a bit used them up, too. And I think it's about time that we really start understanding - get out of our fringe benefits that we get, and really start understanding what is the practical purpose of this human life.
There's millions and billions of people in this world, and there's millions and billions of problems in this world. And I know one thing: Out of those billions of people with billions of problems, millions have received Knowledge and gotten rid of it. And out of those millions I know for sure that those thousands that have practiced have really understood. I want to get organized with all those millions, and then with all those billions of people in this world, and tell them the solution to this world.
This is not a solution, because it isn't quite the answer to the problem. It's the reason that we have to understand. We can put it in different ways, but let's put it this way for a second: This world was not made for problems. Because this world was not made for problems, there were no solutions made.
We only came here for a reason. And there was only one reason made. And there was only one reason why we all came here. Just one reason. Not hundreds and 10,000 and 40,000 reasons. No. Only one reason. So let us forget about other reasonings and other reasons that our mind gets into, and for one second in our lifetimes, complete the purpose of this human life successfully. To me, if everybody can do that, there'd be no problems.
Everybody talks about problems. All these leaders of the world get up and say, "Problems, problems, problems. And these are the solutions, solutions, and solutions."
To me, let's go beyond that a little bit. Let's go before 1977. Let's go into 1900. Let's go beyond 1900. Let's go into 1700. Let's go even beyond that, and for time immemorial, as long as this human race has existed, there have been problems.
Tell me. How many solutions have come up? The first man could not understand, so he invented a wheel. And from this wheel we ahve taken over,
and now everything runs on wheels. And now people are trying to get rid of the wheels and go into something else.
But to me, look: Truly, we're just about approaching the end of this century, okay? Doesn't matter what you think, doesn't matter what you believe, I know one thing. There's only so many dinosaurs that lived. And there's only so many dinosaurs that produced oil. And there's a lot more cars than there were dinosaurs. And I think we are just about at the verge of it all.
There have been predictions that by 1985 - which I think might be an over-calculation or might be an under-calculation. But around that time, let's figure it (five or six years is a drop in the bucket) - this world is supposed to be out of gasoline. Well, we can go from this gasoline that comes out of dinosaurs into synthetic gas. And I know that there's a lot of engines in this world, and if there were to be a synthetic gas, if there were to be an end to the gasoline and a synthetic gas made, it would have to be adaptable to the engines that are present now. Because it's going to be an enormous cost to convert all the engines to something else completely different.
So I don't think that's quite going to happen. But they might make a synthetic gas which is going to keep your car running. After that, maybe they'll start producing the next set of cars, which will run on something else. Maybe after that they'll go into something else, and something else and something else and something else.
Well, look at yourself. You are in a generation where you call yourself civilized. And right after one generation, one generation called the first generation barbaric. "Oh, those were the barbaric days."
Why? Tell me why: because they didn't have any food? When they put their sails up on their boats their boats wouldn't float? No! There were all those things there. Okay? So what made those the barbaric days?
Well, look at you now! Are you truly satisfied? Are you really certified not to be barbaric? And when that question comes up to you, your Adam's apple goes up and down. Take a nice gulp. Because you don't quite know about it. No.
As I said before, this world was not made for problems, therefore there are no solutions. This
world was made for one reason. And there is only one reason. And the reason is for every individual to come together, to come into One, to become One, to really understand this Knowledge.
Tell me one thing. People might say, "Well, why would God create such a fantastic Earth? Why would a Creator create such a fantastic environment just for people to come together?"
Tell me. What did Jesus do when he came? Tell me what did Krishna do when he came? Tell me what did Ram do when he came? Bring people together through Knowledge. Through this experience that he gave, he brought people together.
Believe me, it doesn't matter if we have sharp scissors now to trim our beards with, or have modern razors to shave our beards with. Our problems are still the same. And we look to the solution of our problems. And the solution doesn't exist!
We have the same problem: hungry people. "Give them food." Any different now? No. People are still hungry and we want to give them food.
Ill people: "Give them a miracle." So, of course, now we have doctors and they give them these little shots and this medication and so that's the miracle. This problem has always been there! People are ill. People are sick. People are hungry. People need this; people need that. Look for this solution … People are fighting. People are doing this. Just look at it. Where are we? Where are we?
When the Vietnam War was going on, it was getting a little bit ridiculous. Everybody really stood up and said, "No, there should be no war," and this and that.
"You should do this and you should do that, and get the war off our hands," and so on and so forth. "We want everybody to come back."
Well people who could come back, did come back. The war was ended. And are we in Peace? Everything is dandy? Everybody is in perfect Peace and harmony? Our problems are solved? No!
It's like a little dog trying to chase its own tail. He might catch it and as soon as he bites it, he's going to start crying again. And that's the way it is with the human race.
We go around finding a problem. Then we find a solution. Once we find a solution, we put it in motion. It works. And then we say, "Oh all right!
Everything is fine; everything is dandy." To me, I've talked to a lot of people and I have a little bit of experience, and I have a lot of experience in Knowledge. This is the only solution. This is the only answer.
Not that maybe materialism is the only answer. No, materialism isn't the only answer. To me, when everybody was getting together for the birthday present, they finally got one Aston Martin together. And this guy was driving it and it blew up. The engine seized and just blew up. And so they had to get another car. And really quick! And they presented it to me. And it was a really beautiful birthday present.
And shortly after I was driving it, I saw the other Aston Martin that had blown up. I guess they fixed it up. Identical! Identical color; identical everything. I saw it on the street. It was the same car and there were people sitting in it. But there was a vast difference. This one car consisted of people who had really tried to understand Knowledge, who had really tried to look inside of them, while this other car was just so empty, so barren. It almost looked ugly, almost looked weird. Why? It's because of our Love, because of our understanding, because of our experience of Knowledge, that everything is going to come together.
And premies, this is why I'm here. This is why we are holding this program. This is not a showpiece. This is a practical program that's been yanked together just like that (snaps his fingers). I was only going to come to Denver for a short meeting. And then all of a sudden the whole thing just turned into: "All right, we're going to have a program." It was just like Portland. I was just going to drive there for a vacation. And all of a sudden, it turned into a program. It was so beautiful, so fantastic.
So let us just not get into our minds. Let us just not get into our heads. Or in other words, let us not be hypocrites. Really, really try to experience this Knowledge. Because there is an experience of Knowledge which you can realize. And this is why I'm here. This is why there's 25 initiators who have dedicated their lives - and I hope they keep on. And this is why you have all come here for this Festival of Love: to understand the meaning of why we are all here, to understand Love.
What kind of Love? The Love that is brought to us by the experience of satsang, service, meditation, and Guru Maharaj Ji. That's the Love. That's the Love we need. That's the Love we want. And that's the Love we're going to get.
So open your hearts up to it. If your bucket is full, any more water put into it is just going to overflow. Empty your bucket. Empty your hearts. And really try to take this experience in. And really try to understand why this is all happening.
There's so many premies that have come here. There is one reason for them to come here. And it's that Love. Let it happen. Let it roll. And like I said in the last program, pull the right strings and the kite will fly.
So get into it. (premies yell: "We love you!") And I love you too. Just let that roll!