GURU MAHARAJ JI SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, CHEVRON BALLROOM 26 OCTOBER 1974
I think it's very fortunate that I could take out some time for this tour.
Because see, premies all over the world have received Knowledge, but they still need satsang. A lot of satsang. The reason is, that when a car is manufactured and the engine is put in it, it's supposed to be pretty self-sufficient. But still one thing is required to keep it running - gasoline. And no way, not till yet, has there been one single manufacturer that has produced a car with an oil well in it.
In the same way, a human being receives this Knowledge, but he still needs satsang to keep him inspired. The reason for it this mind, this crazy, crazy mind. You see, it's like a tire with a lot of air pressure on it and one very, very small hole. I mean, so small, as big as a pin, yet it can make the whole tire just go flat.
This mind is like a small box, a really, really, really small box with a lot of impurities in it. This is what we have collected over the years we have lived in this world. Not really finding the right path, we completely collect all these impurities. But then Guru Maharaj Ji comes and Knowledge is revealed to us, and what that does is it takes away those impurities. So premies, what we have to really do is try to do as much meditation as possible. And try to listen to as much satsang as possible.
You can never say, "I've had enough of this satsang," or, "I've had enough of this meditation." You never can. You have to understand that you are proceedIng on an infinite path, and you have to just keep on going, going, going, going, going, going. "That confuses many premies, and they say, "We thought that we would be at the ultimate thing. How come you are saying that we have to keep going, going, going, going, going?"
Well, listen: the thing is, that if we compare ourselves - as a matter of fact, we can't - but if we do compare ourselves to something that is completely infinite, then we have to, in all lifetime, keep going, going, going, going, going. Because infinity really has no end and has no beginning. That emptiness, that nothingness between that no beginning and no end is where we are limited. So for us, there is going, going, going, going, going, going.
But ultimately we do reach a point of experience where we realise, where we really open ourselves up to this Knowledge. That is what I consider a point of realisation, where we can open ourselves up to this Knowledge. This is what I consider realisation. Because, see, in this world, we have to open up to everything to be able to really receive it. To be able to really, really understand it, we have to open ourselves up. And for this Knowledge also, we have to open ourselves up; we have to open our hearts, we have to make our hearts clear so that this Knowledge can even enter us. You see?
SOLVING OUR PURPOSE
This has always been the problem, that many people have tried to receive Knowledge, or tried to hear satsang, and never could clear themselves up. Not that I am blaming these people who could not do it, because they were incapable of it. It's like, back at where their truck was loaded, they had every machine, and they just took these tons and tons of weight and loaded it in the truck. Then they put the fellow in the truck and said, "Okay. Take this and unload it."
The poor fellow can't unload it, because it's so much weight. He can't even push it out. And this is what it is, that when we are very, very, small, everybody is trying to put all these things into us all these concepts. Somebody says, 'Well, God is like this," and, "God is like this," and, "This is this," and "This is that." There are so many concepts that load us up, there are so many people, there are so many scriptures. I mean, forget it, how many there are.
Then we are supposed to unload it, because this is what the Perfect Master tells us: "Clear your heart out." You cannot take a full bucket to the water tap and expect it to fill up. It is already full. It's like, you have a bucket of water, and it's really good for nothing. You need milk. Don't come to the guy with a full bucket of water and say, "Gimme some milk in this." The maximum milk he can give you, the only space that's left in the bucket to fill up is about one spoon. If he is kind enough, and if he takes that one spoon of milk and puts it in your bucket, it's good for nothing; it's just completely mixed with that water.
So premies, this is the situation, that here you are with all these concepts. Just imagine, if a person would have had no concepts whatsoever, just no concepts, then how beautiful it would have been. There is no doubt that a man would have easily realised that Power, because that didn't take any concepts. He can see the Power; he can realise the Power.
But what man has done for himself is he has created all these concepts, and then he has felt the Power, but it's too late. It's like, you have entered the highway, and it's a divided highway, and both lanes are just shooting sixty miles an hour. You go there and you say, "Uh-oh, this is the wrong highway" You cannot make a U-turn. If you do, and if there is a cop, forget it.
Now the only alternative you have is to take an exit. And that exit is way far away. I mean, way far away. Yet to reach this exit, and then take a U-turn, and then come back, is your only chance.
This is what we have to realise, that we have come in this world, and we have to solve our purpose. And the Perfect Master only comes, you see, to reveal to us our aim of this life. Once he does, it's our duty, our job, to do it.
THE HUMAN BEING
So many questions come up. Why has God given us hands? Why has God given us noses? Why has God given us ears and eyes and all these features that He has given us? It's so perfect. Man has been working, and millions and trillions and trillions and trillions of dollars he has wasted. So many people were born and died, just making the design on the papers for computers. Yet up till now man still has not been able to develop a computor which is like a human being. Because a human being has the capability to produce those computors. And it's so beautiful. It's really, really amazing, if this was really, really, hot, how your hand would react to it. Just in a second, it would draw back from it.
But then why has all this been given to us? A man gets up early in the morning, and goes to the office - if I start describing it, the whole cycle of a man, at least I have studied in America how it is, it sounds funny; it's not supposed to, but it does. So he gets up, turns on his television, and that's the time when they have news on. It's really, really strange, but that's the time they have news on in America. Early in the morning. I mean, way down early in the morning. They come up, they go in the bathroom - brush their teeth, take a shower, come out, start reading the newspaper, watching television, have their coffee, slip on the suit, take their cars, and just start shootin'.
It's like one old cycle. If you are living right near a very, very busy street, you will see the same old cars stuck in the same old place, all jammed up on the same highway. They come, they jam up, they leave. The go to their offices; they work, work, work, work; then it's lunch hour; they take their lunch break, come back, work, work, work, work. Then, they go home, turn on the television, loosen their shoes up, loosen their ties, take off their jacket, start reading newspapers, start drinking their tea. When it's nightime, they just want to go to clubs; they want to go here, they want to go there, and that's about it! Same old cycle, back again. Except on Saturday and Sunday. It changes, you know, on a weekend. Then you see all these cars driving down the highway and out of the city.
Come to think of it, even that person, he thinks, "Well, I am doing this so that I will be able to change at last." But listen, many people don't make it to there. Many people just really, really, don't make it till there. They think that they can work all their life long, save some money, and then be able to just sit back and relax, and be able to do this, and be able to do that. But I tell you, there are not very many people at all who make it till there. If this is whatever you have wanted to do, it's your business. But what I am trying to say is, this is not the reason why all these beautiful features were given to us, just to work like a horse and be like one. No!
We were given this for a definite purpose. And until we understand that, how can we even consider ourselves human beings? We are not even functioning like a human being.
So premies, this cycle of this life has to be where it's supposed to be. Unless it is, it doesn't fit together; the whole story does not fit together. But when it is taken to the right place, to the perfect place, it fits so well it's amazing. In our terms, this is what we call getting blissed out. Because the story fits together. You know?
This is what man has been trying to do all his life long, all his life long, all his life long. But the mind is such a strong thing that he just has to keep playing with it, keep playing with it, keep playing with it. And it's not very easy. It's just not very easy.
I'll tell you a story. And this is a true story. In America, somebody bought a Cadillac. A brand new Cadillac. Well, he was really, really, happy. Then he started driving it out, and he hit some bumps, and there was this rattle it, his door. "Klunk-klunk-klunk-klunk!"
He completely freaked out. He thought, "Maybe it'll go away." So he drove it home, but it was still there. Then he came back to the shop, and he said, "Listen. I got this rattle in my door, and it's very, very horrible."
So they opened the mud guard up, they took the tires off, and they didn't find anything. They slammed it back together, and said, "Try it. Maybe it works. Maybe something was loose in there."
Well, this kept happening for just about a week. And this guy was saying, "Listen, I'm gonna take this lemon of a car and burn it right in front of the showroom." Finally the showroom people said, "Okay. Give us some more time, and we will try to find out the problem." They really started tearing the car apart. They tore the door apart, they took out the door panelling, and there was
a coke bottle in there with a note in it saying, "Ha, ha! Let's see how long it takes you to find this one."
Really, premies, it's so strange, because this is how the mind plays. There is that coke bottle in our body, and it's got a note, "ha, ha! How long did it take you to find this one?" We keep going back, and we are not happy with ourselves. There's this horrible, horrible rattle. You know? But when you go to the expert ….
So premies, this is the mind. It keeps coming up like that. It is that. It is that; that's its nature. But then, this Knowledge is the problem finder. When the problem finder starts working, it's so beautiful; it's so perfect. All the problems are taken away.
This is what every human being wants in this world, for problems to be taken away. And now there is a solution to it. There is, indeed, a solution to it. The thing is, sometimes premies think, "No, maybe this Knowledge is not going to work." They start giving up. Listen. If nobody would have touched the Cadillac, all that life long that Cadillac would have rattled.
THIS GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY
Premies, it's so beautiful that first of all we came in this world. That was one grace, one opportunity that was given to us. And now another is that this Knowledge has been given to us. That is the great opportunity of them all, because there are other human beings, too, who have this Knowledge. But now that this golden opportunity has been given to us, we should try to utilise it. Really, the only way to do that, to realise this energy, is to do meditation. To tell you the truth, I don't think that it's a hard problem. I don't think it's a big mess. It really is beautiful. But you have to be in there; you have to be really understanding this Knowledge. And it's really, really beautiful.
See, it's so straight; it's so simple. Even if you start subtracting everything from whatever the scriptures have been saying and from whatever there is in this world that we know about, if the real reality is a hundred, and we start subtracting things from it, we will find out that there is only one answer. There really is only one answer.
All these religions that people are following, I mean, all these religions, were not made today. They were made way, way, way before, way down the line. Yet each generation there have been problems. People have been trying and trying and trying, and they could never solve it. The religions couldn't bring peace in this world, and neither could all the scriptures. It's like, we got four things. We tried one, and that's what man calls religion. Man tried his religion. I mean, it's a fact. Some people don't like my talking like this, but it's a fact. It's almost like a statistic. You can see it for yourself.
So he was born, he was there, and we put all these things on to him. His identification and all these things were put on. And that's what really differs. Because we have the Christian names, and this name and that name, and they differ. This is how they had the caste system in India. All the Brahmans and the Rajputs, all the people had their different names. By that last name, you could distinguish who belonged to which caste.
But premies, the fact is that they were not born with that name. We were born with something that kept us alive. That thing is what is keeping us alive now. It's such a common thing, that people don't realise that there has got to be something. But the first man who ever came into this world, into this earth, lived the same way as we do. The same thing that is keeping us alive, kept him alive. Of course, he didn't have cars, and of course he didn't have all the printed scriptures we have today, and of course he didn't go and start collecting all the ritual things that we are doing today. But when he first came into this world, and before he found out about all these different things, he was alive. Remember he was alive. And that is the fourth thing, that is where we are missing.
It's like, if we really want to find our answer, it's not from one, two, and so on. It's from below one, and that's zero. What is zero? What is the value of zero? We have been able to evaluate one as one, and two as two, and three as three, and four as four, and five as five, and it goes on. But can you imagine? We have never been able to value zero. We say it's nothing.
Just think for a second. How far does that nothing go? Because see, we think "something" is what we have been able to realise till this time. What we have been able to put words to till this time, what we have been able to perceive by ourselves till this time is what is something to us. But what we haven't, is nothing.
In India, there are villages where they have never seen fish in their whole lifetime. They don't know what fish are. If you go and tell them, "Listen, there is a creature like a fish," they will deny it. Not because they are stupid. Not because they are trying to joke with you. Not because they are telling a lie. But because they do not know. Sincerely they are telling you that there is nothing in this world like a fish.
But does that deny the fact that there are fish? As a matter of fact, if you have seen fish, by your own eyes, then you will say, "Wait a minute. There are fish. I have seen them. I have seen them with my own two eyes. I have felt them."
That is where this whole world is. Because we call it "nothing," does not mean it does not exist. Because we have named it "nothing," this is what we think is nothing. And that nothing has got to be the answer. Why? Because, to tell you the truth, if it isn't day outside, it's night. And premies, the answer is there, in that nothing.
Religions existed way before there were all these World Wars, and now this world is gettin' ready for another one. We have done that, and religions didn't do any good to us, really. It's okay for a man living in a small village, and following his own little religion, whatever he thinks and expects of God, but really it didn't do anything. It didn't bring peace in this earth, which is what it was supposed to do.
And then the second thing was trying to think of God in different ways. Trying to reach God in different ways, that is, besides the religions. Like, practising different rituals and things. That didn't do us any good.
Then there was one more thing left, and that is all these scriptures. They didn't do a thing for us. So it's like, we have four, and if we subtract these three from that four, there is only one thing left. We know this for sure that out of these four things there is one thing that is common, one thing that is within everyone. But there is no person that's born with a religion. There is no person who is born with a ritual. There is no person who is born with a scripture. Every person is born and then we stick something to him. We say, "Okay, mister, your name is such-and-such," and that's what he is all his life long. Charlie, Joe, John, whatever we stuck to him. But when he was born, he wasn't any John; he wasn't any Charlie. What is "Charlie" anyway?
In that nothing, in that blankness, there is everything. You can purely, clearly see that when we say, "God is omnipresent," how can there be nothingness? I mean, just think of it. If God is everywhere, then He has got to be in nothing. And if God is in nothing, then how can it be a nothing?
Just to keep it away from ourselves, to deny a fact, we named something "nothing," and this is how we have been keeping it till this time. But now is the time that we really cannot, because this world has come to a point - and it doesn't matter if I say so, or do not, it is something that every person realises.
IT MUST BE CHANGED
They have these television programs where these little kids speak about love, and they speak about war. A small child just goes around, and he interviews the really, really little bitty kids. They know about war; they know that this world is coming to an end. And they know that it must be changed. It must be changed. There is a statement that a little child said, "I wish that there was all love in this world so that this world could be safe." They know that this world has come to a point. And if they do, every body else does, because they don't go around reading newspapers, and every body else does.
You can deny this fact, but why? Simply because you don't want to face it. You don't like the idea. You can go ahead and deny it, but that does not really deny the fact. The fact still stays that this world is coming to a point.
The thing is, you have no idea how many trees burned down in Los Angeles. Was anybody alarmed by it in Australia. Down in the middle of Australia, down at one corner of Australia, does anybody get alarmed by it? But if just one tree starts dying in your orchard, if that old tree starts dying in your front yard, you do get alarmed by it. Right? Premies, I like this, that this world, if we care about it, we are the people who are going to living in it. It's so beautiful, because the one unity that was supposed to be that anyway, when that unity is there, It's fantastic, it's beautiful, it's blissful. It can't even be put into words. And Knowledge is what can bring this about.
So, premies, try to realise, try to understand stand, how important this Knowledge is. If you really do understand the importance of this Knowledge, then try to tell other people that there is something like this Knowledge existing in this world so that they can also benefit from it. You have heard about it, but if someone does not know it, it makes the whole difference. Other people have heard about the Mission or this Knowledge, too, but if they do not receive it, it doesn't make any difference. They have to know; they have to be able to realise this Knowledge.
You have to just really understand this Knowledge. The reason why I am try ing to do that is because it's so beautiful. It's so amazing. This example is straightforward and simple, but so true, that you are driving down the road and suddenly your favorite song comes on; something happens to you, your hand reaches to the radio, and you turn it up. That's the same thing when we realise this beautiful Knowledge. We don't know what happens to us, and we just tend to shout it out loud. We tend to say to other people, "Listen, there is something." Don't tell me that this world is miser
able, because in that misery lies the most beautiful thing. Maybe that ocean is dirty, maybe that ocean is dangerous but beneath it lies something that is so precious, so beautiful. This is what we really have to understand, that maybe this world is full of miseries - I don't deny that, because for many people it is. But in that misery, in that suffering, there is a very beautiful thing: this Knowledge, this human being, this life. It's very beautiful that we have to realise it. And tell you what: that is an individual experience. It's like food. Just try to imagine it that one person eats and says, "Okay, I am eating for this person," and the other person starts getting full. It would be just really something, because nobody would have to have lunch hours, then. They would just sit in their office working all day long, their wives could eat for them, and they would get full.
But really it doesn't work this way. It's all individual. No matter how important the job you are doing is, if you are hungry and if you want to take food, you just don't say, "Okay, buddy, here - eat it for me, will ya? No. You have to eat it yourself. That's how it is. And that's how it has been and always will be. Premies, that's the way this Knowledge is. You can't say, "Well, since you are my wife, and you take care of things for me, will you go and receive Knowledge for me?" It won't do anything. She'll be blissed out, she'll realise, she'll understand, but you will still be there hanging in the middle of nowhere.
AND THAT'S GURU MAHARAJ JI
This life is so beautiful. But the way we have placed it is almost in checkmate.
There is just one move and if you are not careful that's gonna be it. There is only one way out of it, if somebody comes and pulls us out of that situation. And there is only one person who can really do it. And that's Guru Maharaj Ji.
There is this river, and you are drowning. Another person says, "Listen, I have to save that person." But if this person has never been in the water all his life long, and he also dives, he starts drowning, too. So then he starts clinging to the person who is drowning. All it does is it just makes it go faster. They both drown fast.
If somebody else throws a rope down, that person either has to know how to swim, and then he can pull them out, or there has to be somebody who is higher than them, who is up there, who knows what he is doing. And that's what I mean, higher than him. He really has mastered that subject, and he can just pull them right out of there.
This is why, premies, it's so important for us to do satsang, to be able to do meditation, and to be able to do service. Before, it was quite a bit of a different story. Premies who were married, or premies who are householders really had no service to do, because all the service there was, was in the ashram. The other premies who were out of ashrams were flat. But now it's really working nice because there is a lot of other service that these premies can also do. So it's more in a balance. Other premies can also go out and do service. I mean, there are so many different services.
Then there is one really, really blissful thing, and that is communities. In the community, all the premies are there, and they know how many premies there are; they know each other, they love each other, and it's so beautiful. Then it grows into a small little town of their own. There are so many communities all over Denver, and it's so blissful. I mean, it's so, so, so blissful. They come, they have satsang every day, and sometimes it's at some other place, some other guy's house, and it's really beautiful. And now there is WWA that's being started, and that's really something. Because that's got service for everybody starting from four years old, who goes to school, all the way through. It's got service for everybody.
SPREAD IT AROUND
So, premies, I would really like it if Australia would grow. It's one whole part of the world. If it was a condition something like France, or Germany, I'd say, "Okay, you've got England there." Or, if it was like Canada, we could say, "You've got America there." But Australia is almost isolated, all the way under.
So it would really be nice if you would start getting aware of how blissful it would be if people really started realising Knowledge and it started growing, and you started developing your communities and this Mission so that other people can also realise what this Knowledge is. And premies can do it. It's like the example I gave in New Zealand. I have that peanut butter on the bread, and you are the knife. So you do it. I've got the butter but no way can I spread it. I'm not gonna do it with fingers, either. It's too messy. This is really perfect, because the Knowledge is there, but you have to spread it around. And it's really beautiful. I mean, it's no drag! It's really beautiful. It's something that is within inside of you.
I think Bob took a picture of me, and it was like this picture they have in America, I don't know who it was, but it was for the army and it said, "Uncle Sam wants you." It was like that. Every American had this negative vibe about this picture, that, "Nash," they didn't even want to look at it. It was exactly the same pose of "We want you," but such a different thing it was. Because they needed you for army purposes, and we needed you for spreading this Knowledge. Completely two different things. We need you to grow life, to make it all the same, to really get everybody and to be able to just really spread around this seed, this beautiful, beautiful Knowledge. On the other hand, the story was, "Kill 'em all; take it all." It's a completely different story. At the battle-field, they can't even take their lunch; they don't know when the bomb is gonna come and explode 'em into pieces. But here it's so beautiful because it's the case of spreading this Knowledge around.
So premies, just try to realise, just try to understand. This is what I just said about a minute ago, that I can go on and on and on and on. But the question is that you have to understand. So, try to.
Thank you very much.