The Golden Age
To help that growing process along, here's a bit of communication about communication from Guru Maharaj Ji, and from Jos Lammers, the man who provides our link with International Headquarters.
From Guru Maharaj Ji's satsang at the IHQ Conference in Denver, 19 December 1975.
You see, let me tell you. This is just one factor of satsang and understanding: one premie, Mr. A, goes out and gives satsang. (This is an example; I'm telling you what the consequences of that spacing out can mean.) Mr. A goes out and gives satsang to Mr. B. Mr. B is a Joe Blow, totally off the streets, and he doesn't know anything about anything. He has heard about Divine Light Mission as the biggest rip-off people, and that's about all he knows.
So Mr. A goes and gives satsang to that person and says, "Yes, you should dedicate your whole life to Guru Maharaj Ji, you should dedicate everything you have to Guru Maharaj Ji. Just give up everything because this world is not good." Well, what exactly is he saying wrong there? I mean, that's a fact. He's not saying too much wrong there. We come into this world and we think this belongs to us and this belongs to us and this belongs to us, the whole world is fighting with it, and what good does it do the whole world? It all belongs to Him anyway. So Mr. A says, "Just be one with Guru Maharaj Ji, just surrender your life to Guru Maharaj Ji, and you will get what you want."
Well, that's true. But that confuses that person so much, because he doesn't know how to surrender to anybody. He's probably one of the guys who never got drafted, he has never been to Viet Nam. People really don't know what surrendering means, and all of a sudden you come out and tell them to surrender their lives. It's like, "Wait a minute!" A man, especially if he is forty or fifty years old, has worked so hard for what he has got. He has worked all that time, he has built up what he has got, and here you are telling him to dedicate everything, to be a devotee. And it confuses him.
So Mr. A just confused Mr. B. No harm done. That's okay. That Mr. B probably doesn't have more than two years to go, and I don't think in two years you are going to give
this whole world the Knowledge. So no harm done. But then Mr. B goes to Mrs. B and tells her how crazy this organisation is, that they wanted him to give up everything. And she says, "Yeah, yeah, I know. They are just crazy. These people are fanatics." Well, they can say whatever they want to, because we can't exactly go bugging people's houses and suing them for calling us wrong names.
It just so happens that their twenty-one year old son is sitting right next to them, who is a big blabber-mouth, and he goes out and tells the whole university about it. That Mr. A didn't do very much harm telling it to Mr. B, but then answer me, did he not? He just confused the whole university. And that whole university goes and tells it to their parents and then their parents go and tell it to their friends, and then their friends do the same. You see, rumours spread faster than anything else in the world, so within no time, forget it. All those people are confused. And sometimes, the first impression is the last impression.
This is why we have to work so hard with non-premies to convince them, "Look. This is not a rip-off party. We are not a bunch of robbers. We are just trying to give you Knowledge. And believe us or not, you want Knowledge." It becomes very hard for us, simply because the right approach was not taken. And it's because the right understanding was not there, that the right approach was not taken. That premie was not synced up properly with the organisation, and to his understanding, which then resulted as what it resulted as, confusing just about everybody.
So when Mr. A goes out to the street and confuses Mr. B, that's the consequence. If you are that spaced out, if you are not synchronised, and if you do not have the proper understanding, you can confuse this world.