Guru Maharaj Ji's satsang at Wembley, London on Wednesday, April 20, 1977
The thing that we are all here for, of course, and the thing that I want to talk about tonight, is this love. And of course the band you heard - it's like, this tape was given to us and I used to play it on my system a lot of times. It was 'The Power of Love', and of course this was the theme song for the movie, 'The Power of Love', and it just sort of grew. And, first of all, when you first hear a record I don't think everybody understands the words, but slowly every word you start catching and then all of a sudden it starts.
And then just parallel to it so many satsangs were happening and so many other things were happening that it just really was like a theme for a very practical kind of movie that was going on in reality, and it was really incredible. You could really feel it, you could really understand it, you could really feel what these artists, what these people were trying to sing about - and not only the artists or just a band, but what everybody was feeling and that everybody was calling love. Not the kind of love that we have for our automobiles or that we have for our wives, or we have for other people, but the kind of love that we have hidden in our treasure box, hidden within inside of us. And when this love is opened something very beautiful happens, something extremely fantastic happens. It isn't like you fall in love, you know, which is literally saying 'fall in love' - 'fall'. But you rise from any other consciousnesses that there are, that might suck you down, and you rise to a level which is really beautiful.
I mean obviously today at darshan a lot of people must have felt something going through because I felt a lot of things as premies went by in the darshan line, and it was really incredible because you could feel it - there was this love and this is the same love that brings me here and brings this whole program together. And the love that I have for you and that you have for me is the kind of love that is completely uncompared, it is completely unmatched. And when we try to reason it in our heads why there should be a love like this, … it always has been such a very strange, as people would say, kind of relationship between a devotee and his Guru Maharaj Ji or his 'Master'.
This relationship is born out of love, it is based upon love, it is love. And the exchange between a devotee and his master, or his Guru Maharaj Ji, is love. It is just like love, love, love and love and the kind of love which we all experience but can't talk about; and that is the hardest part about talking about that kind of love. Because you can experience it and something happens here; you know, (hits his chest), somthing happens right here, but that's about it. That is about the only physical symptom it has, and after that it is just so beautiful. And that is the love that we are all together here for. To me, to experience that love, to be one in tune with that love and keep on experiencing that love as long as we live, at least to me is a good enough purpose for this whole world to be created - for every apple tree, every banana tree, every grapefruit tree, whatever you have in this world, to be created. And then on top of it all, to top it all off is this human body created and the grace that I was talking about to you yesterday - that we are here and that we are alive - all those seem for one reason: to just keep on experiencing that devotion, to keep on experiencing that love.
Because what was it? I mean, after John received that Knowledge from Jesus, did he say, 'Well, OK, nice seeing you Lord, I hope I see you again', and took off the other way? Or there are just all these things that have come; and all these people who have realised something in their life haven't just said, 'Well, that was good - the best thing I have ever seen', and just shot off. No, there was more to it, because there is always more to it. But to experience it, the amount of sacrifice, the amount of dedication, the amount of weight it takes is incredible because you have to always stay right on the track. You just cannot space out, you just cannot go into your own heads. And, you know, like I said in one of these programs - I don't remember which one it was - if I was just a regular premie just like you, who was just wanting to have his Guru Maharaj Ji, have satsang, service and meditation there, to have that bliss, to have that experience that we have at these programs, yes, I would go and have a job. I would go out and take a job, a nice job, to be able to work, to be able to make money, to be able to come to these programs - because these programs are never going to stop, obviously. They are going to go on and they are going to get more intense. And in 'intense' of course I mean that other kind of way - I mean of course in one way it gets intense in the other way too, because you have much more people and you have to try to control them in a way, 'Well, OK, now you should leave, and now you should enter the hall.' Maybe it is a lot of problems for a lot of people, but it is all blissful.
You know, we talk about different levels of organisation and, I mean, the premies have gone through a lot. I just want to explain you the whole gist of everything that we have experienced and fortunately, whatever premies have been through, I have been through with them and it's just obviously a feeling, that just always keeps coming to me. Incredible changes have been made, you know, from bow to tail; every change has been made that you could possibly imagine. And here are a few things that I am going to tell you about and it connects with what I was trying to tell you about this love - it connects into that.
It is just like first of all - there are so many things to start
with, but first of all - a lot of people came to us and said, 'Let's start an organisation.' Now there are different concepts of organisation. 'Yes, everybody should have Knowledge of course; but let's have an organisation.' Purpose of organisation, unknown. What this organisation will do, still completely unknown. But 'Let's have an organisation.' So what you have there is a little child trying to build this castle that obviously after he is finished with he is going to destroy, because he has no purpose for it - and that is what sandcastles are. So you build up this incredible, incredible, incredible, incredible - I
want every premie to pay attention to this because this is really important; it is important for England and it is important for Europe - castle. And the purpose is so that when Guru Maharaj Ji comes out of the window everybody can see him. At any time anybody wants to speak to everybody it is so high that there can be a complete vision, there can be a complete access to everybody there.
But unfortunately this window was put up so high - so sky high - that it was always sort of hidden by clouds. You could come out and all you could see was the top of the clouds, not anybody else there. And therefore, the only reason why this balance is still being created is because of the programs, is because of people's own effort of doing satsang, service and Meditation and because of this remembrance constantly, which is given in satsang, to do satsang, service and meditation. And from then it all started to sort of shake, and everybody said, 'Well, let's bring this down to size and let's do that,' and finally to me it was obviously, 'Look, let's find out what makes this whole thing tick.'
If you want to repair a piece of machinery and you don't even know what it is about, what does it do, how does it work, how are you going to try to repair it? What is the purpose of this machinery, you have to obviously know. I mean, you can't take an electronic part of a radio to a person who grinds flour in a saw mill. Maybe by chance he knows electronics but the chances are not so good. So it was like, let's find out what is the purpose of this organisation. And obviously after Atlantic City - I mean, it was always clear to me - it started becoming clear to everybody, even everybody who had any concept about organisation, who had any concept about anything, that there are only a few things in this world - and they are satsang, service, meditation and Guru Maharaj Ji, and us being there to have that opportunity to be there, to be able to enjoy satsang, service and meditation, to be able to enjoy what Guru Maharaj Ji presents us, what Guru Maharaj Ji brings us, what Guru Maharaj Ji offers us, and to be able to share that love with our brothers and sisters.
And just like I said before, that is a good enough reason; and that is the reason, that is the purpose, of this organisation. So why try to go to the airport, get on a flight and go to Washington DC and then catch a flight back home and then take a taxi from the airport to the next door? Because that is all you wanted to do - to go next door. So what you did was you made a whole cycle; you left London, you went to the airport and you took a flight to Washington DC. You came back and this time instead of coming to your home you stopped at the next door. And this is what we have to understand. Our purpose, our function, our motive is one; and it is to spread
this Knowledge in this world. But before we spread any of this Knowledge in this world, before we go out to somebody and say, 'Hey, there is Truth in this world', and they turn around and say, 'What is it?' And you say, 'Well, er I don't know,' instead of playing it that way, just really be able to experience … Let the person almost know that what you are talking about isn't phoney baloney, what you are talking about isn't fake, that what you are talking about is actually sincere and real, and this is where your experience is coming from, this is where you are talking from.
It was like, in the first European tour that I did, if a person doesn't have anything in here, if he doesn't have any experience, what is he going to do? He is going to come up on the stage, pick up the microphone and go, 'Jai Sat Chit Anand, nice to see you, bye bye,' and that's it. But premies, this is what we have to become clear of that there is an intense relationship and for this relationship to continue on and on and on there has to be an organisation. So now it becomes quite clear - not because this relationship should go on and on and on so that there can be an organisation. NO! This relationship should go on and on and on and so maybe there should be a little bit of organisation to make this keep on happening the right way, so that everybody can be accommodated comfortably, so that everything can happen in a way where it can be completely blissful, so people don't have to bother about: 'Where am I going to sleep tonight? Look, I have got to catch a bus. Look I have got to catch this thing,' but everybody can just come and let it go, let it flow. Let those horses of our mind sit in the stable. Give your mind a vacation; it works so hard for you. It keeps on working constantly 24 hours a day, day and night. Give it a vacation, you know; it deserves it.
And so it can be a unity, it can be a uniform thing, just like this. And this could be even so much more and more and more beautiful: how beautiful this could be I can't describe. But what it is is true, is sincere, and that is why we are all enjoying it. If this was a big fake put-on show nobody would enjoy it. But this is real; now what we are experiencing is the true love, and this is where we have to keep on going, premies. This is where our destination is, this is the train we want to catch, to go on. I mean, what do you want?
To me … I can only speak by my experience. And before I received Knowledge it was like, 'Yeah man. Knowledge is it, you know; Knowledge is everything; Knowledge is the most fantastic thing and after I received it, that is it.' And it just completely took a priority in my life and because it took a priority in my life, did I even approach it. I mean, of course, I can tell you that story of the way it was: you know, we were just there and Shri Maharaj Ji came in one afternoon and said, 'You guys want Knowledge?' He didn't quite say it in English that way but, 'You want Knowledge?' he said, and we said, 'Yeah'. He took us into the sitting room: 'OK, how do you do meditation?' I said, 'Like this', and he revealed us Knowledge, he gave us Knowledge. And from there on it was just like, OK, now it is on your own. If you want to proceed in this Knowledge, if you want to continue in this Knowledge, that is completely up to you. You have to make that effort; I have done my part. And then it is like, OK, man, this is what you have been wanting for such a long time. You have got it; let's go at it, you know.
You start going at it like I did and then suddenly I realised something - wait a minute, this is not the way it goes. You know it is not as simple as you learn how to swim and jump in the ocean and you're gonna reach New York from London. No, no, that is not the way it goes; it is just a little bit different story here. And that was to me when I realised that, wow, man, there is this Knowledge and it is so fantastic and it is so complete and it is so beautiful, but so far as importance is concerned, if I leave Guru Maharaj Ji, if I competely put Guru Maharaj Ji aside I am going to sink. No, I need Guru Maharaj Ji. And to me then slowly it just started to become even more obvious, even more obvious, even more obvious - no, what I needed in my life was my Guru Maharaj Ji.
I could have flowered, I could have watered every leaf in the plant, and just gone on day and day and watched the plant deteriorate slowly. Or I could have just watered the root. I had both options. And fortunately, and of course by his grace, I took the option, well let me just try it this way, let me just water the roots. And I just watched this plant flourish, because I took the option, wait a minute, if I plug myself into Guru Maharaj Ji completely, then, Guru Maharaj Ji revealed me this Knowledge; he will take me where I want to go. But if myself I try to make that effort, do I even know how long this path is, do I know how long I will have to continue on this path, do I know for sure how much effort, how much energy I have? And how long it is going to take me to get there and how much of this energy is going to actually be spent on going from one part to the other. I mean this is just my story; this is what happened with me. It was obviously clear: no, wait a minute, don't go around trying to water every leaf; no, just go to the root, and the root is Guru Maharaj Ji.
And if we can come to that point in our lives, to that devotion … Devotion is an experience, just like satsang is an experience. I mean, I am positive that there are people here who are listening to this satsang and hearing it in one ear and throwing it out the other. It doesn't mean anything to them. There are other people who are saying, 'This is completely impractical, how can we possibly do that?' But here is a living example, right here. And there are probably people here just saying, Wow that's great, I bet that's how he became Guru Maharaj Ji.' But, no, we can all … see this is the thing; this is what all the scriptures have said. That that is the capability of Guru Maharaj Ji; that Guru Maharaj Ji can bring you to that experience that he has himself. This is why I am here giving you this satsang, because I want you to have that same experience as I do. And the reason is because I love you.
And then we go back to the same thing: why do I love you? There is no reason behind it, and if there was a reason behind it then it wouldn't be sincere love. And if it had a reason then it wouldn't be worth it. But because it doesn't have a reason, because it is an endless, constant flowing, it is so beautiful. That is why it is incredible; that is why everybody can be accommodated. But if it had a reason I bet only so many people could really respect that reason and be in that love. But because it doesn't have a reason it is completely endless; everybody can jump into this river and take advantage of it, because it is always flowing.
So premies, I can give you a lot of philosophical theories, I can tell you how an automobile works or I can tell you how a camera works or I can tell you a lot of different things, but that's not what you need in your life. What you need in your life is one thing you already have, is your life's life, that energy. And you don't need that, it is already there. You don't have to
do anything to keep it there either. When you go to sleep it is still going: what you have to do is to tap into that energy, is to completely submerge with that energy, completely merge with that energy so that you can be one with that energy. And there is a process to do that, and that is the path that I want to reveal you. I want to bridge that gap that is between that infinite thing and between you that is so finite, so that you can come to that point where you can actually be one with that infinite thing.
You know there are a lot of theories about heaven and hell, and I think they are right here. Because I have no movies and I have no pictures and no signed affidavits to tell you that there are heaven and hell, but I have one thing and I can sign it myself and that is that heaven and hell are right here. We can make it heaven right here. God has given this man everything. He's made man the crown of creation. I mean, you look at bees, you know, and it is just incredible the way they work. Tulsidas says that this human body is so precious, this human life is so precious, it is so incredible, it is so fortunate; and when you start to look at bees, it is just like, maybe that is what I want to be. This is such an incredible pattern, such an incredible pattern; there is a queen bee and then they have got their hive and they have this and they have everything. It is a whole one-package system. Or maybe you start looking at red ants and they have soldiers, they have their generals, they have their kings, queens and everything. I mean, you start looking at these different things and you start seeing that in a lot of ways some other life is actually superior in its activity to human life.
But any other life in this whole world cannot do one thing and that is to realise this Knowledge. A gorilla cannot sit here and experience the same thing that you are experiencing. A gorilla can maybe not go through the darshan line and have tears in his eyes. And maybe that is the difference - that you can experience something which the other things can't experience. Of course you look at it just the way that, for instance the shark is - his existence in such a prehistoric time. Man, wouldn't you like to live like that, just never die, you know. But, no, the advantage of this body is to be able to experience what we can experience. And there are, of course, different experiences that we can experience, but they are not the experience that this life is for.
And so, premies, by Guru Maharaj Ji's grace and by the grace of this Knowledge, and by every grace there is, here we are and we can go on into our head trips, we can go on into our crazy minds. You know somebody once said to me, 'You know it is just so hard to sit down and do meditation; I don't have exactly the same experience.' Yeah, how are you going to have the same experience? For 22 hours of the day you let your horses run wild completely and then all of a sudden in two hours you want to throw a lasso on every horse's neck and put them in the stable as though they had never been outside there. You have to constantly work at it; this is a path of progress. It is not like, 'Alright, here is your little thing, ta ta,' and that's it. 'Here is my receipt, and here is your receipt,' and this is it.
No, this is an ever-growing connection, this is an everlasting connection; there is no end to it. It is just like you can go higher and higher and higher and higher and higher and higher and we as individuals can place ourselves at that point, can determine how high it is, so we can be at that point where you can really experience more and more and more; and that is to surrender. Try to surrender to what, you know? And it is like, surrender. Surrender to Guru Maharaj Ji . Surrender to this Knowledge, really let this Knowledge … you see, right now, probably a person is completely filled with ego. And a lot of people do a lot of things and the only reason is because of ego. People even say, 'Yeah, I want my ego, I need my ego. Otherwise how would I survive in this world, without my ego?' Well, you know, it must have been really something for that one caveman who came out of his cave to have a lot of ego. All he wanted was somehow to get his hands on something to eat, and that was his ego. But today simply it is not that simple. He didn't have any clothes to wear, he didn't have any place to stay, and slowly and slowly of course he became a caveman; he came down from trees into caves and so on and so forth.
But to live, to survive, we don't need ego, we don't need our minds. And by mind I don't mean brain; brain is brain. Brain is a different thing; brain is where we store knowledge. I mean, by mind, this one crazy thing - OK let's not call it mind, identify it the way you want to identify it - that keeps on making the man go crazier every day. That's what we need to capture, that's what we need to get under control. And so, premies, we can take this big ride, you know, into this endless force of mind, and maybe for a little way it looks nice and wide and big and lit up and everything; but once you get going there's only one way and it leads right into this forest. It just goes on and on and on and on and there's no end to it; and it is a crazy forest.
Or we can come to a point where I take this one path which Guru Maharaj Ji has provided us, which every Perfect Master has provided us, and do that satsang, service and meditation; to be in tune with all that, is what it is. And be inside and not go into our head trip, but stay there and be simple, be simple within inside of us. Because what we have to experience, what there is for us to experience, we have to be simple to experience - not complicated, not sophisticated. I mean, I don't mean in our life-style, but we don't have to be flying 80,000 feet up there to shake our hand with a person who is on the earth, who is on the ground. Most definitely not. We have to be right there on that level, at that level where the Knowledge is.
And how complicated is Knowledge? To me - maybe to you it is difficult - but to me it is the most simplest thing. It is too simple, and that is our problem. We keep shooting off; we keep getting up. You know it is just like, it is too simple, and we have to almost unsimplify most of our complicated aspects and go into that Knowledge. And that is what it is. It's really just like a little letter, you know - a little wind blows, it just takes right off, and it goes 'wooooo'. What is happening? We just keep taking off with every ride. We are too much into our trips. We just have to simplify it, come to that point where that Knowledge is, so simple and so humble and so basic. And, you know, this is the purpose; so that we can all proceed, all together, to this one point, so we can all have that same realisation as I did - yes, this is what I want for every one of you to have.
But you cannot do whatever you want to do. It's like, yes of course, I'll teach you how to drive, but you cannot sit there and do whatever you want to do and expect me to also teach you how to drive. You have to do whatever I recommend you to do, and in terms of what actually suits you, what you have
your real experience about. You know, if I tell you to turn left, OK, and tell you to turn left, turn the steering wheel counter-clockwise and you will turn left. And if you turn it counter-clockwise and you turn right, then you know that when I tell you to turn left just don't turn it counter-clockwise; just turn it clockwise and you will turn left. I mean, be simple, be at that place, be at that point; don't go away, be right there.
And I tell you, more and more of these satsang programs are going to happen, and more and more of this bliss is going to be enjoyed by the premies all around: and if there are premies who are going to go away into their own head trips, they are going to miss a lot. Maybe physically they will be right there at every program but look, today if somebody was into their mind trip, you have missed a lot, boy. And if you just experienced a simple little thing you have still missed a lot. There is a lot that happened. A lot happened today, you know, and it is just incredible what the possibilities are; it is also so incredible what we end up doing. We're there to just really proceed, just to really make that dedication, to really make that surrender happen. Because, for instance, if we look at things our own way then, yes, satsang is very, very complicated. No. If you look at it satsang's way, satsang is not very complicated, satsang is very, very simple because it is just mere talk about your experience inside. What can be more simple than that?
For a lot of people meditation is very, very complicated, very sophisticated. Man, that is what is making you survive, and that's not your heart either; it's not your heart, it's not your brain, it's not your kidneys, it's not your bladder, it's not your stomach. It's something so basic, so simple, so small that is within you, and you just have to do inside. Just a little turn and it is right there. Not just go around, you know, feeling it out. 'Where is it? Here it is,' and sitting down for meditation and thinking about everything. But it's very simple.
And for service - you know, a lot of people have problems with service. 'Well, service is very difficult, what is service? I don't understand what service is.' A lot of people say, 'Could you please define service for us?' Yeah, well if you could define what sugar is … Sugar is a name for this something - whatever it is - that when you put it in your tea or on your tongue makes this experience happen which you call sweet. That is the best way to define sugar. It's this white stuff - or you can take honey; you can take anything you have, but just something - and when it comes in contact with your tongue it makes an experience happen which is sweet. And that is what service is. Service is not a physical job - like I used to describe to you, you have a little rag in your pocket handy all the time. Here comes your National Co-ordinator or your NC and you start cleaning the chair you are sitting on and he says, 'Really nice premie huh? He is always cleaning his chair, he always keeps the ashram nice and clean.' Then he goes away and you put that on, pull out your remote control from the bottom of your chair, turn on your TV and watch it and then as soon as he comes, you have a little tape recorder handy and you push it and satsang is playing and you are cleaning your chair, doing some service. No. I mean a lot of people were into that, the physical aspect of it, and what they got out of it was a lot of confusion. Because all of a sudden from service it became a duty, from a duty it became a job, and once it became a job it became too much of a burden. You know?
Service is an experience that you do once you have received Knowledge. It is an experience that is attained through satsang, through meditation, through these techniques that have been revealed, through Guru Maharaj Ji's grace. When you make the act, when you do any action that is for Guru Maharaj Ji, by Guru Maharaj Ji's grace, that is service. It is an experience. It is not going bang, bang or something; it is going bang, bang on something and experiencing from it. And that's not your thumb getting hurt, but it is something so deep within inside; it is something so beautiful within inside - that is what service is. And a lot of people have experienced it in their lives and just forgotten about it, you know, what it is; and then other things have come along and you say, 'Well this a job.'
To me that is what service is; it is an experience. It is not to do with work, but it is just to do things through this experience of Knowledge. Because you have received this Knowledge, you are taking your actions and putting it into that purpose, into that goal. That's what service is. And though it is physical the experience is completely spiritual, completely inside. I mean once in a while you must have had that experience of doing that service where it is completely beautiful, it is completely blissful. You do this work and, yes, it is very tiring, it's this and that, but you love doing it, because it is great, it is incredible. And besides concepts, maybe your mind is blowing, as they say, but it's beautiful. And so that is the experience we have to keep on going with, we have to keep on having.
But to do that it is just a big loop; you have to surrender more. If you surrender more, then there is more experience of Knowledge, more grace, more Guru Maharaj Ji, so there is a loop. But to have more surrender you have to have more grace, more Guru Maharaj Ji and more Knowledge. To have more Knowledge you have to have more grace, more Guru Maharaj Ji and more surrender. It is just like a big loop and it just goes around and on and you can't just pick one thing and just say, 'OK, that is what I am going to do.' It just has to go on in your life and become such a … not a part of your life. I am not saying, yes, take this, like that example I gave yesterday: take your beliefs, take your little god that you imagine and put him in a little box and lock him up and say that this is it. No, no, no. Make other things. This is life; this is not a part of life, this is life. This is a realisation of that energy that we are, which is making whatever we call life.
Make other things a part of it, not this a part of everything else. This is what we have to really understand. We really always try to make this Knowledge a part of our lives; but how can you take your self and make yourself your own uncle? I mean, how can you have two different identities? You are the same. And therefore when you take your own life process - your own self, who you really are - how can you make yourself a part of yourself? You can't; you can make other things a part of yourself. And this is what we have to really, really understand. Then it is so beautiful; it is what we have to go into, what the availabilities, what the possibilities are for us. And it is Guru Maharaj Ji's world that I talk about.
You know, a lot of people say that the most incredible, the most fantastic, fantastic imagination is to have the land of milk and honey. And it is just an imagination - you know, houses built of chocolate and rivers flowing with milk and honey dripping from every place. It is just all these imaginations that people have. And everything that is in Guru Maharaj Ji's world … what is Guru Maharaj Ji's world? Don't picture it like another universe; don't picture it like another global earth. No,
it is not that. It is just a world of its own within every single one of us that we have to enter. But to go into it we have to go within inside of us, to be able to go within inside, to be able to be in Guru Maharaj Ji's world. And Guru Maharaj Ji's world is completely beautiful. Because there there is no future and there is no past; there is always present in a way which is constant. It is not like where a word I have just said is already past, but it is completely constant. That more that I have experienced of Guru Maharaj Ji's world, the word 'immortality' must have come from there where there is no future and there is no past, where everything - in every time, in every second - is constant.
That is Guru Maharaj Ji's world; where there is love. And the only kind of love that exists there is the kind of love that I am talking about. Not a physical love, not a kind of love that people say, 'Oh, stop violence, have love.' That love doesn't last too long anyway. Or maybe to a lot of people it is more of a physical necessity than love. But what I am talking about is that endless love that has no end to it. And that is the love that we should all share because it is there. And if you want to reason it, well, of course, again there is no reason for it, why it should be there? I think that the best reason is that it is there; and we can make advantage of it now, we can really go into that world now, and not just keep on saying, 'Oh yeah, well I'll get into meditation, I'll get into service, I'll get into satsang a little bit later in my life.' But now. Because it is all happening, you know. It is just a whole chain cycle. It's happening and it's happening right now.
That love … we can all sit here like complete dummies with our lips hanging way down low and our eyes just sagging, just looking at this white stage, and that's it. Or we can do what I think a lot of people are doing here, you know. And so I'm not going to tell you anymore. I just want you to feel it because it is an experience and, as I said, how do you describe that experience? So you should try to feel instead of trying to learn some philosophies about it. Because a lot of times this is the kind of thing, you know: people want to know as if this was a kind of route, this was a kind of map that Guru Maharaj Ji's going to pull out of his pocket and say, 'Here kid, this is the map: it is all marked how to get this hotel.' This is a lot of times what people think. No. This is a kind of a path that Guru Maharaj Ji has it marked, but he is not going to tell you because the kind of situation you are in is not that you have your own car in a city. You are more in a taxi in a city, where the taxi driver will take you wherever you want to go; you are more in a kind of situation that instead of having a rent-a-car and having to know where to drive, you are in a kind of a situation where you are in this boat and the captain will take you where you want to go.
And to me the best thing to do is to let go, because what we are hanging on to in this world isn't worth it anyway. It is not going to last. Just let it go. Let what go? Whatever you are hanging on to up here in your head, in your mind, in your dreams, in your craziness; let go of that, let go of that crazy mind. That is what it is. Let go of your crazy mind; give it a nice long vacation; give it a ticket and say, 'Look, I never want to see you again,' and this is what we need to do. And that is not an impossibility, premies, that is really not an impossibility. I know a lot of people have struggled with mind a lot of times and come out beaten, completely beaten, and then said, 'Help!' And somehow they got rejuvenated again and then they go, 'Oh yeah, I'll fight you, I'll fight you.' And instead of fighting it, they join it. The mind just drags them all over, all over, just gets them completely beat and then just drops them.
And when people find themselves and feel guilty, or feel low; it's not the matter of feeling guilty that is going to make you any better: it is just a matter of making the effort that is going to make you any better. This is a spiritual path. What I mean by spiritual path is not in terms of spirit and calling ghosts in or anything, but in terms of self-realisation of what you are. Because what you are is not a noun. You are not a noun. You look different, you act different, you talk different, you do different things different, yes. But what are you, who are you? You know it's exactly what we do; it's'like when Hansy was born, he was there and he had no name, and that's the example I gave in Frankfurt. There he was, and he had no name. It was like we knew that we had a baby boy, but it didn't exist because there was no name for it; and as soon as we would have a name for it it all of a sudden appeared right in front of us, you know. No, there was an identity within itself and by giving that identity a name we almost took something away from it. We made it too crazy, too weird, because what it was was beautiful. It was what it was, period.
This is what we have to go back into in our lives. We are too complicated and we have to simplify ourselves; we have to bring down; we have to come to the point of be who you are, you know. And obviously it is like that one example that I gave: we all act in this world; we are big actors in this world. One person has to wear a certain kind of suit and everybody does it. But if you look at it closely it is just a big act: 'Oh no, I don't like brown, I have to have burgundy.' That is what that colour is, and there is every colour on this earth. But no, everybody has to put a certain cologne on; everybody has to do things a certain particular way. And it just seems like it is just a big old act where everybody is just the same act, so nobody is going to be popular, so everybody has to do a different act so everybody can be popular in this world. We just go on from day to day, 'Oh no, I would like this kind of a car, or this kind of a house, or this kind of a this, or this kind of a that.' It gets, you know, particular and particular and particular and particular. And it is just a fake that we are into, because to one point we can understand. I can understand people liking real cream better than the artificial one; and then there are people who hate the real cream, but love the artificial cream which is an imitation. That is a little bit hard to understand to me.
There are things like that. And there are a lot of things like that and you can just obviously see that there is no purpose for it, there is no reason for it. But man has to get into it and man just really has to play it big, has to have it a certain way, and I just experienced this 'certain way' kind of a trip just before I came here. It was because when I was in Italy I had a few clothes made, and one of the suits was really beautiful - it was a white suit. So it's a white suit, it's got satin lapels on it, it's got a vest, it's a really beautiful suit, and everybody sort of said, 'Oh yeah, you should wear this to the satsang tonight. You brought this suit over, it has a really beautiful shirt with it.' But the shirt didn't have two buttons right up here - you were supposed to buy these special buttons for it, gold or something like that. We put it on and we didn't have that and we didn't have cuff-links for it.
There was this shirt, you know, and it all looked fine but if I would have just gone like this, (throws his arms open), it would completely … it was just weird. And so slowly, I just started to get dressed and I said, 'Oh, wait a minute, this thing doesn't have two buttons here,' or 'Hey, Ronnie did you bring the cuff-links?' And it just started to get bigger and bigger and
bigger; it just started getting so big, you know. We had to call up this place and get Raja Ji's cuff-links and then we tried some other premies' cuff-links over there; we said, maybe we could just put cuff-links there instead of two buttons and cuff-links here. It just got into such a big ordeal that it was hard for me to understand, 'Why can't I just wear this suit and come over here?", you know. And of course if I would have come in that suit it would have been really beautiful - it was a very beautiful suit and it would have looked very beautiful. I mean, if it was just simple, old, flat plain two buttons here and two buttons here it would have been all OK. But just everything that got dragged into it - you know. There were girls taking out their earrings ('Maybe you can try an earring on there,'), just everything that was happening, you know - Raja Ji sending off his cuff-links from here and Peter Lee bringing the cuff-links over there - and it was just like the best thing. And maybe that particular point wasn't that way, because it was just known - everybody wanted to see me come in that because they liked the dress, they liked the suit. But it wasn't worth the ordeal.
And so this is what we have to understand, premies. If it is worth the ordeal for you to go into this world and … I mean, you have to really look back. Just stop for a second and look - what kind of a train, what kind of an ordeal train do you carry behind you anyway in this world? I mean, after you have been going a little while, you are a slave, you are just pushing and pushing; you don't care. But if you are the kind of rickshaw puller, you should stop and see who is sitting
behind you in this seat. It's like, instead of just blaming yourself, saying, 'Oh this world is crazy and this life is no-good and everything is just all weird and absurd', you should maybe think about this, that the person who is sitting behind you, that you are pulling, is a little bit too big to carry around like that. No. You're just trying your best; it doesn't matter, doesn't matter. But sometimes people do that; and maybe they are fortunate enough to do that and to stop their rickshaw. Instead of just pulling this rickshaw all around they just realise. They stop and they look, and there is this biggest, fattest thing sitting there - all three tons of fun, you know, this guy has to carry around. They realise that, 'Look, I just can't do it in my life', and so you just wave goodbye to that passenger and you get a passenger on that you can carry around.
So it is beautiful that instead of carrying this crazy mind passenger all around, we have an option of carrying ourselves wherever we want to go, instead of carrying other people where they want to go. Where this mind wants to lead us, instead of going there, we have an option of going where we are supposed to go, where we are supposed to be. And of course the option is ours; we can take it or we can throw it all away. So premies, I think if you want to listen to some good advice - maybe it is not the best advice but it is practical advice - DO IT. Do satsang, service and meditation; this is my experience.
Thank you very much.