Hans Jayanti Satsang Excerpt - November 8th, 1973
In 1973, Prem Rawat aka Maharaj Ji celebrated his father Shri Maharaj Ji's birthday outside India for the first time at the Hans Jayanti festival: Millenium '73 Festival
Excerpt from Guru Maharaj Ji's satsang at the Houston Astrodome, 8th November 1973:
So now I guess it's just about time when we'd better get ready and understand this Knowledge, and I mean we'd better, you know! Really, we'd better! Because if not, then I just don't have to tell you what's going to happen next: you know it. Be frank, face up to it. Be frank with yourself and face up to it. I'm not asking you to give up your religions or anything. I am telling you one thing: understand this Knowledge. It's fantastic, it's beautiful. And no matter what way I try to tell you, it's still going to come out at the same point. Because this Word, this perfect Word, has been described, this perfect harmony has been described, in the Bible: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." It's been spoken of in the Ramayana also as Nam. In the Gita it's been spoken of as Shabd, as the Word. In the Koran it's been called Pak Nam And it all just means Holy Name, the Word, the Perfect Word.
But what is that Perfect Word? It's not words, it's not w-o-r-d-s. It's w-o-r-d, it's a word. "In the beginning was the Word." One word. What is it? One word - not two. One. And again, it's been said in the Gita, as I have told you before, that you cannot speak it with your tongue. That's why the word Word has been used. Otherwise, whatever the Word was, they would have written it right there, saying - if, suppose, the Word was flower - "In the beginning was the flower, and the flower was with God, and the flower was God." But they just couldn't write it in alphabets - they couldn't! It was unalphabetical, and if they could write it in alphabets, and they did not write it in alphabets, and they did not describe the Word where they were supposed to describe it, I think that was pretty inconsiderate of them. Because they should have said it clearly right out there, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God," and whatever the Word was, that's it: They should have written it.
So what is that Word? I can reveal to you that Word practically within inside of yourself. I am not going to argue with you about this thing, because I am talking about something. that I know. A car has four tyres, I know it because I can see that car running on four tyres. There are cars that run on three tyres, of course - in England they do. People who have come from England might have seen those cars; they're very common - but I am talking about a regular car. It's standing on four wheels, not five or six. There is a fifth wheel, but the car is not running on it: it's in the trunk. So that is a basic fact that I have understood, that I have realised, and fact is fact. Facts need no proofs.
And now I am just telling you the fact, the fact of life, the real fact of life - that this Knowledge that you should understand, this peace that you should realise, is here now. Because that Kingdom of Heaven we are dreaming of is right here. What's going to happen? Is God going to pull up a purple sky on top of us and then it's going to be the Kingdom of Heaven? Or is He going to put cotton carpets all over the earth and then it's going to be the Kingdom of Heaven? Or is He going to make the ocean disappear, and then it's going to be the Kingdom of Heaven? Or is He going to put four arms on us, and then it's going to be the Kingdom of Heaven? When is there going to be the Kingdom of Heaven? When everybody is in peace.
But the funny thing is, peace is with everybody already and they don't realise it. I think that's really funny. Because they are expecting somebody to come, and that person is right behind their backs, just right behind their backs.