IT'S SO SIMPLE.
Guru Maharaj Ji Bogota, Columbia January 18, 1976
Everything in this world has a purpose, an aim. And man thinks he's so smart, but he really isn't because he doesn't understand one very important thing: why has he come into this world? So he does a lot of things, things that are really crazy, things that destroy him, but he does them anyway. He keeps on going, and keeps on going, and keeps on going, doing those things, never realizing why he has come here; why he has this body, why he has everything.
But it's so simple. If he just stops for a second and looks at it, he can find out exactly what the aim of his life is. Then he can do what he has come for; then he'll complete the purpose for which he was born into this world. We don't realize that we have come here for a purpose. Well, let's realize what that purpose is and then do it. The fact is that purpose behind this life. Otherwise, such an evolving energy, such a creative and powerful energy would not have been given to man.
We know that ants are very smart and that they do incredible things; sometimes it fascinates man what ants can do. But after all, what is an ant? Something we step on. When we look at them and realize what they do, it's really fascinating. But though they are so fascinating, though they are so intelligent, they don't have the same capacity we do. Bees are also very smart, but they don't have that capacity either.
There is a definite reason why we have been called the crown of creation; there is a definite reason why we are in this world. And so we can't just sit down and think, "Oh, let's believe in Darwin's theory, let's just imagine we were a little frog one time and now we are a human being; maybe one day we'll get more advanced," and that's it. This is what a lot of people think, but it's really wrong, it's really crazy.
If by now, this world cannot understand what is happening to it, then I don't know when they're going to understand. The position that this world is in today is not limited to ourselves and to our generation. It extends from our great, great, great, great grandfathers. Even in their day people would pull out a big shotgun and go hunting and killing and destroying. So I can't just say, "Well, I am dandy and Premlata is dandy and so this world is not going to be destroyed." No. For such a long time destruction has been going on, and it's still going on. What civilization has been is simply a more developed form of destruction.
There was a time when it took man so long to fill a gun, because he had to put powder in it, then ram the powder in, and then ignite it. Now man has bazookas, and his civilization is going quickly towards its own destruction. But what is man's construction? Man's construction is to realize the goal, the aim of this human life. That is constructive. That is the reason we are here.
So many premies have assembled here from so many different parts of South America. But I could have been right next door to this hall, and what good would that have done to you or to me? I wouldn't be very far away, but what good would that do you? Or what good would that do me? So it's really so important that when you come here you don't just get up and start walking all over the place, or put your fingers in your ears, but instead, that you sit down, listen, and accept the satsang. That is what you're here for — to listen to satsang, to have darshan, and to realize the importance of the Knowledge that has been revealed to you. You could have come here and just have forgotten about it. Instead of using your headphones to listen to satsang, you could have plugged both headphones that you're using into a tape recorder and been listening to music from a cassette. But that would do you no good.
It's really such a fine line, and we have to be really, really careful. How easy is it to find the way to some place and how easy is it to get lost? It's as easy to find the way to a place as it is to get lost; because if you miss the street, you've had it. You just keep driving up and down, up and down, up and down, up and down, up and down, and it doesn't do you any good. You have gone 60 miles on the highway, and you have come back 60 miles, you've traveled 120 miles, but the place you were looking for is right behind the building where you've been staying. So all that traveling didn't do you any good.
This is what is happening to man. He's just going around in circles. He's here, and he's trying to take advantage of it. He's trying to benefit himself. That's okay, we should take advantage of this life, but in which way? Taking advantage of this life doesn't mean that we just go to sleep, or that we just do whatever the crazy world is doing; but to really take proper advantage of this lifetime is to really realize what Knowledge is, to really realize what the aim of this human life is. Without that, we are like food without salt and dessert without sugar. We're just blah! We're just flat.
It's like we can make a hall, and we can make it so big; we can make it one mile by one mile and not put a ceiling on it, and that would be a pretty big size. But what good is that? Or we can just find a nice flat piece of land and have people sit there, because what good are walls anyway? But there is a purpose for everything. Those walls themselves are no good unless the ceiling is there. And the ceiling itself doesn't make a hall, unless the walls are there.
So it's really an intricate position that we are in. We can't just say, "Well, maybe I'm going to forget about the whole thing, maybe it's okay for me to just receive Knowledge and forget about everything else. No. It's like, we can't miss the street. If we do, we blew it, and then the rest of our lifetime we will be going back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, and that will put us into no place whatsoever.
I've been giving a lot of satsang during this whole tour of South America, and there's a lot more of the tour ahead of me. My basic message is the same: realize the aim of this life. If you are a premie, if you have received Knowledge, then you know that Knowledge is Knowledge and it has to be used, it has to be utilized.
"You are here now, and this Knowledge is now. And now is when you want peace."
When I was in Denver, one of the cars in the residence got wrecked in an accident. It was the Rolls! There were two other cars that weren't wrecked, but they were only two-seaters, so we couldn't go anywhere with those cars. So the Rolls was there, but it was good for nothing because it couldn't be utilized. And we have to realize that in the same way, Knowledge is Knowledge. It's beautiful. It's important. It has all the potential; but we have to utilize it in the proper way.
One of the reasons we have assembled here is to listen to satsang. Why? Because satsang inspires us — more and more; satsang keeps us inspired so that we can really keep on doing the satsang, service, and meditation that we are supposed to do. That is the only reason, as a matter of fact, that I'm doing this tour. I'm pretty sure all the premies get magazines and cassettes, and as a matter of fact, there is a Spanish magazine printed, and I'm pretty sure you get that. But that is not enough.
Satsang is a direct inspiration, the company of truth. You can definitely read about Knowledge in a magazine, and sometimes that's really beautiful. But the reason why I'm doing this tour is so that premies can come together and really realize the importance of Knowledge, because without realizing its importance, it's no good. It's very, very nice, very mature, and very comfortable to have a big, huge car. But if you have no gas in it, it's good for nothing. If you have to buy a car that you have to push all your life, it's better to get a little horse or a little mule and ride that around. So how does that fit in? Knowledge is really beautiful. It's the most luxurious, the best of the things there are in this world. It's the answer. But if we do not believe in the answer, if we do not take the answer to ourselves and apply it to ourselves, and really use it, then what good is the answer?
If somebody asks you a question, "What is your name?" and you know what your name is, but you don't say it, then what good is that answer? It's sitting inside of you; you know what your name is. The question was put, you have the answer, but something just doesn't click, something just does not happen. The same thing is true with Knowledge. Knowledge is beautiful. But we need satsang, service, and meditation. It's up to us. Knowledge is a very individual thing, but it doesn't really work in different ways because it is the same answer for everyone. It is the same energy that is keeping us alive, so it doesn't exactly work like 2 par less on you and 2 par more on me. It works the same for all of us. But then again, if we are trying, then it is 2 par more for us; if I'm trying 2 par more, then it is 2 par more for me, and if you're trying 2 par less, then it is 2 par less for you. For premies who are not doing meditation, it's good for nothing.
Although it's the same Knowledge, yet because we are individuals and we have to realize the importance of this Knowledge individually and practice this Knowledge individually, therefore it does affect us individually. If we were not to be individual, if we were to be all the same, and there were no differentiation, then
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maybe it would be all the same. When the initiator revealed Knowledge to you, Kaboom! That would be it. You had it. You were the perfect one. You know? But it's not that way; we have to try ourselves; we have to experience Knowledge for ourselves.
Water works the same way for everybody. When do you drink water? When you're thirsty. And what it does is quench your thirst. It is a common factor that works everywhere. And everybody does drink water. Maybe I'm thirsty right now, but I know that somewhere in this world, somebody's drinking water. You can bet on it: someone in this world must be drinking water. But that doesn't do me any good, that doesn't quench my thirst. Why not? If some person is drinking water, why am I not getting satisfied?
It's an individual experience. If I'm thirsty, and if I want to quench my thirst, then I have to drink water myself. That is so simple, but sometimes it's very hard for a person to relate to Knowledge being the same way. Is Knowledge like water? Is Knowledge that simple? Yes, and if we try, we get the benefit.
When you tell a story about water, people laugh, because it's such a common thing. You say, "Somebody's gotta be really crazy not to understand that if somebody else drinks water, you're not going to get quenched by it. You have to drink water to get quenched." But we don't apply that to Knowledge, yet Knowledge is the same way. We are thirsty, we want Knowledge; and we want to realize Knowledge. Therefore, if we want to realize Knowledge, we have to put our effort in there so that Knowledge will work for us.
That's one way to put it. Another way you can put it is that Knowledge was always there, and that is the thing that is keeping us alive right now. There are billions and billions and billions and billions of people walking around, and they don't know it, but Knowledge is what's keeping them alive. But they're not making that real effort that all the premies make, which brought them to Knowledge. Just that little effort, just that little question to ourselves, that little inspiration to ourselves, like, "Okay, wait a minute!"
Sometimes we just have to stop and say, "Look, I'm not all that smart anyway; so why pretend to myself? Maybe to another person I have to pretend I'm so smart, or else it's going to ruin my reputation. But why act smart to myself when I'm not smart?" That is the point people sometimes come to where they say, "Okay, what's the solution?" And this is what happens to premies, this is what happens when they've reached that point where they stop and say, "Okay. Wait a minute! Where am I going? What am I trying to do? I've done so many things already and that's not the
answer. Am I going to just keep on going into this world, trying out everything that's in this world, hoping that will bring me peace? Or am I really going to make a positive effort and find peace?"
You can pick your odds. A lot of people have. They say, "Wait, I'm going to just try out everything there is in this world; and if I've tried out everything, and if there's peace in this world, then I'll get peace too." Well, they do! They find peace, for one second, just before they leave their body, just before they die. It's like, "Oh God," and that's it So that's a really crazy, crazy chance to take. The real solution is such an old thing. Ask and it shall be revealed to you, knock and it shall be opened.- It's so simple. We really have to go to the Perfect Master, surrender ourselves so that we can receive Knowledge, and then realize Knowledge. That will, give us the peace that we're looking for.
I think it is very important for all the premies to understand the steps they need to take. You see, we already know one thing, and I think you might have tried it out. You have received Knowledge and then you don't meditate, and you get very, very confused. So we know one thing — without meditation, Knowledge isn't going to give us what we want. So people who have received Knowledge and who are still doing meditation, well, just keep on doing meditation. Take my word for it: if you stop doing meditation, Knowledge will stop working for you.
Then there's a second thing, which is satsang. What is the importance of satsang? Why do we need to use satsang? It's a very common question that people ask themselves. We've got Knowledge, and that's what we were told: receive Knowledge and you'll find peace. Oh sure. It's like when somebody buys a car, he gets the receipt, and then the car dealer takes out these keys and hands it to him. And he says, "What's this?" The dealer says, "This is the key." "You never told me you needed a key for the car." Then the dealer says, "Sure, sure, ya, ha, ha, ha, very good joke. Okay, here's your car." He opens up the door for you, puts the keys in your ignition, and you turn around and say, "Wait, you never told me that I have to open up the door to the car; you never told me I have to sit in it and drive; you never told me I have to put the keys in the ignition and start the car; you never told me I had to put gas in the car; you never told me I had to take it for mechanical service. When I came in, you just asked me if I wanted a car. Yes, I wanted a car, so you sold me a car. But you never told me anything about it."
This is what a lot of people think. Receive Knowledge and you've got it. And if you say to them, "Well, you've got to do satsang," they say, "What for?" "You've got to do meditation." They say, "What for? You never told me that." "And you've got to do service." "Come on, you've got to be kidding. I've got the Knowledge. Why should I do service? Why should I do satsang? Why should I do meditation?"
Actually, those are natural things, you don't have to do them. Just change the mode of your life so that it is in tune. When you're tuning a guitar, you do not put the sound into a guitar. No. What you do is take a tuning fork, hit the note on the guitar, listen to the tuning fork, and tune up. You do not take a record and put it in a guitar and the record is playing inside. No. We have to tune the guitar so that it is tuned.
In the same way, satsang is always there. But we have to tune ourselves into that. And as far as service goes, we work anyway. Without work, it would be like solitary confinement. We would be complete prisoners if we stopped working, and that would drive us crazy. So, we have to work. And if we just tune that action, that service that we have been doing for our mind so that we're doing it for the Perfect Master who has revealed Knowledge to us, then what we're doing becomes service.
It's all there. When you sit in front of a piano, which tune does the piano play? All the tunes are there; you select the tune. There used to be an old piano where you put in the paper roll and it played by itself. But hearingre a musician, and if you're going to perform your music, you don't just take out a paper roll, which is nothing, which is almost like hepring a record. You decide which tune you want to play. All the tunes are possible
There are pianos that have never played Arti, but if a person knows how to play Arti, he can just sit and play Arti on it. You don't put Arti into the piano. It's all there. We just have to know the notes, and if we know the notes, if we really learn the notes, then we can do it. This is how easy it is. The only problem that we have is that we've learned on this fake guitar, on this real, real fake guitar, how to play Arti; and then we come in and we are handed a real off-beat guitar. All the notes, all the tuning in the guitar is totally off, and we sit there and try to play it, but nothing happens.
It's like if we sit down at a piano and all the notes sound the same; there's no ABCD — all the notes are A's. That's what we start doing, and whose fault is that? We tune ourselves so off from the center of realization, from center of this Knowledge, from our aim, and it's nobody else's fault. You can't say, "God did this to me," or, "It was my mama's or my papa's fault." No. Let's just look at it this way: it's nobody's fault. Forget about the mistake, and let's start tuning ourselves back in so that we can play.
It's like there is such a big audience, and we are supposed to be the most famous piano player. We come in, and we realize the piano is really off-tune. Well, we can either sit there and play that off-tune piano, and very soon there will be tomatoes all over the stage, or we can try to get another piano, or we can tune that one, so that we can perform the best.
This is exactly what happens with life. We come in, and then there is the final point, where we have to start playing, and we know it's all off-beat. So, either we can just play that off-beat piano all our life in front of this great audience, in front of life, or we can really tune that piano so that instead of getting a very bad feedback from our life, we get a very clear and beautiful feedback, and we really accomplish the purpose of this life.
So, what does it all come to? It's all up to us. If we want to do it, we can do it. If we don't, we never will be able to do it. It's just all up to us, you know. It's up to every premie — every individual premie.
You know, it's so fortunate that we have received
Knowledge. And if we just sit back and think, "When would it have been the best time to receive Knowledge?" the answer is even that we did was very, very fortunate. We have the Knowledge; we received the Knowledge. Don't look back and say, "When would have been the best time?" You have the Knowledge. And the potential of that Knowledge is there. So now
we have to get together.
If we don't want that peace, if we don't want that tranquility, if we don't want that energy, then I am pretty sure you have very comfortable homes. Just go home, sit back, relax, and go to sleep. But if you want to tune yourself in, if you really want to accomplish the aim, the purpose of this life, then you have to be on your toes; you have to get up, and really give that effort.
We make so many efforts in this world, and where do those efforts put us? Lower and lower and lower. It's like the stronger we hold oh to the rope, the more it just lets us down, lets us dowh, lets us down. Then finally we get one chance — which is the ohly chance — to survive, instead of falling in the ditch, and to really be where we are supposed to be. But we can miss that chance.
People have concepts about reincarnation, like, "Oh well … we have our jobs and we have received Knowledge; we will definitely be born again." If you are thinking that I am going to give you a certificate of guarantee that you are going to get born again, you are very, very wrong, because I, myself, do not guarantee that at all. It's really fun to daydream, but not when you are driving a car. It's fun to say, "Oh, it will be really beautiful when I go to heaven with this body, and get to have a handshake with all the people there, and check my record out, and get an option provided if I want to come back to earth as a billionnaire, and then go back to heaven, and have free transportation to heaven and earth any time I want …" Very nice daydreaming. But I would just suggest that you might as well forget about that. You are here now, and this Knowledge is now. And now is when you want peace.
When people start dying of thirst in the desert, they start seeing all these things, like oases and water and food, and they crawl and they crawl and they crawl and they crawl and they crawl — but there's nothing there. So, we can just sit and do that, or we can really put ourselves out and really make that effort which will for sure put us into the place where we want to be. It's all up to us.
I come and give you satsang, and okay, you like it. But what do I tell you in satsang? I mean, do you like to come from your home to a satsang hall, just sit there and listen in this ear and just let it go out the other ear?
Or do you really come to a satsang program with an open heart and every intention to really understand satsang? If you have come to this satsang program today to really take to heart what has been said, then I think that'll do you a lot of good. And that, I think, is what you want. But if you have just come here to sit down and waste those two extra hours on Sunday night because you couldn't do it anywhere else, then even if I come a hundred billion times to South America, it won't do you ahy good.
It's not like there is just one premie and I can give satsang to one premie. There are so many premies around the world. Ahd they all want to have darshan, and they all want to listen to satsang. So it's really important that we do take satsang to heart and really understand what is being said. I cannot think of any reason why I would give you wrong advice to hurt you. I mean, in spite of all that I am telling you, there is the advice. And what I am advising you to do is meditation. The food is in front of you, and you know it's good food. It's not poison; it's good food. All I am saying is: please, eat the food before it's no good, because after a little while, this food will be no good to eat. And again, it's up to us. A lot of times we just have to make that firm determination inside of us and get rid of that crazy mind that we have, because all of us have crazy minds.
That mind just keeps coming back and keeps coming back, and keeps coming back, and keeps affecting us. It just drives us so crazy. Look at the whole world. What do you think the reason for it is? The mind. People cannot comprehend; they just cannot realize; they just cannot open up. There is something stopping them. This mind is stopping the whole world from really realizing the truth, the peace, the aim of life.
Look. How many governments have there been on this planet? How many people have come and gone? How many Perfect Masters — and I'm not talking about just western countries; I'm talking about every country. In every country they respect a Perfect Master. But what did the Perfect Master come and tell us? Did he come and say, "Okay, good work, keep it up, make some more ammunition, kill each other, get rid of your brothers and sisters, and destroy yourselves"? No. We all know that.
Then, on the other hand, we go and say, "Yeah, we really believe in Lord, we really believe in the Perfect Master, and he really has this incredible message." Well, I don't think Perfect Master ever has come in this world to be boasted about, "Oh, Perfect Master, you are so great, you are so great, you are so great." No. He came into this world to tell people something. But none of the world has ever done what he said; not till now at least.
All that energy that was wasted from the time of Christ and from the time of Krishna and from the time of Mohammed and from the time of Buddha till now, if all that energy were to be taken and put positively towards world peace, there would have been world peace by now. But mind keeps on stopping it, keeps on stopping it, keeps on stopping it. And the greatest fault that we have is that instead of surrendering to that energy that we are supposed to surrender to, which is supposed to guide us, we surrender to our minds, and we just let our minds guide us. Then after a little while, we find out that this mind is just absolutely crazy, but we don't do anything about it. So mind just keeps on going and just keeps on driving you more crazy and more crazy and more crazy.
So premies, you have to say, "Okay mind, it's time for you to leave. You're already very, very late. Go catch a bus." You know? Really make that decision. Are we going to be slaves of mind or are we going to do what we have come here for? And with grace, with meditation, satsang and service, I think it will be no problem whatsoever to get rid of that mind. There are people who have. And therefore you, too, can get rid of that mind. If you don't, it's going to be a very big obstacle.
Just understand, try to realize this Knowledge, and try to do service. Why do we need to do service? Because now we are doing service to mind. We are off tune, and we need to tune ourselves. Just imagine the Lord gave us this body, gave us hands, gave us all the skills that we have, gave us euerything. I can't conceive of a better person to do service for than the Lord Himself. I mean, He's the best person you could ever do service for — instead of our crazy head, instead of our crazy mind. So that's what we need to do — just tune ourselves so that we are doing service to our Lord, instead of our mind.
Really try to understand and digest what I have told you. I think you are going to need it — very, very much. I can't always be behind you, telling you, "Okay, you're doing very good," or "You're doin' very bad," "Okay, you better do meditation," "Oh, you better not do meditation," or "You do this," and "Do that." No. I'm telling you now. Do it. And I'm telling you your odds, and they're not very good. They're not very good at all.
What I am suggesting is that you do the right and the best thing. And that is meditation, satsang and service. I am giving you the only and the best odds you have. It's not like you can make a choice and say, "Oh, I can't do service, so I'll just do satsang and meditation," or "Oh, I can't do meditation, so I'll just do satsang and service." No. I'm just telling you that you'll win for sure if you take these odds. If you don't, and take the other odds, it's going to be very, very difficult, because this life is very difficult. Especially with the very, very strong minds that we have.
So, just understand and realize. And blessings to all the premies. Thank you. very much.