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What is the Real Thing?
Guru Maharaj Ji speaks in Boulder, Colorado on June 28, 1973.
Dear brothers and sisters, in this age we all want to talk about peace and we all do talk about peace and you are all here to listen to me talk about peace. But the first thing is, what is peace?
Many people haven't seen the Taj Mahal in india, and if I talk about it, they just wouldn't understand it, would they? It's the same thing here. People have not understood peace for so long. So many years have passed, and so many saints have come in this world and tried to explain peace to people. But really people have not been able to fully understand what peace is.
See, peace is not a bird, peace is not an apple that grows on a tree, neither is peace two fingers. Peace is within inside of us; it is that which is vibrating the whole world today.
You see the whole world existing? It's due to something. You see yourself alive? It's due to something. You see a car moving? It's due to something. You hear the P.A. system working? It's due to something. What is that thing? I think this is the biggest question in the world. The BIGGEST question: what is it that makes everything survive, everything vibrate? It is the primordial vibration that is within us which is vibrating and making us survive. When that vibration leaves this body, goes away from us, we are called dead.
See, we love someone. People used to love Mr. Kennedy. The police people and military people used to salute him, and other people used to really love him, right? Then something happened to him, he was shot, and after that, something happened to him, and people buried him. Why did you bury him when you loved him so much? Where did the love go? Did it disappear or something? What did you love in Mr. Kennedy? His body, maybe a skeleton now, is lying there; when something went away from him, you just left him.
It's like a tape recorder box. You bring a tape recorder in a box, you take the tape recorder out and throw the box away. Now what is that thing that we really love in someone, not understanding it, yet loving it? You have never felt it, you have never seen it, you have never experienced it, that's why you don't know what it is you love.
There is something that makes a person survive, and we love it. But what is that thing that makes us alive? What is that Knowledge? What is that Word that is existing in all human beings equally, that thing that we all have in common within us? Today people think maybe it's money. It's not money, because then there's more with the rich man than with the poor; it's not equal. But this Knowledge that is within inside of us is equal in proportion. It doesn't matter if someone is rich or if someone is poor. Maybe a man is a king or maybe he's a slave. It doesn't matter. It's just to be realized within inside of us; it's right here.
You see, there has been a whole galaxy of saints coming into this world trying to tell us about this Knowledge. Nothing else, just telling about this Word, telling about this peace. Maybe they didn't call it Knowledge, maybe they call it peace; maybe they didn't call it peace, maybe they call it the Word; maybe they didn't call it the Word, maybe they called it something else. But what did they want to establish on this earth? What did they want in this world? Why did they come?
They didn't come to see the world, because really there is nothing in this world to see. Really, there is nothing. You know, people think there is a lot, but there is nothing. You think there is a beauty -- remember friends, that beauty was mud. You don't love mud, do you? Do you love mud? You don't -- if someone throws mud on you, you will go running to a police station and file against him or try to box him. No, you don't like mud. But all that you see is made out of that. See? And not realizing that thing which is making it survive, you just blindly love it, and love it, and love it.
And that's why the real perfect love, I think, has disappeared from the world. Why? Because suppose all my life, I was putting faith in this microphone. I loved it. I loved it because it worked beautifully. I saw quality in it and I loved it, I loved it like anything, and I had a golden case with a beautiful sponge made for it. Then one day I am speaking or I am giving satsang and it quits. I take the microphone and smash it on the ground. Where is my love? Where has the love disappeared?
One day a couple says, "We love each other." They go to church, they confess, they say, "Yes, everything is all right." And they go into the house and the guy says, "Where's the file that was in my briefcase?" She says, "I just threw it away." And he says, "You …" and they both start fighting. Where is the love? Now, is it that file you are loving, or is it that person you are loving, or what are you loving?
See, we have never been able to experience the perfect vibration, the perfect love, and that's why we have been lost. We don't understand what a real thing is in this world. All those things in the world that we are looking for as real are not real. People think Pepsi-Cola is the real thing in the world, but it's not. Because the real thing in the world cannot be bought by artificial things. Money is artificial, it's produced, it's not real. It goes, it comes; it is with you a moment, it is not with you another moment. But the real thing is with you all the time. The real thing is what is making us survive.
Maybe you don't even understand what I am talking about. But if you come into the practical, if you touch and see the Knowledge, you can feel the vibration within inside you that you are looking for outside.
Even if thousands and thousands of suns came at one time, you wouldn't be able to see even one sun. To see one sun, just one bright sun, you have to wear glasses. We have these Polaroid glasses, these tinted glasses, in our cars, we have these big huge and black dark glasses so that our eyes won't hurt when we see the sun. Right? But that light which is within inside of us, right now, right now, is brighter than thousands and billions and trillions of suns.
You know, I've been able to see God within me. And I have been able to realize peace within me. I have been able to figure out many things in this world. But one thing I can't figure out. You know what that is? WHY don't people take Knowledge? I just can't figure out why not. We don't ask for money, we don't ask of your time, we don't ask of your religion. Whatever you are right now, the Knowledge is within you. We have to just reveal it to you.
If I bring a mirror before you and tell you that in this mirror you are going to see your face, you say, "All right, yes, go ahead. Put the mirror before me." And viewing yourself in the mirror does not change your shape, does it? Each time you go into a mirror to see yourself, your nose or ears don't become long, do they? No, they don't. That's why you have no objection to watching yourself in a mirror. Right? This Knowledge is the same. It just reveals the primordial vibration within inside of you.
Many people say we ask for money; we don't ask for money. We don't want a single thing like that. Because it's just like giving you a true thing and you giving us a false thing. It's like, if someone pulls up to you with a Rolls Royce limousine and tells you to exchange it with your motorbike that was made in 1939, all rotten up, silencer is broken, pistons and timing's out, no headlights working, no speedometer, all the chains hooked up to the accelerator are broken, no carburetor, no spark plugs, no tires. And a guy pulls up to you and says, "Come on, will you exchange that for this Rolls Royce limousine?" You say, "What do you mean?" He says, "Yes, I mean that."
We don't even ask that, we don't even ask for your rotten bikes. We say, "Just take it, take this limousine." See, because let me clear one point: we are not giving you the Knowledge. We are not giving you the Knowledge, we are revealing the Knowledge to you. Now you figure out the difference between revealing it and giving it, all right? Giving it means that it is not with you and I have to give it to you; revealing is something that is already with you but you do not know about it. So get my point? We have to reveal it to you, not give it to you. See? We can't give you Knowledge, it's just not giveable. We just can't give you Knowledge. It's just so infinite, how can we put that infinite thing into our pockets which are finite? But this Knowledge is infinite, and you see, we are vibrating at a different frequency, all right?
People think Pepsi-Cola is the real thing in this world, but it's not. The real thing is with you all the time. The real thing is what is making us survive.
Or like you have radios in your houses. Everyone has operated a radio, I believe. Now suppose you want to get station. What you have to do is tune into that station. What does it mean by tuning into that station? it means that right now your tuner is ready to receive one frequency and the radio station is vibrating at a different frequency, and when both frequencies are synchronized, the radio works. That's what's called "tuning in," right?
Or you go to a mechanic to fix up your car. He takes a computer, and as he turns the screws in or out, the computer tells when it's a perfect setting: car's tuned, car's perfectly tuned. And that's what it is. Right now you are operating at different frequency and that frequency is of the world. You came into the world, you are into the world, and you are being deluded by the world. Because whatever you think is real is not real.
What you are seeing now is all a dream because this will finish one day. But what is the one true thing? That is within us. That is what all the sages have been teaching you.
So what is the means to get this true thing, how to get this peace? There are so many scriptures in the world, and they are still making "keys" to scriptures, like a small booklet, an "Introduction to the Scripture," and this and that. Why? Because people are not satisfied with scriptures, and they will just make more and more of these things. So it's just not scriptures.
It's not religion either, because religions have existed in the world for a very, very long time. At the time of Hitler there was a religion, and now there is a religion. It didn't do any good. You know it didn't do any good. It didn't do any good to Hitler, it hasn't done any good to people today either. Now you know this, you understand this, you have practical proof of this, and you can't put it out of your mind for some reason: religions weren't able to bring peace; scriptures weren't able to bring peace.
That's why always a Messiah has to come into this world -- to bring peace. I don't say I am a Messiah, mind you. I just say I am a servant of God trying to preach this Knowledge to you. If you want this Knowledge, the only thing I request, the only thing, is love towards it. That's all. I don't want to throw the golden seeds into a rock where they won't grow. Never. I don't want that. I only want that you must have a sincere love for this Knowledge. That's all. Nothing else. I don't want money, I don't want anything, just a sincere love for this Knowledge. And you can get it, by all means. Knock and it shall be opened, ask and it shall be given unto you. That's the way. That's the way the whole thing goes. You don't have to change your religions, you don't have to do anything.
Yesterday I was here and I was giving this example to one of the guys who was driving me, Mr. Harry. If you go to buy glasses and they rub your head right here, you wouldn't buy those glasses, would you? Would you buy those glasses? If the guy says, "Well, if you want these glasses they will have to rub your head, they're too small," you wouldn't buy them, would you? No matter what they are, right?
If this Knowledge has to change you from religion to religion -- well, of course this Knowledge has to change you, has to bring you peace. But many people are afraid to leave their religion. All right. Whatever religion you are believing today, if by receiving this Knowledge you have to change it, I don't think that you have to receive this Knowledge. But you see, you have to receive this Knowledge. You have to, one day you will have to.
Because the greatest person you believe in, Jesus, came into this world for this purpose. He didn't come here to see you, or to show himself to you. He came here to reveal the Knowledge of God. That's what he came here for. And that's what he did. That's what people praise him for. There were people probably more intellectual than him at that time, but why do we praise him? Because of the Knowledge he was preaching to us. That's why we love him. He did a great thing to us. He saved us. And that's why we love him. And we can love him. We have to love him, because he did do a great thing to us.
We don't ask for money, we don't ask of your time, we don't ask of your religion. Whatever you are right now, the Knowledge is within you. We have to just reveal it to you.
So I want to just tell you, understand the Knowledge, understand the peace, and get it. Whatever interpretation you have about anything, it doesn't matter. Whatever you think, it doesn't matter. If you think that you are not standing on the earth, it doesn't matter to me. it just matters that you must receive Knowledge, and you must have peace. That is, if you want it.
You know, if you don't want peace, it doesn't matter. I don't care. I am doing what I can, my best. If you don't want peace, it doesn't matter to me because I am trying my best. It's like, I am driving a car and I am trying to overtake another car, and I press the gas all the way down. If the car can't go any faster, I can't get out of the car and start pushing it faster. I can't do that. I just wouldn't be able to catch him with it.
This is the same thing. So if you want Knowledge, if you want peace there is an ashram here. And what is ashram? You see, ashram is a Hindi word for a center, a place where people meet. Spiritual brothers and sisters meet and live -- that's called ashram, a mere description, that's what it is. If you want to receive Knowledge come there, and if you have any questions, you can ask, and then receive Knowledge. Thank you very much. And peace be with you.
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