Prem Rawat's Teachings about Suffering - In His Own Words
The young Prem Rawat preached that his Knowledge was the solution to all personal problems and all world problems and once enough people had realised this there would be a millenium (at least) of peace on earth. Naturally enough, many people wanted their own problems solved and Rawat made his most succinct statement of this promise in New Zealand, of all places, in 1975.
Auckland, New Zealand, October 24, 1975
Everything can be really, really beautiful. Many people face personal problems and many people face this and that. But really, Knowledge has got it all. It's a solution for everything.
Volume 4, Issue 2, And It Is Divine Magazine
Guru Puja, Alexandra Palace, London, July 13 1973
We read all these examples about these things receiving this perfect Knowledge and getting blissed out, but that's not it, because it does no good to us except it relaxes us for some time, because it's a story, we just feel good. But we have to receive that salvation, otherwise there is suffering and suffering and suffering and suffering in this world. That which seems to be pleasure today can turn out to be suffering within no time.
In the beginning of this world there was this Knowledge, and when man wanted to have peace he had to receive Knowledge. That's what he had to do. He had to get it from the Perfect Master. And now, in this 20th century, if we want peace we still have to receive Knowledge. Now there might be many people who say "Why, why do we have to receive Knowledge to get peace?" You might say, what is this all going on? What is this Divine Light Mission? It is just a trip. Mind you, come here, understand what's going on, and then you will be able to know what we tell you. Maybe you are not understanding, because this Knowledge is of course practical experience. That you have to realise and only then you can understand this Knowledge. So now, I think the period has come when people have to receive this Knowledge. And people have to receive this Knowledge because there is so much crisis going into this world. There is so much suffering in this world, and there is only one solution to it
The Golden Age Number 9, July 6 - July 27, 1974
DUO Proclamation 1974
Whereas, the one universal belief of all people hold to be true, is the belief in life itself; and yet due to ignorance of the aim of human life, the world continues to be filled with misery; and Whereas, even with the advancements of the technologically expanding twentieth century, humanity has continually failed in all efforts to find a solution to misery and suffering; and Whereas, Knowledge of the aim of human life is being revealed to all people of the world by the living Perfect Master and spiritual head of Divine Light Mission, Paramhans Satgurudev Shri Sant Ji Maharaj, thus eliminating the cause of ignorance and misery; Therefore, the people who have experienced the Knowledge of Shri Sant Ji Maharaj, with full awareness of the difficulties of living without knowing the aim of human life, are compelled to reach out to the rest of the struggling humanity to spread the solution to strife and suffering by a commitment to work in all fields of endeavour for the elevation of humanity, manifesting an exemplary alternative to be known as the Divine United Organisation or D.U.O. -- Guru Maharaj Ji
The Golden Age, No. 4, Thursday, April 24, 1974
Denver, Colorado, 8th July, 1975
This is what people should understand, if anything, and this is what people should do: you can do more service to humanity by realizing this Knowledge, propagating this Knowledge, giving people satsang about this Knowledge, than by doing anything else. Even if you become emperor of this whole world! Because who is Guru Maharaj Ji? Guru Maharaj Ji is perfect. And this perfect Lord doesn't come down Himself one day, grab everybody by the throat, and say, "You better realize Knowledge, otherwise I am going to chuck you out into hell." He doesn't do that. He even comes down into this world, bears that physical body, bears the pains, bears the suffering of this physical planet, and gives Knowledge. But if you look at Him, He is the ultimate. He doesn't need to come into this world. He has got so much power, He could manifest Himself in front of everybody in this world and ask everybody personally a question, He wouldn't even have to come down into this world. All He would have to do is come down out of the clouds and speak loud one day, and say, "People who are not going to receive Knowledge are definitely going to hell." He never does that, because that's just the way it is.
The Golden Age Number 39, July 1977
Guru Puja Festival, Miami Beach, Florida, July 29 1977
There are so many people in this world and they are suffering. And they keep on suffering. Why? Why are people suffering? And this was the great question Shri Maharaj Ji used to discuss or talk about. There are so many people suffering. What is the real solution to these people suffering? Food? If they are suffering from food, naturally you would think, "Take them some food. Give them some food. They will be happy." But he said, "No. You give them food today; they will need food tomorrow. Their happiness will only last that long, as long as they are satisfied from that food. And it's not really food that they are suffering from." Then, is it clothing? Maybe because they don't have clothes they are suffering. No, it's not clothes. Because you can give them clothes now. Maybe six months or a year from now, their clothes will tear up; their agony, their suffering will start up again. What is man really suffering from? We look at the symptoms of suffering. What suffering brings us is a lack of tranquility. Lack of knowing. Lack of understanding. Lack of food. Lack of clothing. Lack of this. Lack of that. Those are symptoms! That is not the reason. That is not the cause. And by trying to just cure the symptom -- if you know that this is what you are trying to do, cure the symptom and not the disease -- you're terminal. Because you can keep on curing the symptom, and the disease will persist and persist and persist till naturally one day you can't control the symptoms anymore. Look at this whole Earth. Look at this whole world. Where is it at? More and more issues come up. More and more suffering comes up.
Élan Vital, Volume IV, Issue 2, Summer 1980