Guru Maharaj Ji's Satsang at the Holi Festival, Miami Beach, Florida Saturday, March 19, 1977
Dear premies, welcome to Holi!
When John Hampton came to Los Angeles a few days ago, he brought some stickers with him. I believe they were printed by Santa Cruz premies. And it said: Holi '77. And I just looked at it and I said, "Well, officially, according to Indian tradition, this is not Holi."
But it's a matter of opinion, and besides it being a matter of opinion how holy it is (and that is h-o-l-y, not 'i'), how holy this festival is, is really something that is new, really something that is fantastic, and really something that is precious to all of our hearts. This is holy. It's holy for us because we have experienced Knowledge. It's not h-o-l-i any more. It goes beyond that. It goes ho-l-y.
And of course those are just two words to me. I know what Holi is like in India. It's very gory. Ah, you get splashed around with oil, mud, stones, and so on and so forth. As a matter of fact, I got stopped once and they wanted to just completely take all this paint and pour it all over the car and pour it all over me. But somebody recognized me, and said, "That's Balyogeschwar. Let him go."
But in any case, what brings me down here-as a matter of fact, you might have heard me saying that, "see you at the pnogram." I didn't say tonight and I didn't say tomorrow night. And, of course, tomorrow night I'm supposed to be here. But the reason why I came here tonight is really beautiful. It's really different. And maybe it's different and maybe it's not different. But it's really beautiful.
I was listening to the satsang that was going on here that Joan Apter gave and John Hampton gave. And then I just started imagining. Because I had seen this auditorium, this hall, when it wasn't full. I drove right up behind this auditorium. I looked at it and there were all these seats. And I took a walk down, and saw the darshan stage, and I just started imagining how beautiful it would be when this auditorium is full of the premies that came and had darshan today and had enjoyed that Holi festival.
I just started to let that imagination go forward and just really start to experience that the only reason why we are here -there's a lot of legitimate explanations we can give, and I'm pretty sure you for yourself have figured out some kind of an explanation to give to your boss if you're out of work and if you're not going to show up on Monday. Or if somebody asks you on the street, "Well, what are you doing here? Are you from Neil Young or some kind of a convention that's going on?"
Well, obviously not. We're all here because of love. And this love that all unites us together is different. It's different because it's not physical. It's different because it's true. It's different because it's sincere. It's unique in its own way. And this is the reason why we all come here.
And because we are premies, and what does premies mean? Maybe it has become a word of mouth by now: premies. But do you know that premies, premie means lover. Lover of what? To what do we love in our lives? We love satsang, service and meditation, and the originator of it all, Guru Maharaj Ji. And we also love that darshan that brings us satsang, service, and meditation, and brings Guru Maharaj Ji to us, and brings all those things to us that makes it possible in this world.
You know, imagine it this way: if all that I'm saying today, and what I'm saying right now was to be recorded in a book, and you read this from a book --everything was there, I mean, it talked about love, it talked about that sincere love, it talked about us all coming together - and a person got in front of you and read the book to you, what a difference it would be, than actually having Guru Maharaj Ji talk about that tonight. Because in a book, it's a sensation, it's a theory, it's something we are already used to.
What we experience tonight in this auditorium is true. It's genuine. And nobody can ask us questions about it, ever in our lifetimes. Because what we're experiencing today, what we're experiencing at this moment, is the Grace, is that true realization of satsang, service and meditation. What we are experiencing, and are trying to experience, is Truth in its real form, not as described or prescribed. And that is a lot of difference.
There's a lot of people who have described truth. There's a lot of people who have prescribed Truth. But there is only one person in this whole world that has revealed Truth to us. And there is where the difference lies. That is what makes a day and night. And that is what we all have to plug into, premies.
You know, these surprise programs that are going on, this is nineteen days exactly from the Denver program that happened. And I just said, "Well, nineteen days from now we're going to have a program." Here it is. This is that program.
I was just ready to think about a nineteen day - a program nineteen days away from today but - ah - that would, that would be impossible. No, let me t - (applause) let me tell you why! Because we will be having a program in Europe and the European premies have really needed this, have really asked for it and sincerely, and for a long time. They're all our brothers and sisters, and I'm going there for about four weeks, and I'll be returning.
And when I do, be ready for a program. And this time, this time, when everybody does come to this program that we're going to have, let us not just come as visitors. Let us come as devotees. Let's really come as premies. Let us really have that love in our hearts. Let us really understand what we are all about.
You know I was listening to Joe Anctil (he's sitting right there) and he said, "Well, if I were him, I'd just stay home!"
Well, first of all, I'm not him. And second of all, what I heard, just heard, on that stereo system that has been plugged into this auditorium by a phone line, nothing could keep me at home. So premies, this is really an opportunity for us. We have no barrier. I and you have no barrier, simply because you're my premies and I'm your Guru Maharaj Ji. And there's only one reason why we are here. You might have a lot of different reasons. I might have a lot of different reasons. You might be able to explain them. I might be able to explain them. But when it comes to Knowledge, there's something we have really understood to be as true as it is. In this world there is
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only one reason, and that one reason why we are all here, is because we love each other. Is because, I love you and you love me, is the greatest reason in this whole universe to be here. And to always show up again and again and again, in time immemorial, as Guru Maharaj Ji and devotees, until there is the blue sky, until there is a brown earth, until there the ocean roars.
So premies, let it go on. Let it flow. It always - all the premies in the whole lifetime have wanted to have satsang, have wanted to have darshan. Well, we went through a lot, but we're back again, and we're back again home. I'm here and you are there. I don't want anybody in between. And I'm pretty sure you don't want anybody in between. If you want to unite with me, you have now an opportunity to do so by satsang, service, and meditation. And by the opportunities provided by these satsang programs to you now, premies.
What can I say? I tell you, just whenever I think of how many programs there were happening, and how many programs there are in future to happen, and how big they grow - I mean, this was supposed to be a dinky little program. And so far, this is the only program that has held the biggest record in terms of how many people actually did register - and that is pre-register. This is, to me, let's come home. This world out there, it's uh, what do you say. What do you become after forties, you know? (someone shouts "over the hill") Right. Over the hill - when you become hesitant to celebrate your birthdays and so on and so forth. And that's the condition of this world right now. The relationship that we are experiencing right now is actually more potent, and growing every day, than the relationship - just as a human body in this world can grow, ever.
I just want you to just even imagine what I imagine for a second: if I were to be a premie, just a simple premie, and not be a Guru Maharaj Ji. And to know, and to experience that my Lord, that my Guru Maharaj Ji, my everything, which I have experienced in my lifetime, was actually traveling this earth, trying to bring his devotees together, I wouldn't consider as far as to be in a program. But I'd consider more like to be just a dust in the path so he can trample over. And to go so far as to say "Oh yeah, man, it'll be nice to be in the program," maybe I wouldn't go that far. Maybe that's just the way I would be. I'd just like to be a little speck of sand, when he travels this earth, giving that bliss and giving that love and giving that harmony to all his premies, to all his devotees. I'd like to be trampled on at that time.
So premies, this is really an opportunity for us. We can be a speck of sand. And we can be all those devotees that do come and enjoy the darshan of their Lord, of their Guru Maharaj Ji.
What I tell you today is not politics, nothing diplomatic, and maybe to a lot of people, maybe nothing sensible. What I tell you today is my true experience, my true effort that has brought me here, has brought me to an opportunity where I can reveal you that Knowledge and where I can be Guru Maharaj Ji and you can be my devotees.
Of course, a time will go on and on and on. Maybe there will never be an end to it, and maybe there will be. But to us, most definitely, most certainly, there'll be an end. Because most certainly there has been a beginning, and here we are. We have all come here just for one simple reason. Let's not, let's not think about it as being sophisticated. Let us not think about it as just even to go even so far beyond-I mean, this maybe even sounds strange to some people, but to just go far beyond, one more experience and to experience just devotees of Guru Maharaj Ji, not even brothers and sisters. Of course, there is that experience always, but to go beyond that and become unified as one thing, instead of a split atom. Be one atom. Instead of being all the petals, be the bud. And experience, as devotees of Guru Maharaj Ji, coming together for Guru Maharaj Ji, by Guru Maharaj Ji and by His Grace, enjoying this experience that we are enjoying tonight.
It's rare. It's unique. And it'll always happen, premies. All I can say is we are here. Open up. Open up to what? I tell you, there is not very many things to open up to, except one, and that's Guru Maharaj Ji. Guru Maharaj Ji is the root and always has been the root. You can always take water and try to water the leaves. That doesn't do you much good. If you try to water the root, it'll flourish all the leaves. It'll do everything for you.
You remember a long time ago I used to give that example when a child tries to walk all by himself and falls down, that's his responsibility. But when he surrenders himself to the lap of his parent, then it becomes a responsibility for that parent to care and to make sure that child doesn't fall.
This world has gone on and on and on and on for a longer period than we can possibly imagine. But for us as individuals, this opportunity of really sharing this love that I talk about - and not a love, a physical experience or anything like that, but true love, that has one basic meaning behind it, and that is love. And premies, this has gone on for a long time, and there are very, very, very rare and few premies who have been able to share this opportunity to really experience that kind of a Grace, to be able to experience that kind of Knowledge. And now, by His Grace, as a devotee, and by my Grace as being a Guru Maharaj Ji, I present you that opportunity again to really enjoy that devotion that everybody has talked about so far.
So come together. You can reason anything in this world. Nothing might make sense. You know, of course, a pillar holds a roof. What holds the roof? Have you ever thought about that? When you want the roof to be supported you erect a pillar! But, what kind of a pillar is there, what kind of a thing is there that in fact keeps the roof up there? Is it the earth? Or is it the same thing that keeps us there, keeps us surviving?
So premies, it's fifteen minutes after twelve exactly, right now. And, well, that's according to my watch. Anyway, I want you to just, maybe have some meditation, and tomorrow there's going to be a program early in the afternoon. We can all come together and try to enjoy that. And don't space out.
See, to space out is easy. But to come together is a challenge. And isn't every step we take in our lives a challenge anyway? Why don't we really try to face that real challenge in our lives now? The real challenge that we are here for: to experience that Grace, to experience that beauty, to experience that Knowledge.
So thank you very much, and I'll see you tomorrow.
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