Prem Rawat (Guru Maharaj Ji) / New York March 2, 1974
Dear premies, actually, I think before I talk about anything, I should try to explain the purpose of this assembly here. It's like, if you have clothes, you can wear them again and again without having them dry-cleaned. If you don't have them dry-cleaned, that won't wear them out or anything, but the thing is, it'll make them dirty. It'll make them smelly. And it'll put them to such a point where you won't be able to wear them. They will stink. (I have never experienced this stink of clothes, because usually my clothes are dry-cleaned.)
Anyway, it's the same way with a human being. He is there without realizing something. And he can go on in his lifetime doing things, but after one point, he will be so confused, he will be in such a position, and his mental position will be so backed-up, that he will reach a stage where he won't be able to do anything straight.
Now this is a situation which is very subtle to understand. There are people out in the street driving cars and doing almost everything, but right behind their brains, behind their minds, they are just not happy. They are just looking for something. They are expecting something. They are waiting for something. They come to their homes, they sit down, they go to their offices, they work, they come back from their offices, they go to sleep, and everything - they are doing all these things and they are following this procedure day by day. Actually, they are expecting something to happen. It's like, everybody's expecting something to happen.
Now, it's not going to be a bomb blast. Because probably that's a big prediction to make. But the thing is, what we are all really expecting is that Truth, for us to go and merge into it. This is what we all expect. This is all we are wanting in our lifetimes. And we can go on in this lifetime doing things, but then again, we will reach the same position as those clothes which are not dry-cleaned.
So the truth is, the thing that we have made our aim, the thing that we are looking for, the thing that we want to know, the thing that we are searching for, is something that everybody is searching for. Now, that does not mean that it has to be a particular way that everybody is searching for it. No. It can be any way. Thousands and trillions and billions of people are searching for it in their own way. But they are all searching. They are all searching and searching and searching.
But what is it? That's the biggest point. Okay, well, everybody knows people are searching for some kind of thing. But what is that thing? What is that object? What is that thing that people are searching for? And that's the Truth. Because man and this Truth are both supposed to be joined. They are supposed to be joined together. Because being in this world, experiencing all the sadness, and experiencing all the miseries of this world, they are both separated.
It's like a really fine blockage comes in between man and the Truth. And when they try to combine together, it's very impossible. And this is what it is that is bringing so much unhappiness to people
today, that is bringing so much sadness to people today and driving them completely nuts: because they cannot go back, they cannot get joined, to the thing that they were joined to, where their happiness was.
Now, look. There is a little thing. A baby is lying in a cradle. And the thing is that it doesn't have any toys, doesn't know what anything is - a very small baby - and you go to him, you probably tickle him or anything, and he laughs at you, he smiles at you. He's happy.
Now, what is that happiness? Who is making him happy? Why is his happiness there? It's a good question. He doesn't have what many, many rich people have. He doesn't have a car of his own. He doesn't have a house of his own. He doesn't have a bedroom of his own. He doesn't have all that stuff. So how come he is smiling? What is making him so happy? And as a matter of fact, he doesn't even have clothes that are proper for him to wear. He gets them and he wears them. But what is that thing that is making him happy?
Because right now his mental state is not words. And as soon as something happens - if you go and frighten a baby, and if you go and slap a baby - mind starts working. And it's like a complete reaction. It's like a whole thing where mind just starts freaking out, and it starts thinking and everything. And then the child is happy back again.
But with the human being something has happened where at one time he was happy, and now he has come to a point where he is not happy anymore. And really, the way we are going in this lifetime, in this world, we have to be much more careful about whether we are following the Truth or not.
Because coming down from Boston, I was thinking about what it would be like to drive really fast. And I think you will understand what I mean. If you went about 140 miles an hour, with both hands on the steering, and if you look away and
miss it for even about a second, so much movement will happen. It will not happen if the car is going 20 miles an hour. And this is like a very common thing. But how much of an example
have we taken out of that thing? Maybe everybody's car doesn't drive 140 miles an hour. But at least they go 80 miles an hour. And in those cars that go at least 80 miles an hour, they can experience about the same thing as that.
But what is that thing? What example is it really that we can take from it? Really, if you experience it you could see that it is such a good example for a human being, that look: Because you are moving so fast, you have to be extra careful about what you do. You have to be extra careful that you are actually on the road. Because if you are going 140 miles an hour and you hit something, you are going to be torn to pieces. Because it's so fast.
If man were moving much slower, if man were really slow, if his ideas, if his thoughts, were really like one idea or one thought a day - or maybe a week - that would have been much better. Because I think that rate is pretty good. So probably by the end of a month you will be unhappy again.
But today man has put himself into such a position where the ideas and thoughts go thousands per minute, a thousand per second. And going at that fast speed, if a man is actually not following his path, his track, it's like: Forget it! You are going to be dead, no matter what you are doing.
So see, understand what I am trying to tell you by this example. Since we are moving at such incredible speed, our mind has taken over at such an incredible speed - thinking, thinking, thinking, thinking, thinking, thinking, thinking … Driving, we are thinking. Sitting, we are thinking. Eating, we are thinking. No matter what we do, we are thinking.
The only time it stops thinking is when you go to
sleep. And even then it is thinking. It's dreaming; it's thinking, it's thinking, it's thinking. And at this incredible speed … It's like there is only a one-lane highway. On this side there are all these walls, and on this side there are all these walls. And if you hit these walls, you are looking into some mighty trouble. Because you might be dead. It's like, you are going right in between, and you have to be careful not to hit those walls.
And, how to be extra careful? This is again one thing that we have to understand: How to be extra careful? It's like, if we are doing meditation, if we are really doing meditation, if we are doing satsang, and if we are doing service, we are realizing more and more. We are making it much, much safer as we are getting up higher and higher and higher. We are just becoming much safer. Because the whole wheel is now completely under the control of something like an autopilot, which will make the car turn, which will make everything happen. It's like, no matter how much speed we have in our car, still, we are just doing beautiful. We are just doing fine.
And this is the whole big deal with the human being today. Because he just cannot understand what to do in this lifetime. Really, people are getting so confused. It's incredible. And sometimes there are people who are so confused that you can't even believe that they are really speaking the truth. How come a man is so confused; a man who was made by God is so confused? Why?
Really, it's no big deal! A 747 is supposed to be a big and safe plane. But if it lands on its head it's not going to be safe. And this is what man is doing; he's landing on his head. Or if that 747 climbs out of the atmosphere, it's not going to be safe either; it's going to burn out. And this is what has happened with man.
And that is why man always needs the Perfect Master, who can come to guide him, who can tell him, who can explain to him, what to do now, what to do now, what to do now, what to do now, what to do now. I tell you one thing: If it weren't for radar, many planes would have been lost; nobody would have known where they were. Because if you are coming down, say, in Denver, there are all these big hills, and then it's a flat area. And you have to kind of make a steep, steep landing, where the airport is right in front of you. And you are coming, there are all these clouds there; you don't know where you are going to hit. Because there are all these hills in Denver, and there's all these clouds, and you can't see anything when you're coming in.
And if it weren't for radar control, which can tell us, "Well, keep this altitude, then this altitude, then this altitude," and just bring us down really beautiful … And then there is nothing to be afraid about.
And for the person who has completely lost touch with the radar control, well, he is really looking for trouble. As a matter of fact, the planes that don't have good radios, they return back. They just go back. Because they can't see anything, and they don't have any way to communicate.
And that is the difference between a man who has a Perfect Master and who does not have a Perfect Master. Because probably, in the cases where they are completely happy, they'll both do fine. You know, if a man is given everything, it's like, "Okay, you have got nothing to bother about, nothing whatsoever," people get pretty happy. It's like, to one point, just about, both will do the same.
But when it comes to a point where there is really confusion ahead of us, where there are really clouds ahead of us, where we just can't make it, that is the time when only one person, the one who has the guidance of Perfect Master, will go through. And a man who does not have guidance, forget it! After all the trip that you made, you would reach to that point, and you would have to go back. And this example is about flight hours. But thi is life hours you are wasting.
If you are wasting airplane hours, maybe you can set the engine back again, or something. But what about this life? We can't get this life back again. You can't say, "Okay, God. I am filing this application, and will you give me two more hours, or three more hours or three thousand more hours in my life, please?"
No. So after all, that person who comes to save us, we call him our Savior, we call him our everything. And that person, we have to just really understand . . And I'm only saying one thing to you: that you were confused. You came to me, and you asked for Knowledge. Knowledge was given to you. You are doing meditation. And now, it is even my responsibility to make sure that you also follow the instructions of satsang, service and meditation.
Because a doctor's duty is not to just go and write a prescription to anybody and say, "Okay," and forget it. "Don't come back here. If you die or survive, don't come back to me, okay? Here are your pills. Go away." He can't do that. It is his responsibility to make sure that that person is okay. And if he is not okay, then it is his responsibility again to give him further instructions and advise him to go to a better doctor who can really do it.
It's like this Knowledge has been given to you now, and I can just say, "Okay, man, you have the Knowledge. Forget it; don't come back. Beat it. You got your thing; go and mind your own business."
No! Because if a man has a radar unit in his airplane, that doesn't mean that he doesn't have to have contact with radar control each time he makes an approach. Each time, he will have to use it. He will have to do it each time.
And this is like, each time we have confusion, we have to just do satsang, service and meditation; satsang, service, and that just brings you just beautifully, and it's no trouble whatsoever!
And second, if you are following that agya, that order, of doing satsang, service and meditation, we also are saving our worries. How? Because a pilot who is sitting there, he doesn't have to worry about it. All he has got to do is set his plane to autopilot, set in on the vectors he is given and just fly! And whenever the radar control will think, "Okay, he should turn," just turn it! He will tell you what to do. All you have to do is sit back and relax, and whenever he tells you, just turn the knobs. That's it. And it'll bring you right in.
And this is like an example. Maybe it's funny; maybe it's not. Many people think, "Oh, why does Guru Maharaj Ji give examples of airplanes and cars?" Well, to tell you the truth, if I started giving you an example of Shastras, you wouldn't follow it, either. So it's better to give you an example of something you use daily and can relate to.
What if I started giving you examples out of the Ramayana? That book, that scripture is that thick (several inches). And to tell you something right in the middle of it, you have to read the whole chapter and then you would understand what I am talking about. Many people don't even know who Lord Ram is. What is his story? Why was he famous? What did he do?
Many people don't even know what Krishna did. And if I start giving you examples about Krishna … Well, there is nothing wrong with them, is there? But you won't be able to relate to it. So I'd have to tell you the whole story first, and explain to you who Krishna was, and then go ahead and give you the example. By that time, probably you'll even lose the point of why I'm giving the example.
But just a car or something, that you drive … An example is not satsang. An example is just to convey the meaning of what you are trying to explain. That is an example. And it's like, this is what it is.
But really, if you keep doing meditation, keep doing meditation, and keep in touch with the Perfect Master (snaps his fingers), then you have nothing to worry about. Really you haven't. And then, everything just becomes so clear, and so beautiful. Everything becomes so clear and so beautiful that I can't even explain to you how much, how clear it becomes, how beautiful it becomes. I can't just explain it to you. It's more than impossible. Because it's something that cannot be described.
Today, that beauty that you have to experience, and that beauty that is experienceable inside of us, is so beautiful. I have, at least, seen these things: When people from New York go to some place like California, and they see a beautiful sunset, they
don't believe it. They just keep on saying, "Wow, that was fantastic." "Wow, that was fantastic." "Wow, that was fantastic." All they have got to say is just, "Wow, that was fantastic." They almost don't have any words to explain a beauty which is mortal, which was created by God, and will be taken away by God. It comes and it goes, instantly.
Because if you are taking pictures of a sunset, you will notice - if you take a picture after each second, you will notice that there is a minor change in every picture. And that beauty which is constantly changing dies off. Then it comes back again, dies off. It comes back again, dies off. That beauty - when that beauty, for that person, is indescribable, how can anybody describe that most perfect beauty that cannot even be seen with these eyes, which is a subject to the third eye, which is within inside of us? And when we look through the third eye, we see the most beautiful sight. We see the most beautiful sight.
When God made this world, He made it so beautiful. When they started making cars, they used to really make "honky" cars. You know what I mean. They were really funny-looking cars. They didn't have any hood, and they didn't have any trunk. All they had was a bench-seat, and a little engine under it, probably.
Man started from that point, and in 50, 60 years, there he is with a Mercedes or a Rolls Royce, and all these advanced cars. And there's the fuel injected system, and all these things. He is just coming up with all these things. He's gotten so advanced. And they all look so beautiful; now they do.
If you take a graph chart, man started out from "beauty zero" and developed in 50 years to about, say, "beauty 60 percent." What about God? He started out from "beauty 100 percent," and I don't know where it is now! It's gone way up; way, way, way up. And that beauty, all we see - light, the warmth - we really appreciate - is all made by Him. We do not even know, we cannot even imagine, how beautiful that thing will be, that energy, that Light, that vibration, how beautiful that will be, which is itself perfectness, which has no identity, which needs no identity.
Because perfectness doesn't need any identity. It's like, it has no identity, and it needs no identity. That most perfect thing: How beautiful it is! Even I can't describe it.
Ramayana was written that thick (several inches), and it was all about Ram. But in one statement Tulsidas, who was the author of that book, writes
… It is about that thick a book, describing all about Ram, how beautiful he was, and what he did and it's like all so beautiful. But at one point he has to say, "To what extent should I describe the beauty of this Name, should I describe the glory of this Holy Word? Not even Lord Ram himself can describe."
In the Bible, all they could say for it was "the Word." That's all. The Word. And what is the Word? That is that little secret, that's that little mystery that could not be written and could not be spoken. Otherwise it could have been written there and would have benefitted thousands and thousands of people. But it is something that is a matter of inner experience. You can describe a beauty in thousands and thousands of pages, or you can take a picture of that beauty. They are both equal. Or probably that picture will be far more explainable than the thousands and thousands of pages you have written.
I can describe a beautiful, beautiful sunset. Maybe it'll take a big book. Maybe I'll be able to do it, because it's very describable: The temperature was just perfect, and the sand you are sitting on. The environment, the cars that are passing behind you - it's a cool and calm atmosphere, and all the birds are there … It's like, you can give all that explanation. And then sun is going down, slowly and slowly; the waves are coming up, breaking up, and then suddenly a little higher one comes, and a little lower one comes, and a little higher one comes, ans a little lower one comes, and a little
higher one comes, and a little lower wave comes, and all these waves. And suddenly these crows, or seagulls, cross the beautiful sunset. (Well, in India crows cross it, and then here seagulls probably cross it.) It's like, describing all that, it'll probably fill that thick book.
But if I take a person, and just put him in that place, I don't have to speak any words. It'll all be there for him to see, realize, feel. And his experience would be exactly the same as mine. Because he saw it and I saw it.
And so, in exactly the same way, all those people who have written scriptures, if you want to experience what they experienced, experience that thing that they are talking about. See, you will have the same experience as they did. And it will be completely beautiful.
And as long as a man thinks, "Oh, I'm not supposed to be that big; I'm not supposed to be that progressive in my meditation; I can't do it; it's just impossible for me." Well, it sure is, for you. Because you don't want to even try it. But if you try it, it is not impossible. It's very easy.
Because to get used to something artificial is really hard for a human being. But something that is natural, it's not hard at all for him to be used to it. It's like, you go and wash your hands. It's like water falling on your body. It's kind of natural. And you don't have to be used to it. But having contact lenses in your eyes, maybe you will have to be used to that. And that's that difference. Because this Knowledge, being natural, being so, so natural, you don't have to be used to it. It's just, let it flow. Just put yourself into the experience, and it'll take you right there. And there you will be in the experience.
So that is already within inside you; that is already around you. All you have to do is just like - suppose these curtains were in front of me, in between you and me. You wouldn't be able to see me. I wouldn't be able to see you. Why not? People who have weak eyes are wearing glasses here; the rest of them supposedly are okay. I can see pretty good. So what is the reason? The lights are there, and they are lit. The situation is just exactly like it is right now where you can see me and I can see you. But these curtains are in the middle. So what is the reason why I can't see you and you can't see me? After all, what is the reason? And it's a really foolish question. It really is. Why? Because the curtain's in the way!
So in the same way, the reason why you can't see God, the reason why you can't realize God, is the same exact question which I'll be asking you:
Why can't I see you and why can't you see me? I'm there; you are there. Because the curtain stops our vision. God is there; you are there. And you can't say, "Oh, God has just gone home. He has just gone back home for a weekend. He has gone for a weekend vacation." He hasn't.
If our point is to really realize God, then we should just go ahead and realize, and not wait for anybody. Because God is always there. He doesn't take vacations. He's always there. He's always, always, always there. He's omnipresent. He's omniscient. He is omnipotent.
So all you have to do is just take away that curtain of our ego, selfishness, miseries, and all these things that we have piled up. We take them off. And sometimes they get so much - usually, that's the usual case, they get so much - that somebody has to come and perform surgery. And that is called the Perfect Master. He comes and performs the surgery, takes all the miseries, selfishness, ego, everything away, cleans it up, and there you go. We can see Him again.
And really in this world, it's like, when a baby is born, he cries. And when a man dies, he cries. It's all full of misery. But then again, we have to find something. Because there is something. There is that beautiful, beautiful point, there is that most beautiful point, there is that most beautiful aim that we can make. That is the most beautiful destination of ours that we have to reach, that we can be at, which will be so beautiful, which is so, so, so perfect.
That's the hard thing about it. Since that Knowledge is so perfect, it's hard to describe. Because you cannot describe something that's perfect. It's hard to say, but you just cannot describe something that is perfect. Today we always say, "Oh, that's a perfect car." "Oh, that's a perfect man." "Oh, that's a this," and "Oh, that is
the perfect ceiling." "Oh, that's the perfect life." "Oh, this is the perfect situation." "Oh, I'm gonna do this job perfectly. I'm gonna wax this car perfectly." Today we are relating to all these things as perfect. But perfectness is something else beyond that. And we really cannot explain perfectness.
All the scriptures go to a limit, and even in that limit they keep putting on commas, and full stops, and that's it. And that's how far every scripture goes in explaining what perfectness is. Because really, we cannot understand what perfectness is until we really realize and understand perfectness, really see perfectness, really feel perfectness, really be into it.
So it's like, my job is to say, and your job is to do. Because you won't be doing meditation for me. I have realized that Knowledge. You will be doing meditation for yourself. If you want to get something out of it, if you want peace of mind, if you want some satisfaction in this world, if you want what you have been searching for, then do meditation, do satsang, do service, and you will get it. It isn't far. As a matter of fact, it's right in your pocket. You have got to take it out (snaps fingers); there you go! It's not at all any big deal.
So premies, tomorrow there is another program. But the whole thing completely depends on you as to how much you take privilege of this satsang, and how much you don't. Well, I see some premies have been following right on since Canada and have come here, and that's really wonderful that they are listening to so much satsang. But the whole thing is, how much do they grasp of it? How much do they take it? How much do they experience it, and want to grasp it in them, and do it; and how much do they want to completely neglect it?
Because they can do both the things. They can really make use of it, and they can completely neglect it. And the same goes for everybody. It doesn't really matter, if it's a 180-day satsang, one day satsang, half-hour satsang, 20-minute satsang, one-minute satsang, half-second satsang. Satsang is satsang. And there it is.
We have to just really understand and relate to that thing. And really, the only way to relate to it is to really experience it. It's like, people who have not received Knowledge here, they know I am talking about some kind of thing. But what is it? Some people might even think, "Oh, maybe he is just making it up. Maybe there isn't anything like this." But there is.
And people who have realized it, for them, when I talk about Knowledge, they know what I am talking about. Because they have got the Knowledge. It's like, really if you want to understand what I am talking about, the first thing you've got to do is realize Knowledge. Do meditation, and realize Knowledge. And then you will be very able to actually understand what it is.
And so this is how you really go about realizing and experiencing.
And again tomorrow there will be satsang. I won't be explaining anything more to you. Probably give you a couple stories more. But it'll be the same thing: Realize this Knowledge. Really experience this Knowledge.
Thank you very much.