Prem Rawat's Speech at the Holi Festival
Miami, Florida / April 12, 1980
These clips are taken from a video of the Divine Light Mission Holi Festival at the Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida on 12th April, 1980. The 23 year old Prem Rawat then calling himself Guru Maharaj Ji was neither a good speaker, nor did he have a good command of English nor, on the evidence of these transcripts, did he have much to say but simplistic criticism of others and outrageous claims about himself. Comparing this transcript with the speech published in the Elan Vital magazine reveals the editing by his followers of his published speeches to make them more polished.
It was an open air speech, short and relaxed (by his normal standards of ranting) in which he talks about the Perfect Master or Master "coming into this world" ie incarnating in a human body with the aim of taking control of his followers' lives. He stresses the absolute importance of "surrender" ie accepting that devotion to Rawat and practice of his Knowledge is the absolute centre of a premie's life despite any doubts, confusions or unhappiness that may result. He teaches that any time a premie tries to do what they think they should it ends up in a "lotta dead ends, you know." He talks about the Ultimate Miracle though I couldn't grasp exactly what he meant, it seemed to be that hearing him at a festival like this was the ultimate miracle. The last paragraph of this transcript shows that while his 'satsang' speeches were boring, repetitive and incompetent his public speaking (in English at least) was even worse when trying to communicate instructions and advice ie where he couldn't just string together his standard stories, catch-phrases and clichés. Oh and he reminds us, once again, how much time he spends watching television.
(Bolie Shri Satgurudev Maharaj Ki Jai!) So dear premies, maybe uh you know I thought maybe we could have a little satsang before we began Holi. This is this is is just to get you real nice and warmed up for cold water. You know in truly looking at this whole thing, what is the reason, you know what is the purpose, that it all comes together as? And it's, it's that Grace. It's that love that has to flow from within inside of us. It's that reason for existence. It doesn't matter. You know for maybe a lot of people there is an ultimate destination. You know maybe to some people it's like, "Yes, one day, one day …" And those are the people, you know, who always wish for this one day, this particular one day. And they know that this one day is never gonna come. But for devotees, they never wish for one day. They wish for their whole lives. They want that experience of Guru Maharaj Ji manifesting in their entire lives, not just one day, something is going to happen and "clickety-clack" you know. And this is it. In that, in that sense, this is it.
Because for every, even for Hanuman or for every devotee, you know, I'm not saying that you are all Hanuman. After you're all painted in different colors you might look like one. But what was his wish? What was his desire in his life? Because he could see that the motivation of a devotee is not for everything in this world, or in a perspective of concepts. "Look, I'd like this and I want this and you know this is what I've gotta have." But that perspective is, "No. Whatever is given to me, whatever, in whichever environment, in whichever circumstance, and however that happens, however that experience manifests for me, however that love comes in my heart, however I open up to that experience of, of Guru Maharaj Ji, ??? open up that experience to, you know, let me open up." Because maybe for so many of us there is a particular fashion and there is a particular style. There is no particular style. There is no such thing of as, "This is in vogue and that isn't." And however Guru Maharaj Ji leads, however that mani(fests), because what is it to a river? Does a river say, "Oh, I better go around this route, you know, because there is a whole bunch of civilization hanging out here"? Or, "I better do this because it'll be easier for me"? Whichever way it is, however that manifests, in whichever shape, form, whatever it is. Because the only thing it can realize, the only thing it wants, is to fulfill its destination, its destiny which is to meet with the ocean. However with that is accomplished, through which crevice, through which creek, through which stone, through which turns it has to flow to fulfill that, it does.
Same thing for a devotee. When we get locked in our concept - and so many people in this world do - then the experience that'll manifest is of a concept, not of what is something that's real. That's like the difference, you know, behind a lake and a river. That water in the lake sometimes will sit there and just get saltier and saltier and saltier and muckier and muckier and muckier and muckier and muckier. Because it can't flow. There is its purpose. And yet that river, that's pure. It's really pure. Because it flows. It has something. It has a purpose. In the entire evolution of that little droplet of water that starts from the ocean, it'll go through the entire process of just to be able to come back to that ocean, to be able to come back to that, where it was created from. What is the purpose of it? Why should it even happen? But it happens. It happens again and again and again. I mean you know all those little clouds you know that is, they are the witness to that. That's what they're carrying. They're carrying that, that droplet that I don't know God created where, that started from I don't know where, thousands of miles, perhaps, and that thing carries them. And it'll take 'em to a place where it'll rain. And from there it will become a part of that river and flow into the ocean.
That is exactly the way in this world for a devotee. If we can just take those concepts and just look at it from an another perspective - because there is an another perspective. There is the perspective of looking at it from what our ideas of are of devotion, of satsang, of service, of meditation, of Guru Maharaj Ji, and then stop that for a minute and just look at it from an open heart. Because what is, what is, you know why does a Perfect Master come in this world? He doesn't come to fulfill our ideas. He doesn't come to fulfill our wishes. We have so many wishes, so many times. And those wishes cannot be fulfilled. But for our destiny that we don't know and this is where we have to stop and look. This is where that surrender comes in. Because you have no other substitute for surrender. There has never been a substitute for surrender. There will never be a substitute. And there never can be a substitute.
That faith, there can be no substitute for that faith. That has to come out of you. It doesn't matter in which form, in which, in which shape, that cloud forms. You know, but what it has in it, you know, be it stratus, be it cirro, be it alto, be it cumulus - it doesn't matter in which shape it comes in. But it's that, it's that thing that it has. And time to time a Master comes in this world. And when the Master comes, the devotees have to listen. And that's it. If we just listen and understand, if we just listen you know and have that feeling to go, then, then there is a possibility that our destiny will be fulfilled. But taking it as our concept, in our different little ways, because Guru Maharaj Ji comes in this world for us. For every one of us. It's hard to believe, but for every individual, every little being. You know not as a cluttered group or a mass or anything like that, You know for every one of us. And that's not our identity, but we have to lose that identity and become a devotee. Just become a devotee, just be a premie. Because that's where the start is. That's not the end. That's the start. Become that premie of Guru Maharaj Ji, so Guru Maharaj Ji can take you where he has to take you, where it has to be, in that experience of satsang, service and meditation, in the experience of that love, in the experience of that Truth, in the experience of that peace, you know.
Here we are in this baseball stadium. I don't know a thing about baseball. You know and and and yet I know one thing from watching TV games, that there is something called a home run. And when a home run happens, everybody cheers. You know and the ball goes flying out somewhere. And in this, in this whole game we have to score a home run with Guru Maharaj Ji. We've gotta complete that game that Guru Maharaj Ji wants us to play. You know and I don't know in which way, in which fashion, and how. But here is in, here is a, in, in that sense, here is the Grace, because here we are all sitting here for us to be able to have that experience of playing Holi, you know. Because what could it be? It could also be that you could be very, very confused, extremely confused and not experience any of anything, be a closed ball in this world, experiencing the misery.
You know there are so many people in this world who, if they don't experience misery, they can't be happy. Signs sounds a little weird, but that's the way it is. Can you imagine if nothing happened in this world what would happen to the newspapers, what would happen to the prime-time news? I mean sometimes you know, you know that sometimes there is an activity and enough of it doesn't happen sometimes. And when it doesn't, they just sit around and they talk about this and they talk about that, or pull out this unique case of how this guy has got half a moustache who lives in Tootooville, Tennessee. And it's (splutters) that's it. I mean there are some people whose, whose job is to find out what the most horrible thing is happening, so they can put it in their paper you know and everybody can read it. And that's only one thing. But there are so many people who look for it, who just want it, want it, want it. And that's all they want. That's all they look for in their whole lives. (plane flies overhead)
You know and that Grace manifests for a premie, not in that form. But ??? the whole cycle gets reversed. Everything gets reversed. And what a premie now looks for is happiness, is for Guru Maharaj Ji, is for that Truth, is for that bliss. That becomes the food. You know, like, I noticed you know, it's my philosophy, in one sense, it's true, though, so I guess it's not a philosophy. But I notice that on the first day of the satsang, when we have a program, all the premies are like just about outta juice you know. That's about it. And they come and it's always nice and it's always beautiful, but, and then the second day the darshan happens and that's what cranks everybody up, recharges all the, all the systems. And always the next day you see that premies are a lot more open to that satsang, and just a lot more inspired and a lot. I mean there is something that, that cycle becomes reversed. First day, you know, they just wanna take in as much as possible, as much as possible. And second day that love really starts to wind up and starts to flow out and that experience starts to manifest, you know. And why is that? Because there, there becomes a chance for us, another Grace in our lives manifests, another way how Guru Maharaj Ji manifests and in itself, it's the ultimate miracle, it's the, the miracle. Miracles are nothing compared to it. To fulfill the purpose of every, I mean I don't know sometimes I feel like Holi happens, or satsang happens, in all these places. And in in in Malaga there was this bullring. I mean the guy who created the bullring probably had absolutely no idea that one day there is going to be satsang happening there, let alone I don't even think there is a word for satsang in Spanish, you know.
And and and here. You know the idea is, "Yeah, a lotta people will come, a lotta fans will come and all these guys will come and play baseball and this will happen and that." But to have this company of Truth manifesting, it's not a credit to the baseball stadium, nor to these bullrings, nor to wherever it happens. And yet somehow, for the beings there, something in the heart gets fulfilled, something in this life gets fulfilled. And you know to me, that's what's real: the fulfillment every day, every second, every moment; that that fulfillment happens in our lives, that that Grace manifests. Because what does Guru Maharaj Ji want? He just wants us to open up so he can take over, so he can fulfill us. You know because we try to steer ourselves and what do we go to? Just a lotta dead ends, you know. That's it. And what does Guru Maharaj Ji want us to experience? He wants us to experience that love, that Truth, that's all, that bliss that we were made for.
And so, premies, I guess the time approaches when it's gonna get about its peak how hot it's gonna get. Are you warm enough? And so, I guess it's time to start Holi. And here it is! So again just that advice, you know, wise words of wisdom. Don't try to push each other, you know, and please don't hold up little children on your shoulders. When that gun comes through, you know, when that water somes through, it's a very powerful pressure some times and they can really get hurt. And so, you know, they'll they'll get it, you know, they'll get enough if you just hold them in your lap that's one thing but if you put them onther shoulders there is this thing sticking out,you know, they can really, they can get hurt. And uh so just be a premie and enjoy this. That's all we have to do. Just be a premie and enjoy whatever happens. Not, don't have a concept about it, you know, if you can help it, just don't have a concept about it and that's it. Just enjoy it, okay? Thank you very much.
In 1980 the average age of his followers was about 30. There were very few black premies.