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Perspectives

I travel a lot, and I have to cross borders. Some days, I go through three or four immigrations checks. Someone asks me, “How long are you going to be here?” “Just a few hours.” “What are you going to do?” “I’m just coming to speak.” He has to look at me and look at the passport and say, “Okay. That’s you.” But I am me. This is somehow to verify. There is some practicality to it, but couldn’t it be another way? Where my integrity is intact not because I have a little piece of paper saying I’m really me? But that’s how it is.

When you go to school, you are tested on the subjects somebody else has decided you should know, not on what you do know. And if you know everything else except what this person thinks you should know, you fail. Maybe you just forgot one thing, but you have to prove to someone that you know it.

It seems we live in a world that is diametrically opposed to the integrity of just one individual who desires to be fulfilled. I remind people: what you are looking for is inside of you. If you need somebody to hold up a mirror, this is what I do, not define how you should look.

What qualifies me? Well, I don’t have a rubber stamp. I started when I was very young. My feeling was, “Maybe I can bring some happiness, some joy to people.” My perspective is very down to earth and simple: One, you are alive. This is the best news you will ever receive. Secondly, you didn’t come with a manual, but one was built into you. No need to have a printed manual when within you has been placed the want to be fulfilled. Can this want be fulfilled? Yes. So you are alive, the want has been placed within you, and the wish that you carry within can be fulfilled. What’s the problem?

Perspectives. Why has the most fundamental need of fulfillment been so drastically changed to, “It’s not possible”? People don’t address their needs; they address their ideas. And today, ideas have become more important than our needs.

It begins with every individual. No world leader is going to come, shake your hand, and “ta-da,” it’s done. No. The next time you look in the mirror, understand that lighting this world begins with one candle—you.

This world is said to be an illusion. The illusion is “me and mine, you and yours.” The problem with illusion is it looks so real that you can’t point out what is fake. For all those people who perform magic, what is the key to their illusion? Distraction. They have to distract you. You look over there while they do the switch here. So, in your life, are you distracted? Oh, yes.

If you have never understood the value of breath, you’ve been living in a state of distraction—the greatest illusion. You came, and all too soon, it will be time to go. When you were young, the clock ran slow. Every five minutes, you asked, “Are we there yet?” Then, as you get older and older, whoosh, another year is gone. I know that time doesn’t change; it is our perception of time that has changed.

Here’s a little story about that. Once there was a man who prayed and prayed to God. And one day, God appeared. “You’ve been praying to me. What do you want?”

The man was shocked, but he had some questions. “God, How long is your day?”

God replied, “Well, actually, millions of your years are but a second to me.”

“So God, how much wealth do you have?”

God said, “If you took all the wealth in the universe and multiplied it millions and millions of times, that would be just one cent to me. Anything else?”

So the man said, “God, could I have a cent?”

And God said, “Just a minute…”

The want, the wish, the perspective of time. Do you know that you live on the most special place in this galaxy—the most amazing planet around? And, amongst all the creatures that exist on this earth, you are included. All that looking here and there is the distraction. Look within you. Understand the pulse of your existence. Understand what you’re about. Understand your thirst. Enjoy that feeling you have inside of you. Live your life fulfilled, not in some idea but in reality. You will find the reality of this life to be extremely beautiful.

☆ Prem Rawat

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