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All stories begin with “Once upon a time.” The story that I really want to tell you also begins like this, but there is a small difference—and the difference is, “Once upon this time there lives you.”
Once upon this time there lives You.
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WITH PREM RAWAT
A note regarding a reference in the following video:
A character named Ravan, considered to be a demon, battled an Indian prince named Rama, in the ancient, epic poem known as the Ramayana.
Hello everyone; Prem Rawat here. So, I have been here in India and doing a lot of interviews, did a couple of events—virtual, of course, and it was very interesting. (And it’s always fun to come to India, whatever the circumstances.)
And I would just like to say a few things. And one of them is that, you know, there are a lot of changes that we notice around us. And the world isn’t the same place anymore. Maybe you got up in one of the mornings in 2017, 2018—and even the earlier part of 2019, and the world was a different place.
And all of a sudden, you find yourself in this, caught up in this thing of the pandemic—and so many changes due to that, yeah, restrictions and.... You know, we were all moving in a particular direction, and then all of a sudden, it’s just like, “No, that’s not going to happen, and no, that’s not going to happen, and no, that’s not going to happen.”
So, it comes down to this. That those things that change, they change because they can. And if they can, they will. And then there are those things that don’t change. And those things that don’t change, won’t change. And the question really becomes, “In what do you invest?”
Being here, being on the face of this earth for as long as you are—here, the whole idea of death kind of floats, hovers in so many places, in so many countries that had made themselves the “idyllic land of milk and honey” and “free of disease” and, you know, so many things. And yet even those have been victimized.
And all of a sudden, it’s like, “Well, what is safe?” Those countries in which there was no safety, to them it’s like, “Okay, you know?” They don’t sit there and think about death—it’s, there, this is “situation normal”; this is just how it’s always been.
But then, all those places where people have taken so much effort to make sure that everybody is safe, and all of a sudden, you’re not. But that is because it is changeable. It did change—because it can change. And it is changeable—and it will change.
But then there is something that doesn’t change. And that thing that doesn’t change is what is your reality, what you need to invest in, what you need to be a part of, what you need to court in your life—and allow yourself to be filled with that, with that understanding that you want to attach yourself to that which is real.
So, that’s definitely one thing that we have to remember. The other thing—and I just had this Hindi broadcast from India. And one thing that I was talking about was, “Is Ravan a person or an infection of society?”
And it can be both. Ravan could have been a person. But it definitely can be looked at as an infection of a society—and an infection of an individual, where all they start to do is try to make things unchangeable for themselves.
This is one of the things Ravan worked on—boon after boon that he wanted, to become the most powerful person. Boon after boon that he would live forever. Boon after boon that he could destroy anything!
And it’s a fascinating story. Valmiki wrote it back when. But it is completely—amazingly enough, it’s relevant today. What’s going on is relevant today. And in those days, it was the innocent people who got killed, who got victimized. And today, after all these years, it is the innocent people who get victimized.
So I guess, things change and change and change and change and change and change and change. And yet the bowl that they are in doesn’t change—so they go back to being that shape. And you’d think that, you know, all the advances that humanity has made, (and they have made quite a few), that this would be really a different world.
But you look at that time? And every opportunity that Ravan got.... But you know, but it’s like, “Oh, can I have that weapon of yours? Can I have that weapon; can I have that weapon?” And he had numerous weapons. Because again, this burning desire that he had to be the most powerful person.
Ultimately, nothing worked for him. And I guess, in this world of changes, that doesn’t change. The result that, at the end of the day it doesn’t work, doesn’t change.
So, very interesting—but still, you have to invest, you have to court that one thing that is real in your life, not all the other things. They may be distracting. And you might get distracted. There’s no harm in getting distracted if you can find your way back. And that’s what’s important.
Somebody wrote to me this, quite a long letter about “weeds and plants and trees.” And it’s explaining that “You know, weeds were also plants.” Yeah, but when I speak about weeds, I don’t mean weeds that grow out of the garden or in grass, or out of the soil. What I mean is in a garden, those things that you do not want to be there. In your life, things that you don’t want to be there.
So it’s a metaphor. When I say that there is an ocean inside of you, I don’t mean that there is an “ocean” inside of you—with sharks and snails and slugs and seaweed and, you know, whales and.... But an ocean is a vast body—say, it’s something very beautiful, very vast inside of you. So, that’s just, you know, that’s metaphors. And just to explain what really is going on.
So, I hope that you stay all well. I will be contacting you soon; I’m going to be traveling again. And then as soon as I can set up again, I will be getting in touch with you soon. Take care of yourselves; stay safe; please stay safe. This thing, yeah, and this thing is something else. And take care of yourselves.
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