One 2 One, No. 4: Loyalty, a Core Value

“As a human being, be loyal to all humanity… As a human being, be loyal to that power that allows you to be alive.” —Prem Rawat

Prem Rawat:

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.”


NO. 4

Prem Rawat:

Hello everyone; I hope you’re all doing well—and things are going smoothly for you. And in the midst of all this, my little message to just, some, my thoughts, some of my understandings.

And you know, when you—when you look at this world, (and you can, right now, of course, there is that whole ridiculous situation going on with the coronavirus). And you look at that, and, you know, it’s not good in many, many places—too many people. One—I mean, one person dying of this thing is too many.

And people are sick, and that, you know, governments weren’t prepared for this or prepared for that. And however you look at it, we want for things to be better. We want for things to improve.

And whoever we are, wherever we are, whatever we are involved in, so much of our viewpoint (that we have in our heads, how we look at this world, how we view this world) has to do with the indoctrination that we have received. Those are the pink-colored, blue-colored, green-colored, yellow-colored glasses that we wear.

And sometimes our debates are just as ridiculous as somebody standing up and saying, “The world is yellow,” and somebody saying, “No, no, no, the world is pink,” and then somebody saying, “No, the world is blue,” and then somebody saying, “The world is green.” And it comes down to, “Well, what color glasses are you wearing?”

But certainly, I feel that in the midst of all the viewpoints, (all the formulas, all the definitions, all the ideas that we have), there is something that is going on.

And that one thing that is going on certainly has an incredible amount of relevance to us as a human being, regardless of our viewpoints, regardless of our external situation, regardless of our circumstances, regardless of our ideas. Just, all these thoughts that we get involved in, we sometimes stop to see the reality. And what is the reality like?

And the reality is quite simple—it’s not as complicated, because the reality doesn’t wear blue-color glasses and green-color glasses and pink-color glasses. It is not tainted. It is—it is! And it has been there all along. And it’ll stay that way.

And people will come, and people will go, and ideas will come, and ideas will go, and definitions will come, and definitions will go—but there is a reality that will remain unchanged. And the reality is that you are alive.

And now, it’s very easy to say that. And you can go, “Yeah, well, I knew that.” No, but wait a minute. Let’s just really take a look at this thing called “you are alive”—what does that mean? Well, actually there’s a lot of stuff that is being said without being said, that one takes or assumes that you know what that means: “You are alive.”

It means that once you weren’t; now you are—and then you won’t be. That there was a point on this earth that the idea of something like a human being existing on the surface of this planet Earth would be impossible—not feasible, not possible.  

Why? Because this surface of this earth was so hostile, so incredibly hostile—with all the volcanoes, no oceans, no oxygen—that to even consider anything living could be? Impossible. And of course, there was nobody to even make that judgment, nobody to even say, “Well, ahh, that’s a little too hot.” We weren’t around; none of us were around.

But somehow, the cooling was going to happen—species of life, different species of life were going to begin, some in incredibly simple format—taking different tacks, taking different ways of life. (There were the plants; there were the living things.) And an incredible amount of experiment went into it, experimenting, experimenting, experimenting, and what could survive went on.

At some point in time, the human beings arrived—they were here. They had to evolve—a lot had to happen—and then all of a sudden, cut to the scene now, and there we are. And we have acquired an incredible amount of power, incredible amount of power. We want, we can—we can kill each other—in quantities that would be unimaginable, unimaginable. But we can do it.

What has that done for us? Does that make us more happy?! Does that make us more sad?! No, people tell us, “Oh, you know, there is a possibility these people might attack you—so we have to have,” (and it’s called “mutually assured destruction”), that if they try to kill us, we’ll kill them. And that, hopefully, would be enough of a fear in both parties not to annihilate each other.

I completely understand that. I completely understand that. But what I don’t understand is, “How did it get to that point where I cannot, as one human being, talk to another human being—as a human being talking to another human being—another human being, not another species of human being but another human being?

“And be able to say things to him or her that would actually help that person, not threaten that person, “That if I destroy you, and you have the capability to destroy me, then maybe we won’t be friends, (and we will be enemies), but we won’t try to destroy each other.”

So, last night I was thinking—and this idea came to my head, “loyalty.” So, you know, (huh), nowadays, even what loyalty means is dramatically changing. Because now it’s like, “Oh, do you, did you get loyalty points?” (The airlines will give you loyalty points, or this bakery will give you loyalty points, or this company will give you loyalty points.)

Well, you don’t get points for loyalty. Loyalty is loyalty—being loyal. So, of course, the first question that came to my head was, “What should I be loyal to?” And there was a time that loyalty meant everything. And I think, still, today, loyalty has a huge role to play.

And first of all, this is what—I’m just, I’m just sharing with you what came to my head—and first of all, the first loyalty, (in my opinion—in my opinion), is or has to be to that power that allows me to be, that allows me to exist, that allows this breath to come in—and go out, and come back in.

So, my first loyalty—well, that was straightforward. That was straightforward—my loyalty needs to be to that power, that power that cannot be created, cannot be destroyed, according to Einstein. That power that was, is, and will be.

Far beyond me. It was there when I wasn’t there; it was there when the earth wasn’t there. It is there now—and “it will not be there,” such a time will never be! (And the earth will not be there but that power will still be there.)

This is incredibly powerful. So, my first thought was, “Yes, I have to be loyal to that power.” And then it switched and it was like, “Well, what else do I be loyal to? What, what would that be?”

So, a lot of different ideas, “and I should be loyal to this person or that person or this thing or that thing, and”—and then it was like, “Wait a minute. But I’m a human being! So, as a human being, what should I be loyal to? And as a human being, I should be loyal to human beings.”

And as soon as that idea clicked in, it was like, “Yes! That makes absolutely perfect sense! As a human being, first, my loyalty to that power that created me—that allowed me to be, that brings that gift of breath. And my second loyalty? To human beings.”

If human beings were loyal to human beings, would the silly wars ever have happened? No. Would—would people have ever been put in concentration camps? No! Human beings have not been loyal. And there have been leaders on the face of this earth that have done horrible things. But only because there was somebody there to help them accomplish what they wanted done.

And if those people who made that possible were loyal to human beings, they would have simply said, “Nope. I’m not doing it.” Would there have been consequences? Yes. But of course, I’m not talking about just one or two people being loyal; I’m talking about “All of us need to be loyal to human beings.” And we’re not.

Everybody tries to have a solution to the problems. So much of our time—you know, families come together; people come together and they start getting into the discussion, “Oh, they should do this; oh, they should do this; oh, they should do this.” And then everybody shuts up. And nothing happens; nothing changes.

It’s almost like, “Save your breath—for something else. Because your discussions, your ideas, they’re not going to make any difference.” But the thing is, there are a lot of good ideas—but they don’t come forward.

What are people loyal to? They’re loyal to money! What are they loyal to? They’re loyal to everything else. But they’re not loyal to human beings. They’re not loyal to that power that allows them to exist.

And this, I find—this imbalance: this is an imbalance. It’s an imbalance in thought, imbalance in feeling, imbalance in execution, imbalance in all that we represent as human beings on the face of this earth.

Because if somebody was to come right now—and then make an inspection of, “See what’s going on here,” they would see an absolutely hideous, hideous-hideous-hideous amount of imbalance.

So, what is the solution? And the solution—and I know I say this, that the solution begins with you. And people are like, “No. Change the world out there. There’s not a problem with me”—no, no, no, no, no. Don’t, don’t look at it that way, that “there is a problem with you and it has to be fixed.” That’s not the issue.

That’s not the issue—your car is perfectly okay. Your car is just fine; the tires are fine; there’s plenty of gas; the engine is running perfectly; the windows are clean—everything is good. It’s just on the wrong road—that’s all. Turn it around; put it in the right direction—and all is good.

Yeah, because people—always, whenever I’m talking about these things, people just say, “Oh, yeah, but how are you going to change that many people?” And it’s, yeah, but, and well, what, what!? I don’t have to change them. They’re fine! What has to change is this viewpoint that we have got.

And that viewpoint changes all the time! That viewpoint changes all the time. You see all these incredible tricks you can do while you’re cooking food, and maybe one day you’re cooking food and you realize that if you let the bread sit, you know, for another five minutes, that it’s lighter, that it’s fluffier.

Well, from then on you have changed it. You’ve—you’re, not changed yourself; you just changed the methodology of how you accomplish it. The method has changed.

That’s all that it would take. For us to understand that “my value, my value, my core value here is to give my best, not only to myself but to all those people who are around me.” Not the worst—but the best.

But instead, what we give to each other is anger, fear—and all those other things that are absolutely ridiculous. That’s what we give. Not, “Let me give you compassion; let me give you something that is an incredible gift that I can make possible in your life.”

So, I hope that, you know, what I said just gives you something to think about—rather than the right and wrong and all the games that—because that’s not the purpose that I have here. My purpose really, here, is to just cause you to think a little bit, to understand a little bit, to move forward a little bit in your life, to make things easy.

Because if it can certainly make things easy for ourselves, maybe we’ll do it; maybe something will happen. Right now, the world is beckoning for a change—and all I see is people just wanting to get back to the way it was. But the problem I see in the way it was—is that that’s what got us here where we don’t like it. And there’s nothing to stop it from happening again.

So, we need to take care of ourselves. And just remember, “the loyalty, the loyalty to that power—and the loyalty to the human beings.” We need that. We need that.

Of course, we need to be loyal to our family; we need to be loyal to ourselves; we need to be loyal—but top two, (hmm)—as a human being, be loyal to all the humanity, the human beings. As a human being, be loyal to that power that allows you to be alive.

Take care of yourselves—and I’ll see you soon. Thanks.


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