The Heart of the Matter
September 28, 2022
The Making of Hear Yourself

Here is the six-minute back story of Hear Yourself: How to Find Peace in a Noisy World -- Prem Rawat's wonderful new book.

Buy it here

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September 18, 2022
THE CHALLENGE OF COMMUNICATING THE INEFFABLE

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Ever since I received the gift of Self-Knowledge from Prem Rawat in 1971, I have been trying, in various ways, to communicate something about the experience he reveals, how the practice of what he teaches benefits a person's life, and what his ongoing role is in the grand adventure of "knowing thyself."

As a poet and writer, I have a high regard for the power of language to convey and evoke that which is difficult to translate. But beyond that, I know deep down inside myself that, ultimately, it is not really possible -- not unlike the way my Zen friends describe the phenomenon of trying to speak truth into existence.

"It's like a finger pointing at the moon."

Prem Rawat has spoken of this phenomenon, as well.

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September 16, 2022
A Request for Your Brilliance

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I am happy to announce that I will be publishing my fourth book of poetry in early 2023. The title? "Unspoken Word: Poetry of Love, Longing and Letting Go."

Yes, I am psyched about getting these poems out into the world, but more than that I am looking forward to doing this in a way that I've never done before.

In the past, the promotion of my books has been borderline lame -- kind of like throwing a frisbee into a supermarket on a snow day. While some people did manage to look up from the dairy case, my outreach efforts were not very effective.

Hopefully, that's just about to change.

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September 14, 2022
ON MY WAY BACK FROM AMAROO: Knowledge in Action

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Here is the beginning of a real life "Knowledge in Action" story about my mythic journey back home from Amaroo -- beginning with the curious phenomenon of my first leg of the return flight from Brisbane to Sydney NOT EXISTING! There was no Qantas flight 503 and my phone didn't work and there were no Qantas employees on duty (it being 2:29 am) and there was no obvious way to get any assistance.

But that was just the Fellini appetizer.

The LA to Newark flight sat on the runway for two hours. Then we "deplaned" -- waiting for another, much older, plane to be cleaned and "catered." The caterers, apparently, onboarded enough peanuts, but they forgot the air!

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September 13, 2022
Register Now for The Global Peace Education Day Conference

On September 20th, more than 40 leading lights in the growing field of Peace Education will be sharing their insights, perspectives, and approaches to establishing a worldwide culture of peace. Prem Rawat, the founder of the very successful Peace Education Program, will be a featured speaker.

Admission is free though donations to the independent Peace Education Nework is greatly appreciated.

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September 09, 2022
Fill Your Bucket Now and Drink

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Everything on the outside changes -- our lives a kind of time lapse photography from the moment we are born to the moment we exit, stage left.

A seed is planted. It sprouts. It flowers. Bees come. Night comes. The flower closes and eventually its petals fall to earth, nourishment for whatever comes next.

But while we're here (and we are here!), let your flower bloom. Let it open to the sun. Be as beautiful as you are. Enjoy the sky overhead and the ground below. Indeed, enjoying this moment is what it's all about -- not what happened before or what you think will happen next. This is the moment we were born for -- to enjoy it in full glory, to sprout, to bloom, to let go.

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September 08, 2022
The Epitaph

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Now 75 and increasingly approaching the expected lifespan of an American male, I wonder from time to time what inscription I would want on my tombstone -- something not quite as goofy as WC Fields' ("I'd rather be in Philadelphia"), but very much to the point. And I think I have it. Just two words -- eight and a half times shorter than a haiku, but hopefully as memorable -- at least for the gravedigger who I doubt I'll ever meet. Ready?

"Thank you!"

That's it. Short and sweet. No wasted words. "Thank you!"

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September 06, 2022
Checking in from Amaroo: Day Two

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Okie dokie. It is some time in the very early morning here, but I cannot tell you what time, specifically, because I never changed the time zone on my iPhone, nor do I want to turn my iphone on.

Let's just say it's the time when the birds begin singing and the first light of day is upon us. It's my second day here with Prem Rawat and 2,800 people who have traveled from who knows where to unplug from just about everything else except what really matters: being in the moment... feeling deeply... and letting go of whatever it may be for any one of us that obstructs and obscures the very best of who we are.

Last night Prem spoke to all of us in the outdoor amphitheater. So relaxed he was. At ease. Radiant without trying to be. The definition of chill. He spoke. We listened. He laughed. We laughed. He told stories. We went on the adventure with him. You know the expression, "the bottom line?" Well, for me, that was happening, big time. Home base. Returning home. Showing up. A come as you are party that he keeps throwing.

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August 26, 2022
The Miraculous Border Crossing

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What follows is a chapter of a memoir-in-process by Joan Apter about her four-year overland-to-India adventure: 1967 to 1971 -- one that led her to the home of Prem Rawat (known as "Maharaji" at that time) when he was only 12 years old.

It was late in 1969. I was 21-years old and my bus from Pakistan to India was approaching the border.

I had left America in 1967 without a plan, feeling that it was time for me to bail from the chaos and darkness of the Vietnam war, the violent race riots and the assassination of my generation's heroes. Many of my friends were already fleeing to Canada.

Simply put, I was looking for a place to settle that made more sense, having already "turned on, tuned in and dropped out," quitting college after my second year.

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August 22, 2022
Sorry, No Rituals

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Prem's new book

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August 06, 2022
Sneak Preview of Stuart Hoffman's Fabulous New CD

Here it is! "Can't Stop This Love -- The Essential Collection." Will be available for sale at Amaroo from September 4 - September 10. Also downloadable on Stuart's Bandcamp page.

More Eversound music

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August 01, 2022
Michelangelo's Reply

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When asked how he created his iconic statue, DAVID, Michelangelo, as the story goes, said the following:

"I simply took away everything that wasn't."

The statue, you see, was ALWAYS in the stone. All it took was the sure hand of a master sculptor to remove whatever was not the masterpiece. Simple? Yes. But not necessarily easy.

In my brief time here on planet Earth, I have never met anyone quite as masterful as Prem Rawat in the fine art of removing the unnecessary. Listening to him speak his truth in ways that are utterly enchanting, the inconsequential falls away and what remains is the Masterpiece -- who we truly are behind the stone surface of our lives.

And as if THAT wasn't enough, he provides a simple way for people to stay connected to this experience wherever they happen to be at the time.

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July 27, 2022
I Am Yours

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July 22, 2022
Tim Freke's YouTube Interview with Prem Rawat

Tim Freke, a modern-day philosopher, met with global peace ambassador and bestselling author, Prem Rawat, for an animated one-hour conversation about a wide range of topics related to consciousness, self-knowledge, and experiencing the divine. Author of 35 books on inner wisdom and the commonalities found in the world's spiritual traditions, Tim's interview with Prem Rawat is the 40th in a series he has conducted about the nature of existence with such notable spiritual thinkers such as Ken Wilber, Ervin Lazlo, and Rupert Sheldrake.

Published on PremRawat.com

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An Invitation for People Attending the Amaroo Event in September

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"We've been given the opportunity to express ourselves -- to paint beautiful pictures with the strength we have inside. Each new morning, we can choose to be the most fantastic version of ourselves. Ignore the numbers. Paint outside the boxes. Paint what's in your heart. Paint the most dazzling version of who you are." -- Prem Rawat, Hear Yourself, p. 115

If you will be attending September's Amaroo event, in Australia, with Prem Rawat, you are invited to submit a personal expression to his website about WHY you are going.

For a lot of people, it's quite a long journey to get to Amaroo and, of course, there's the cost of plane tickets and accommodations, as well. It's also at least a week out of your life.

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July 20, 2022
The Beauty of Amaroo


Amaroo-2016 from Inscapes on Vimeo.

Inspiring Amaroo slide show and sound track created by Gary Bandzmer and friends in 2016. If you are thinking of attending this year's Amaroo gathering with Prem Rawat in September, but haven't registered yet, now's the time.

2016 Amaroo excerpts

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July 19, 2022
Prem Rawat's Livestreamed Milan Knowledge Review

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"Your need for joy, to be fulfilled -- for that you have to turn inside. That's where you will find it -- in you!" - Prem Rawat

The human need for joy and fulfillment is universal, independent of nationality, language, or religion. When it comes right down to it, everyone wants to feel good and get the most out of life. This is Prem Rawat's work. This is what he's all about. And this is what he was focusing on in his July 16 Knowledge Review in Milan, Italy.

Read more about it on his website.

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July 18, 2022
Easy to Love

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July 17, 2022
Lost and Found

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This just in from Irene Woodhead in the UK -- a beautiful story of a life-changing moment in her life from 1979.

We had just sold our house in Cornwall (UK) so were flush with money, unlike the previous year when we stripped the house bare of saleable items to raise enough cash for two return flights to Florida to see Prem Rawat.

This year, we took our six-year old eldest son to Kissimmee with vague plans of visiting Disney World.

Once there, we happily joined the food tent line, as I reached into my pocket to bring out the wad of cash. Then my world crumbled. No money at all! Zilch. Vanished. Disappeared Nicked?

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July 15, 2022
Power to Change

Here's a 2-minute trailer of Wendy Lewis' stunning new documentary, Power to Change about knife violence in London. In the months to come, The Heart of the Matter will update you on the latest and greatest from Wendy and her team. Stay tuned!

More about The Power to Change

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