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December 05, 2021
The Practical Peace Library

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This is the first of an 18-part series to be published over the next few months on this blog. Each post will feature a different set of short, topical videos and audios featured in the Practical Peace Library on PremRawat.com. Today's post focuses on choice.

Please free to forward this link to any friends or family of yours who might be interested in learning more about Prem's message of peace. The next post in this series will focus on the topic of clarity.

How do you want to live? (Video - 1:59)
36500 (Audio - 6:13)
Choices (Audio - 2:36)
Have you made your choices? (Audio - 5:53)
Make your life shine (Audio - 3:16)
The cost of distraction (Audio - 7:51)
The power of PEP (Video - 3:59)
We are the doers (Audio - 3:10)
You choose (Audio - 3:03)
Your day, your life (Audio - 3:30)

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November 30, 2021
What People Find Compelling About Prem Rawat's Storytelling

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Prem Rawat is considered by many to be master storyteller. Indeed, his most recent book, Hear Yourself: How to Find Peace in a Noisy World, is filled with some of his favorite and most entertaining stories. Below are a selection of comments from various people who are big fans of Prem's storytelling with a focus on WHY they find his storytelling so compelling.

"His stories have the power of transforming something that is so complex to a very simple message that can be understood easily." - Uma JL

"I love how his stories take us back to the simplicity of life, with wisdom and kindness at the root." - Joanne Dorrance

"The stories renew my sense of childlike wonder. They are often playful with an invitation to laugh at life and our humanness. They are kind and provoke thought. Even though some are ancient. they remain relevant today." - Sigrid EA

"I think he has the best sense of humor. He has a way of communicating that helps me feel free." - Elise Lee

"His story telling addresses the innocence of childhood in us. The story always contains a truth that is universal and even a child can understand. His storytelling is not a showcase of his cleverness. It is the express lane, conduit to the heart." - Alla Rogers

"Stories from Prem are lovely expressions of wisdom for my heart's delight." - Allen Feld

"What do I like about Prem and his storytelling? It is an art, and for Prem, it is art straight from clarity, with a sprinkling of wisdom, and a side dish of kindness. Beautiful stories which somehow engage everyone in the audience. Engaging. Amazing." - Heather Joy Westley

"My experience with Prem's storytelling is that he is telling it from his heart to mine. If someone else told me the same story it just doesn't resonate the same. I guess it is the love between the master and the student why his stories make such a profound shift." - Lalita Mohini

"Prem’s storytelling goes straight to my heart. My heart says a very big YES." - Patricia Ade

"His stories take me back to myself. They are an amazing way to communicate his messsage." - Nim Lal Bhandari

"I like his cleverness and wisdom -- like in the story about a place where everything costs three cents. Teachers/Masters, like Prem, are known for their clever, insightful wisdom." - Janice Wilson

"The stories he tells are educational and entertaining. I always feel like I'm enjoying and learning at the same time, not being lectured or preached to." - Josephine Robinson

"I find it compelling when he quotes Kabir or the Gita or Ramayana -- making his points through ancient texts or something he thought about last night. He is the best storyteller, explaining in the deepest and most simple ways at the same time. A very divine experience." - Bob Ellmer

"I think it is his timing and that wonderful grin of his. The way he approaches 'I'm going to tell you a story,' there is something in the way he says that, that just makes you want to hear it." - Jane Mirano

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November 21, 2021
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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November 12, 2021
Looking Back, Looking Ahead, and Looking Within

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One week from now it will be 50 years since I received the gift of Self-Knowledge from Prem Rawat. Even though I write a lot, I have no words to express the kind of gratitude I have for this man and how his gift has enabled me to flower as a human being.

I've seen him in India, Australia, Italy, Canada, England and more than 30 cities in the United States. Every time I see him it's like the first time, even though every time I see him I know it might be my last. Some of my friends who don't know all that much about him wonder why I see him as often as I do.

"Haven't you heard it all before?" they ask. "Does he ever say anything new that you don't already know?"

While I very much understand their point of view, from where I'm looking, I see something else. If a rainbow appears above my head, am I not going to look at it because I've seen a rainbow before? Or a full moon? Or a hummingbird? Or lightning?

Suffice it to say, my friends, it's less about the words than what the words evoke, not to mention his laughter, smile, glances, stories, irreverence, humor, wisdom, simplicity, pauses, and zest for life.

When I met him for the first time I was 24. Now I am 74. My long hair is short, my short fuse is long, and I laugh more often, feel more grateful, and sometimes cry for no reason at all. I've had moments with him -- sometimes a minute or less -- that have become radioactive isotopes of love deep within my cells, radiating both outward and inward -- lighting my way with lightness, wonder, ease, and the recognition that THIS MOMENT is the only time there ever is, was, or will be.

Recently, he just came out with a book that I consider to be a masterpiece -- so simply done, so full of love, and such a GPS for the journey we're all on. Here's the link to it, just in case you are curious or want to get a whiff of the party he is inviting everyone to.

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November 09, 2021
A REQUEST FOR YOUR INPUT

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THIS JUST IN! I am writing an article, for PremRawat.com on the amazing rise Audio Books and I am interested to know if you have any specific themes you'd like to see me address. If so, lay them on me (in the comments box below or in an email: mitch@ideachampions.com). Your input will further help me navigate my way through the rise of the exponentially growing podcast phenomenon (there are now 2,000,000 podcasts to chose from).

One of the best audio books I've come across in the past ten years is Hear Yourself: How to Find Peace in a Noisy World by Prem Rawat. I've listened to it three times in my car, so far.

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November 08, 2021
We Are All Here for Just a Brief Moment in Time

We are all here for just a brief moment in time. Very brief. Now you see it, now you don't. A wisp of smoke... a flash of light... a guest appearance. But while we are -- HERE, that is -- let us live with as much love, kindness, generosity, patience, awareness, gratitude, and consciousness as we can. And we can! You. Me. And all of the other 7.9 billion people on the planet. What an opportunity we have! What a joy! Will there be hard times? Of course there will. Moses wandered in the desert for 40 years. Jesus was crucified. Martin Luther King was assassinated. No one ever said this was going to be easy all the time. But above and beyond all of the difficulties, there is an infinite supply of grace, wisdom, healing, freedom, joy, laughter, poetry, music, art, dancing, friendship, peace and love.

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Illustration: Raising Ecstasy

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November 03, 2021
Once Upon a Time There Was No Time

TimeMirrors.jpgOnce upon a time there was no time. No time and no space. No heroes, no plot, no drama, no obstacles, no twists, no turns, no hero's journey, no redemption, nothing to learn, nowhere to go, and no one needing to be saved. The sky was blue. The trees were green. People danced for no reason, sang like the birds, and looked up at the sky and down at the ground with the same reverence. This was the time before story, before the need to understand, make meaning, convince, persuade, teach, transmit, entertain, distract, or make a single point. The point? It was already made. And everyone already understood. Hmmm... I thought about writing THIS story, but then it dawned on me, how presumptuous that would be, how full of paradox, contradiction, Facebook Likes, Tweets, lists of things to do, copy edits, me, cash projections, reviews, complaint, business, and all the other assorted flora and fauna of life AFTER the story needed to be told. So I took out the garbage, washed the dishes, and walked the dog. This is not available on Amazon, nor will it ever be. But hey, in the past month I cam across a really good book that gets at this feeling in a really beautiful way. Worth a read (even if there is no time).

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October 25, 2021
REGISTER FOR TPRF's VIRTUAL CONFERENCE: November 14th

Join The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) on November 14, 2021 for a global virtual conference celebrating its 20th anniversary with a variety of inspiring sessions that will advance dignity, peace, and prosperity.

This empowering event will showcase TPRF's profound impact on people across the globe, and will acknowledge the thousands of volunteers and supporters who make it all possible. Register now to learn more about TPRF's programs and opportunities for you to get involved and make a difference.

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October 19, 2021
INTRODUCING A GREAT NEW SONG: "Can't Stop This Love"

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"Music is the universal language of mankind." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." - Mother Theresa

Love and music. Music and love. Hooray for them both and the universes born from their union!

And so, in honor of all things lovely and musical, all things joyful, heartfelt, inspired, mysterious, creative, collaborative, timeless, soulful, longing, deepening, and divine, I am so very happy that YOU have arrived, at this precise moment, at this precise blog, and, even more specifically, are in close proximity to the four-word title to a wonderful new song by Stuart Hoffman and Jennifer Edwards (vocals by Stephen Rivera).

And just in case you are wondering where this very clickable four-word title might be located, all you need to do is take a look at the very next paragraph which, lo and behold, is made up of only four words -- the same four words that just happen to be the title of Stuart and Jennifer's new song, which as fate would have it, was released just a few hours ago on Bandcamp. Can I get a witness?

Can't Stop This Love.

Without further adieu, I humbly invite you to unplug from whatever you are doing, turn up the volume, and let this beautiful song find it's way into you. Feel it. Let it take you. And if you feel like dancing, dance!

Oh, one more thing: if the song moves you in any way, please let Stuart and Jennifer know. Too many artists, these days, toil away into the wee hours of the night and the night after that, never really knowing if their deeply felt love songs to life have been received.

Let them hear from you and, hopefully, you will hear a lot more from them.

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THE FINGER SNAP, part 2

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Here is a 4:20 excerpt from my forthcoming audiobook about a life-changing encounter I had with Prem Rawat a few years ago. I learned a lot from him (and myself) in that brief exchange -- something deep, timeless, and very familiar. One of the things I love about my connection with Prem is the way in which being around him amplifies my access to a greater sense of knowing and being.

His new book: Hear Yourself
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My audio story excerpted from Storytelling for the Revolution

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October 18, 2021
MY REVIEW OF PREM RAWAT'S WONDERFUL NEW BOOK

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It has often been said that life doesn't come with an instruction manual, though some first-time parents, in major need of help, have been known to read at least a few books towards that end.

Wouldn't it be great if there WAS an instruction manual -- a book you could buy to help you figure out how to navigate all of life's twists and turns and everything in between?

Then again, it sure seems as if every religion, since the beginning of time, has published their own version of this proverbial instruction manual -- books we have come to refer to as scriptures, holy books, and divine transmissions. I, for one, am glad these books exist. I am. They have provided much comfort, guidance, and inspiration to millions of people around the world long before Starbucks existed. I even own a few of them myself -- the Bible, Bhagavad Gita, Dhammapada, and Tao Te Ching.

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October 16, 2021
The Ten Commandments for Visiting a Spiritual Retreat

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During the past four decades, a curious phenomenon has swept this nation.

Inspired by the teachings of several Master souls from the East, an unusually large number of ashrams and retreats have made their appearance on the scene -- spiritual centers designed to provide seekers of the truth with a focused environment in which to practice their particular spiritual path.

Seduced by the Western notion of cause and effect, they somehow think that spiritual attainment is related to the way they act -- as if God were some kind of transcultural Santa Claus looking for good little boys and girls to bring his shiny red fire trucks to.

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October 15, 2021
THERE IS A LITTLE BOY IN ME

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There is a little boy in me making snow angels in the sky, mouth open, tongue out, waiting to taste whatever it is that is floating down to him from on high. This little boy wasn't born, but has always been here, playing with moods and mud, laughing for no reason, and seeing, without looking, just how beautiful everyone is even if they think they are anything but. I love this little boy and he loves me, as we take turns learning how to play the game of life, reading each other not like a book, but the look in our wide open eyes which always seem to be saying something we cannot, though we try -- and it is in this trying that every day is Sunday, no plans, nothing on the agenda, nothing to do but be. At the often odd amusement park called Earth, this lad is just tall enough to get on the rides and he does, less for the thrill than the feeling of wind through his hair and the remembrance of something he never wants to forget. Alas, he doesn't have a single hobby, this boy. He doesn't collect stamps, coins, butterflies, or tin soldiers, though he once collected bottle caps and spent the better part of a day, putting hundreds of them, ridge-side up, on the floor of his bedroom, after which he screamed for his sister as if something was wrong and she came running, barefoot, into his room and at least one of them laughed (and it wasn't her). What a game this life is, what a glorious game -- a game of ungoing and undoing, a game of seeing who can really BE HERE all the way, a grand and glorious play even when it seems like a tragedy, which he's been told it sometimes is. You can argue with him if you like. You can. You can try to get him to see that he is wrong and sometimes he'll even admit it -- alone but not lonely, on fire, but not burning up, buoyant, blessed, and bubbling on the sea of life, surfing slowly to the shore even if he doesn't know how.

One of his favorite books

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October 13, 2021
Prem Rawat Speaking at the Italian Senate on October 12th

Prem Rawat joins Italian officials and journalists at the Italian Senate in Rome, on October 12, to talk about how peace education can advance individuals and communities. His talk begins at 15:40

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October 12, 2021
A Change Is Gonna Come

Thanks to Evelyne Pouget for the heads up

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A Simple Way to Learn More About Prem Rawat's Message of Peace

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Recently, a bunch of friends of mine, newly intrigued by the message of Prem Rawat, have asked me how they can learn more about him -- inspired as they've been by reading his new book, HEAR YOURSELF.

One simple way is to watch a series of his 1-6 minute videos posted in the Practical Peace Library on his website.

TOPICS INCLUDE: choice, clarity, contentment, courage, fear, gratitude, happiness, joy, hope, humanity, kindness, life, death, potential, self-knowledge, peace, the divine, the heart, time/now, and you.

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October 11, 2021
Focus on What's Right

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One day Albert Einstein wrote on a black board:

9 x 1 = 9
9 x 2 = 18
9 x 3 = 27
9 x 4 = 36
9 x 5 = 45
9 x 6 = 54
9 x 7 = 63
9 x 8 = 72
9 x 9 = 81
9 x 10 = 91

In class, everyone laughed at him because of his mistake at the end of the list. Einstein waited until everyone was silent and explained:

"Although I answered the first nine questions correctly, nobody congratulated me. But when I made a mistake, everyone laughed at me. That means that despite our many successes, society will note our smallest mistake and enjoy it. Don't let simple criticism destroy your dreams. Only those who do nothing make no mistakes."

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October 09, 2021
What Has Already Happened

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Every once in a while, something happens in my life that leaves me totally stunned, amazed, and electric with life. All of us have had these moments, somewhere along the line -- small, medium, and large. Sometimes we remember them, years later, and sometimes we don't. And sometimes, when we remember them, like glancing at an old photo of a friend, we remember that which was behind and beyond that particular moment --the core of who we are, that which abides at the eternal essence of our being.

I had one of these moments, in 1988, backstage at an event with my long-time teacher, Prem Rawat.

If I was going to tell the full story of that moment, it would stretch back a long, long time ago, before I was "Mitch", before there was a somebody to tell the story, before there was language -- and so, in honor of the fact that I know you have a lot on your plate and may even feel late for a very important date, I will do my best to cut to the chase to the pearl inside the oyster of that moment.

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October 08, 2021
Peace Train

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October 07, 2021
HEAR YOURSELF Makes It to the New York Times Best Seller List

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Click here to read the full story about Prem Rawat's new book making it to the New York Times Best Seller list. Good news travels fast.

Buy the book

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