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February 19, 2018
A Bag of Small Red Berries

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Today, I was sitting in Mesa Grande, the cafe I most love to frequent in San Miguel, when I noticed an old, weathered woman entering the place. Dark skinned, wrinkled, and small, she was moving very slowly across the room, more like shuffling than walking, stopping at each table and attempting to sell whatever it was she was carrying in her gnarled left hand.

Averting my eyes, I felt myself withdrawing, not wanting to encounter yet another beggar of the day needing something else to survive, but she kept coming, pausing now and then to rest.

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February 09, 2018
I Exist As I Am

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February 04, 2018
Your Favorite Story?

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What is your favorite story of all time? And why?

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February 02, 2018
The TimelessToday App

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TimelessToday is now available as an app on your Smartphone. Works with iPhone and Androids. A great way to get a daily dose of inspiration and stay in touch with a wonderful message of peace. You do not need to be a student or fan of Prem Rawat to get value from this app. The message is universal.

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January 31, 2018
The Wisdom of Mohammed

On Februay 12th, I will begin a month long residency at Al Siraat College, an Islamic school in Melbourne, Australia -- working with the Founders, faculty, students, teachers, and parents in an effort to help the school meet its ambitious goals. Then, I will return for another month, in September/October, after Amaroo. Of all the spiritual traditions in the world, I know the least about Islam. But that is just about to change. From time to time, I will post updates here and some real-life stories. For now, enjoy these pearls of wisdom from the Prophet Mohammed.

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January 26, 2018
THE SPRICE OF FREEDOM: A 5-Year Journey from Darkness to Light

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Sprice Drury is a woman who had it all -- a loving husband, a fabulous home, two horses, three acres, four dogs, a $350,000 year income, and the kind of fascinating work that allowed her to travel the world producing TV shows and documentaries. She was, in many ways, the poster child for success.

There was no indication, in 2012, that all of this was about to change -- a perfect storm of unexpected events that would not only turn her life upside down, but challenge every assumption she had about who she was and what life was all about.

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January 25, 2018
What I Have Understood

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The one who inspires my poetry
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January 18, 2018
When People Are at Peace

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January 11, 2018
Be Empty Like the Sky

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January 05, 2018
There's a Saint Louis, Missouri, Why Not a Saint Francis?

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If you happen to be feeling overwhelmed at the moment, unappreciated, neglected, ignored, unloved, unsettled, diminished, disappointed, disillusioned, disgruntled, or just plain dissed, the following words from Saint Francis -- spoken over 800 years ago -- may be just what the doctor ordered.

By the way, you don't have to be a saint to get the value. Just a human being.

THE SAINT FRANCIS PRAYER

"O Lord, make me an instrument of Thy Peace!
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, harmony;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light, and
Where there is sorrow, joy.

Oh Divine Master, grant that I may not
so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life."

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December 28, 2017
How Many Days in a Life?

This is a wonderful video -- entertaining, informative, and inspiring -- about change, mortality, and the preciousness of life. Great use of motion graphics to deliver a powerful message.

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December 26, 2017
My Sister, Prem Rawat, and Me

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I first heard about Prem Rawat when I was 23 and he was 13. At that time, he was known as "Maharaji" and I was known as "Ditty." Though he was barely a teen, I found him to be extraordinarily wise, well beyond his years. Actually, I found him to be way more than wise, because he wasn't just talking about the eternal verities of life, he was sparking a palpable experience of peace, love, and joy.

And so, at 24, I decided to follow up on his offer and "receive Knowledge" -- his phrase for a kind of inner awakening. It was, for me, the most extraordinary day of my life.

Newly supercharged and supremely confident I had just discovered the secret of life, I soon called my sister and explained why it would be a good idea for her to do the same. It went over like a lead balloon. Make that two lead balloons. Though both of us had grown up in the same house, our bedrooms next to each other, we were now, it seemed, living on different planets -- her perception of me alternating between well-meaning flake, unemployed hippie, and baby boomer going through yet another phase.

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December 22, 2017
Giving the Gift of Ourselves

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Every year, about two days before Christmas, I experience something I am not particularly proud of.

Thinking about the gifts I've bought for my wife and kids, I get the feeling that I don't have enough for them. This feeling has almost nothing to do with how many gifts I've bought or how "good" the gifts are.

Beyond the quantity and quality of my offerings is the sense that my efforts to express my love for them is lame and doesn't really measure up to how I feel -- and that, somehow, they will be disappointed.

Indeed, there have been some "nights before Christmas" where I've left the cozy warmth of my home to return to the mall, looking for the perfect gift. It's humbling to witness this kind of behavior in me. And it's humbling to admit it. But it's also healing.

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December 19, 2017
Ending Violence in Colombia

Here is an inspring, 9-minute video about the impact of Prem Rawat's Peace Education Program in Colombia -- a program that has recently been adopted by 500 schools in an effort to end the cycle of violence in that country.

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December 14, 2017
Your Homework for the Day

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December 12, 2017
After Seeing Prem Rawat in LA

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Here's one thing I experience after seeing Prem Rawat, who I just had the good fortune to see at the LA event in celebration of his 60th birthday: After being in his presence, there is nowhere to go. Nowhere to go, because I am already there. And by "there", I mean here -- the only place there is.

Event over, Prem having left the stage, I find myself absolutely where I need to be no matter where I am. The urge to go anywhere, see anyone, or do anything is completely gone. It feels, to me, like the proverbial snow day where, suddenly, with no effort on my part, whatever it was I thought I had to do is now on infinite pause.

Free. I am free. Totally free. My time is my own. But there is no time. No future, no past, no plans, no thing. And yet, this nothing is everything -- a wonderfully wide open space of love where anything can happen, but nothing needs to.

Weightless is how I feel. Buoyant. As if something unnecessary I had been carrying around for God knows how long has been taken away. Gone. It is gone. Light. I am light. Like the bubbles at the bottom of a perfectly chilled bottle of champagne, newly opened, now rising to the top.

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December 11, 2017
PREM RAWAT'S New App Launched on TimelessToday!

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Today, at the Los Angeles event, Prem Rawat launched his cool, new TimelessToday app -- one that includes video, audio, updates on events, a way to make playlists, and all kinds of other goodies. Last year, Prem's message was heard by more than 400 million people. With the launch of this app and all of his other global initiatives, 2018 promises to be quite an extraordinary year. Love! Peace! And downloads! Whoo! Whoo!

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December 08, 2017
PREM RAWAT Livestream from LA

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This is the link to view or listen to the livestream of Prem Rawat's December 9-10 event in Los Angeles. If you can't make it, the livestream is the next best thing. Video: $60. Audio: $20

Yes, it is a dark time in the world, but remember "the bigger the circle of darkness, the bigger the circle of light." You don't have to be a fan or student of Prem Rawat to get value from the livestream. His message is like type "O" blood -- the universal donor. It's for everyone, no matter what path you walk or don't walk.

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November 28, 2017
TPRF Successes in 2017

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November 27, 2017
Singing for Your Supper and Every Other Meal Under the Sun

This is how I felt the last time I saw Prem Rawat.

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