The Heart of the Matter
July 19, 2019
One Person at a Time


My teacher, Prem Rawat, is a marvelous storyteller. From what I can gather, he tells three kinds of stories: 1) Jokes, which are the shortest kind of story there is; 2) Classic teaching tales that have been told for centuries and; 3) His own, personal accounts of meaningful moments in his life. All three of these story genres pack a wallop. All three, delivered at the right time in the right way, have the potential to uplift, awaken, and inspire.

The following story, which I heard Prem tell years ago, has stayed with me from the moment I heard it. I continue to drink from its fountain, refreshed every time I do. It's a story about his father, Shri Hans Ji Maharaj, a great Teacher of his time in India, and a few of his students. PS: Today is the anniversary of his passing in 1966.

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July 12, 2019
Whatever It Takes

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Illustration: GapingVoid

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July 06, 2019
The Tourist Syndrome


A few years ago, I went to Istanbul for a vacation. Never having been to the Mideast, I was excited to explore a new culture, which I did with great relish -- and a whole lot of hummus. Of all the new adventures, perhaps the most remarkable was the visit to the Grand Bazaar. Not because of the number of shops (2,432). Not because of the history (493 years old). And not because of the masses of people. No. Because I finally got clear about something in my own psyche and, by extension, the human psyche -- something I call the "Tourist Syndrome" -- a phenomenon that, curiously has great relevance to the way in which some people relate to Prem Rawat or any enlightened Master.

Here's how the Tourist Syndrome plays out:

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July 01, 2019

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Here it is

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June 29, 2019
THE SPRICE OF FREEDOM: A 5-Year Journey from Darkness to Light


NOTE: It is with a heavy heart that I am sharing the news that dear, sweet Sprice Drury has passed on. What a special soul she was -- full of love and devotion and playfulness and such a commitment to lifelong learning. I will miss her very much. What follows is an article Sprice and I worked on together in January, 2018 -- her effort to communicate what she had learned about herself and life after going through a particularly challenging period of time. If you have a few minutes now, please take a look and see what there is for you to apply to your own life -- a gift from Sprice to you as she continues on her journey.

"When you are going through hell, keep going." -- Winston Churchill

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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June 27, 2019
COLOMBIA: Choosing Peace

How the Peace Education Program is helping people in Colombia.

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June 25, 2019
Prem Rawat's Conversation with a Cancer Patient

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June 23, 2019
What Do You Want?


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June 22, 2019
Kim O'Leary in Da House

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June 21, 2019

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June 18, 2019
The Three Faces of God


When my mother and father, Sylvia and Barney, decided to sell their house on Long Island -- the one I grew up in -- and move to Florida, they invited my sister and me to take anything we wanted before they made their big move to West Palm Beach.

My sister, five years older and a mother of three, showed up with an 18-foot U-Haul truck. I showed up with a Volkswagen.

As I walked from room to room, exploring my choices, it soon became clear to me there was nothing I wanted. Not the blender. Not the toaster. Not the TV. Nothing. And so I spent the rest of the day, helping my sister carry out stuff to the truck.

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June 17, 2019
Being Moved

This is how I felt after seeing Prem Rawat for the first time, back in 1972. And I still feel this way...

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June 16, 2019
KENNETH'S STORY: The Food for People Program in Ghana

In this video you will meet Kenneth, the first student from the Otinibi Basic School, in Ghana, to ever attend university. He credits the Food for People Program with empowering him to succeed in school and gain admission to the University of Ghana. Kenneth was the first from his community to make it to college, but now there are several others following in his footsteps.

As Prem Rawat said to the students at the opening of the Food for People facility in 2012, "This program is here to give you the opportunity to reach for the stars."

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June 15, 2019
Prem Rawat Talking to Inmates in an Australian Prison

Very moving 17-minute video of Prem Rawat talking to inmates in an Australian prison. "Stone walls do not a prison make." That becomes especially clear during the Q&A part of Prem's presentation about 2/3 of the way into the video.

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June 07, 2019
Long Before Words

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Being of the Jewish persuasion, I'm not exactly the kind of person given to confession, but allow me the ecumenical luxury of confessing at least one thing in this first paragraph of what may well turn out to be the Mahabharata of blog postings:

Writing about Prem Rawat and the gift that he offers is not easy.

It's not easy for a few reasons.

First off, what I want to say existed long before words -- long before nouns and verbs and the leaky vessels we construct to float our shaky boats of babble. Secondly, words are approximations of the real thing at best. Like menus, they indicate something's cooking in the kitchen, but they are not the food itself. And thirdly, the dog ate my homework.

I don't know how it works, but there are years of my life I can barely remember, but seconds with Prem that remain a vast eternity, indelibly impressed on my heart like some kind of rock 'n roll Rosetta stone.

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June 02, 2019
The Beautiful Sadness of Longing


There is a beautiful kind of sadness -- one most people think they shouldn't feel -- that needs to be celebrated. Or, if not celebrated, then at least welcomed like the evening's last beggar at your door.

This sadness is divine, the experience most people assume to be an absence but, in reality, is the presence of the primal longing for the Beloved.

It would be easy to conclude that this feeling is a disconnection from joy, an unfortunate amnesia that would make an easy target for well-meaning givers of advice to quote from their favorite scripture. But I am not talking about this garden variety form of sadness. I am talking about another kind -- a holy melancholy that sculpts, deepens, and refines from within.

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May 30, 2019
ANNOUNCING the Release of Prem Rawat's "Peace Is Possible"


Prem Rawat's new book, Peace Is Possible will be published on September 1st, but it is available now for pre-order on Amazon. Here is the description of the book on Amazon:

"Global peace ambassador, Prem Rawat, has spent his entire life traveling the world to deliver one timeless message: Peace is Possible.

Conflict, he explains, takes place at three levels: between countries, between people, and finally within each of us as individuals. These levels are all interconnected. Hence the conflict that rages within a person will lead them to seek out conflict with another. Similarly, conflict between people of one nation is likely to result in conflict between many nations. So the first step to world peace is a simple one: we must first find peace within ourselves.

Peace is Possible draws together age-old stories which, as they have been passed down over generations, inspired and transformed the lives of millions. From the power of adaptability, to the importance of trust, to the sticking-place of courage, these are the messages that will change the world. For good."

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May 28, 2019
PEACE EDUCATION PROGRAM'S Impact on Ecuadorian Seniors

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May 27, 2019
The 2019 Golden Garden Party


Click here to read more about the fabulous Golden Garden Party in Asheville, NC -- a fundraiser for TPRF's Food for People program. Even if you don't live in Asheville you can participate by buying raffle tickets or making a donation. Lots of cool goodies to win.

PS: Last year's event raised $7,380 for FFP, providing much needed support for malnourished children around the world. With your support, we can exceed this amount in 2019. Every little bit helps. As Mother Teresa once said, "If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one." This is your chance to feed at least one hungry person.

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May 16, 2019

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