The Heart of the Matter
September 23, 2008
Excerpts from Maharaji's Talk in Gainesville, Florida

The following excerpts are my best attempts at capturing, live, some of what Maharaji said at the Gainesville event on September 21. The following is not verbatim and, in some cases, I have paraphrased his words. MD

"A Master is a washerman and the student is the cloth. The soap is Knowledge. When, on the stone of practice, the cloth is washed again and again and again, the cloth begins to sparkle. You need to sparkle and shine bright because that is your potential."

"When there is a river flowing and the little tributaries join it, they lose themselves and become part of that big river. All the rivers that flow into the Ganges become just as holy."

"The trees that surround a sandalwood tree take on the aroma of sandalwood. Is it possible to keep such a company of that most beautiful thing that I begin to take on the qualities of it? If I keep the company of clarity, I too will take on the qualities of clarity. If I want to have that beautiful aroma of understanding, then I need to keep the company of understanding."

"Keep the company of light and you will begin to glow like that light. This is the true transformation of a human being."

"What is your truest need? To be content."

"Be simple. Be conscious. One second of being conscious will save you from a whole lifetime of trouble."

"People look out at all the things around them as their strength, but believe me -- none of those things will be there to support you. Know yourself. Practice Knowledge."

"If you practice Knowledge, you too will become timeless. And when you do, what do you care about how old you are?"

"In the realm of Knowledge it's always a new beginning."

"The only people who don't seem to respond to this message are the ones who are expired."

"This is the real deal -- the synchronous experience of being with Maharaji."

"What is the true thirst? Who are you? Are you just a puppet built of the papier mache of concept -- or are you something more than that? Pray to God that the answer is 'yes.'"

"We need someone to pay attention to human beings, not just issues. The issues will take care of themselves when we take care of human beings."

"We, as human beings, need to have the biggest faith in ourselves. It behooves everyone to become worthy of the faith of the person next to them. And this is what it means to be a good neighbor."

"Enjoy Knowledge. It just gets better and better and better."

"Enjoy yourself. Have a blast. Learn to be totally inebriated on peace."

Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at September 23, 2008 01:24 AM


Thank you again and again.
Such an amazing gift!!!

Posted by: blancaoraa [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 23, 2008 03:53 PM

Thank you so much Maharaji,


Posted by: lor [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 24, 2008 09:38 AM

thank you Mitch, this was an exquisite read with my morning coffee. I have looked around your blog and its really really nice. thanks

Posted by: gailB [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 26, 2008 06:57 PM

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