The Heart of the Matter
December 30, 2012
Mayan Calendar Prophecy Demystified

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Apparently, there has been some kind of mix up with the whole "2012 Mayan Calendar" thing.

A new translation of an ancient Mayan text -- "The Axhumuchicha Diaries" -- has just revealed that the word was actually "colander", as in the bowl shaped thingee with holes on the bottom that allows a person to drain spaghetti.

The translator of the ancient text, J. Templeton Edwards, a world-renowned linguist and expert on Mayan literature, recently noted:

"After years of research, I have now understood that, approximately 2,100 years ago, there was a severe shortage of Mayan COLANDERS -- an occurrence that moved one of the most beloved Mayan Emperors of the time -- Xytyl Myzucytl -- to publicly bemoan the 'end of the Mayan colander'. Alas, in the years that followed, the emperor's comments were poorly translated -- leading to the recent glut of END OF CIVILIZATION, AS WE KNOW IT books that have hit the market."

Whew! Mystery solved!

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The Top Ten Postings from 2012

2012-happy-new-year-top.jpgHere are the 10 most popular postings on Heart of the Matter in 2012. (Who knew that Bill Hicks and George Carlin would make it to #6?)

THE TOP 10 POSTINGS FROM THIS BLOG IN 2012

1. Prem Rawat in Johannesburg

2. A Message of Hope

3. Prem Rawat in Accra, Ghana

4. Prem Rawat in Amaroo, 9/13

5. There Is No Door

6. Bill Hicks and George Carlin Speak

7. Prem Rawat in Amaroo, 9/14

8. How To Request an Invitation to a Prem Rawat Event in North America

9. Simple Words to Live By

10. Is Peace Possible: The Movie

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December 27, 2012
Prem Rawat Declared Honorary Mayor of San Antonio



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December 26, 2012
Full Moon at Sunrise

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December 25, 2012
Tell Me, Oh Digger of the Well

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Excerpted from Full Moon at Sunrise

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December 24, 2012
Putting the IS Back in Christmas

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Maybe there's a hundred presents under your Christmas tree. Maybe there's one. Doesn't matter. Soon you'll be opening them (or it) and making the decision whether or not to open slowly (saving the wrapping paper) or tearing like a maniac.

The givers, assuming they're in the room, will be watching you for telltale signs of whether you like what they bought you, and you, aware that you are being watched, will be a little too expressive -- in a kind-hearted attempt to calm the fears of your loved ones.

That's the surface stuff.

The real present you'll be receiving is the PRESENT, as in the present moment -- the moment of the world winding down and nothing else happening except the timeless act of appreciating the fact that YOU ARE LOVED. So, here's to the PRESENT moment. Here's to opening it and discovering all that is contained within. It fits! It doesn't need to be returned! It's what you've always wanted!

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It's Our Choice

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Gratitude

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December 23, 2012
This Longing, This Ache

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Excerpted from Full Moon at Sunrise

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Stories of Your Beauty

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Excerpted from Full Moon at Sunrise

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December 20, 2012
The Holiest of Prayers

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Excerpted from Full Moon at Sunrise

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December 19, 2012
Beyond the Mask of Words

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This is
what
all my
late night
writing
has always
been about --
reaching beyond
the mask of words
and holding you
just long enough
for everything
I've ever
written
to be
the
shoulder
you
lean
on.

Excerpted from Full Moon at Sunrise

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December 17, 2012
The Renewed Sense of Longing for the Beloved During the Holiday Season

It is not uncommon for deep feelings of longing to surface during the holiday season. As we unplug from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, something else takes over -- the recognition of what it is we have always been longing for. Sometimes we interpret this as "sadness" and make ourselves wrong for what we are feeling. No need for that. There is a divine kind of sadness that needs to be celebrated -- the ancient quest within us all for the Beloved -- no matter what we call it.

Excerpted from Full Moon at Sunrise

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All You Need Is Love

No matter what path you walk, it all comes down to this, doesn't it?

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December 16, 2012
I Pray at the Altar of Your Lips

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It What's On the Inside

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An Introduction to Prem Rawat

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December 15, 2012
Diving Deeper Down

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Digital art: Jesse Ditkoff
Poetry: Mitch Ditkoff
Excerpted from Full Moon at Sunrise

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December 14, 2012
Prem Rawat's Message

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The Greatest Truth of All: You Are Alive -- 21 talks of Prem Rawat

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December 13, 2012
I Used to Write Love Poems

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Another poem from the book

PS: The book is poetry only. No graphics.

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The Season of Perpetual Birth

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The feeling
Another poem from the book

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December 11, 2012
When You Walk Into the Room

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Some Might Call It Dancing

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December 10, 2012
The Perfect Holiday Gift Is Here

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Looking for a different kind of holiday gift? Look no further! Full Moon at Sunrise, my new book of poetry, will delight, inspire, and surprise. It's 91 pages of love and also makes a very good doorstop or paperweight.

Because the book won't be available to ship until 1/11, I am providing you with a gift certificate.

All you need to do is download the gift certificate, print it out, and give it to a friend to let them know the book is coming soon.

If you want to read a sampling of it, click here. If you want to watch a video of Prem Rawat, to whom the book is dedicated, click here.

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December 06, 2012
Beyond Your Facebook Friends

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Words of Peace Global

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December 05, 2012
Beautiful Photos from Prem Rawat's Fall Tour of India. Can You Feel It?

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All photos from Prem Rawat's Fall Tour of India

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Videos of Prem Rawat

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December 02, 2012
The Path Is Made By Walking On It

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December 01, 2012
Wishes Coming True in Benin

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This is the fifth in a series of "Into Africa" reports from the delightful Louise Roenn.

Putting on an event for 6,000 people at an outdoor stadium in Cotonou, Benin, can be a challenge even for one of the world's most experienced crews, the Words of Peace Global event productions team.

"The big screen is not working," Event Director, Leila Koren, says into her headset, shortly before the event with Prem Rawat is about to begin.

The electrical supply has been coming and going all day and the crew has been working for hours in 95 degree heat.

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"We'll go with Plan B," Leila continues. "No videos. Have the MC welcome the Speaker onto the stage right away."

Apsath Bapaya, the MC for the event, gets up from her seat and walks out on stage. With a huge smile on her face, she welcomes, first, the audience, and then Prem Rawat. Even with the last minute changes to the event, Apsath remains cool, calm, and collected.

Looking out at the audience, she see 6,000 smiling people, many of whom are wildly waving their handkerchiefs, just like we saw at the Ghana event just just a few days ago.

Many people in the audience are seeing Prem Rawat, in person, for the first time, Before today, the only times they've seen him have been on TV.

Families with children and grandparents are sitting on the grass. They fill the stadium with their laughter as Prem Rawat tells story after story.

"As this is the last event of the year, I want to wish you all a happy New Year," Prem Rawat says at the end of his talk. "All your wishes have already come true in this life because you are alive."

Excerpts from the Benin event
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