REPORT FROM GHANA: "I'm a Star Because of Peace Education"
Stone walls do not a prison make, especially when the inmates behind those walls find freedom within themselves. If you want to see what's possible when all hope seems to be gone, check this out.February 24, 2017
There's No Time Like the Present
February 22, 2017
Mother Teresa Speaks
"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier."
"I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love."
"I was once asked why I don't participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I'll be there."
"If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one."
"Love begins by taking care of the closest ones -- the ones at home."
"Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own."
"The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread."
"The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted."
"Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go."
"I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor?"
"We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop."
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other."
"One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody."
"Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand."
"The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it."February 18, 2017
On Being an Instrument of Peace
February 14, 2017
Happy Valentine's Day February 12, 2017
It Rhymes with Rejoice
February 11, 2017
The Timeless, Totally Terrific, and Tenacious Words of The Buddha
"It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways."
"You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger."
"It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles."
"Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule."
"Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace."
"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned."
"In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves."
"Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill."
"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world."
"Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace."
"All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?"February 10, 2017
Words to the Wise
February 09, 2017
Heart of the Matter's Top Ten Posts
The Heart of the Matter blog began nine years ago in January, 2008. Since that time, the 1,817 postings on the site have been viewed a total of 1,390,444 times. What follows are the ten most popular postings since the blog was first launched.
1. We Were Made for These Times
2. On Being an Instrument of Peace
3. Prem Rawat: Miami Beach, 4/9/16
5. When the Rain Begins
6. Prem Rawat in Johannesburg
7. Excerpts from Asheville
8. Prem Rawat: Amaroo, 9/10/15
9. Prem Rawat in 24 Minutes
10. You Are the Water
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Your Morning Wake Up Call
February 07, 2017
A Website That Is Timeless
There are approximately one billion websites in the world, servicing the virtual needs of 3.6 billion people -- an astounding 40% of the earth's population. Given the fact that the average human being spends about three hours online, daily, human beings are living in cyberspace for an astounding 10.8 billion hours every day.
That's a lot of time. True. But time isn't the only game in town. There's also something beyond time. And for want of a better word, let's call that something else the "timeless" -- that which is lasting, ageless, abiding, permanent, unfailing, immortal, unchanging, and everlasting.
Recently I've discovered a website that addresses the essence of this timelessness in a most elegant way -- the appropriately named TimelessToday.
Launched in September 2016, this fresh, new site offers a breath of fresh air (and a healthy dose of inspiration) through the spoken and written word of Prem Rawat. And it does so in a way that avoids the kind of proselytizing and evangelizing that all too often accompanies these kind of high-minded efforts.
Clearly, the people behind the scenes at Timeless Today, a hardworking team of web savvy and multimedia professionals, know a thing or two about the modern-day mindset. Rather than create a one-size-fits-all website, they've created an online experience that offers something for everyone -- no matter what their religion, philosophy, or attention span: everything from two-minute audio teasers to in-depth 80-minute videos.
Though still in its start up phase, Timeless Today is already seeing results. To date, it has hosted more than 133,000 web sessions for people in 140 countries and continues, in it's uniquely upbeat way, to provide a variety of free, pay-to-download, pay-to-stream, audio, and video.
What does the future hold for the website whose mission is to reach all 7.5 billion people on planet Earth with a message of hope, peace, and humanity? No one really knows, but if you ask the TimelessToday team, you can expect the following:
- More free content on the website and Facebook page
- New and different themes
- A YouTube channel of free content
- The TT crew following Prem Rawat around the world and providing footage that will be made available in a variety of formats: streaming video and audio, and downloads from his interviews, conversations, and live addresses.
A Quick Tour of TimelessToday
About Prem Rawat
Focused Listening (audio books)
Splitting the Arrow (book)
Full Catalog of Products
Crowd funding Campaign
Want to help TimelessToday make its mark? Here's how:
- Join the mailing list
- Stay up-to-date with it's latest releases
- Purchase video, audio, and articles
- Participate in its crowd funding campaign
- Like it on Facebook
- Share posts on Facebook
- Recommend it to your friends
The Power of Gratitude
Here is a collection of expressions of gratitude from people around the world who have experienced some of the benefits of Prem Rawat's message of peace via their participation in the Peace Education Program.February 04, 2017
Martin Luther King Speaks
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
"Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend."
"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word."
"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
"We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies."
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."
"We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now."
"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
"Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. I am not unmindful of the fact that violence often brings about momentary results. Nations have frequently won their independence in battle. But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace.
"Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal."
"We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear."
Every man lives in two realms: the internal and the external. The internal is that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, morals, and religion. The external is that complex of devices, techniques, mechanisms, and instrumentalities by means of which we live."
"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."Prem Rawat Radio Interview on KAYA FM in Johannesburg
Click here for a lively December 6th South African radio interview with Prem Rawat, referred to by millions of people around the world, as a "Peace Ambassador." In this day and age of ultra-strange politics, terrorism, fake news, environmental collapse, and the escalation of nuclear arms, here is a voice of sanity and wisdom. I have been a student of this man since 1971 and want to invite you to consider his timeless message of peace, so needed in today's chaotic world. 29 minutes. Free.February 03, 2017
Buddha in da House!
February 02, 2017
My Open Letter to Donald Trump Published in the Huffington Post
My open letter to Donald Trump has just been published in the Huffington Post -- my attempt to light a candle instead of cursing the darkness. PLEASE NOTE: I can usually tell when Heart of the Matter subscribers are going to unsubscribe. This is likely one of those times for at least a few of you -- especially those who think politics is not a topic for this blog of the heart. If so, thanks for your support up until this very moment. But if you are the least bit curious about WHY I would write a letter to the new President of the United States and why I would post it here, click the link above.