The Heart of the Matter
September 17, 2017
Alive and Well in Amaroo


It is 4:49 am and I am sitting on a wooden bench just a 60-second walk from the tent that has been my home for the past five days here in Amaroo, my most favorite place on planet Earth. Almost able to see my breath, I am wearing four layers of clothes, a ski hat, and a wide smile on my face.

It's the morning after five days of seeing and listening to Prem Rawat hold forth beneath the vast Australian sky and I'm a stunned, bubbling brew of contentment. I am sure that on some planet there are actual words to describe what has happened to me these past five days. I just don't have access to them at this particular moment in time. Would I like to? Yes, I would -- me having lots of wonderful friends, also students of this marvelous man, who were unable to make it down under this time around -- big-hearted people who want a taste, a whiff, a blast of what has transpired here this week.

To all of you, I ask your patience. Please bear with me for just a moment. I'm sure that soon I'll find my bearings and start making some sense, even though I'm not really sure I want to find my bearings, delighted as I am by being so thoroughly rearranged these past five days that longitudes, latitudes, and my curious ability to make long lists of things I need to do hold very little sway with me.

If I was a helium balloon, someone has just let go of the string. If I was a love song, I have just been sung.

Somehow, through an extraordinary alchemy of storytelling, laughter, listening, pauses, jokes, pearls of wisdom, and cutting through the noise of the mind with a smile and a glance, Prem Rawat has done it again -- his work, the great play of life, helping people feel the peace there is to be felt beyond the dramas of our lives -- why anyone, anywhere ever feels the spontaneous impulse to sing or dance or serve.

I'm not talking about a self-centered-turn-your-back-on-the-pain-of-the-world kind of peace. No. I'm talking about the sweet-centered-in-the-self kind of peace that is the grand potential of all 7 billion people who inhabit this beautiful jewel of a world spinning through space.

This peace is our birthright. It is our home. It is what we were born for. All of us: Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sufis, Rastas, Jains, Agnostics, and Atheists.

What do I understand about this experience? Precious little. Am I a spokesperson for it? Not in the least -- just someone lucky enough to have entered into the general vicinity of a living Master -- a man on fire with love and dedication... a manifestation of my highest aspirations... a wise one with a deep connection to that which animates us all.

I first met him when he was 13. I was 24. In December, he will turn 60. I turned 70 just last week. And yet, it seems as if no time has passed since we first met. No time, indeed, because the essence of what it is he is here to help us experience is timeless -- the sweet nobility of the human heart and the irrepressible gratitude that comes when a person tunes into the feeling of how utterly amazing it is to be fully alive.

Photo: Courtesy of Timeless Today

Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at September 17, 2017 07:56 AM


thanks and one from me <3
~ gratitude pours ~

a beautiful time of amaroo
the beautiful place , heaven in me
of the love and gratitude
longing and fulfillment
riding the wave of peace
inside of me
I am grateful , honored , privileged
to be your student dear Prem
I learn to walk in beauty
and grace upon this earth
I just cannot thank you enough
for the gifts of you and knowledge
and Me ~ knowing , feeling , loving
real me , my heart being
true majesty, true love , beauty
peace and more
gosh thanks

~ janice wilson

Posted by: Janice Wilson [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 16, 2017 12:33 PM

Very sweet!

Posted by: Rjbrent [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 17, 2017 07:48 AM

Lovely man, you 'look good' in peace, as he once said!

Beautifully expressed; you really captured the feeling, so I don't have to try, I'll just keep muddling through... and remain ready and available to receive all these blessings on offer.

Whew! 5 days of radical molecular (or 'quantum'?) re-arrangement; 'radical', yet achieved so smoothly. What a wonder is here ...

Posted by: Marsh Victor [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 17, 2017 09:54 PM

Beautiful, Ditty, and thank you, Victor, for "radical molecular (or 'quantum'?) re-arrangement." What we saw was virtuosity & comprehensive wisdom at its apex in the wilds of Amaroo. Wonderful to see both of you!

Posted by: Sparky [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 18, 2017 02:55 AM

Thanks for writing this, Mitch! When I first saw it, I was jealous, simply because I wasn't there (though I had to quickly remember that I am very grateful just to have Knowledge and the Master in my life). Then I read it and you took me right there! Thanks again, and a very happy belated Birthday to You! Bhutu-ji

Posted by: Mrs. Cat [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 2, 2017 01:58 PM

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