The Heart of the Matter
May 09, 2021
Alive and Well in Amaroo


Written three and a half years ago in Australia. The feeling continues...

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 Earth. Almost able to see my breath, I am wearing four layers of clothing, 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 am a totally stunned, bubbling brew of YES. I'm sure that on some planet there are actual words to describe what has happened to me these past five days, but I just don't have access to them at this particular moment in time. Would I like to? Sure, 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 would love a taste, a whiff, a blast of what has transpired here these past five days.

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 begin making at least a little bit of sense, even though I'm not really sure I want to find my bearings.

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, jokes, laughter, pauses, pearls of wisdom, and cutting through the noise of the mind with a smile and a glance, Prem Rawat has done it once again -- helping people feel the peace there is to feel beyond the dramas of our lives -- why anyone, anywhere, anytime would ever feel the 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. Nope. I'm talking about the sweet-centered-in-the-self-overflowing-with-love kind of peace that is the grand potential of every single person who inhabits this beautiful jewel of a world spinning through space.

This peace is our birthright. It's our home. It's 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? Only a 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 wise one with the deepest of connections to that which animates us all.

I first met him when he was 13. I was 24. And yet, it seems as if no time has passed since that day. No time, indeed, because the essence of what he's here to help people experience is timeless -- the sweet nobility of the human heart and the irrepressible gratitude that arises when a person tunes into the feeling of how utterly amazing it is to be completely alive.

Photo: Courtesy of Timeless Today

Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at May 9, 2021 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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