The Heart of the Matter
May 08, 2021
The Benefits of Self-Knowledge

"Gaining knowledge about the self is a process of discovery, of uncovering who we are." - Prem Rawat

Since the age of 13, Prem Rawat has been traveling the world and letting people know about an exquisite experience of life that is available to them -- something he calls "Self-Knowledge" -- simple techniques for turning one's attention to the source of peace within themselves.

The experience, Prem explains, is available to everyone, regardless of their nationality, religion, or lifestyle and it's been available since the beginning of time. Prem, however, doesn't just talk about it. He has the ability to spark the experience of it in others. And for those people who value the service he provides, he makes himself available for the long haul -- inspiring, encouraging, and guiding people on their way to the full exploration of their own magnificence.

What are the benefits of Self-Knowledge? Well, if you ask a thousand people, you will likely hear a wide variety of responses. Each person will have their own way of describing their experience. One size does not fit all. Nor does one word, phrase, or metaphor. Still, there are some commonalities in the way people describe how the practice of Self-Knowledge has improved their lives.

1. A Sense of Well-Being: People who receive and practice Knowledge report a deep sense of inner contentment -- an undeniable state of all-pervading gladness for no particular reason. This sense of well-being, people report, is independent of their life circumstances. "Unconditional love" is how some people describe it.

2. Gratitude: One of the outcomes of Self-Knowledge is an increased sense of appreciation for life. And while most people who receive Knowledge from Prem Rawat are extremely grateful to him for the role he plays, the gratitude they feel goes beyond him to the source of what he is also grateful for -- the living experience of what it means to be a conscious human being.

3. Clarity: Metaphorically speaking, receiving Knowledge is a way to take the "blinders" off, so you can more clearly see who and what you are. This increased clarity is an effective antidote to confusion, doubt, and hopelessness -- a lit candle in a dark room -- a light that helps you navigate your way through life's challenges with confidence, discernment, and wisdom.

4. Peace: If you google the phrase "definitions of peace", you will immediately have access to more than 1.4 billion descriptions of it. Clearly, "peace" is a word that is variably defined. For some people, it is a synonym for an absence of war. For others, it is something to find on a mountaintop, monastery, or cave. For Prem, peace is much simpler than that -- not something we do (or don't do), but our natural state of being that only needs to be experienced.

5. Perspective: It is fair to say that the quality of life Prem helps people experience results in a refreshing perspective about their own existence -- the ability, as the old saying goes, to "see the forest for the trees". Simply put, the practice of Self-Knowledge helps people maintain a fresh perspective about life -- increasing their ability to understand what's worth paying attention to and what's not.

6. Self-Worth: One reason why "self-help" is such a big industry these days is because so many of us have drifted away from who we truly are -- lost in the game of trying to make something of ourselves or achieve societally defined markers of success. People who practice self-Knowledge understand that who and what they are is already good enough just the way it is and that the source of the success they've been seeking is already within them.

7. Presence: As the very hyperactive White Rabbit of Alice in Wonderland fame once said, "I'm late for a very important date. No time to say hello goodbye. I'm late, I'm late, I'm late" -- an experience all too many of us can identify with, our "to do" list way longer than our "to be" list. People who experience the Self-Knowledge Prem Rawat reveals are much less susceptible to the White Rabbit syndrome. Centered in themselves, rooted in their heart, they report a greater ability to be be in the moment -- enjoying the fullness of life right here and now.

8. Becoming a Better Person: While there is no single definition of what it means to be a better person, people who practice Prem Rawat's techniques of Self-Knowledge often report that they are becoming a better person as a result. By whatever criteria they use to define what being a better person means to them, they invariably point to Prem's positive influence as a key catalyst to helping them get there.

"In my experience, the techniques are best passed on from person to person. They are something precious that should be learned from someone who truly understands them." -- Prem Rawat

Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at May 8, 2021 10:47 AM

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