In the Beginning Was the Word (and then the Huffington Post)
You may not know this, but during the last few years, the author of this blog has published seven articles in the Huffington Post about Prem Rawat, his books, and his message of peace. If you, perchance, missed any of these, all you need to do is click and read. Enjoy!
Splitting the Arrow
Here Comes the International Day of Peace
The Power of This Moment
Jeremy Gilley and Prem Rawat on Peace
It's Time to Speak Your Peace
How to Go Beyond Self-Improvement
Take a Look at the Box You Want to Get Out Of
More about Prem's message of peace hereNovember 28, 2016
A New Book by Prem Rawat
Following the success of Prem Rawat's first book produced in Japan by Bunya Publishing in 2015, Splitting the Arrow, a second book of his was released in August -- a delightfully illustrated children's book, entitled The Pot with the Hole.
The book, to date, has been very well-received and a number of prominent authors and media outlets have helped get the word out.
A famous Japanese author, Seiko Kageyama, featured The Pot with the Hole as one of her 30 top recommended books out of 5,000 storybooks.
Fuji FM, a national radio station in Japan, hosted an on-air book reading of The Pot with the Hole. More than 200,000 listeners tuned in.
During his 2016 visit to Japan, Prem was interviewed by Professor Maeno for Reiro magazine -- a publication with a monthly circulation of 35,000.
Additionally, this year, The Pot with the Hole played a key role in the Fukushima book donation event. Prem personally handed out the book to all of the children in attendance. And the book has been donated to every school and nursery in the Fukushima region.
Here are two of eight book testimonials provided by the children:
"Even though the pot was broken, thanks to the wisdom of the gardener, the pot was still able to do something wonderful and play an important role".
"I was touched by the fact that you lost your father at the age of 8 -- about my age -- and yet you had the courage to take on the responsibility of spreading this message about the importance of having a peaceful heart".
The English version of The Pot with the Hole will soon be available on Amazon in the UK and US, but not in time for Christmas.
Currently, the book is only available on the Bunya website. If you are thinking of buying it this holiday season, consider pooling your order with friends in your area to help defray the cost of shipping.August 12, 2016
A Sign of the Times
February 02, 2016
PREM RAWAT'S NEW BOOK: Excerpts from the Amazon Reviews
Two weeks ago Prem Rawat's new book, Splitting the Arrow, became available for sale on Amazon. What follow are excerpts from some of the reader reviews...
A TREASURE TROVE OF WISDOM: "This simple book of few words bypassed my mind and impacted my heart. Though each chapter took mere minutes to read, I found myself reflecting upon each message for days." -- Ora Munter
SPEAK TO THE HEART: "This is a book that poses a deceptively simple question: 'Are you at ease with yourself?' As long as I've enjoyed and pondered the words of Prem Rawat, reading this book brought this question into a new light for me. It may strike you, as it did me, how high and uncompromising is the standard he is setting... This isn't a book just to read. It's a book to encounter." -- Steven Kowarsky
SIMPLE, BUT PROFOUND INSPIRATION IN A NICE PACKAGE: "This book touched me with its simplicity and practical wisdom that was both inspiring and entertaining. It offers a lot of food for thought and gives the reader an affirmative view of life and the world. High quality production with charming illustrations." -- Chris Corbett
AN ELEGANT LOOK AT LIFE: "This book conveys essential wisdom in a clean and straightforward way without dogma or big explanations. The format is a collection of short and humorous parables, speaking excerpts, and even a Q&A section. The book is not a 'how-to' in any sense of the word, but more a way of looking at daily life from the inside out. Compared with many self-improvement books, it may come off as too light-weight, but I found that lightness to be its charm, sort of like a math equation or work of art that conveys elegance and power in its simplicity." -- Mortal Man
A GREAT PAUSE AND REFLECT BOOK: "What struck me most was wondering how this book would be received in the west. We so want to put things in boxes. In categories. Business? Personal Development? Fiction. Non-fiction? Philosophy, even. There's an underlying depth, beauty and complexity in the stories. Humour even. My recommendation? Don't rush. Sit in a quiet place and read a section. Pause and let it sink in. Then make up your own mind." -- Amazon Customer
WONDERFUL BOOK: "This is a wonderful and profound book that speaks directly to your heart. We enjoyed reading it." -- Colin and Becky Neiburger
A GEM OF A BOOK: "I love how this book cuts to the chase and makes its case in the simplest way possible. It reminds me of what Einstein said about simplicity, 'Everything should be as simple as possible, but no simpler.' Each story makes a point that sticks. And the commentary that follows each story elaborates without being preachy or didactic. In a world overwhelmed by information, attention deficit, and posturing, Splitting the Arrow is a breath of fresh air." -- Mitch Ditkoff
STORIES INVITING REFLECTION: "The writing is clear and invites you to reflect and find your own answers. It appears simple and, in a way, it is. But mostly I found it profound and bringing clarity." -- Amazon Customer
SWEET BOOK IN THE VEIN OF WINNIE THE POOH AND THE LITTLE PRINCE: "Lovely, timeless folk stories with a simple, but profound teaching. Prem Rawat is a master at pointing the simply obvious but forgotten. I sipped and reflected on each one, and came out with a "hmmm... quite right" wistful feeling. Lovely illustrations too." -- Jean Paul Peretz
ESSENTIAL IN THE TRUEST SENSE: "I was struck by how this book goes to the essence of things. It lies on my coffee table so I can just grab it and open it up randomly. It always gives me something I need. It reminds me of what is truly important and inspires me to go for it. It invites me to look beyond appearances and understand life itself." -- Amazon Customer
SWEET. FULL OF HOPE AND WISDOM: "A very special book, sweet, full of hope and wisdom." -- Amazon Customer
BITE-SIZED WISDOM: "An enjoyable little book...easy to read, full of wisdom. Some parts read like haiku. The layout was one of the big pluses....each thought or quote in it's own little chapter or page...enabling one to take it in, pause, ponder upon it, put it down, let it ruminate and resonate within one's self before moving on to the next little piece of wisdom." -- Dev S
A BOOK TO SAVOR: "If I were more graphically gifted, I'd rather offer you an elegantly engraved invitation to Splitting the Arrow instead of this blurbed review. Just the pleasing design and tactile quality of the book in my hands seems to warrant that... There's a kind of sustaining rhythm throughout the book, as he weaves together pointed yet amusing stories with his deceptively simple but moving commentaries." -- Booth Dyess
GREAT INSPIRATION: "Its simplicity and message are ones that are sorely needed in this day and age. Great inspiration!" -- Bruce K
JOYFUL READING: "Splitting the Arrow provides a simple, clear, and profound reminder of the important things in life... It is not a 'How to Do' book with step-by-step instructions of what to do, but a reflection of absolutely essential life perspectives that spark deep contemplation and joy. I enjoy reading this book because it points me back to the real me seeking clarity about my own life." -- JHK
SURPRISING BECAUSE IT IS SIMPLE AND IMMEDIATELY USEFUL: "Likely the most surprising business book to be published this year... Business requires insight, resilience, right decisions, and persistence. But from where do these qualities arise? Hint: the most obvious and overlooked place you could imagine. Well written. An enjoyable read." -- Amazon Customer
ONE BOOK I LIKE TO HAVE IN MY LIBRARY: "A simple touching book -- one I like to have in my library and read again and again. It is easy to read even for a person who is not fluent in English, addressing some fundamentals of the human being in such a gentle way. The stories are very sweet and, at the same time, made me reflect profoundly." -- Amazon Customer
SWEET, INSPIRING, A GREAT GIFT BOOK: "This is a sweet little book that, in its simplicity, holds great wisdom. A great book to have around and be able to read one short story -- any of which would relate to your life in the moment -- be inspired and move along. If someone were stuck or having a hard time with life, this would be a nice companion to have near by. A nice gift book." -- Sharon L. Jeffers
Inspiration, Past and Present
While it is absolutely true that the past is over, the future is yet to come and NOW IS ALL THERE IS, sometimes it's inspiring to reflect on sweet moments of inspiration. Here are some from Prem Rawat's five-day Amaroo event in Australia last September.January 25, 2016
Excerpts from Splitting the Arrow
Excerpted from Prem Rawat's new book: SPLITTING THE ARROW: Understanding the business of life.
NOTE: The above images are not included in Splitting the ArrowDecember 16, 2015
BOOK REVIEW: Splitting the Arrow
It has often been said that a human being is born without an instruction manual -- that we enter the world with just our belly button and breath, required to figure things out as we go along.
Unlike most instruction manuals, Splitting the Arrow makes no attempt to reduce the profundity of life to arbitrary lists of what to do and what not to do. The book evokes rather than prescribes, fostering the kind of mindset that makes it easy for readers to sense, at a cellular level, whatever they need to know in order to get on with their lives.
Much of the book's impact can be attributed to its artful structure -- a confluence of Mr. Rawat's skillful retelling of classic teaching stories, his lucid commentaries about the purpose of life, and the delightful illustrations of Aya Shiroi. The stories open the door, the commentaries usher us through, and the illustrations further humanize the experience.
The choice of story as the core of Splitting the Arrow is a wise one. Since the beginning of time, storytelling has been the most effective way to deliver a meaningful, memorable message. Deconstruct any book of wisdom, regardless of its originating culture, and you will find story at its core.
The brilliance of Prem Rawat's stories? They deliver a timeless message in as few a words as possible -- a message that inspires readers to pause and reflect on what really matters about their lives: "Do you know who you are?" the author asks. "That may sound like a strange question, but your story truly begins when you can start to feel what's happening inside you."
If you are looking for esoteric teachings to make yourself feel better about the advanced state of your spiritual attainment, you have come to the wrong place. Splitting the Arrow is as simple as it gets. Simple like water. Simple like breath. Simple like the counsel of one of the most brilliant minds the world has ever known, Albert Einstein. "Everything should be as simple as possible," Einstein explained, "but no simpler."
Splitting the Arrow accomplishes this noble task in spades, distilling down the essence of what's most important about life in the simplest way possible.
Available for purchase in Japanese and English from Bunya Publishing. Available on Amazon in January, 2016. Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese versions will be released in 2016.December 14, 2015
Excerpt from Splitting the Arrow
Excerpted from a new book by Prem Rawat, SPLITTING THE ARROW: Understanding the Business of Life. Available from the publisher in Japanese and English. Will be available on Amazon in January.
Photo: Michael B. Wood
Text design: Sushila Wood
It's Time to Tell Your Story
If you are a regular reader of this blog, there's a good chance you are going to enjoy my new book about the power of personal storytelling. It's entertaining. It's evocative. And it will help you tune into the stories within you that really need to be told -- stories of insight, wisdom, and breakthrough.
During these crazy times on planet Earth it's important that we all elevate the conversation. There's a whole lot more going on here than just terrorism. One way to elevate the conversation is by sharing our meaningful stories.
At work. At home. And everywhere in between.
April 02, 2015
Storytelling at Work
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Below are a few excerpts from the book, previously published in the Huffington Post.
AN EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK
As the story goes, 2,500 years ago, Buddha gave a wordless sermon to his disciples. All he did was hold up a single white flower -- a lotus. That's it. No words. Just a flower. All his disciples were mystified, except, that is, Mahakasyapa, a young monk who immediately smiled, signifying the direct transmission of wisdom from Master to student -- a moment referred to in Buddhist literature as "tathagata", the ineffable nature of suchness.
Something within Mahakasyapa instantly understood the non-verbal essence of what Buddha was communicating. He got it in a flash. No thought was necessary, no analysis, no intellectualization. It was, as if, a veil had lifted and he got to experience something profound that was previously inaccessible to him.
For want of a better phrase, let's call the young monk's recognition a "moment of truth".
The good news for the rest of us is that a person does not need to be a monk to experience a moment of truth. Nor do all moments of truth need to be "spiritual", historically significant, or worthy of inclusion in future scriptures.
Moments of truth are not only for everyone, but they come in all varieties -- small, medium, and large -- spontaneously occurring, unplanned happenings that have, embedded within them, the potential for great learning, insight, and wisdom. Simply put, a kind of Red Sea parts and a meaningful "lesson" is learned, even if no teacher is present. We all have them, though, like dreams, they are easy to forget, dismiss, or undervalue.
The catalyst for a moment of truth can be anything. For the young monk, it was a flower. For you, who knows? A chocolate bar? A glance from a beggar? Missing a train? A nasty divorce? Getting lost? Being rescued? Almost dying? A dream? A blues song you hear on the radio? It really doesn't matter what, as long as it sparks an inner shift that that moves you beyond old assumptions, habits of mind, and outdated beliefs so you can experience the magic of life in a fresh, new way.
If you deconstruct the stories we tell, you'll soon discover that most of them turn out to be our attempts to give shape to these moments of truth -- our verbal deciphering of a moment, in time (or outside of time) that had great significance for us, even if that moment was invisible to others.
Unspoken, these moments of truth remain hidden, stashed away inside us like buried treasure or unopened love letters. Expressed, especially in the form of story, they uplift, inspire, and empower, pollinating great fields of wisdom -- in yourself, the people you share them with, and the people they share them with. On and on and on it goes, countless moments of truth circulating the planet at the same time, opening minds, opening hearts, and helping awaken us all to a richer, fuller life.
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Twas the Night Before Isness
All of the above quotes excerpted from YOUR MOMENT by Prem Rawat
Available on Amazon $11.45
Download eBook from WOPG.org: $4.50
Book reviewed on Huffington Post
All of the above illustrations and photos are from YOUR MOMENT, though the combo of illustrations and quotes have been done specifically for this blog post.
Less Expensive Than a Frappucino
For less than the cost of a Venti Cookie Crumble Mocha Frappucino, you could be the proud owner of the eBook version of Prem Rawat's newly published book, Your Moment, now available for downloading at the Words of Peace Global eStore.
Drink the Frappucino and gain 480 calories. Read the book and gain only insight.
Still not convinced? Want a taste?
Check out this just published review of the book in the Huffington Post.
December 18, 2014
Review of Prem Rawat's New Book, YOUR MOMENT, in the Huffington Post
Here's a review of Prem Rawat's new book, YOUR MOMENT, in today's Huffington Post. Makes a nice Holiday gift for someone you love, including yourself. Spread the word!
A New Book of Prem Rawat's Talks
Twenty five hundred years ago, the Greek philosopher, Socrates, boiled down his wisdom into just two words -- Know Thyself -- his counsel for people to pay attention to what was going on inside them -- not just their opinions, beliefs, and accomplishments.
Those two words, unlike most philosophies since then, have worn quite well, having inspired millions of people worldwide. These days, however, it seems as if Socrates' words, for many of us, have gone through some kind of modern-day makeover.
Now it's more like Brand Thyself, or Indulge Thyself, or, when that doesn't work, Fix Thyself.
Distracted by the exponentially expanding demands of our techno-centric age, too many of us have wandered away from Socrates' wise counsel. Our focus has become primarily outward -- thing-oriented -- with too little attention being paid to what's going on inside us.
Prem Rawat, with the release of his new book, Your Moment, addresses this phenomenon head on -- reminding people, with insight, clarity, and a healthy dose of humor, to get back to the basics -- something he's been doing since the age of four, when he began speaking to large crowds gathering to hear his father, a respected teacher of the time.
Your Moment, a 58-page compilation of illustrated excerpts from a variety of Prem's recent talks, reminds people of the power and purpose of paying attention to what really matters at the core of their being -- what Socrates and so many other wisdom teachers, throughout the ages, dedicated their lives to addressing.
"What I talk about," explains Prem, "is not becoming better. What I talk about is realizing who you are. But don't believe a word I say. Don't. Know for your own self. Experience!"
Personally, I find this message quite refreshing -- one that cuts to the chase in today's multi-tracking, information-overloaded world. Here is someone not claiming to have the answer, but boldly asserting that we all have the answer.
In effect, with the release of Your Moment, Prem Rawat is offering his readers a kind of soulful chiropractic adjustment -- a simple way to create a whole lot more ease and well-being in their lives, no trip to the doctor's office required.January 27, 2014
NO ORDINARY BOX: 12 Excerpts
Here is a colorful slide show of 12 excerpts from Prem Rawat's new book, NO ORDINARY BOX. Enjoy!
NO ORDINARY BOX: 12 Excerpts
Here is a colorful slide show of 12 excerpts from Prem Rawat's new book, NO ORDINARY BOX. Enjoy!
December 31, 2013
Prem Rawat in the Huffington Post
Read it and leap.December 08, 2013
Another Mask Comes Off
Excerpted from Prem Rawat's new book, No Ordinary Box, now available on Amazon.
Painting: Lisa Dietrich
Prem Rawat's New Book Now Available
Prem Rawat's new book, NO ORDINARY BOX, excerpts from 20 of his talks around the word -- now available on Amazon.May 20, 2013
A Chance to Vote for Prem Rawat's New Book
If you've enjoyed Prem Rawat's new book -- The Greatest Truth of All: You Are Alive!-- and want to recommend it to others, here's how.
Simply click this link, type "Prem Rawat" in the space provided, click on the book title, and vote for it.
BestBookRead is a new website that makes it easy for people to vote for books that have moved them. The site has about 2 million subscribers and will be sending all their subscribers a list of the top 100 books recommended by the visitors to their site.May 10, 2013
Intro to Prem Rawat's New Book (Spanish Translation)
Please forward this link to all your Spanish speaking friends. It contains excerpts from the Spanish translation of Prem Rawat's new book -- The Greatest Truth of All: You Are Alive. Gracias!May 06, 2013
Spanish Excerpts from Prem Rawat's New Book
Please feel free to forward this to your Spanish speaking friends.April 25, 2013
Read It and Leap! January 26, 2013
Some Inspiration for You
January 21, 2013
Full Moon at Sunrise Published!
Face it. Most people would rather read a Facebook post than a poem. Or, if not a Facebook post, then the back of a cereal box, sushi menu, shampoo bottle, last week's tweets, People Magazine, tea leaves, or their local telephone book.
That being said, I am happy to announce the publication of my new book of poetry, Full Moon at Sunrise, inspired by the message of Prem Rawat. Makes a great gift or paperweight. No animals were harmed in the production of this book. Click here to buy it or read a few excerpts. Click here if you don't like being told where to click. You can also buy it on Amazon.January 12, 2013
A New Book by Prem Rawat
January 09, 2013
Review of New Prem Rawat Book
In 2012, more than five million books were published worldwide.
Of these, a sizable percentage were of the "self-help" variety, a growing genre that promises to help people improve the quality of their lives -- to become happier, healthier, smarter, kinder, thinner, cooler, richer, less depressed, selfish, anxious and, generally speaking, better in countless ways society uses to define what it means to be successful human being.
At the core of the self-help book world is a fundamental assumption around which all of the writing revolves -- that there is a self to improve -- an essence at the core of a human being that is flawed and needs some tweaking.
And while this assumption certainly attracts a lot of book buyers, there is another kind of book, beyond self-improvement, that addresses an even more basic theme -- not improving the self, but knowing the self -- what sage Greek philosophers were referring to, centuries ago, when they distilled the purpose of life down into two simple words: know thyself.
This is the province of the newly published The Greatest Truth of All: You Are Alive! (21 excerpted talks of Prem Rawat) -- a 198-page book that awakens, inspires, and demystifies the so-called "search for self".
The message of the book is profoundly simple -- one that Prem Rawat has, primarily, been delivering orally for the past 40 years via live presentations -- that it is possible for each and every person on the face of this earth to experience peace within themselves regardless of age, nationality, religion, gender, philosophy, education, or social standing.
Written in a highly engaging, breezy style, The Greatest Truth of All offers the reader easy access to a topic too often dismissed as esoteric, "spiritual", or hard to comprehend.
Prem Rawat, very much a modern man with a well-developed sense of humor and a gift for story telling, has found a way to decode the essence of "self-knowledge" and delivers it, to the reader, like a tall, cool drink of water on a hot summer day.
Thirsty to know what it is that animates your life? If so, then this book might be for you.
Available on Amazon, $16.00
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Why? Because it's trying to get your attention.
You may want to consider honoring this idea, instead of characterizing it as "mind" or "ego" or a bothersome thought distracting you from your "inner life." You may even want to follow the yellow brick road to it's ultimate manifestation.
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"If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself." -- Rollo May