The Heart of the Matter
December 24, 2016
50th Anniversary Amaroo Gift Set Now Available on TimelessToday

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GOOD NEWS! All nine of Prem Rawat's talks from the September event in Amaroo are now available for streaming on TimelessToday as part of a just-released 50th Anniversary Gift Set. These talks are also available as downloadable audio files. Click here to order.

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November 24, 2016
What Are You Thankful For?

If there is one thing I have understood about life is that GRATITUDE is what it's at. No matter what your spiritual practice is, who you pray to, or what you know, unless you've gotten to the place of GRATITUDE, you haven't yet arrived. The good news? It's simple. Just pause for a few seconds and ask yourself: "What am I grateful for?" Then STAY THERE no matter what happens or doesn't happen in your life...

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Excerpted from Prem Rawat's 11/24/13 event in Boston

Flower Prayer Illustration: Tim Gainey

Words of Peace Global

Words of Peace Global on Facebook
More excerpts from the Boston event
And one more

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April 24, 2016
Prem Rawat Coming to South Africa: May, 2016!

Prem Rawat, much beloved Ambassador of Peace and the Founder of the Peace Education Program, will be the featured speaker, in May, at two events in South Africa. Capetown, May 13th. And Johannesburg, May 15th.

Excerpts from Prem's 2012 event in Johannesburg
24-minute interview in South Africa
Peace Education Program in Soweto
PEP at Zonderwater prison
Prem Excerpts: Miami Beach, 4/9/16

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April 14, 2016
PREM RAWAT: Miami Beach, 4/10

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Prem Rawat: Miami Beach Excerpts, 4/9/16

Prem Rawat in four minutes or less
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Words of Peace Global
The Prem Rawat Foundation

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May 20, 2015
FOOD FOR PEOPLE Benefit in Asheville to Help the Nepalese

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April 15, 2015
A Clean Slate

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When I was small boy, one of my favorite things to do was write and draw on a funky, little plastic tablet called "The Magic Slate". The cool thing about this "writing device" was that, at any time, I could lift up the little plastic sheet I had been writing on and all the markings I had made would immediately disappear, leaving me with a clean slate once again -- a state of mind the poet, Theodore Roethke, once referred to as perpetual beginner.

It was so simple. So easy. The process of getting rid of whatever I had created was guilt free with no regrets. Kids are really good at this. They don't cling to the past as much as adults do. They let go and move on.

In a way, this is one of the benefits I experience from having Prem Rawat as my teacher -- something I was very much reminded of again when I attended his recent talk in Miami.

When I really pay attention to what he is saying and practice what he calls "Knowledge", my slate becomes clean. All those markings, scribblings, and impressions I've been so feverishly making -- many of which merely clutter my experience of life -- vanish in a heartbeat. What I am left with is a fresh beginning, a new day, and a fabulous chance to start all over again.

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Prem videos

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April 13, 2015
Prem Rawat Miami Excerpts: 4/12/15

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Bio of Prem Rawat
PremRawat.com
Prem Rawat videos
The Prem Rawat Foundation

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February 06, 2015
International Soy Latte Donate-to-Your-Favorite Charity Week

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Every day I have a soy latte at my favorite cafe in Woodstock, NY. Sometimes, I also have a cranberry scone, thinking I should really order the oatmeal instead. I read the NY Daily News when I drink my latte and eat my scone, always starting with the sports section, even though the Knicks are 10-39, the Giants didn't make the playoffs, and the Mets lose more than they win.

The latte, which is always served with a heart in the foam, goes for $3.75 -- pricey, I know, but it's a morning indulgence I've grown to like, even though my nutritionally-minded friends keep warning me about the evils of soy.

Today, thinking about the independent fundraising campaign my friend, Stuart, and I are collaborating on to raise $50,000 for our favorite charity, The Prem Rawat Foundation, I did some quick math.

A week's worth of soy lattes runs me $26.25. Each month, that's $105.00. Being prone to cleverness, I thought of making a case for how everybody who reads this blog post should give up their soy lattes (or whatever) for a week and donate what they saved to the charity I'm fundraising for, but then I realized how bogus a request that would be. Guilt and pseudo sacrifice is not what life's about.

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So I'm not going to say that. What I am going to say is that there are A LOT of really good charities in the world that need our support. Intellectually, we know this, but knowing it and acting on it are two very different things.

The Breast Cancer Society, for example, calls me every few months and asks for a donation. I often find myself squirming when they call. I mean, I should give, right? But the highly scripted way in which they make their pitch makes me cringe and I find myself judging the way the Breast Society rep is asking for a donation rather than realizing it would actually be a good thing to donate $25, especially since I've got a few good friends who've struggled with breast cancer.

My point? For all of us to pause for a moment and ask ourselves how we might support at least one worthwhile charity in the world. Not necessarily my favorite charity. But yours -- whatever it happens to be.

If you don't have a favorite charity, take a peek at the list below and find one to support. They all need our help, especially during these tough times when donations are way down and the need is way up.

American Heart Association
The Red Cross
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Pathways to Peace
Kum Pah Orphanage
Family of Woodstock
Haitian People's Support Project
The Prem Rawat Foundation (via Stuart and Mitch's fundraising page)
Charity Navigator (a guide to worthy charities)

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February 12, 2014
A Surprise Collaboration with Vivek

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This morning I received a surprise email from Vivek, a young man from India I have never met.

Vivek told me that he had recently discovered my blog, The Heart of the Matter, and really enjoyed some of the visuals featuring excerpts of Prem Rawat's talks.

Since Vivek and his team were helping to promote the Youth Peace Fest (an event where Prem Rawat would eventually address an audience of 183,500 people), he decided to make a video of the slides, add some cool music, and show it at colleges, offices, and other venues around India to get the word out. Vivek noted, in his email to me this morning, that the show was a "big hit with audiences."

Here it is.

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December 02, 2013
Prem Rawat in Miami: MORE EXCERPTS

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Big thanks to Pat Barrett for submitting the excerpts
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Other excerpts from the Miami event

Words of Peace Global Facebook page
Words of Peace Global website
Online videos of Prem Rawat

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Prem Rawat in Miami: EXCERPTS

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Words of Peace Global
Words of Peace Global on Facebook

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November 25, 2013
Prem Rawat in Boston: Excerpts

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About Prem Rawat
See Prem Rawat in Miami: 12/1/13
Words of Peace Global
Words of Peace Global on Facebook

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