MIAMI AUDIO of PREM RAWAT: Olympia Theater, 4/12/15
Just released, on TimelessToday, a 60-minute downloadable audio of Prem Rawat, at the Olympia Theater, in Miami -- April 12, 2015. Also available: a 2:25 preview audio of his talk.April 27, 2017
Something Worth Listening To
As children, the first time we spoke we were celebrated by our parents. But the first time we listened, no one said a thing. As a result, we all seem to be much better talkers than listeners. Listening, in fact, seems to be going the way of the dodo bird. And so, as a public service to all Heart of the Matter readers, here is something worth listening to -- 54 brief audios of Prem Rawat waxing on about what really matters in this life. Most of the audios are less than 3 minutes.April 23, 2017
What's New on Timeless Today?
April 11, 2017
What Makes You Happy? March 25, 2017
41 Minutes of Cape Town Radio Fun
Click here for Part 3 of the Wild Wise Women Assembly Radio interview of Prem Rawat on May 9th, 2016. Engaging. Energetic. Casual. Inspiring. And profound.March 20, 2017
March 18, 2017
Wild Wise Women Radio Interview with Prem Rawat (Parts 1-2)
Click here for the first two parts of a very entertaining radio interview with Prem Rawat in Cape Town, South Africa. The final segment will be released next week.March 12, 2017
CAPE TOWN: Delightful Wise Wild Woman Interview of Prem Rawat
Very spunky 20-minute interview of Prem Rawat on Assembly Radio in Cape Town, South Africa. (The first in a series of three. Stay tuned!)March 06, 2017
New Releases on Timeless Today
February 10, 2017
Words to the Wise
February 09, 2017
Heart of the Matter's Top Ten Posts
The Heart of the Matter blog began nine years ago in January, 2008. Since that time, the 1,817 postings on the site have been viewed a total of 1,390,444 times. What follows are the ten most popular postings since the blog was first launched.
1. We Were Made for These Times
2. On Being an Instrument of Peace
3. Prem Rawat: Miami Beach, 4/9/16
5. When the Rain Begins
6. Prem Rawat in Johannesburg
7. Excerpts from Asheville
8. Prem Rawat: Amaroo, 9/10/15
9. Prem Rawat in 24 Minutes
10. You Are the Water
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Your Morning Wake Up Call
February 07, 2017
A Website That Is Timeless
There are approximately one billion websites in the world, servicing the virtual needs of 3.6 billion people -- an astounding 40% of the earth's population. Given the fact that the average human being spends about three hours online, daily, human beings are living in cyberspace for an astounding 10.8 billion hours every day.
That's a lot of time. True. But time isn't the only game in town. There's also something beyond time. And for want of a better word, let's call that something else the "timeless" -- that which is lasting, ageless, abiding, permanent, unfailing, immortal, unchanging, and everlasting.
Recently I've discovered a website that addresses the essence of this timelessness in a most elegant way -- the appropriately named TimelessToday.
Launched in September 2016, this fresh, new site offers a breath of fresh air (and a healthy dose of inspiration) through the spoken and written word of Prem Rawat. And it does so in a way that avoids the kind of proselytizing and evangelizing that all too often accompanies these kind of high-minded efforts.
Clearly, the people behind the scenes at Timeless Today, a hardworking team of web savvy and multimedia professionals, know a thing or two about the modern-day mindset. Rather than create a one-size-fits-all website, they've created an online experience that offers something for everyone -- no matter what their religion, philosophy, or attention span: everything from two-minute audio teasers to in-depth 80-minute videos.
Though still in its start up phase, Timeless Today is already seeing results. To date, it has hosted more than 133,000 web sessions for people in 140 countries and continues, in it's uniquely upbeat way, to provide a variety of free, pay-to-download, pay-to-stream, audio, and video.
What does the future hold for the website whose mission is to reach all 7.5 billion people on planet Earth with a message of hope, peace, and humanity? No one really knows, but if you ask the TimelessToday team, you can expect the following:
- More free content on the website and Facebook page
- New and different themes
- A YouTube channel of free content
- The TT crew following Prem Rawat around the world and providing footage that will be made available in a variety of formats: streaming video and audio, and downloads from his interviews, conversations, and live addresses.
A Quick Tour of TimelessToday
About Prem Rawat
Focused Listening (audio books)
Splitting the Arrow (book)
Full Catalog of Products
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The Power of Gratitude
Here is a collection of expressions of gratitude from people around the world who have experienced some of the benefits of Prem Rawat's message of peace via their participation in the Peace Education Program.February 04, 2017
Prem Rawat Radio Interview on KAYA FM in Johannesburg
Click here for a lively December 6th South African radio interview with Prem Rawat, referred to by millions of people around the world, as a "Peace Ambassador." In this day and age of ultra-strange politics, terrorism, fake news, environmental collapse, and the escalation of nuclear arms, here is a voice of sanity and wisdom. I have been a student of this man since 1971 and want to invite you to consider his timeless message of peace, so needed in today's chaotic world. 29 minutes. Free.January 30, 2017
When People Are at Peace
When People Are at Peace
January 21, 2017
Prem Rawat on South African Radio
Free streaming audio of Prem Rawat's December 8th radio interview on South Africa's oldest radio station. 13 minutes.January 18, 2017
Home Sweet Home
January 11, 2017
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 hereJanuary 01, 2017
Prem Rawat in Sebokeng
Prem Rawat speaking in Sebokeng, South Africa, December 9th. Treat yourself to a New Year's Day present!December 24, 2016
50th Anniversary Amaroo Gift Set Now Available on TimelessToday
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.
What Is a Student?
December 21, 2016
You See Differences
Photo: Ira Meyer
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.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...
October 18, 2016
Prem Rawat in Four Minutes or Less
Maybe you know this. Or maybe you don't. But, on the Words of Peace Global website, there is a great selection of videos featuring Prem Rawat. Free. Absolutely free. Below are links to the brief ones -- four minutes or less. You're just a click away.
We Are Words of Peace
A Singular Process
This Blooming Called Peace
Thirst and Focus
The Source of Joy
Have You Ever Been Bored?
You Are Ageless
The Language of the Heart
Five Seconds of Heaven
Stating the Obvious
Seven Videos from PremRawat.com
August 19, 2016
Enjoy Every Day
August 06, 2016
Prem Rawat's Recent Events in India with English Translation
July 29, 2016
TimelessToday Launches on July 31st, 10:30 am Indian Standard Time
TimelessToday launches on Sunday, July 31st at 10:30 am India Standard Time. I am not sure what time that is for YOU, but it's simple to find out. The launch is timed to celebrate the moment, 50 years ago, when Prem Rawat, at the age of eight, gave his first public address as a teacher.
In Honor of Ray Belcher June 20, 2016
June 18, 2016
Off the Coast of Love
June 06, 2016
Prem Rawat's Conversation with a Cancer Patient 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.April 22, 2016
You Want a Miracle?
April 14, 2016
PREM RAWAT: Miami Beach, 4/10
April 04, 2016
In You Dances the Divine
March 15, 2016
Illustration: Leslie Dietrich
February 04, 2016
Long Before Words
Being of the Jewish persuasion, I'm not exactly the kind of person given to confession, but allow me the ecumenical luxury of confessing at least one thing in this first paragraph of what may well turn out to be the Mahabharata of blog postings:
Writing about Prem Rawat and the gift that he offers is not easy.
It's not easy for a few reasons.
First off, what I want to say existed long before words -- long before nouns and verbs and the leaky vessels we construct to float our shaky boats of babble. Secondly, words are approximations of the real thing at best. Like menus, they indicate something's cooking in the kitchen, but they are not the food itself. And thirdly, the dog ate my homework.
I don't know how it works, but there are years of my life I can barely remember, but seconds with Prem that remain a vast eternity, indelibly impressed on my heart like some kind of rock 'n roll Rosetta stone.
I never laugh so hard or cry so long as when I'm in his company. I never feel so good.
The first time I heard about him, I was both ecstatic and afraid -- ecstatic at the thought I might finally experience what I'd been born for -- afraid that somehow, grand impostor that I was, I would be the only person on the face of the Earth not to get it. Forget it. I got it.
Yes, that moment happened -- the moment of oooh -- the moment of aaah -- the moment of finally coming into my own after years of imagining my own was someplace far away -- in a forest, cave, or future lifetime.
What has he taught me? How to wake up -- and stay awake. How to appreciate. How to feel. How to simply be.
What Prem Rawat offers is not so much a teaching as it is transportation to the place we've either been seeking our entire lives or have given up on long ago -- the place of no judgment, the place of no doubt, the place of no worry, no fear, no problem.
Here! The place of remembering. And what we remember here is love -- plain and simple. For love is the name of the game...February 01, 2016
The Three Questions
Some years ago I attended a 5-day conference, in Miami, with Prem Rawat and 50 other people.
On the first morning, during his opening remarks, Prem explained that he wanted everyone at the conference to feel absolutely free to ask their questions whenever they had one. Made perfect sense. After all, we were there to learn.
The first morning passed in a questionless mode for me. Everything he said was absolutely clear and I was content simply to sit, listen, and enjoy the feeling of being in the room with him.
The afternoon was a different story. About an hour after lunch, he said something that baffled me. No kapish. I had a question. But I also had something else -- and that was the fear of asking.
One part of me -- the respectful part -- thought I'd be interrupting him if I raised my hand. Another part -- the educated part -- thought I should already know the answer. Yet another part (hey! how many parts did I have?) didn't want to be the focus of attention.
My right hand twitched, but hung at my side like a slacker. Then I remembered what Prem had said the day before: "If you have a question, ask."
I raised my hand and asked.
"That's the stupidest thing I ever heard," he replied.
Ouch! Now it was official. I was a fool, a moron, a complete idiot -- something I'd always suspected, but now had all the proof I needed.
I could feel myself shrinking, slinking back into my chair.
My teacher had answered the question I asked, but I barely heard a word. My mind was out to lunch, but had no idea where the restaurant was. A hundred over-caffeinated PR guys inside me, hell bent on damage control, did their best to save the day, but their efforts were a joke.
I didn't sleep well that night.
The next morning I took my seat with an extra dose of humility and some last-minute effort to gracefully manage my emotional meltdown from the day before.
Thirty minutes into Prem's morning presentation, he said something that made only partial sense to me. I kind of understood it. I mean, I sort of got what he said, but not really.
I had a question.
No way was I going to ask it. No way was I going to reveal yet another questionable side of my questionable self -- not only to him, but to 50 of my peers, some of whom, I knew, already had their doubts about me.
But then I remembered what he had said on Day One. "If you have a question, ask."
I raised my hand.
"That," he replied, "is a really good question."
Hallelujah! I was back in the game -- now hanging ten in my semi-comfortable hotel chair, waiting for his response to my now, officially-declared, good question.
I barely heard a word he said -- consumed, as I was, by his acknowledgment of my question being "good." I could see he was talking, but I was suddenly deaf. My mind, once more, was out to lunch. OK, maybe not lunch, but out for a meal. Like... maybe breakfast.. or a light snack.
Day Three came quickly.
I woke, took a shower, practiced Knowledge, drank coffee, ate a bagel, and took my seat.
The morning session was smooth as silk. My teacher spoke, told some jokes, showed some slides -- me enjoying my new found status as a question-free human being.
The afternoon? Don't ask.
An hour into it, I felt an old familiar feeling coming over me. I wouldn't exactly call it cluelessness, but I was clearly in need of a clue.
I took a breath. I raised my hand. I asked.
Prem listened. Then he spoke. His response, this time, was neutral. My question wasn't good. My question wasn't stupid. It was just a question.
Three days. Three questions. Three different responses.
Looking back at this conference with my favorite person on the planet, the metaphor that comes to mind is one a friend shared with me some years ago.
"Imagine yourself," she said, "as a sword in a stone. It's stuck and won't come out. You pull to the left. You pull to the right. You pull to the left, again. Back and forth, back and forth you go between the extremes: good and bad, up and down, black and white, rich and poor, this and that. With each movement between the extremes, the sword gets looser and looser until it gets loose enough for you to pull from the stone. That's how it works some times -- all this going back and forth, until we're finally free!"
I'm glad I took Prem Rawat up on his word and asked my questions. In a curious way, I may have learned more from the act of asking than I did from the answers I received. That's one of the cool things about being in relationship with someone like him. Every interaction is amplified. Every conversation has the potential to reveal something extraordinary.
I'm glad I didn't play it safe with him. I'm glad I didn't hide behind my simulated mask of understanding. Yes, it's a risk to speak up. But a risk to what? Only that self-serving, legend-in-my-own-mind character more concerned with other's opinions of me than the experience of truth.
Did he know that the three different ways he answered my questions put me through some changes? I doubt it. But it doesn't really matter.
Prem Rawat is not a mind reader. He is not a psychic. He is not a therapist. He merely holds up a mirror. What we see -- and what we do after we see what we see -- is completely up to us.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 21, 2016
Practice Being Human
December 10, 2015
Happy Birthday to Prem Rawat!
A big shout out, from Woodstock (and everywhere else in the world) to Prem Rawat for his unending commitment to bring a timeless, universal message of peace to people everywhere. Happy birthday! And thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for all the years of inspiration, joy, laughter, focus, freedom, and fun. Whoo! Whoo!
150,000 People Attend Prem Rawat's Public Event in Calcutta, India
October 19, 2015
Begin Your Day With Focus
October 18, 2015
Remember What Freedom Is
October 10, 2015
October 04, 2015
There Is a Song That's Been Written That Has Never Been Sung September 27, 2015
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE: Prem Rawat, Amaroo Excerpts Continued
September 14, 2015
The Long Walk Up the Hill
September 13, 2015
Prem Rawat: Amaroo, 9/11/15
Amaroo Photos: Chris Corbett #3, 6, 19, 23
Photo #12: Ira Meyer
Prem Rawat, Amaroo, 9/10/15
September 10, 2015
Prem Rawat Excerpts, 9/9/15
AMAROO PHOTOS by Steve Brenman: #3, 7, 10, 13, 15, 18September 09, 2015
Prem Rawat Excerpts: Amaroo, 9/8/15
September 08, 2015
Prem Rawat Excerpts: Amaroo, 9/7/15
July 15, 2015
Prem Rawat in Baltimore
A few people asked me for a report on what Prem Rawat talked about, on July 12th, in Baltimore. Since I did not take notes, I cannot share any excerpts. That being said, here are some impressions of mine:
1. He is a very happy man.
2. His main message: everything you need is inside you.
3. If you want to experience "heaven" later in life, experience it now.
4. He is neither religious or spiritual. He is free.
5. He has an extraordinary ability to uplift, inspire, and awaken.
6. He has an extraordinary sense of humor.
7. I think the reason why he seems to move so quickly between humor and seriousness has best been described by Peter Ustinov who said: "Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious."
8. He is, at once, extremely modern and extremely ancient.
9. It's up to each one of us to experience peace within ourselves. It's not about going to a mountain top or monastery or pilgrimage. It's about accessing the gift we already have.
10. The people I met on the street who attended the event were all radiant, present, and exceedingly alive.June 25, 2015
Heart of a Child June 23, 2015
The Divine is Touching Us Both May 16, 2015
Something to Sing About!
Each download is variably priced, depending on format, and includes a PDF of the lyrics. Other songs will be posted on the website as time goes by.May 03, 2015
Introducing Rawat Creations
Click here for the preview website launch of Rawat Creations -- an exciting new project of Prem Rawat that will feature his photography, music, poetry, design, and other forms of creative expression.April 25, 2015
Something Dramatically Beautiful
April 24, 2015
Practice Being Human
April 15, 2015
A Clean Slate
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.
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.April 13, 2015
Prem Rawat Miami Excerpts: 4/12/15
March 16, 2015
All You Have to Do
March 11, 2015
Home Sweet Home
One of the great gifts Prem Rawat gives is helping people find their true home in this world -- not the fairy tale mansion, house on the golf course, or perfect apartment in the BIG CITY. Nope. The home inside. Home base. The manger within. The peace that passes all understanding.March 10, 2015
Dust in Motion
March 03, 2015
That's the Beauty of This
February 08, 2015
The Momentous Moment
December 24, 2014
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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.
Excerpts from Prem Rawat's Wonderful New Book: YOUR MOMENT
"You are the ocean of hope. You are the ocean of kindness. You are the ocean of peace."
"I'm not trying to change you. I'm just trying to tell you that what you are looking for is inside you."
"What I talk about is not becoming better. What I talk about is seeing yourself, realizing who you are."
"When you came into the world, people laughed and you cried. Do something, so when you go, you laugh and people cry."
"Come a little closer to yourself and you will understand the preciousness of this existence."
"My message is about the shortest sentence there is: 'I am.'"
"Don't believe a word I say. Don't. Know for your own self. Experience!"
"Consciousness, when? With every breath. Joy, when? Every day. Peace, when? NOW!"
"Know the art of looking within."
"There is one thing you never have to search for. Do you know what that is? Peace."
"Focus not on society, but on the building block of society -- the individual human being."
"A miracle is happening every second inside of you."
"Embrace this life, not with sadness, but with great delight."
"You need to know two things: how fragile you are and how strong you are."
"What is the value of NOW, for you? What does a moment mean to you?"
"Do you know the material you are made of is also what the universe is made of?"
"Do you want to look really good? Be in peace and you will look the most beautiful."
"The breath comes into you is your drop. It comes into you and it splashes you with life. Are you waiting? Or are you ready?"
"Everything I am saying you already know because it comes from within you."
"People search but not within themselves. Some search on top of the mountain. Some search in a holy place. And where is it? In you!"
"Live your life consciously, in gratitude, in knowing, in clarity, in simplicity. Prosper and bloom!"
PS: The photo and illustration are two of many from the book.December 11, 2014
Everything You Are Searching For is Within You
December 05, 2014
December 03, 2014
The Question of the Day November 14, 2014
Prem Rawat on Words of Peace
In case you haven't seen this yet, here's a very nice overview of the message, work, and life of Prem Rawat on the newly redesigned Words of Peace Global website. Definitely worth a few minutes of your time.
July 26, 2014
Pasadena Music Slide Show
Excerpts, with music, from Prem Rawat's 7/19 event in Pasadena.July 22, 2014
Prem Rawat in Pasadena: 9 More
July 20, 2014
Prem Rawat in Pasadena
June 12, 2014
May 27, 2014
Asheville, Part 3
May 25, 2014
More Excerpts from Asheville
May 23, 2014
Excerpts from Asheville
May 21, 2014
Inside of Each and Every Breath
We are never more than a breath away from every thing we want and need in this life.May 08, 2014
Prem Rawat Coming to Asheville, North Carolina, on May 22!
You are invited to listen to Prem Rawat speak in Asheville, NC, on May 22nd. Admission free.April 26, 2014
You Are the Angel
April 21, 2014
Volunteering for Peace
April 13, 2014
The SoCal Global Peace Initiative
Very nice 20-minute video, created by the Southern California Global Peace Initiative, to communicate the work (and play) they are doing to communicate the value of Prem Rawat's timeless message of peace.April 10, 2014
Prem Rawat Interview on Nepal TV
The first 1:45 introduction is in Nepalese. The rest is in English. Enjoy!March 29, 2014
WOPG's Media Sponsorship Campaign
Find out what goes on behind the scenes when Words of Peace Global (WOPG) creates the many videos it produces to support the message of Prem Rawat -- videos seen at events around the world, videos of his events made available online, and Words of Peace TV episodes. This inside look at WOPG's inspired media production efforts is part of a newly launched campaign to raise the funds necessary to continue this important work. Please give what you can.March 28, 2014
Do You Have the Eyes to See?
March 09, 2014
The Divine is Touching Us Both
February 20, 2014
The Core of Your Being
February 12, 2014
A Surprise Collaboration with Vivek
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."
February 10, 2014
Out of the Mouths of Babes
February 01, 2014
The Shortest Sentence 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!
January 23, 2014
Good news for those of you who enjoy the message of Prem Rawat. He has just launched his own, personal website, PremRawat.com
"The purpose of my website," he explains, "is to share my interests with you -- what fascinates me, in addition to the message of peace most people know me for. What you see here is just a beginning, a hint of what's to come."
The 3-minute introductory video of him speaking, on the homepage, clearly sets the tone for the site -- a venture, he explains, that will evolve in time.
On the contact page, Prem invites people to write to him, noting that he will respond, via video or email, to some of the questions he receives. Stay tuned. And enjoy!December 27, 2013
Seasons Greetings from Prem Rawat
December 22, 2013
One More Thing to Learn
December 15, 2013
You Are Magnificent
Excerpted from NO ORDINARY BOX
Two Quotes from NO ORDINARY BOX
Excerpted from Prem Rawat's new book, NO ORDINARY BOX.
Painting: Lisa Dietrich
Another Mask Comes Off
Excerpted from Prem Rawat's new book, No Ordinary Box, now available on Amazon.
Painting: Lisa Dietrich
All of us, at one point in our life, feel the primal thirst for something holy, sacred, and divine -- beyond the commerce and conditions of daily life. This one's for you!December 04, 2013
VIDEO: Prem Rawat in Long Beach December 02, 2013
Prem Rawat in Miami: MORE EXCERPTS
Big thanks to Pat Barrett for submitting the excerpts
Paintings: Lisa Dietrich
Other excerpts from the Miami event
Words of Peace Global Facebook page
Words of Peace Global website
Online videos of Prem Rawat
November 18, 2013
Prem Rawat in Boston on 11/24/13
This has been a very good month for the city of Boston! On October 30th, its major league baseball team won its third World Series and on November 24th, it's highly regarded Berklee Performance Center will be hosting Prem Rawat for a public presentation of his message of peace. Baseball! Music! Joy! Hope to see you there.November 11, 2013
Celebrate Life Events in London
Here's a 2-minute video that will give you a feeling for a cool, new music-themed initiative in London dedicated to bringing about positive change in communities. Inspired. Fun. Celebrational.November 09, 2013
Stone Walls Do Not a Prison Make
If you have four minutes and an interest in the possibility of peace for people everywhere, listen to Premlata Hudson Rawat (the daughter of Prem Rawat), talk about the Peace Education Program (PEP) -- an innovative educational program that helps people discover their inner resources. The four videos below provide a clear picture of the impact the program is having in prisons and other places around the world.November 02, 2013
Carry a Lot of Matches October 31, 2013
Don't Let the Lamp Go Out!
October 29, 2013
Four More from Long Beach
October 24, 2013
Inspire for Peace
Hoping to see you at the Inspire for Peace event in Long Beach, California -- Saturday, October 26th.
Prem Rawat and Jeremy Gilley Video Now in the Huffington Post
Click here for the newly published article, in the Huffington Post, about the inspired work of peace activist, Jeremy Gilley, and the 28-minute video of his revealing conversation with Prem Rawat about peace, life, anger, and what it really means to be a human being.September 21, 2013
A Conversation Between Jeremy Gilley and Prem Rawat
This is an extraordinary video. Peace Activist and Founder of Peace One Day, Jeremy Gilley, has an animated conversation with Prem Rawat. Their exchange is deep, revealing, inspiring, and very timely. If you are interested in the topic of peace, this one's for you.September 17, 2013
The Students of Prem Rawat Speak
Yesterday, I posted the following question on Facebook: "If you are a student of Prem Rawat, what would you say is the one thing you've heard him say, over the years, that has had the most impact on you?" What follows is a sampling of the responses I received:
"Let me show you what is keeping you alive." - Daniel Light
"Everyone knows the drop is in the ocean, but very few know that the ocean dwells in the drop." - Jan Buchalter
"Peace is the perfume of God." - Stuart Hoffman
"Water the root." - Jennifer Boire
"Be true to your own heart." - Julia Howe
"Everything you need for complete fulfillment is inside of you. The thirst is within and the quenching is within. We are each complete!" - Alla Rogers
"Peace is already inside of you, and I can help you get in touch with that." - Paul Pilcher
"Peace on Earth begins within you." - Sharon Blatt
"Be true to this breath." - Tim Hain
"The angel you are looking for is you!" - Sally Richman
"Peace is as close as your breath." - Linda D. Miller
"Be a true human being, the one who is filled with kindness, who's filled with love, who's filled with peace, who's filled with joy. And to know this, you need the knowledge of the self." - Cintra Hardy
"I can help." - Michael Taylor
"Belief is like an unlit candle. When you light it, it transforms into knowing." - David Klamph
"Wherever one spark of this Knowledge goes, it hits and makes it perfect. Perfect." - Jane Bennett
"Love the love like it's never been loved before." - Larry Lustbader
"Trying to describe this experience, this self-knowledge, is like trying to describe a mango. The only way to know a mango is to taste it." - Joyce Gerber
"Let me introduce you to you." - Gabriele Regan Gfeller
"Life is a one-seater car." - Jule Kowarsky
"Enjoy your life." - Fran King
"It is not the words. Peace is a feeling." - Jan Scoular
"Many ask me are you a guru or a guide or a friend. The way I like to see it is I just hold up a mirror, keep it nice and shiny so you can see just how beautiful you truly are!" - Jeff Schreiber
"This is not a path of suffering." - Marcia Loft
"Everything you are really looking for is already inside of you." - Claudio Pollero
"Give me your love and I will give you peace." - Otto Vlach
"There is an ocean of joy and there is an ocean of sadness." - Stella Neary Sharpe
"An ocean of love is inside of you." - Rita Rubin Long
"Don't be a victim of circumstance. Be a human being." - Maggie Flannagan
"You get good at what you practice. Practice peace and you get good at that!" - Sigrid Eleonora Ariana
"Let your heart embrace you." - Cindy Lategan
"Live, live, live until there is no more." - Josephine Leslie Jackson
"Go in peace. Stay in peace. And come back in peace." - Kathy Sisler Soffer
"Longing is a beautiful experience." - Celia Jennings
"You are going to die." - Sharon Jeffers
"When you die, they will ask you two questions: 'Did you find peace?' and 'Did you help others find peace?'" - Bill Slater
"What you are looking for is within you." - Lucinda Brown
"Come closer." - Bhatta Sagar
"And I want you to be among the very few who know." - Maryvonne Louise Segalen
"You are not a human doing. You are a human being." - Maggie Flanagan
"Knowledge. Understanding. These are the only things that can remove uncertainty from this life so that I can begin to welcome what tomorrow is." - Denise Cartwright
"Find the friend within. This is a friendship that can last forever." - Kim E. Scott
"You wear peace well." - Annie Tresidder
"If you don't like the altitude you're flying and it's too bumpy, change it. If you don't know how to change it, I can help you with that." - Sylvia Flyer
"Just do it." (way before Nike said it). - Alan Roderick-Jones
"It is what it is." - Buffy Black
"Remain in holy company." - Mimsy Bouret
"Meditate. This Knowledge will give you peace." - Geraldine Larson
"Be still, be very, very still, and let peace find you." - Paula Rosenblum
"Can you do this? Of course. Of course." - Helen M. Waters
"Know the infinite that resides in you." - Monika Winslow
"Thirst is everything." - Christy Hodgson
"Be free of concepts." - Mary Foxen
"You cannot bring in the light by scooping out the darkness." - Evee Danneburg
"Just stay on the boat." - Rainer Poulet
"We get good at what we practice. So when we practice anger, we get good at that, but if we practice peace, then we get good at that." - Glenna Dumay
"Come to me and I will give you peace." - Joseph Rosenblatt
"You are the Angel that can solve your problems." - Laura Perez Velasco
"The only thing you have not done is accept, accept what is." - Janet Bloom
"You are greater than the sum of all your successes and failures." - Liz Westbyrd
"I can show you." - Howard Luckman
"Stay in the boat. Sit back and relax. That's all I ask. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride." - Joy Winnel
"It is all within." - Alaya Love
"Knowledge is your best friend. It's the sword that cuts clean the ambiguity." - Anna Luthi
"Come home." - Candice Wilmore
"Alan." (It's just my name, but of all the profoundly inspiring and helpful things I've heard him say, that one word meant the most to me. No one has said it with more love and respect). - Alan Roettinger
"Don't leave. If you can't express yourself here, where are you going to be able to do it?" - James Eartheart
"I will love you if you meditate or if you don't meditate." - Tara Lee Planett
"You are looking for peace, and peace is looking for you. Be still and let the peace find you." - Larry Mergentime
"The infinite resides in the finite." - Nikolaj Krarup
"You become good at what you practice." - Johan Drejare
"Feel the gratitude." - Melissa June Burnand
"A day without practice is a day wasted." - Asandra Lamb
"Even in your darkest hour I will not abandon you." - Teresa Wooldridge
"25,500 days." - Craig Klawuhn
"To get what you want without wanting is surrender."- Jan Herbert
"One second of being clear can save you a lifetime of being miserable." - Frieda Hill
"Practice." - Chris Cantrell
"Peace is within inside." - Kathy Lorenz
"You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink (but you can put salt in its food)." - Chris Hamerton
"You are capable, valuable, and loved." - Louise Amm
"Be grateful you are alive." - Joyce Czarny
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Big Doings in Ecuador
On June 5th, 2013, an unforgettable celebration of peace took place at the International Peace Festival in Otavalo, Ecuador.
After receiving invitations from the District Director of Education and the Mayor of the Imbabura Province, Prem Rawat arrived in Otavalo and delivered a rousing address in the foothills of the breathtaking Imbabura Mountains. He spoke about the possibility of every human being to live in peace and clarity, saying:
"An unhappy king cannot make his citizens happy. An unhappy father cannot make his family happy. And this is how it is in the world. What do you practice? Whatever you practice, you will get very good at. If you practice peace, you will get good at it. If you practice clarity you will get good at it. Only that person who knows how to receive a gift will truly understand the value of that gift. Accept this gift of being alive. Accept this gift of having peace within you. And watch your life change."
After the event, spirits were high as the people of Otavalo expressed their immense gratitude for Prem Rawat's visit and spoke of the profound need for his message of peace in their lives.
The Mayor captured the collective feeling when he commented, "I believe that this is what has been missing in this world. We need to start thinking about our inner selves, so we can understand where we want to go."
My interactions with people at the event were coursing with enthusiasm and passion for the message, the festival atmosphere only enhancing the level of enthusiasm. I feel that the event was a milestone in the lives of many and that it will inspire great things in Otavalo.
-- Rose, freelance reporterAugust 02, 2013
Where Is Peace?
Here is the next video in TPRF's Peace For People 2013 campaign. These videos can also be seen on TPRF's YouTube channel as well as the TPRF website. The first video in the series -- Peace is a Feeling -- was released on July 1 and has received over 17,000 views from 120 countries!July 06, 2013
June 14, 2013
It's About Letting Go
June 11, 2013
Prem Rawat in Amaroo: 9/10/12
June 08, 2013
Peace on the Outside April 24, 2013
New Prem Rawat ADI Book Just Reissued with New Cover
Check back here tomorrow to view this slide show with a fabulous sound track by Stuart Hoffman.April 22, 2013
Yo Yo Mastery and You You
This guy is completely off the charts. Wow! Think about what YOU are committed to and WHAT you need to do to develop the kind of mastery this young man demonstrates.April 19, 2013
You Have a Choice April 11, 2013
The Core of Your Being
March 28, 2013
Happiness March 24, 2013
Falling in Love March 20, 2013
Feel the Zero
March 08, 2013
But I Already Know This!
Two and a half years ago, I emailed a friend of mine who saw Prem Rawat for the first time in my home town of Woodstock, NY.
Knowing she had thoroughly enjoyed the evening and had started to find out more by watching The Keys a few days later, I was curious to know if she had any questions.
She didn't. But she did have an interesting observation about herself. As she watched The Keys, she explained, a recurring thought kept running through her mind.
"But I already know this."
I've heard the same thing from many people over the years -- especially friends of mine who are just starting to hear about Prem Rawat's message.
This time, maybe because he had just come to my hometown, it gave me extra pause. Why, I wondered, was it so common for people to respond to his message with the potentially dismissive "But I already know this" comment?
Could it be they weren't quite open? Not sufficiently humble? Too full of concepts? Well, that describes all people -- Prem Rawat's students, as well.
The real reason is simpler.
The real reason why so many people respond to his message with "I already know that" is because they do. Indeed, this is one of the recurring themes at the core of his message. If it seems familiar to you, that's because it is.
This is where things really get interesting. In fact, if there is a place where the "path" begins, this is it.
A good teacher does not invent anything new. He (or she) does not recycle old truths. A good teacher turns theory into practice. Makes the potential kinetic. Activates the process where seeking comes to an end and finding begins.
For most of us, the essence of who we are has long been forgotten -- like we've all gotten a bad case of amnesia. We know the time, but not the timeless. We know our phone number, but not our heart. We know where we want to be tomorrow, but not where we are today.
Bottom line, Prem Rawat is waking people up to the most ancient thing within them -- the essence of what makes life worth living. And not only that. He's also providing the tools and inspiration to maintain steady contact with this glorious place of being. How cool is that?
The second reason why some people respond to his message with the "I already know this" mantra is because it's very likely they've heard his message before.
Prem Rawat is not the only one talking this talk. What he's saying has been preached, written about, sung, danced, sculpted, painted, whispered, dreamed, and yodeled since the beginning of time.
Strip away the jargon of any path and you'll find his message at the core: What you are looking for is within you!
What, then, is the value of Prem Rawat when his message is as old as the hills -- and the time before hills existed?
Simply this: He helps people make it real. He helps them apply it in daily life.
He has an extraordinary gift for helping people close the gap between theory and practice -- helping people understand, in their bones, that this is it -- that the promised land is beneath our very feet right now, if only we would keep our promise to ourselves.
He's a wake-up call -- not with a bugle, but a breath.March 03, 2013
What Is Real
February 22, 2013
Video Highlights from African Tour February 18, 2013
President of Italian Senate Honors Prem Rawat February 07, 2013
Feel at Home in this Moment
January 27, 2013
It's About Awakening
December 27, 2012
Prem Rawat Declared Honorary Mayor of San Antonio December 24, 2012
It's Our Choice
December 16, 2012
An Introduction to Prem Rawat December 14, 2012
Prem Rawat's Message
The Greatest Truth of All: You Are Alive -- 21 talks of Prem Rawat
Beautiful Photos from Prem Rawat's Fall Tour of India. Can You Feel It?
December 02, 2012
The Path Is Made By Walking On It
December 01, 2012
Wishes Coming True in Benin
This is the fifth in a series of "Into Africa" reports from the delightful Louise Roenn.
Putting on an event for 6,000 people at an outdoor stadium in Cotonou, Benin, can be a challenge even for one of the world's most experienced crews, the Words of Peace Global event productions team.
"The big screen is not working," Event Director, Leila Koren, says into her headset, shortly before the event with Prem Rawat is about to begin.
The electrical supply has been coming and going all day and the crew has been working for hours in 95 degree heat.
"We'll go with Plan B," Leila continues. "No videos. Have the MC welcome the Speaker onto the stage right away."
Apsath Bapaya, the MC for the event, gets up from her seat and walks out on stage. With a huge smile on her face, she welcomes, first, the audience, and then Prem Rawat. Even with the last minute changes to the event, Apsath remains cool, calm, and collected.
Looking out at the audience, she see 6,000 smiling people, many of whom are wildly waving their handkerchiefs, just like we saw at the Ghana event just just a few days ago.
Many people in the audience are seeing Prem Rawat, in person, for the first time, Before today, the only times they've seen him have been on TV.
Families with children and grandparents are sitting on the grass. They fill the stadium with their laughter as Prem Rawat tells story after story.
"As this is the last event of the year, I want to wish you all a happy New Year," Prem Rawat says at the end of his talk. "All your wishes have already come true in this life because you are alive."November 27, 2012
Prem Rawat in Benin
November 26, 2012
The Party Of The Decade In Ghana
Here is the fourth in a series of West African reports from guest blogger, Louise Roenn.
If you have ever seen videos of Prem Rawat's events in West Africa, you probably can recall moments when the audience enthusiastically waved their handkerchiefs as they danced and cheered upon his arrival.
But yesterday, actually being right there in the middle of this extraordinary West African welcome, was like nothing I have ever seen or felt before.
The joy and excitement coming from the audience was so loud that I wondered whether the roof of the hall would blow off as Prem Rawat made his entrance.
"I am very happy to be back in Ghana," Prem Rawat exclaimed after a minute of handkerchief waving, stamping, and cheering from the audience. "It's been a long time. But now I am here."
It has been nine long years since the Ambassador of Peace last touched down in West Africa -- one more reason why today's event has turned into the party of the decade.
Just before the event started, three tall men wearing huge, ceremonial robes and even bigger gold bracelets and rings were seated in the row right in front of the stage. They were, I later found out, chiefs sent by the King of the Ashanti Empire.
"I had never heard about Prem Rawat prior to this event," explains Chief Nana Adu Mensah Asare. "But we are so impressed by his message and his work. This peace is not just for Ghana, it is for all people of the world."
Sneak Preview of the Ghana Event
Story to follow later tonight...
Prem Rawat in Johannesburg
The third in a series of reports, by Louise Roenn, from Prem Rawat's events in Africa.
The lobby of the Gallagher Convention Center, in Johannesburg, is packed with the most diverse audience I have ever seen at one of Prem Rawat's events.
2,200 South Africans dressed in saris, indigenous African robes, suits, summer dresses, and surfer shorts have arrived to hear Prem Rawat address this rainbow nation in person.
Since his first visit to South Africa, in 1972, and all through the years of apartheid, Prem Rawat has consistently reminded his audiences to go beyond color, religion, and race so they can look at each other as human beings.
Winifred Rampa has traveled from the Johannesburg suburb, Soweto, to see Prem Rawat for the first time. She first heard about his message in a book she inherited from a cousin in 1986.
"When I read the first page," explained Winifred, "it hit me. This man is speaking my thing. Through my religion, I had been taught that I had to die in order to be at peace. But now I know that peace exists here."
Thembi Madliwa, a resident of Cape Town, has been listening to Words of Peace TV, every Sunday, after church, on channel Cape TV, since 2011.
"Prem Rawat tells me about this peace that is within us. For me, it is a journey that takes time. The work that Prem Rawat is doing cannot be compared to any leader I have ever known. My wish is that there could be more Prem Rawats out there, and that people will listen to his TV program."
Photo 1: Winifred Rampa (left) and her friend, Usha, in the lobby prior to the event.November 18, 2012
Prem Rawat in Johannesburg
November 16, 2012
Excerpts from Madagascar: 11/15/12
Prem Rawat in Madagascar
Traveling guest blogger, Louise Roenn, checks in with another onsite report from her series of "Into Africa" posts. Next stop: Johannesburg.
"I've been waiting for 30 years to see him in person. Now, he is here!" says a smiling Mbolatiana Andrlamahefarivo in the Carlton Hotel lobby in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar.
Mbolatiana has been listening to Prem Rawat's message of peace since 1980 and has maintained a strong wish to see him, in person, ever since. Today will be his moment.
The lobby, this morning, is buzzing with anticipation and excitement prior to today's historic Words of Peace event.
Not only is it Prem Rawat's first visit to Madagascar -- for most of the 450 attendees, it is the first time they have ever seen or heard him live.
"We want to thank you for coming," an elderly gentleman says to Prem Rawat 30 minutes into the event. "We have been waiting for so long."
"Because of you, I'm here," Prem Rawat responds, acknowledging the extraordinary efforts made by people everywhere -- both local and half way around the word -- to make today's event possible.
Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world. The majority of its 20 million inhabitants make less than 2 USD per day. The island is covered by desert, mountains and rain forest, with species, fauna and flora found nowhere else on Planet Earth.
Thanks to the generous support from people around the world, Madagascans from even the most remote parts of the island have arrived for the event after days of traveling by bus, train, and airplane.
"I know this country is poor, but the hearts of people here are rich. That is the true wealth," Prem Rawat declares to the rapt audience. "I know you are going to go forward, and that wonderful things will happen here after this event."
I didn't think the smiles on the faces of Mbolatiana and the other people I met in Madagascar could get any bigger until I saw them after the event. Wow.
"We can't find words to express what we are feeling on the inside after this event," two young guys tell me on their way out. "It is one of the best days of our lives."
Photo 1: Mbolatiana Andrlamahefarivo (in the middle) and other volunteers from Madagascar.
Photo 2: Rozelia Harisoa Antenaina (right) and two friends who helped with seating at event in Madagascar.November 12, 2012
Prem Rawat in Mauritius
Big thanks to Louise Roenn for gathering these excerpts.November 11, 2012
The Day Before the Mauritius Event
Welcome to Part 2 of Louise Roenn's "Into Africa" series -- reports of her travels to Prem Rawat's events in Africa.
"Just because our island has never been to war, we still need peace," explained Veekash Issory, a member of the Mauritian police force. Veekash is one of many people who have volunteered to help produce the Words of Peace event in Mauritius, on November 12th.
"Even in the absence of war, we still need to feel peace every day," he continues. "Prem Rawat and his message remind us of that."
Both of us and several others are now inside the hall at the Swami Vivekananda Convention Centre, in Port Louis, to help set up for the event. Volunteers and staff are positioning plastic chairs, row by row, in front of the stage.
"The Hindu holiday, Diwali, starts this Tuesday," Veekash explains. "Ramadan, Christmas, Easter, and many other global holidays are also celebrated here. Diwali is the festival of light. For many people here today, Prem Rawat's visit to Mauritius is the highlight of the holiday season," Veekash adds.
Thirty five hundred of Mauritius' 1.4 million inhabitants, representing a multitude of world religions and beliefs, will attend Prem Rawat's event tomorrow and I got a sneak preview this morning, waking up to the sound of Muslim prayers, then, on my morning run, jogging past gardens with statues of Buddha, Hindu Gods, the Virgin Mary, and the crucifix.
Upon my return, my host family insists that God created Mauritius before he created heaven. After having enjoyed stunning mountain and ocean views on this paradise island and met so many warmhearted people, I'm starting to think they might be right.
Photo: Veekash Issory and Kevin Michael during the Saturday setup for the Words of Peace event in Mauritius
Into Africa, Part 1
The moment the steam from the black vanilla tea meets my nostrils at 38,000 feet, my past, sweet memories of Mauritius come flooding back to me once again.
I haven't tasted this distinctly, local tea since 2008, the last time Prem Rawat visited Mauritius. And I forgot how breathtakingly beautiful the island was as it appears beneath me, rising out of the deep, blue Indian Ocean east of South Africa.
"Welcome to Paradise" a large colorful banner announces at the arrival hall.
"Four years is a long time," says Roopesh, driving me past swaying sugar cane fields and coconut palm trees to the house where I'll be staying. .
"And yet it feels like only yesterday," I respond, looking at the clear blue sky ahead.
Roopesh has greeted me, at the airport, every time I arrived in Mauritius for Words of Peace events in 2005, 2006, and 2008. He always looks the same, only with more glowing eyes as the years go by.
"Preparations have really kicked off now," Roopesh adds. "There's only eight days to go before the event. We have a volunteer briefing today at 2:00 pm."
We pull up to a large, two-story yellow house decorated with flowers. Roopesh's aunt, uncle, and two cousins live here, in Curepipe, and for the next nine days, so will I.
"I've been to all of Prem Rawat's events in Mauritius since his first visit in 1985," Aunt Rani says, pouring more vanilla tea into my cup.
On Sunday, November 11th, Rani, her family, and 3,500 other islanders will listen to Prem Rawat present his message of peace once again, in person.
"So what are your plans while you are here, Louise?" cousin Preeya asks.
"Other than drink tea with you, enjoy life, and the event? To capture some of the magic, via words and photos, and share it with people around the world," I explain.
Photo: Preeya, Roopesh and Aunt Rani outside their home in Curepipe, Mauritius, preparing for the upcoming Words of Peace event with Prem Rawat.October 24, 2012
October 11, 2012
October 08, 2012
Just Down the Road From Woodstock
If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know I'm a big fan of Prem Rawat and his message of peace. I've been his student since 1971 and can say without a shadow of a doubt or any sentences that end with a preposition, that what he's offering is the real deal -- a simple way to connect with the deepest part of who you are. Now, unless "are" has been turned into a preposition while I was out to lunch, everything I've said so far in this blog post is totally true. With great respect for who you are, I invite you to watch a video of him talking about his message of peace.
"But I Already Know This"
What some locals say about his impact
October 07, 2012
October 05, 2012
October 03, 2012
You Have a Choice
September 29, 2012
Prem Rawat Honored at Peace Forum September 24, 2012
September 22, 2012
Prem Rawat's Peace Day Message
Here is a very clear, 2-minute video of Prem Rawat talking about the need for peace -- his contribution to International Peace Day, sponsored by the United Nations. It will be shown at the Peace One Day Concert 2012 featuring Elton John and James Morrison, available live on YouTube.September 18, 2012
Simple Words to Live By
August 20, 2012
It's Really Very Simple
August 19, 2012
A Word to the Wise
August 15, 2012
Close to Saugerties on August 23rd?
August 09, 2012
or hang glider distance
to Saugerties, NY
please join me
for a brief
of Prem Rawat.
Admission is free.
The Beautiful Sadness of Longing
A big thank you to Fernando Garcia for using one of my poems, and Stuart Hoffman's music, along with a variety of beautiful images, to create a moving slide show about a topic not often talked about.July 22, 2012
What Prem Rawat Said in Chicago
July 19, 2012
Sign of the Times in Denver
Check out this sign advertising Prem Rawat's event in Denver on July 22nd. The bus goes back and forth on the pedestrian mall just two blocks from the Denver Convention Center where the event is being held. If you want to request an invitation, click here. The event is open to everyone and admission is free.July 16, 2012
What Prem Rawat Said in DC
July 14, 2012
Texas Prisoners Find Inner Peace
Here's an extraordinary fact: There are more people living in US jails than live in the entire state of New Mexico.
Based on the latest data, the combined inmate population of correctional facilities in the United States is currently about 2.35 million.
The cost to the US Government? $74 billion dollars. That's $30,600 per prisoner. Those are staggering numbers. But even more staggering are the recidivism rates. 60% of all prisoners released from jail eventually return.
Clearly, the prison system is broken -- not just in this country, but in the world. Attempts at rehabilitation -- and there have been many -- have simply not worked. Until recently.
The Prem Rawat Foundation's (TPRF) Peace Education Program, now being piloted in Texas' Dominguez State Prison, is getting extraordinary results. Here is the story (be sure to watch the video).
July 12, 2012
What Prem Rawat Said Last Night
July 11, 2012
Words of Peace Billboard in Denver
THIS JUST IN!
The above billboard, advertising Prem Rawat's July 22nd event in Denver, has just gone up in that city's busiest highway interchange. And it was given to the event organizers for free.
To request an invitation to the Denver event.
Denver event music video
Here's a fun musical slide show announcing Prem Rawat's July 29th event in Long Beach, CA.
Melody: The Beach Boys.
Everything else: Stuart Hoffman, Jennifer Edwards, and Hannah Blake.
June 27, 2012
Prem Rawat in Montreal: July 11
Beautiful 3-minute slide show (with French sub-titles) announcing Prem Rawat's upcoming event in Montreal. Music and show produced by Stuart Hoffman.June 23, 2012
Excerpts from Munich: 5/31
Here are some brief excerpts of Prem Rawat's May 31st talk in Munich, Germany.
If his message speaks to you, feel free to request an invitation to one or more of his July/August events in North America.
His events are open to everyone. Admission is free.June 18, 2012
Prem Rawat in Denver: July 22
If you live within 10,000 miles of Denver, Colorado, you might consider attending an inspiring event there on July 22nd. That's when Prem Rawat will be speaking about his timeless message of peace. Open to everyone. Admission is free. To request an invitation.June 12, 2012
How to Request an Invitation to a Prem Rawat Event in North America
I just got an email from a friend who is interested in attending one of Prem Rawat's events in North America this July, but was confused about how to get a ticket.
1. Click this link of confirmed events.
2. Scroll down to the event you want to attend.
3. Click that city (for example, Toronto)
4. Click "Request an Invitation" and follow the instructions.
5. Space allowing, you will receive a confirmation, via email.
NOTE: If you want to let someone know about Prem Rawat's upcoming events (Toronto, Montreal, Washington, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, Asheville -- and soon-to-be-announced, Denver), simply click the "Tell a Friend" button on any one of the event announcements.Now Is the Moment
Prem Rawat's message of the peace helps people live fully in the moment. Not yesterday. Not tomorrow. NOW -- the only time there ever is.
Hear him speak in Toronto, Montreal, Washington, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, and Asheville this summer.
The events are open to everyone. Admission is free.
If you want to attend, please request an invitation. Simply click the city of your choice. Space allowing, you will receive a confirmation, via email.
Prem Rawat in Montreal on July 11
Montreal, consistently rated one of the world's most livable cities, will hear a little more about what makes life livable on July 11th.
If you want to attend, you will need to request an invitation.
Admission is free and the event is open to everyone.
June 03, 2012
Facebook Announcements of Prem Rawat's North American Events
I like the way Prem Rawat's upcoming North American tour is being announced on Facebook -- an elegant way of getting the word out via social media.
Feel free to invite your Facebook friends to any of the pages below or to this page on the Words of Peace Global website that lists Prem Rawat's upcoming events for Europe and North America.
Denver; Date TBA
Asheville: Date August 4
Toronto is one of the world's most diverse cities, with about 49% of the population born outside of Canada.
On July 8th, residents of that fine city, along with lots of other people, will get a chance to hear about what they all have in common -- regardless of birthplace, language, or religion.May 31, 2012
Prem Rawat in Chicago: July 19th
There are two things you probably don't know about Chicago: 1) It got its name from the French rendering of the Native American word shikaakwa (meaning "wild onion"); and 2) Prem Rawat will be speaking to 1,400 people there on July 19th.May 29, 2012
Prem Rawat in Washington, DC
Prem Rawat, widely known as an "Ambassador of Peace", will be speaking in Washington, DC, on July 15th.
The event is open to everyone. Admission is free.May 25, 2012
Prem Rawat in Birmingham, June 18th May 24, 2012
A Simple Wish
Producer: Pierre BoquieMay 23, 2012
Believe in the Strength of People
May 22, 2012
Prem Rawat TV Interview in Lima
Prem Rawat, internationally known as an Ambassador of Peace, will be appearing, on TV, in Lima, Peru, on May 25th.
A known humanitarian and international speaker on the subject of personal peace, Mr. Rawat recently gave two presentations in Lima, as part of his 2012 World Tour -- a tour that also included four other South American cities: Santiago, Sao Paulo, La Plata, and Guayaquil.
During his visit to Lima, he gave an exclusive interview to the well known journalist and interviewer, Cecilia Valenzuela, from the Peruvian TV channel, Willax TV.
Ms. Valenzuela, a Peruvian lawyer, newspaper columnist, and journalist is currently the host of the "Look Who's Talking" program on Willax TV, in Peru.
Elisa Cabal, who translated the interview, shares her impressions:
"In this extraordinary interview, Prem Rawat expresses his unique and very personal views on the human heart, peace, and his commitment to taking his message to all who feel that need in their lives. I heard him speak of human dignity in terms I had not ever considered; very clear and so profound. He answered questions about the current state of the world and spoke of the endurance of the human spirit, of all that humankind has lived through and about the power of hope."
The TV interview will be aired in Peru, on Willax TV, on Friday, May 25th at 10:00 pm. It can be viewed by the rest of the world direct through http://willax.tv/vivo
NOTE: The interview will also be retransmitted at 2:00 am -- which is 9:00 am in Madrid on 5/26 and 5/27. Starting on Monday, 5/28, the interview will be posted on the Willax TV website (on Cecilia Valenzuela's blog).
Prem Rawat Coming to Milan in June
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Music and producer: Stuart Hoffman
Prem Rawat Coming to Milan
Time to visit Milan!
Graphics: Birger Pohl
Prem Rawat Coming to Europe
May 27 -- Barcelona
May 31 -- Munich
June 10 - Madrid
June 13 - Porto
June 24 - Copenhagen
Other events in Europe are possible. Dates are pending. Admission is free and the events are open to everyone. If you would like to request an invitation, click here.
Here's what people in my town of Woodstock, NY, had to say about seeing Prem Rawat for the first time.March 29, 2012
Prem Rawat Speaking in Argentina
Here is a wonderful music video invitation, in Spanish, announcing Prem Rawat's upcoming events in La Plata, Argentina (near Buenos Aires) on April 6th and 7th. Music by Eduardo del Signore. Video produced by Stuart Hoffman. Enjoy!
Click here to request an invitation to the eventsMarch 19, 2012
The Marriage of the Finite and the Infinite
Just released song, video, and slide show from Words of Peace Global thanking everyone for their support.March 09, 2012
Seeing (and feeling) the Invisible
During the past two years, I've asked more than a thousand people what they see when they look at the FedEx logo. 80% say "letters" or "colors" or "shapes" or "the word "FedEx." The other 20% tell me they see an arrow -- a white arrow.
When I ask the baffled 80% if they see the arrow, most of them shake their heads and shrug. Only when I point to the arrow (in between the second "E" and the "x") do they see it -- a moment that is usually followed by their favorite exclamation of surprise and a chuckle.
This little phenomenon, methinks, is a great metaphor for life.
There's something right in front of us and we just can't seem to see it.
It's been there for a very long time, but for us it doesn't exist. In fact, if someone were to ask us if it existed, our answer would be an emphatic "no" -- not because it doesn't exist, but because we can't see it.
This explains a lot of things.
Cognitive psychologists boil it down to just three words: "Motivation affects perception."
In other words, we see what we're primed to see and miss the rest.
Shakespeare had a more poetic way of referring to this phenomenon. He called it "rose-colored glasses."
Think about it.
When you're driving through a town and you're hungry, you see the restaurants. If you're running out of gas, you see the gas stations. If someone close to you is dying, you see the funeral homes.
And so it goes.
Our entire existence becomes a kind of oversized FedEx logo -- full of colors, shapes, and letters -- but all too often we miss the white arrow.
What we need, is a background/foreground shift -- the ability to see what we never knew was there.
Good teachers have a knack for helping their students make this kind of shift. Good coaches, too.
They have, it seems to me, a kind of X-ray vision. They see what their students (or their players) can't see and help them discover it on their own.
Simply put, they know how to prime the experience of truly seeing, truly feeling, and truly enjoying what was formerly inaccessible.
In my experience, this is what my teacher does -- not just for me, but for thousands of people around the world.
And while their description of what he does may differ widely, the twinkle in their eye is universal.
Mystery solved. Peace discovered. Life lived to the fullest.March 06, 2012
Barcelona is Overflowing!
In Barcelona, the request for invitations to hear Prem Rawat speak on March 11th was so overwhelming (1,200 more than available seats) that an additional event has just been scheduled for Saturday, March 10th to accommodate the overflow.
Seating priority will be given to two groups: 1) People who requested an invitation to the March 11th event, but were unable to be accommodated and; 2) People who were unable to attend the March 11th event.
Seats are still available for the newly scheduled event -- that is, if you are not already registered for the March 11th event. One event per person, please.February 25, 2012
Prem Rawat on Premium Channel
If you didn't get a chance
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at the Long Beach Convention Center,
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on Words of Peace Global's
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Find out what
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"If there isn't the rain of gratitude on this field, it will remain a desert. If there isn't the rain of that deep, beautiful experience of being alive, then this field will remain a desert." - Prem RawatFebruary 10, 2012
Prem Rawat Speaking to Lisbon's YPO
In 2011, Prem Rawat spoke about leadership and success to members of Lisbon, Portugal's Young President's Organization. Here is a three minute excerpt.
Thanks to Paul Bloomfield for the heads up.