The Heart of the Matter
May 26, 2022
Update on Hear Yourself


Here's an update on Prem Rawat's bestselling book, "Hear Yourself."

Just published on, the article includes information on how you can help get the word out, download the audio book version and/or give it away to friends.

To date, the book has sold 50,000 copies and is projected to sell 100,000 by the end of the year.

One of the extraordinary aspects of the book is how Prem Rawat cites a wide variety of movers and shakers since the beginning of time to help communicate the value of turning within to connect with personal peace.

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May 03, 2022
Why I Am Flying 27 Hours to Amaroo in September


On September 1st, I will travel 27 hours to Amaroo (Australia) to spend five days with Prem Rawat and 3,500 other people at an outdoor celebration of love.

When I tell some of my friends, they look at me as if I've gone off the deep end. "Why?" they ask. "Haven't you seen him enough in the past 50 years? Don't you already know what he's going to say?"

Their questions all make sense. Logically speaking, that is. But my experience of seeing and listening to him, live -- especially in Amaroo for five days -- is not a logical thing. It's a love thing. And love is not always logical.

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May 02, 2022
Prem Rawat on Self-Knowledge


Prem Rawat doesn't just talk about personal peace. He offers people a practical experience of how to access it within themselves. He calls this experience "self-knowledge" and it is, quite simply, the core of his message. In the months to come, will be publishing a wide variety of compelling content that will make it much easier for you and the other 7.9 billion people on the planet to understand what self-knowledge is all about and how you can experience it for yourself. What follows are selected excerpts from Prem's new book, "Hear Yourself", that further elaborate on this most fascinating topic.

"I find there is a lot of confused intellectual noise around the topic of understanding the self, but the purpose of gaining self-knowledge could hardly be simpler; it's about us experiencing that refreshing clarity, deep fulfillment, and profound, immeasurable joy -- and many, many other wonders -- by being at one with the universe of peace within us."

"Self-knowledge is a route to personal peace ... Practicing it enables me to stay centered and grounded... With Knowledge, there's no need to be anywhere else or think anything else. No need for an awareness of anything other than the sweet delight of being."

"Self-knowledge is like music -- as you start to understand yourself you being to hear the many beautiful sounds this life can play for you. It's as if your ears are becoming attuned to more and more frequencies."

"Every day brings a new opportunity for us to express ourselves -- a new blank page waiting to be filled. Self-knowledge can help us write something memorable, something joyful, something true to who we truly are. Something full of meaning. Only I can write the story of my life and only you can write yours. Each day we need to pick up our pen and write what is in our heart. Let the ink flow."

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April 18, 2022
New and Improved FAQs Just Published on


If you have questions about Prem Rawat and the inner knowing he helps people discover, the new FAQ section on his website will be a good resource for you.

If you still have questions or want to send him a message, it is easy to do.

"What people think of as the moment of discovery is really the discovery of the question." -- Jonas Salk

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One Thing at a Time

Here is a lovely six-minute video of Prem Rawat, posted just two days ago on his official YouTube channel. The theme? The importance of doing just one thing at a time. The video is one of many on his increasingly popular YouTube channel. To date, there are 79,600 subscribers. If you know anyone who might be interested in watching brief videos of Prem (most are less than 7 minutes), feel free to forward them the link.

Prem Rawat's official YouTube channel

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April 13, 2022
Quarantining the Mind


The practice of quarantine began during the 14th century in an effort to protect coastal cities from plague epidemics. Ships arriving in Venice from infected ports were required to sit, at anchor, for 40 days before landing. This word for this phenomenon harkens back to two Italian words, "quaranta giorni", which translate as "40 days".

OK. I get it. Quarantining makes sense. When someone or something is infected and contagious we remove it from society. We protect the whole, by isolating the parts.

But the body is not the only part of us that gets infected. So does our mind -- what the dictionary defines as "the element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences -- the faculty of consciousness and thought."

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April 11, 2022
The Glass of Water


I first heard the following story many years ago from Prem Rawat. I loved it then and I love it now, as it brings me back to a simple place of appreciation for life

What follows is my retelling of this tale. If I have messed it up in any way, please forgive me. It won't be the first time. If you enjoy it and would like to know more about my teacher and his message, click here or here or here. If you don't feel like clicking, no problem -- just savor whatever this story evokes in you.

ONCE UPON A TIME there was a young disciple of a great Master who found himself wrestling with a very difficult question -- one that would not go away no matter how much he contemplated it. Though he had asked all the senior monks in the monastery that had been his home for the past 20 years, no one had an answer that rang true to him. And so, one fine Spring day, gathering up all of his courage, he decided to approach the Master himself.

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April 09, 2022


One of the amazing things about life is that every moment has, contained with it, the potential to spark an awakening -- a meaningful, memorable, life-changing insight about ourselves with the potential to take us to higher ground.

And to make things even more interesting, we never know WHEN these surprise moments will occur and what impact they will have on us.

Which brings us, I guess, to the following story -- a kind of "as above, so below" moment for me back in Denver, Colorado in 1979 -- something I learned that I am still plumbing the depths of (even if, technically speaking, I am not supposed to end a sentence with a preposition).

Back then, having taken a vow of renunciation and living in one of Prem Rawat's ashrams, I was (at least in my own mind) on the high road to happiness, having left "the world" behind like a too heavy bag of rocks.

Continue reading "RUMI AND THE DODGE DART"

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April 04, 2022


Here is a 4:20 excerpt from my forthcoming audiobook about a life-changing encounter I had with Prem Rawat a few years ago. I learned a lot from him (and myself) in that brief exchange -- something deep, timeless, and very familiar. One of the things I love about my connection with Prem is the way in which being around him amplifies my access to a greater sense of knowing and being.

His new book: Hear Yourself
My audio story excerpted from Storytelling for the Revolution

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April 02, 2022
Beacon in the Storm


Wonderful new song by Stuart Hoffman, Jennifer Edwards, and Tony Cardo. Vocals by Stephen Rivera. Fuzzbee Morse on bass and guitar. Jerry Marotta on drums and percussion.

Available on Bandcamp for downloading.

And while you're at it, learn more about Anthems on the Rise, an innovative new music production company that writes, arranges, and produces songs for all occasions.

Photo: Joshua Hibbert, Unsplash

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Peace Comes to Street Gangs of Ecuador

Wow. All I can say is wow.

More about this here -- an interview with Paul Murtha, the out-of-the-box gent who played such a vital role in helping The Bloods and Latin Kings of Ibarra find common ground, go beyond violence, and become contributing members of their communities.


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April 01, 2022
Unchained Melody

Here's an inspiring piece of music for your delight -- Steve Kowarsky, on the Ewi, playing Unchained Melody -- a song made popular, decades ago, by the Righteous Brothers. See below for lyrics. Enjoy!

Continue reading "Unchained Melody"

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March 28, 2022
The Mind Does Not Understand What the Heart Experiences

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As time rolls by and I continue noodling on this wonderful opportunity called "life", I am increasingly realizing that the MIND has very little capacity to understand what the HEART experiences. The heart experiences ecstasy, unconditional love, and the peace that passes all understanding while the mind, like some kind of over-caffeinated 11:00 news anchor, tries to report what it THINKS the heart just experienced. Ha! Sorry, ladies and gentlemen. No can do. The mind simply does not have access to the realm of the heart, nor does it have the language, no matter how learned it may be. And this is one of the great plays of life -- what Mark Twain once described as the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.

All of us, at some time in our lives, have experienced the ineffable grandeur of existence, though the catalyst for our beyond-the-beyond experience may have been totally different. Trying to tell others about it always comes up short. Rumi, Hafiz, and Kabir made noble efforts towards this end -- or is it the beginning? And the afterglow of reading their poetry often sheds enough light to see more clearly than ever before. But even that afterglow fades.

The key for all of us? To abide in the heartland of what life is really all about. To experience the utter WHOO HOO of the whole kit and kaboodle with ease, grace, and gratitude. And then, to stay there, as best we can, no matter what. And if we choose to express something or other from this realm of wowee zowee, to do so in the same way a child laughs, the full moon shines, and all the great Masters, since the beginning of time, teach without teaching.

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March 23, 2022
How Has the Practice of Knowledge Changed Your Life for the Better?


Dear Friends:

I have an invitation for you -- one I hope you will find inspiring. Here goes:

For those of you who have received Knowledge from Prem Rawat, in 35 words or less, please email me a testimonial about how it has changed your life for the better. In other words, how would you describe the impact/benefit of Knowledge in your life?

The audience for your testimonial will be the general public.

Some of the testimonials will be included in a future article about the value of Knowledge that will be published on

If your testimonial is used, it may be edited for length and readability. If so, I will send you the edited version before it is published so you have a chance to sign off and give permission for it to be used.

If you are willing and able to respond, please forward your testimonial to by April 1. And be sure to include your first and last names. Thank you!

All the Best,
Mitch Ditkoff
Content Editor,

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March 21, 2022
We All Need More Courage


Let's face it. These are challenging times for all of us. As if Covid-19 wasn't enough to rattle our bones, now there is the Russian invasion of Ukraine and millions of refugees seeking shelter, not to mention climate change, supply chain issues, shaky economies, and whatever personal issues you and your loved ones are facing.

At times like this, there is no magic pill, but there IS an alternative to suffering under the apparent weight of it all -- and that alternative begins by tapping into your own courage. Yes, courage!

Below are five short audio clips of Prem Rawat holding forth on this most important topic. Find your courage, friends. And help others, do the same.

Defeat the dragons (3:45)
Lord of the jungle (2:50)
A most memorable event (4:00)
You (2:10)
It's up to you (2:51)

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March 18, 2022
Reboot Your Consciousness in Six Minutes or Less


Here are five brief video clips of Prem Rawat waxing poetic on a variety of essential life topics. Excerpted from the Practical Peace Library from his website.

You, emanating you (1:39)

Fear destroys You (5:53)

How do you want to live (1:59)

Breaking the pattern (2:35)

What is gratitude (2:43)

Photo: Courtesy of TimelessToday

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March 17, 2022
2014 Interview with Charan Anand

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March 16, 2022
The Source of Agitation


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March 13, 2022
Prem Rawat in India
Prem Rawat's YouTube channel

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March 04, 2022
Photos and Excerpts from Prem Rawat's 50th Anniversary Events


Click here to see photos and excerpts from Prem Rawat's 50th Anniversary Celebration events in Los Angeles and Birmingham -- part of the Event Gallery section of

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