The Heart of the Matter
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.

Can I experience this anywhere? Yes, I can. That's the whole point of what he teaches -- that each one of us can experience what we were born for anywhere. No, it doesn't take a trip to Australia to experience it.


But... somehow... some way -- at least for me -- spending five days, unplugged, in this man's company, helps me get way more deeply in touch with that feeling.

Anyway... as I gear up to make the trek halfway around the world, here are 50 reasons why I am going:


1. Because I want to.

2. Because I can.

3. Seeing Prem Rawat always refreshes, renews, and rejuvenates me.

4. Usually, when I see Prem Rawat, it is only for 90-minutes at a public event. At Amaroo, it's at least twice a day and for five days in a row. Plus, the rest of the time is an off-the-grid festival of love.

5. It's a ton of fun. Make that two tons.


6. Mucho laughter.

7. Sometimes, a single word or phrase from Prem goes in so deep it becomes a kind of radioactive isotope of awareness -- teaching and nurturing me for years.

8. Joy. Big joy. Huge joy. Massive joy. Gigundo joy.

9. Amaroo is a very beautiful, welcoming place.

10. I like getting in sync with my teacher's vision for bringing his message of peace to the world.


11. Waking up early with the birds.

12. Seeing a kangaroo or koala bear.

13. Fabulous unexpected connections with people I've never met before.

14. Practicing Knowledge in my tent and knowing I will be sitting in the amphitheater, with Prem Rawat, later that morning.

15. The food tent. Yes, the food tent -- a great place to schmooze with old friends -- some of whom I haven't seen in years.


16. Reconnecting with my muse. Tapping into the realm from where real poetry originates.

17. The journey there. Each step is an arrival.

18. Realizing, once again, that I have everything I need.

19. Feeling as if every cell in my body is having a party.

20. Getting in touch with the feeling that originally drew me to receive Knowledge in the first place.


21. Going to bed when the sun goes down.

22. Experiencing heaven on earth.

23. Seeing people from every walk of life from more than 35 countries living in a beautiful bubble of grace.

24. Hot showers in the morning.

25. Many sweet opportunities to serve.


26. Deep, uncontrollable waves of gratitude.

27. Excerpting some of his talks in the laundry room.

28. Ultimate simplicity.

29. Just walking around.

30. Getting totally soaked with feeling.


31. The Australian accent.

32. Being rebooted.

33. Daya's Fine Dining.

34. Feeling like every day is the cherry on top of the Sundae on top of the world.

35. Realizing that if I was on my death bed and looking back at my life, the moments I'm having at Amaroo would be some of the most exquisite.


36. Love, love, love.

37. Getting a fresh perspective on what life is all about.

38. Listening to the truth being spoken beneath the beautiful Australian sky.

39. Enjoying every breath.

40. Getting down to basics.


41. The best vacation I've ever had.

42. Getting out of my head and into my heart.

43. Everywhere I am is the right place.

44. Learning something every day.

45. Seeing how peace on earth is not only possible, but happening.


46. Did I mention love?

47. I get to look in a beautiful mirror and see myself clearly.

48. Not having to DO anything to feel totally whole and complete.

49. Feeling. Deep, deep feeling.

50. Feeling good for absolutely no reason.

Excerpts from Amaroo

Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at May 3, 2022 08:30 AM


Toying with the Tool ... The great Sufi poet, Rumi, once said, "Halfheartedness does not reach into Majesty!" What is the greatest tool I have discovered in my life? I can't make up my mind. I want to say my daily practice because the benefits I derive from it have made it the organizing principle of my life but I can't because I know that without the giver of the practice to continue to encourage and inspire me and to set an example of how much one person can discover and contribute I would forget the possibility available to me and get distracted and drift toward mediocrity never knowing "The Majesty." It may not matter which is greater, giver or gift, certainly both are great and I'm going to Amaroo this year to wholeheartedly indulge in both. I want to know what it would be like to stop toying with the tool and for a week give it my all. I'm no Sam Harris, who speaks about meditation retreats involving 18 hours of meditation each day but I have promised myself to practice 6 hours every day and see what happens. If you don't see me there it's because I'm in my tent keeping my promise.

Posted by: djnola [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 6, 2012 02:56 PM

please djnola sit in the shade of a tree during the day. The heat in a tent can make you quite ill. So if I see a person under a cloth under a tree, and pass by again a few hours later and they haven't moved, I know it would have to be you . <3

Posted by: heather_w [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 8, 2012 02:15 PM

Why do I go to Amaroo? The incredible chance to be my teacher every day, to walk around where everything has been implemented or designed by him. To be able to sit and listen to him for hours at a time. And then to see him drive by, and wave at just me, and to stop and talk to people from his car. And to be there when he just wants to come and walk amongst us and we can speak impromptu with him. To be with so many people who are all there for the same purpose.. pure love.

Posted by: heather_w [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 8, 2012 02:20 PM

What might be really nice, is to use your wonderful skill of writing to share a little of the Magic of Amaroo on a daily bases for all those that would love to be there, but for whatever reason are not able.
They then could feel a part of that Wonder down under.

Posted by: Orla Forrest [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 28, 2012 06:28 PM

Orla: Sounds good. I will do my best to share a little bit of the Amaroo magic when I'm down there. All I need is an internet connection and a little time -- both of which are likely to be available. Stay tuned.

Posted by: Mitch Ditkoff [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 28, 2012 06:33 PM


Posted by: Orla Forrest [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 29, 2012 10:48 AM


Posted by: Orla Forrest [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 29, 2012 10:48 AM

Thanks for this beautiful 50 reasons! My heart is full reading this!

Posted by: Mike Yepes [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 14, 2012 12:16 PM

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