The Heart of the Matter
October 15, 2020
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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September 27, 2020

More Chris and Daya

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September 14, 2020
You Matter

Such a beautiful song this is. Perfect for these times, especially. Produced by John Adorney and Len Plick

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September 12, 2020
Prem Rawat in 3 Minutes or Less


There's a lot of things you can do in three minutes. You can check your email. You can channel surf. And you can boil an egg. You can also watch one of videos below featuring Prem Rawat talking about something beyond time. Hmmm...

The Greatest Form of Prayer (:24)
This Blooming Called Peace (2:39)
Hang on to the Good (:50)
Simple Yet Valuable (1:09)
Singular in Nature (1:49)

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September 02, 2020
You Get More Beautiful


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August 31, 2020
Who Can I Share My Joy With?

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August 30, 2020

Gorgeous song here, my friends. Lyrics by Tom O'Mara. Music by Stuart Hoffman. Vocals by Stephen Rivera. Turn up the volume. Forget about your troubles for a while. Feel what this song is all about. Let it in. Click the link below for the back story and the lyrics. Thank you Tom and Stuart and Stephen! We are all waving...

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August 17, 2020

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August 15, 2020

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August 10, 2020
Last Night I Googled Longing


Last night I googled longing.

What I found surprised me. Ninety-five percent of the images were women: Women dreaming. Women staring out windows. Women brushing their golden hair beneath the full moon. Oh... and lots of Goddesses, too.

Where were the men?

Hunting buffalo? Watching the Superbowl? Mowing the lawn? I'm guessing their absence had something to do with the male concept of survival. After all, wars, hunting, and politics aren't all that conducive to inspired questings of the heart, are they?

OK. So, maybe men don't stare out windows or wait by doors for their wives to return home from war, but surely they are feeling something. Surely, men want more out of life than just a cheeseburger, beer, and tattoo. No?

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Some Beyond Covid-19 Perspective

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August 09, 2020

Thanks to my dear brother, Steve Ornstein for the heads up!

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August 03, 2020

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July 29, 2020
Draw a Breath, Not a Line


Throughout history and even last Thursday, inner-directed people on the so-called "spiritual path", have had a tendency to perceive the world as "maya" -- the fancy sanskrit name for "illusion."

I used to feel this way a lot.

Back in the early days of my adolescent quest for meaning, I had a curious habit of drawing lines in the sand. On one side of the line was the "inner life" -- the place where God lived (or if not lived, at least vacationed). On the other side of the line was "the world." You know -- the laughable detritus of life on planet Earth: relationships, shopping malls, money, politics, ego, organized religion, high school geometry, taxes, Frosted Flakes, and anything I didn't understand, agree with, or like.

Somehow, it made me feel good to draw these lines -- not unlike the way Democrat and Republican spin doctors strut their stuff on CNN after each political debate.

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July 25, 2020
ONE 2 ONE: Back to Perfection

Here's the first in a new series of talks by Prem Rawat, featured on his recently launched YouTube channel.

EXCERPT: "This moment called now is where my breath is happening, where I am, where what I need to be aware of -- is. This is not only easy, it's incredibly enjoyable. Then, all the wisdom of the world -- all the wisdom of the world becomes related to me."'

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July 23, 2020
VIDEO: Keep the Good

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July 22, 2020
VIDEO: The Living Legacy

Inspiring three-minute video of Prem Rawat talking about his message of peace.
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July 14, 2020
The Burp


One hour before I became a student of Prem Rawat's, in 1971, and received his gift of Knowledge, I found myself sitting in a room with a bunch of other people who were also waiting to receive Knowledge.

Sitting on pillows, we were listening to a few locals who had already received Knowledge a few months earlier, talk about their experiences and whatever it was they understood about this young Master from India.

For me, a 24-year old seeker of Truth, it was all so very inspiring. Everything I was hearing and feeling and seeing felt right. All of the beautiful rivers of my life, it seemed, had brought me to the perfect place at the perfect time and I was ready for whatever came next.

The longer I sat there and listened, however, a doubt began to creep into my mind. There was a kind of seriousness in the room that I found uncomfortable, me being a person with strong leanings towards goofiness and humor. Yes, I loved everything I was hearing about Prem and his Knowledge. Yes, I found my heart of hearts opening up. But I couldn't help but notice my concern about the possibility that this "thing" might be bit too somber for me.

Less than a minute after that thought crossed my mind, the door to the room opened and I turned around to see who it was. One of the ashram residents, a guy named Michael, took one step forward, smiled, and let out a tremendous burp. Then, he turned and walked away.

I received Knowledge an hour later.

PREM VIDEO: My Version of the Divine (5 min.)

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July 12, 2020
The Many Faces of Love


There are many forces at work, in our lives, that defy logic and the mind's ability to comprehend. These forces have been variably referred to, over the years, as serendipity, synchronicity, grace, lila, karma, God's play, maya, and the great mystery of life. All of us, in our own unique way, have had these experiences -- small, medium, and large -- unforgettable moments that cannot be explained.

The following story of mine, one that I have hesitated to write for the past 49 years, is infused with some of these moments for your inspiration and delight. My purpose in sharing it with you is not to call attention to myself or promote my particular point of view, but to focus your attention, however briefly, on the magic of life we sometimes forget, ruled as we are by the density of things on planet earth -- especially during these dark and difficult days of the Coronavirus.

Ready? Here goes:

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July 10, 2020
Light Reading for Tough Times


The famous actor, Peter Ustinov once said something I will never forget. "Comedy is just a funny way of being serious." Bingo! And one of the reasons why it was often the court jester who had the ear of the king.

And so... in the spirit of humor and laughter (much-needed during these whacked out times on planet Earth), I am happy to share ten light-hearted articles of mine that have been published in the Huffington Post in the past few years -- my funny way of being serious. Enjoy!

A Man of Few Words
The Syndrome Syndrome
How 13-Year Old Girls Can Wipe Out Terrorism
A Very Unexpected Journey
I Am Not a Handyman
The True Fruit of the Spiritual Path
What I Learned from Listening to Ravel's Bolero for 14 Hours
Consultant Outsources Sleep!
Mayan Calendar Prophecy Demystified
An Unforgettable Evening with Shlomo Carlebach

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