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November 30, 2022
KIM O'LEARY: Find the Endless Love

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November 25, 2022
Are You Still Grateful on the Day AFTER Thanksgiving?

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It's easy to be grateful on Thanksgiving. But what about the other 364 days of the year? Are we grateful then? Maybe this will help. (And be sure to note the link at the bottom of the post.

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November 22, 2022
Quotes on Longing

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All of us long for something -- the almost insatiable thirst of the spirit for union, expression, and the experience of love beyond words. What do you long for?

"There is a space between man's imagination and man's attainment that may only be traversed by his longing." - Kahlil Gibran

"This hunger is better than any fullness; this poverty better than all other wealth." - C.S. Lewis

"We are homesick most for the places we have never known." - Carson McCullers

"Feeling and longing are the motive forces behind all human endeavor and human creations." - Albert Einstein

"Is there anything better than to be longing for something, when you know it is within reach?" - Greta Garbo

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November 18, 2022
If You Enjoy Reading What I Write

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If you enjoy my writing, I invite you to click on any one of the six links below. These are the six most popular posts of mine on MEDIUM -- an online platform where I am publishing daily. If you like what you read, feel free to subscribe to my posts and request to receive an email alert whenever anything new of mine is published there. Enjoy!

What I Learned, in a Closet, from my 3-Year Old Son

What It Really Means to Be a Friend

On Realizing the Nature of True Being

Here's the Problem with Reading Rumi

100 Sure-Fire Reasons to Go Within

My Father's Last Breath

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November 13, 2022
The Shortest Pilgrimage (and the rebooting of my MEDIUM blog)

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Good news! After a long hiatus, I have rebooted my blog on MEDIUM -- a very lovely online platform where the best of my writing is being published. I will be posting one piece daily. Feel free to subscribe. It's free. And if you want to receive email alerts whenever something new is posted, be sure to click that option.

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November 12, 2022
Reboot Your Consciousness in Six Minutes or Less

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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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November 08, 2022
Find the Miracle

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November 05, 2022
How Has the Practice of Knowledge Changed My Life for the Better?

"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." - Prem Rawat

Recently, we asked people who have practiced the techniques of self-Knowledge that Prem Rawat teaches how it has changed their life for the better. Below is a sampling of their responses -- the first in a series of posts on this topic.

"Getting to know my real self via the practice of Knowledge has been the most interesting, the most powerful, and the most pleasurable experience of my life." - Jean Paul Peretz, Mexico

"I feel peace after practicing Knowledge. All positive traits like love, kindness, clarity, and serenity become automatic in me. Once again, I begin to live in the present." - Nim Lal Bhandari, Nepal

"Practicing Knowledge is like having an inner tuning fork." - Joyce Gerber, USA

"The gift of Knowledge has been a constant source of joy in an ever-changing world and has enriched my experience of life in a very positive way. To know that within me is an ocean of peace that I can feel each day is wonderful." - David O'Neil, UK

"When I practice Knowledge, I am so filled with love, peace, and calm that all my sorrows disappear." - Milagros Olarte Roman, Spain

"Practicing Knowledge, I realize that I have been shown a point of reference in me that is constant, unchanging, solid and secure. In a constantly changing world, it feels very good to know this." - William Sheppard, Canada

"My headspace is often full of complexity, confusion and unanswered questions. Knowledge shows me my heartscape, where simplicity, clarity and answers abound. It has restored the balance in my life. For that, I'm extremely grateful!" - Rosalind Nunn, UK

"Practicing Knowledge allows me to set the bar for fulfillment in my life. It shows me that my true nature is peace and that I always have a choice in every circumstance. It shows me that I possess all the tools I need to live in harmony with my deepest humanity." - Alla Rogers, USA

"The gift of Knowledge teaches me how to receive every day as a gift full of surprises that leaves me in awe." - Sylvie Armand, France

"Practicing Knowledge offers me a constant source of love and inspiration which, in turn, strengthens me with personal courage, resilience, passion and compassion. It brings me personal fulfillment." - Rosemary Herd, Australia


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October 30, 2022
After Listening to You

After listening to you, I am moving much differently today, more like the wind than the one on his way, more like the river with nothing to say, more like the prayer than needing to pray.

How this transformation happens is a mystery to me. I do nothing, but have everything, I work and I play. I seek nothing, but find, sitting alone in the room of myself, a newly crowned king.

My heart is a milkweed and you are the breeze, I stand taller now, down on my knees, inheritor of a fortune I didn't know was mine -- one that's been waiting for me since the beginning of time -- my need to count gone, the long journey done.

You see, and you do, I have nothing to measure and nothing to measure it by, here in this place of pure being, breathing pure pleasure.

Can it really be this simple? Can it really be -- that after all these years of searching for the holy grail the holy grail is me?

Maybe that's why babies smile and old monks laugh. Maybe that's why the two of us are one, you my better half.

Some people get this on their death bed, some by almost dying, some know it from the beginning, some get lost in trying.

Today, newly born, a thousand psalms fill my cells and I, deaf, dumb, and blind, remember the silence just before the temple bell.

How simple it all is! There is nothing to ring, nowhere to go, nothing to bring, and no seed to sow.

The flag is not moving, nor is the wind here in this realm where a thousand grateful angels find themselves dancing on the head of a pin.

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October 18, 2022
I Thought I Was a Small, But I'm a Medium

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Greetings! It's me, Mitch Ditkoff. I hope this brief post finds you in good health, good spirits, and enjoying life to the fullest.

If you have enjoyed any of my writing over the years, you might also enjoy the content on my newly published Medium postings.

Medium is an online publication that features lots of interesting stuff. For the next three months, on Medium, I will be posting an article or story of mine every single day. Whoo hoo!

The topics? Humor, storytelling, creativity, feeling, change, teamwork, longing, poetry, timelessness and the human quest for fulfillment. If you like what you read there, feel free to click the "Follow" button in the sidebar of my page there.

Onward!

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October 12, 2022
One Million Strong

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September 28, 2022
The Making of Hear Yourself

Here is the six-minute back story of Hear Yourself: How to Find Peace in a Noisy World -- Prem Rawat's wonderful new book.

Buy it here

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September 18, 2022
THE CHALLENGE OF COMMUNICATING THE INEFFABLE

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Ever since I received the gift of Self-Knowledge from Prem Rawat in 1971, I have been trying, in various ways, to communicate something about the experience he reveals, how the practice of what he teaches benefits a person's life, and what his ongoing role is in the grand adventure of "knowing thyself."

As a poet and writer, I have a high regard for the power of language to convey and evoke that which is difficult to translate. But beyond that, I know deep down inside myself that, ultimately, it is not really possible -- not unlike the way my Zen friends describe the phenomenon of trying to speak truth into existence.

"It's like a finger pointing at the moon."

Prem Rawat has spoken of this phenomenon, as well.

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September 16, 2022
A Request for Your Brilliance

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I am happy to announce that I will be publishing my fourth book of poetry in early 2023. The title? "Unspoken Word: Poetry of Love, Longing and Letting Go."

Yes, I am psyched about getting these poems out into the world, but more than that I am looking forward to doing this in a way that I've never done before.

In the past, the promotion of my books has been borderline lame -- kind of like throwing a frisbee into a supermarket on a snow day. While some people did manage to look up from the dairy case, my outreach efforts were not very effective.

Hopefully, that's just about to change.

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September 14, 2022
ON MY WAY BACK FROM AMAROO: Knowledge in Action

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Here is the beginning of a real life "Knowledge in Action" story about my mythic journey back home from Amaroo -- beginning with the curious phenomenon of my first leg of the return flight from Brisbane to Sydney NOT EXISTING! There was no Qantas flight 503 and my phone didn't work and there were no Qantas employees on duty (it being 2:29 am) and there was no obvious way to get any assistance.

But that was just the Fellini appetizer.

The LA to Newark flight sat on the runway for two hours. Then we "deplaned" -- waiting for another, much older, plane to be cleaned and "catered." The caterers, apparently, onboarded enough peanuts, but they forgot the air!

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September 13, 2022
Register Now for The Global Peace Education Day Conference

On September 20th, more than 40 leading lights in the growing field of Peace Education will be sharing their insights, perspectives, and approaches to establishing a worldwide culture of peace. Prem Rawat, the founder of the very successful Peace Education Program, will be a featured speaker.

Admission is free though donations to the independent Peace Education Nework is greatly appreciated.

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September 09, 2022
Fill Your Bucket Now and Drink

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Everything on the outside changes -- our lives a kind of time lapse photography from the moment we are born to the moment we exit, stage left.

A seed is planted. It sprouts. It flowers. Bees come. Night comes. The flower closes and eventually its petals fall to earth, nourishment for whatever comes next.

But while we're here (and we are here!), let your flower bloom. Let it open to the sun. Be as beautiful as you are. Enjoy the sky overhead and the ground below. Indeed, enjoying this moment is what it's all about -- not what happened before or what you think will happen next. This is the moment we were born for -- to enjoy it in full glory, to sprout, to bloom, to let go.

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September 08, 2022
The Epitaph

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Now 75 and increasingly approaching the expected lifespan of an American male, I wonder from time to time what inscription I would want on my tombstone -- something not quite as goofy as WC Fields' ("I'd rather be in Philadelphia"), but very much to the point. And I think I have it. Just two words -- eight and a half times shorter than a haiku, but hopefully as memorable -- at least for the gravedigger who I doubt I'll ever meet. Ready?

"Thank you!"

That's it. Short and sweet. No wasted words. "Thank you!"

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September 06, 2022
Checking in from Amaroo: Day Two

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Okie dokie. It is some time in the very early morning here, but I cannot tell you what time, specifically, because I never changed the time zone on my iPhone, nor do I want to turn my iphone on.

Let's just say it's the time when the birds begin singing and the first light of day is upon us. It's my second day here with Prem Rawat and 2,800 people who have traveled from who knows where to unplug from just about everything else except what really matters: being in the moment... feeling deeply... and letting go of whatever it may be for any one of us that obstructs and obscures the very best of who we are.

Last night Prem spoke to all of us in the outdoor amphitheater. So relaxed he was. At ease. Radiant without trying to be. The definition of chill. He spoke. We listened. He laughed. We laughed. He told stories. We went on the adventure with him. You know the expression, "the bottom line?" Well, for me, that was happening, big time. Home base. Returning home. Showing up. A come as you are party that he keeps throwing.

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August 26, 2022
The Miraculous Border Crossing

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What follows is a chapter of a memoir-in-process by Joan Apter about her four-year overland-to-India adventure: 1967 to 1971 -- one that led her to the home of Prem Rawat (known as "Maharaji" at that time) when he was only 12 years old.

It was late in 1969. I was 21-years old and my bus from Pakistan to India was approaching the border.

I had left America in 1967 without a plan, feeling that it was time for me to bail from the chaos and darkness of the Vietnam war, the violent race riots and the assassination of my generation's heroes. Many of my friends were already fleeing to Canada.

Simply put, I was looking for a place to settle that made more sense, having already "turned on, tuned in and dropped out," quitting college after my second year.

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