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January 24, 2022
Prem Rawat Quotes

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The quote above is one of many juicy ones from Prem Rawat's new book, "Hear Yourself: How to Find Peace in a Noisy World." Here's a simple way to view and download others from the book. Simply scroll down the page until you find what you're looking for.

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January 22, 2022
Michelangelo's Reply

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When asked how he created his iconic statue, DAVID, Michelangelo, as the story goes, said the following:

"I simply took away everything that wasn't."

The statue, you see, was ALWAYS in the stone. All it took was the sure hand of a master sculptor to remove whatever was not the masterpiece. Simple? Yes. But not necessarily easy.

In my brief time here on planet Earth, I have never met anyone quite as masterful as Prem Rawat in the fine art of removing the unnecessary. Listening to him speak his truth in ways that are utterly enchanting, the inconsequential falls away and what remains is the Masterpiece -- who we truly are behind the stone surface of our lives.

And as if THAT wasn't enough, he provides a simple way for people to stay connected to this experience wherever they happen to be at the time.

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January 21, 2022
It's a Real Love

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January 20, 2022
One Person at a Time

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Just published on PremRawat.com -- a fascinating story about Prem Rawat's father, Shri Hans Ji Maharaj.

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The Latest from PremRawat.com

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If you are interested in Prem Rawat's message of peace, one good resource for you is his website. What follows are some recent postings in case you missed them. If you find any particularly moving, please feel free to share them on social media or forward them to friends.

12 Ways to Learn More About Prem Rawat's Message of Peace

The Wisdom Quotes of Hear Yourself, Part 1
The Wisdom Quotes of Hear Yourself, Part 2
The Wisdom Quotes of Hear Yourself, Part 3
The Information Overload Phenomenon
About TimelessToday subscriptions
How You Can Support TPRF's Food for People Program
TPRF's Peace Education Program Continues to Make a Difference

OTHER LINKS OF NOTE
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How to subscribe to his newsletter: Scroll to the bottom of the page

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January 19, 2022
The Seventh Noun

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"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." -- William Shakespeare

I first heard about Prem Rawat in 1971. He was 13 then and known as "Maharaji." I was 24 and known as "Ditty." A long-haired, earnest seeker of the Truth, I was astounded by what this young boy from India had to say and how he said it, stunned by his clarity, wisdom, and ability to engage my attention in such a heart-opening way. Now it is 50 years later. He is 64 and I am 74. I am still astounded by him.

In the early days, I used to refer to him as a "Guru" -- a Hindi word that translates as "the dispeller of darkness and the revealer of light." I liked that word a lot. It had a nice ring to it and satisfied my need to think of myself as a deep soul on the spiritual path. But soon I realized that word carried too much baggage, conjuring up stereotypical images of the East: incense burning, saffron robes, and little red dots on the forehead. My experience of Prem was none of these. But it didn't matter what I thought. What mattered was how my family, friends, and neighbors related to the word and, if they didn't, the word "Guru" had to go. And so it did.

Continue reading "The Seventh Noun"

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January 18, 2022
The Wisdom Quotes of Hear Yourself: Part 3

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Just published on PremRawat.com -- the third in a series of wisdom quotes from Prem's new book, "Hear Yourself." This post includes quotes from Kabir, Benjamin Franklin, John F. Kennedy, Lalla Ded, Rabia al Basri, Tulsidas, Simone Weil, Ganesh, John Kenneth Galbraith, and the always popular Anonymous.

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Hear Yourself: How to Find Peace in a Noisy World

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January 16, 2022
Going Beyond Words

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This just in! This morning, after breakfast, I began writing an article about the challenge of communicating anything meaningful via words -- how to give voice to the ineffable, how to give shape to that which has no form, how to evoke the deepest feeling of wonder beyond the limitation of language. It would be way easier for me to wash the dishes in my sink (which I will get to later today), but I am moved to write this piece -- the ultimate Zen Koan -- trying to see my eye with my eye.

I know it cannot be done, but I am going to do it, anyway -- kind of like John Cage's definition of poetry: "I have nothing to say; I am saying it, and that is poetry."

And yet words, at least sometimes, have value. They do. As does music, art, dancing, photography, and a myriad of other forms of self-expression. Indeed, that is a big part of what it means to be a human being -- to step up to the plate or off the cliff and make the effort to give voice to that mysterious, deep-seated, beyond-language essence of who we are at the core of our being.

What follows are some inspiring quotes I found this morning on this fasinating topic. If you have a few minutes, please take a look and let me know, in the comments box below, which quotes move you the most. Merci! Gracias! And a big thank you from the bottom of what I have no words for.

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January 15, 2022
Give the Timeless Gift of Inspiration, Peace, and Self-Discovery

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If you are thinking of what to buy a friend, family member, neighbor, or co-worker for their birthday, consider giving them a subscription to TimelessToday -- a great way to access Prem Rawat's multi-lingual livestreams, on demand videos, recorded interviews, Intelligent Existence trainings, and surprise celebrations. One-month, three-month, and 12-month subscriptions available.

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Wisdom Quotes from Prem Rawat's New Book: Part 2

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Here is the second in a series of third-party quotes from Prem Rawat's new book, Hear Yourself: How to Find Peace in a Noisy World.

The post includes inspiring quotes from the following savants throughout history: Aristotle, Albert Einstein, Kabir, Seneca, Lao Tzu, Tulsidas, Robert Herrick, Alexander the Great, Antoine de Saint Exupery, Euripedes, Socrates, Plato, and Rumi.

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January 14, 2022
Law of Nature

From Prem Rawat's series of One 2 One videos. Available on PremRawat.com

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January 13, 2022
PREM RAWAT: "Paint the Most Dazzling Version of Who You Are."

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"We've been given the opportunity to express ourselves -- to paint beautiful pictures with the strengths we have inside. Each new morning, we can choose to be the most fantastic version of ourselves. Ignore the numbers. Paint outside the boxes. Paint what's in your heart. Paint the most dazzling version of who you are." -- Prem Rawat, page 115 from his new book, Hear Yourself.

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January 11, 2022
The Wisdom Quotes of Prem Rawat's New Book: Part 1

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Click here for a sampling of third-party wisdom quotes that Prem Rawat cites in his new book, Hear Yourself: How to Find Peace in a Noisy World.

People quoted include: Albert Einstein, Socrates, Rumi, Isaac Asimov, Kabir, Marcus Aurelius, William Blake, Swami Vivekananda, Leo Tolstoy, Mike Tyson, Seneca, Mirabai, Brahmanand, Shri Hans Ji Maharaj, and Lao Tzu.

These wisdom quotes are the first in a three-part series that will be published in PremRawat.com in the next week or so.

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January 10, 2022
The Information Overload Phenomenon

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Click here for a new article on information overload just published on PremRawat.com. Please feel free to forward it to friends of yours you think might find it useful.

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January 09, 2022
Find the Miracle

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January 07, 2022
A Shout Out for Hear Yourself All the Way from Bordeaux

In Bordeaux, France for a presentation of her latest book, Premier Sang, Belgian author, Amelie Nothomb, speaks glowingly of Prem Rawat's new book, Hear Yourself: How to Find Peace in a Noisy World.

A prolific author since the publication of her first novel Hygiene and the Assassin in 1992, at the age of 26, Ms. Nothomb has published a book a year. Her novels are among the top in literary sales and have been translated into several languages. She is a Commander of the Order of the Crown and has had the title of Baroness bestowed upon her by King Philippe of Belgium.

NOTE: Ms. Nothcomb is not a student of Prem's -- just someone who encountered his book and was very moved by it.

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December 29, 2021
When the Red Sea Parts

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Two days ago I had a very interesting experience upon walking into the town of Catskill for my morning coffee and scone. Halfway there, I started feeling like I was on my death bed -- the time of life when I was preparing to leave this world. Much to my surprise, it was totally blissful. There was no fear, no holding on, no bargaining, and no regrets. Free. I was absolutely free. Gone was the drama of everything. In it's place, only pure being. Nothing was undone. Nothing needed to be done. There was nothing I had done that I wished I hadn't done. Perfect. It was all perfect, this feeling, that is -- the feeling of just how perfect everything is, was, and will be.

This moment, upon walking into town for my latte and scone, was a great liberation, a moment out of time, a visitation from the other side of sense-making -- not so much a "sneak preview" of what's to come, but the EXPERIENCE, however brief, that behind and beyond the various scenes of my life I've played out with varying degrees of skill, surrender, gratitude, struggle, doubt, drama, and laughter was a place of perfect peace, a realm of existence needing nothing to make it better, different, or more than it already was -- or should I say, IS.

In this moment, no effort was needed, only consciousness -- not the kind of consciousness that had to be attained, accessed, or climbed like some kind of spiritual ladder -- but a consciousness that is everywhere, always, and forever. Free Parking in Monopoly. Home base in a child's game of tag. An infinite Sunday where not only the Lord is resting, but all of us, including me, are in perfect repose -- a resting most arresting. Yes, there was a sky overhead and ground beneath my feet. And yes, there was somewhere I was going and somewhere I had come from, but none of it mattered -- not because the sky and the ground and the various longitudes and latitudes of my life didn't matter, but because, in this liberated death bed state of walking into town, they were all just stage props.

"All the world's a stage," wrote Shakespeare. "And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts." Yes, indeed, Willie, my man! Many parts! And while those many parts are being played, there is the inevitable moment where the Red Sea parts. "Cut" yells the Director. "It's a wrap!"

And so it is. And so it shall be for each and every one of us -- here, on planet Earth, for just a little while even if it often seems like a loooong time. So many actors! So many scenes. So much popcorn, the audience either clapping, snoring, or wondering where to have dinner when the show is over -- which, of course, is ALSO part of the play. I'm not exactly sure how this stuff works, but when it comes right down to it, life is a GIFT, a big, beautiful gift. Do we deserve it? I'll leave that question to the pundits. All I know is this: life IS a gift, a precious gift, a holy gift, a divine gift -- and all of us -- you, me, the people you like and the people you don't like, get a chance to open it.

The soy latte, by the way, was quite delicious and so was the scone, no thoughts of "I really should be eating something healthier" anywhere in sight. And with that, my friends, I wish you well no matter what you do or don't do today, no matter where you go or don't. Yes, the journey you are on may be a long one, but know this: each step is also an arrival.

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December 23, 2021
Giving the Gift of Ourselves

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Every year, about two days before Christmas, I experience something I am not particularly proud of.

Thinking about the gifts I've bought for my wife and kids, I get the feeling that I don't have enough for them. This feeling has almost nothing to do with how many gifts I've bought or how "good" the gifts are.

Beyond the quantity and quality of my offerings is the sense that my efforts to express my love for them is lame and doesn't really measure up to how I feel -- and that, somehow, they will be disappointed.

Indeed, there have been some "nights before Christmas" where I've left the cozy warmth of my home to return to the mall, looking for the perfect gift. It's humbling to witness this kind of behavior in me. And it's humbling to admit it. But it's also healing.

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December 21, 2021
12 Ways to Learn More About the Message of Prem Rawat

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If you or someone you know are looking for ways to learn more about Prem Rawat and his message of peace, all you need to do is click this link. Once done, you'll find yourself on a newly created landing page on his website -- one that provides you with access to a wide variety of videos, websites, books, podcasts, and live streams that feature his message.

Bottom line, there are many ways to tune further in to what Prem's message of peace is all about (and how it might be of value to you).

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December 16, 2021
What Does Peace Mean to You?

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A few days ago, I emailed this slide show to some friends of mine and asked them to let me know what "PEACE" means to them. Many responded to my request -- each with their own unique description of peace. Below is the response I received from Steven McHugh, in Longmont, Colorado:

"I am at peace in my creative, spiritual flow. Inner peace, for me, is when my many inner selves are of a piece, aligned, tranquil and resonating -- speaking with one voice, resonating, at peace. Tranquility in the face of setbacks. Engine purring, no sputter, no backfire. Feeling joy in a cup of tea and delight in my divinity. Inner peace heals the soul.

Peace is also an exterior thing -- feeling the support and love of family and friends. Affiliation with like-hearted souls. Reveling in the beauty of nature, the magnificence of all creation. Dancing in the groove. Merging with the moment, external peace and inner peace are one.

PEACE

Waiting for water to boil,
I experience
the joy of a lifetime.

13 brief videos and audios of Prem Rawat talking about peace

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