Prem Rawat touched on many opposites during his talk in Guayaquil — weakness and strength, success and failure, good times and bad. He also reexamined the difference between our political concept of peace and our feeling of peace, implying that, when we are at war on the inside, the war on the outside is almost inevitable.
Here are some excerpts from his talk:
How can it be that such a gift means nothing? We don’t even try to understand it. How can it be? Because we are busy with everything else: all the ideas. And when it comes to peace, everybody goes, 'The world needs peace. The world needs peace. The world needs peace.' You know who we are, basically, as a human race? We are the best excuse-makers you can imagine. Instead of saying, 'I need peace,' people go, 'Oh, the world needs peace.' World doesn’t need peace. Human beings need peace. And what is peace?
If absence of war is peace, then why is it that wars start again after the wars are over? You see, you’re talking about political peace. Political peace is not the peace that resides within you. War is a symptom, not the disease. When people are in peace, wars could end — if that’s what they decided. Because the real war begins with you.
Bullets and people dying are just the playing out of the war that exists in the human mind. In the human heart resides the real peace. And when that is understood and felt, that’s when this life begins changing. So, my friends, please let today be the first day of your lives — for the rest of your living days. The first day. And with consciousness, with gratitude, with understanding, approach every single day because tomorrow will again be the first day of the rest of your life. Your opportunity to get it right — not wrong. Get it right.