At the Harris Theatre in Chicago's Millennium Park, Prem Rawat addressed a crowd of 1,248 people. He spoke of the need to live consciously and to shift the scales we use to measure our lives. Both, he implied, can be achieved by “coming a little closer” to ourselves.
Here are some excerpts from his talk:
Everything becomes conditional. My progress is based upon the markers that are laid out by this world. Not by me. Not by my understanding. And that is the fundamental change that needs to happen if you’re going to find yourself. The scales have to change. That you are the source of joy. That the God that you look for is within you! That the peace that you need is not world peace, but the peace within yourself. That the truth is not at the bottom of the ocean, or on top of a mountain, but within your own heart.
Every day has to be lived consciously. This I say to you from my own experience. Every day fulfillment needs to be felt. This I say to you from my own experience. And everything that gets in the way of that is a major distraction. Every day, one has to try not to have distractions in the way. Every day.
If you don’t see your heart, if you don’t see the divine in you, if you don’t see your strength, if you don’t see the blessing that this breath is, that is because you are so far away. So far away that you can’t see it. Come closer. Come closer to yourself. And you, too, will see what I am talking about.