Prem Rawat stopped by the Denver Convention Center on July 22, 2012 to speak about a fundamental subject: peace. Throughout his talk he returned to the analogy of a tree, saying that, while a tree needs basic elements in place to survive, it needs no help producing fruit once those elements are taken care of. Like that tree, we each need to understand and fulfill our basic needs so that we, too, can flourish.
Here are some excerpts from his talk:
A tree needs water. A tree needs sunlight. A tree needs nutrition. But the miracle of producing a fruit the tree can do all by itself. It doesn’t need coaching. It doesn’t need a lecture. It doesn’t need thirty people coming and dancing around it, trying to inspire it. It doesn’t need pictures, reminders. This, the tree can do itself. Just give it the sustenance that it needs.
Like that tree, understand your basics. That’s what it means to understand your basics. To give yourself the sustenance that you need, and that simplicity, and that environment in which you can grow and make magic happen. Do you know each one of you can make that magic happen? In fact, it is each one of you that has to make that magic happen. We have to bring humanity back to us humans. We do. And until we do, the craziness in this world and the tragedies in this world are not going to diminish. That’s what we’re missing.
No compromises in this life. Everything done with consciousness, with courage. And most importantly, with a heart full of peace. All this takes just a little bit of nurturing. Because the tree that you are will do its magic.