On July 1, 2011 in Lisbon, Portugal, Maharaji gave an unexpected address to an audience of people already familiar with his message. The event was planned, pulled together and announced to residents within a span of 24 hours. Soon many had dropped their plans to come listen to the words of their teacher.
Here are some excerpts from his talk:
In the world, you have different relationships. They don’t always work out. And sometimes they are the source of an incredible amount of pain. For some people, I see that it causes them more pain than it causes them joy. I've seen people who have had a relationship for two years — maybe they enjoyed it for two years. Then the girl said, 'Ciao.' And they are sad for four! That’s not a relationship.
But the question is, what is your relationship with the divine? Do you know how to accept? The bees know how to accept the nectar. They absolutely do. And there are flowers in many places which have evolved such a specific relationship with the hummingbirds that the hummingbirds’ beaks have changed: it is only these kind of flowers that they can get the nectar from. Specialized.
Are you specialized in receiving the gift — in receiving whatever the divine is offering you? Are you? Have you ever looked at it in this way — that you need to have a relationship with the divine so that you can take in what is being offered?