Perspectives I travel a lot, and I have to cross borders. Some days, I go through three or four immigrations checks. Someone asks me, “Howlong are you going to be here?” “Just a few hours.” “Whatare you going to do?” “I’m just coming to speak.” He hasto look at me and look at the passport and say, “Okay.That’s you.” But I am me. This is somehow to verify. Thereis some practicality to it, but couldn’t it be another way?Where my integrity is intact not because I have a littlepiece of paper saying I’m really me? But that’s how it is.When you go to school, you are tested on the subjectssomebody else has decided you should know, not on whatyou do know. And if you know everything else exceptwhat this person thinks you should know, you fail. Maybeyou just forgot one thing, but you have to prove tosomeone that you know it.It seems we live in a world that is diametrically opposedto the integrity of just one individual who desires to be
fulﬁlled. I remind people: what you are looking for isinside of you. If you need somebody to hold up a mirror,this is what I do, not deﬁne how you should look.What qualiﬁes me? Well, I don’t have a rubber stamp. Istarted when I was very young. My feeling was, “Maybe Ican bring some happiness, some joy to people.” Myperspective is very down to earth and simple: One, youare alive. This is the best news you will ever receive.Secondly, you didn’t come with a manual, but one wasbuilt into you. No need to have a printed manual whenwithin you has been placed the want to be fulﬁlled. Canthis want be fulﬁlled? Yes. So you are alive, the want hasbeen placed within you, and the wish that you carrywithin can be fulﬁlled. What’s the problem? Perspectives. Why has the most fundamental need of fulﬁllment been so drastically changed to, “It’s not possible”? People don’taddress their needs; they address their ideas. And today,ideas have become more important than our needs.
It begins with every individual. No world leader is goingto come, shake your hand, and “ta-da,” it’s done. No. Thenext time you look in the mirror, understand that lightingthis world begins with one candle—you.This world is said to be an illusion. The illusion is “me andmine, you and yours.” The problem with illusion is itlooks so real that you can’t point out what is fake. For allthose people who perform magic, what is the key to theirillusion? Distraction. They have to distract you. You lookover there while they do the switch here. So, in your life,are you distracted? Oh, yes.If you have never understood the value of breath, you’vebeen living in a state of distraction—the greatest illusion.You came, and all too soon, it will be time to go. When youwere young, the clock ran slow. Every ﬁve minutes, youasked, “Are we there yet?” Then, as you get older andolder, whoosh, another year is gone. I know that timedoesn’t change; it is our perception of time that haschanged.Here’s a little story about that. Once there was a man whoprayed and prayed to God. And one day, God appeared.“You’ve been praying to me. What do you want?”The man was shocked, but he had some questions. “God,How long is your day?”
God replied, “Well, actually, millions of your years are but a second to me.” “So God, how much wealth do you have?” God said, “If youtook all the wealth in the universe and multiplied itmillions and millions of times, that would be just one centto me. Anything else?”So the man said, “God, could I have a cent?”And God said, “Just a minute…”The want, the wish, the perspective of time. Do you knowthat you live on the most special place in this galaxy—themost amazing planet around? And, amongst all thecreatures that exist on this earth, you are included. All thatlooking here and there is the distraction. Look within you.Understand the pulse of your existence. Understand whatyou’re about. Understand your thirst. Enjoy that feelingyou have inside of you. Live your life fulﬁlled, not in someidea but in reality. You will ﬁnd the reality of this life to beextremely beautiful.Prem Rawat