Angie sat on her favorite bench, looked at the peaceful trees and listened to the birds singing. She then took out the small booklet she had printed out and started reading.
The booklet had some articles by Prem Rawat, that a friend had sent her this morning insisting that she prints them out and keep them with her for future reference. Prem Rawat also known as Maharaji is a man of peace, he has been touring the world for the last 40 years, since he was 9 years old, and telling people about peace.
Angie started reading:
Prem Rawat says that there are “two ways of taking in information. One is theoretical; the other is practical. And between the theory and the practical lies a big mountain called understanding. On one side is theory — keep talking, keep defining. On the other side lies this wonderful phenomenon of feeling. So what is the difference between the two?”
Imagine a man walking into a restaurant, sitting at a table and ordering a sandwich. He is waiting and waiting and waiting for his sandwich to come but it never does. After a while, the waiter brings him his bill and asks him to pay for the sandwich he ate. The man wonders if he really ate the sandwich. He then pays his bill and leaves. But he keeps wondering whether he actually did eat it or not, he says to himself it must have been a very small sandwich. He also says to himself that he is still hungry. He goes home and asks his wife, if one can eat a sandwich and not notice that he ate it, she couldn’t answer him. He then goes to a library and asks for a book on “you thought you had a sandwich”, the librarian doesn’t have it, never heard of it, and even wonders if such book exists, but he also says that such book would be a best seller if someone ever writes it, he suggests that the man goes to the section on “the self” to see if he can find anything. What Prem Rawat wants to say is that in some instances in life, no one but the person concerned can know for sure whether such or such thing is true or not.
“You are the only one who can decide whether or not you are feeling peace. It is not dependent on somebody saying, “By the way, you’re experiencing peace. So keep quiet.” No. You have the last word. You have to feel that peace, that freedom, not just write “I feel free” three hundred times.”
(The full article is available on this link: “you thought you had a sandwich”)
Angie felt calm and peaceful after reading this paragraph. It was easy to follow what Prem Rawat was talking about.
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(By Zeina Gabriel)