Hello, everybody! It’s a great pleasure to meet you again towards the end of this year. Most of us have met each other during some part of this year, but it gives me immense pleasure to talk to you again at the end of this year. We have discussed so many aspects of life and have practised so many things during the course of this year. The whole idea has been to attain more and more inner silence. Now we have decided that we should accent on practices, sadhana, and silence in the next year. So the aspect of life should be based on sadhana (practices) and silence.
When I say ‘practices’, the practices that suit you are the best for you. We have a lot of practices which the tradition has given us, but if they do not match with our frequency, they don’t work for us. So it’s important that we practise what suits us. There are so many things, methods, systems we have got through time from great masters, and we have continued through various paths towards the higher levels of awareness.
Let us understand life in comparison to a football match. There are two teams, one team is trying to score the goal into the other team’s goal post, and similarly, the other team is trying to score the goal into this team’s goal post. Your aim is to take the ball or take your purpose all the way to the other goal post. There are many obstacles, many people will come and try to block you from achieving the goal. If you are holding on your skills sufficiently, you can effortlessly take the ball to the goal post and successfully score the goal. Likewise, the other party will also try to score their goals into your goal post, which you have to prevent.
So this is the game of life. We must prevent the entry of negative substances through thoughts, words, actions and through body, mind, intellect. We must prevent only the negative coming in while we should let the positive come in, viz. positive thoughts, good words, good actions. That helps you and rejuvenates you. Meanwhile, you have to carry the goodness that means your ability to attain the highest, all the way through life to the fulfilling end – completion. In other words, if you look at life like a football match, you have to be in the game, continue with the activity and take it to completion. You should be steady in it, otherwise, you will not win.
Another option which people usually try is that they don’t play the game at all. In the football match, many people are passive and sometimes some people are not even active. Many people just watch. They just comment. They have judgements about players, goals, activities, etc. You always have to expect that. A lot of people look at you, comment and make judgments of what you do, etc. But you have to continue to do what you are good at, what you have to do. This means take the ball all the way to the opposite goal post i.e. you have to achieve what you have to achieve. In terms of spirituality, the highest you can achieve is more and more inner silence – higher levels of states of silence of mind (samadhi). So the higher you go in silence, the less you are affected by the world outside. The world will always be the world. It has every variety, all dimensions but what affects us depends on how vulnerable we are or how open we are for everything to come in.
Indeed it’s important that we must safeguard i.e. protect ourselves as best as we can, from all the negative things that could come in. Just like a doubt – a doubt can come in and can delay the process. Self-doubt is the worst doubt. If a player does not believe that he can score a goal, he cannot take the ball forward. Every player should believe that they can do the best and the rest is teamwork. Everybody can help each other. But for teamwork to happen, every player should have faith in themselves. Like we should believe that we can actually achieve it and we should have faith in ourselves and then we should take it forward until the end. So each person has to attain some kind of intense conviction. Without conviction, there is no way you can take the ball to the goal post.
Some of you are aware of how people play the cricket match. The aim of every bowler is to get the batsman out. The aim of every batsman is to score more. Similarly, there will be opposition while you practise anything. There will be many, many obstacles. Their aim is to get you out of this practice. So our job is to make sure we score great runs, that we succeed in the match. Be a good batsman and always be aware that every ball coming to you is a potential out. You can be out with this ball. When you have to defend, defend, when you have to play, play, always be in the game and continue with the game.
I compare real life to a football match (or cricket match) because these matches are very close to our spiritual practices. Many people come with great enthusiasm and go through a certain motion for a long time. Then something comes along, they get deviated and they don’t come back. It’s not a loss for any guru, tradition or a path. It’s their personal loss. If you deviate from the path and you become abandoned in your own way, or you get caught up with worldly affairs and you are stuck in so many things which are not so important in life, a lifetime gets wasted. Literally lifetimes get wasted. So each lifetime is very important, this incarnation, this body is hard-won. It took a long time to reach here to this level of awareness.
We have taken many bodies to reach this level of awareness where we can understand whatever we can understand in this life to attain this frequency. We don’t know this fact and that is much better. . So do not take this life for granted. Use it well. Using it well means attaining the highest silence you can attain with this life. This is the best you can do with any lifetime. By increasing the awareness, not getting caught up with the world outside, not entering into judgements, comparisons, confusions, etc and keeping yourself steady in the path of liberation. When I say “the path of liberation” it also means detachment from so many things around. The fewer desires, the lighter you become. If you have fewer desires, you become that much lighter. This is important.
So whatever you practise should be aimed at more and more and more inner silence. Silence is your friend. It is your benchmark. Increasing our depth of silence is exactly what we want with the lifetime. Each year passing, 2018 is coming. Before we know it, 2018 will have happened and 2019 will come. Each year is important, each day is important. Time is important. We must make one decision. Past is finished, we cannot change it. It’s gone. But today we can do something. This day, this moment, this time is ours. Do not waste this time, this moment. Enjoy this time, experience this moment, be aware that you are here and it’s precious. This life is precious. Everything is important.
With that clear awareness, walk the path and help others to walk the path, too. When I say “help others to walk the path” it doesn’t mean to force them because by forcing you are actually creating an aversion in them, not giving them a better understanding. The best way you can give a better understanding to anybody is through life itself. You live it. Go through the process, live it and show to the world what it actually means to be silent. And inner silence shows, when you are not affected by thing around you. Otherwise, confusions, anger, hatred, jealousy, judgments, criticism, gossiping, etc will be all over you, controlling you and pushing you forward.
So the year 2018 is just around the corner. In a couple of days’ time, we will be crossing over to 2018. I wish you a great year ahead, a great year of silence, a great year of awareness and a great year of togetherness. I will probably meet all of you in the days to come. I hope that we will all meet, and even if we don’t, we are all connected in consciousness. We are always related. We are all connected in consciousness, that’s what united us and we will stay united. We will all be together. There is no way that we can be separated, ever. Either you love me or hate me, you are still connected to me. If you think about me, you are connected to me. Likewise, I’m connected to you, so the connection is always there, that’s the truth of life. Let us focus on the positive, invest in the positivity, don’t worry about negative thoughts, words, actions. Focus on positivity and invest in positivity. Enhance positive thoughts, words and actions.
Also, invest in awarenss. When I say “awareness” please understand you are original, you are authentic. When you are authentic and you decide to express authenticity without diluting it, there might be enemies, not everybody will accept your positive nature, your ability to be positive and authentic. Not everybody will accept it. So be aware of it, but at the same time don’t be perturbed about it. You should always believe that you have every right to be authentic and be authentic. And be good and do good. Whatever expands your heart is good for you and that’s exactly what you should do. Whatever expands you and whatever expands the hearts of other people around you, that’s the right action. Whatever makes people happy, brighter and more loving, that’s exactly the action you should do.
Whatever you speak, speak with love and kindness so that the world will have a better vibration. It’s up to us. It’s up to all of us to increase the vibration of the Earth. Every individual is responsible. Every man, woman and child is responsible. All people are responsible. So it’s important that we enhance the vibration of the world as we go through our life. That’s the best contribution you can make in your lifetime. Ensure there is a lot of kindness flowing out of you, in your own way, in your own capacity, to the world outside. If you concentrate on that, 2018 will be a very fulfilling year for you. 2017 has already happened, we cannot do much about it, so don’t worry about the past. Whatever happened in the past, it’s alright. It’s finished. Please do not put your mind on something which is already completed, done.
Now concentrate on what is yet to be and make the best use of 2018. Our family is growing, many more people are reaching us, more and more people are connecting, so each one of you is more responsible to make sure that other people are happy. Everybody is happy, everybody is contented, everybody is welcomed and loved. Let it flow, let it spread. Let there be more positive vibrations in the world and keep blessing everybody. Keep conducting meditations and activities which will help people to understand themselves and also to understand the world better. A place made out of love will always stay. The energy stays. So love should be your medium of communication against all odds.
I wish you all success. Please remember obstacles and obstructions are just your tests. You must score the goal, that’s your aim, that’s why you are in the field. If you are in the field, your job is to score a goal. And please understand that you cannot get a ground without anybody opposing you. There has to be two teams, the positive and the negative. The negative’s job is to make sure the positive does not score a goal and the positive’s job is to ensure that they score a goal. So please understand that this will be the way life is. Don’t expect an open ground without obstructions so you can keep on scoring goals. Then there’s no game. So please understand this is the way it works and don’t be perturbed about it. Focus on yourself, have confidence, chant, make yourself more powerful, stronger, practise better, and then you go and score the goal.
I wish you all success and I’m with you. I’m with you always, I love you from my heart and you know that very well, I’m always with you and I’ll always remain with you. Let us walk together in 2018 and beyond.
Transcribed by Biljana Vozarevic