Monday 29 January 2024

How to Walk on GLASS by Professor Ron Greaves

There is a well-known story told in India that describes how an imprisoned man was forewarned of life-threatening danger after hearing one line uttered by a saint. Walking past the gathered crowd, he had only heard the sentence “Goddesses never cast shadows!”

When later tricked with a fake goddess by the jailer to prove his guilt, he remembered the one line. This following incident is my “Goddesses never cast shadows” moment. It is not a parable from Indian folklore, but a life-transforming moment in real time.

I had been fortunate to meet Prem Rawat in India when he was only 11 years old. I was present at Heathrow Airport when he arrived from India two years later on 17th June 1971 and accompanied him to all of his events in the UK for the month that he stayed until leaving for the USA. I stood next to him on the first Pyramid Stage when he spoke at Glastonbury on June 21, only four days after arriving in the west.

After running out of money to pay the rent on the property we had located in the fashionable Chelsea district of London, we could only offer accommodation in our volunteer community house in the less affluent area of Golders Green in North London. Instead of expressing disappointment, the young Prem Rawat was excited to move into a three-bedroom house already overcrowded with his enthusiastic students. A room was made ready for him.

“I have always loved wisdom stories
ever since my grandmother sat me
on her knee as a small child.

On the first night, a host of young hippies gathered in the downstairs front room in the hope of hearing Prem speak. I was upstairs with him in his bedroom when he asked me to go down and speak to everyone about my understanding of Self-Knowledge. He declared that he might attend the gathering himself later. It was with trepidation that I spoke as I was aware that Prem could hear every word as clearly as my audience in the room.

I have always loved wisdom stories ever since my grandmother sat me on her knee as a small child and read to me from her picture Bible. In India, I had heard so many from Prem and the older students who had been alive at the time of Prem’s father and teacher, Shri Maharaj Ji. I cherished these tales and had committed many to memory. As I spoke, I embellished my talk with a few such tales. In mid-flow, Prem walked into the room and sat next to me in a vacant chair. I stopped speaking.

“Finish the story you are telling,” he instructed with a smile directed straight at me.

I completed my story quickly and joined the others to listen to Prem. He looked straight at me and said, “I have a story just for you.”

It went like this.

Two followers of an Indian saint were given one of those old-fashioned tests. The saint sat on a platform in a field. He scattered the field with broken glass and instructed his two passionate acolytes to come to him. One ran in bare feet and collapsed in pain before halfway there. The other knelt on the grass and crawled through the glass-strewn field, picking the broken shards out of the way.

No explanation was given for the story.

Prem continued to address the full audience. I didn’t need the explanation. All my life I had been impulsive by nature, rushing in where angels fear to tread, as the saying goes. After listening to Prem’s story, I resolved to pick my way much more carefully through life and stop cutting the Gordian Knot with a blow of a sword. I mix metaphors, but I think you get the point.

That deep insight into my nature from the wisest person I have ever met has saved me from trouble again and again. Just one story. Imagine the benefits I have received from the countless times I have heard Prem Rawat speak over the last 54 years. Wisdom is very precious.

ASDA cashless

 Simple: if ASDA will no longer be accaepting cash, I will no longer be accepting ASDA.

Same goes for Pizza Hut, Bill's restaurant, Yo Sushi

Saturday 30 December 2023

2024 New Year’s Message from Prem Rawat

My Piece of Peace - my story towards the gift


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Wednesday 6 December 2023

Self-check-out at supermarkets

 If supermarkets want me to self-checkout they will need to pay me minimum wage for minimum one hour and all the other staff bonuses.  Simple.

Monday 27 November 2023

Appreciation: Prem Rawat

A Beginner's Guide to the Endocannabinoid System and It's Relationship with the Cannabis Plant

PDF by Ali Pink


Yesterday I woke up feeling dizzy, and a lot of belching, so consulted with my local doctors surgery, on -ine of course,.

Fair enough a doctor phoned e back within a few hours and asked me the symptoms then prescribed me some pills which I managed to get to collect at the local chemist.

Before taking them I read the enclosed leaflet - ithe leaflet with the pills prescribed for the dizzziness read "read this leaflet first".

At the end of quite a long list of people that should not take the pills it iincluded if ...
"Elderly (65 years or over)"

I am almost 74!

The pills that he prescribed for the belching warned "may cause dizziness"!

So this morning I went back on line to the on-line surgery which one can only do between 7.30 and 9.30 and asked what I should do - should i take them or not or could he prescribe something safe?

So doctor just phoned and said i can take the pills and ignore the warning on the label as "we use it every day, it's one of the best ones - you can take it!"

The essential question, who to trust, the doctor or the leaflet warning - the latter, of course, serves as disclaimer - they all get paid - do doctors usually tell patients to ignore the leaflets that come with prescription medication - what consequences for a negative reaction - more pills? Why bother putting in the leaflets unless they are meant to serve as disclaimers - does the doctor mean ignore all the information and warnings or is he being selective? Presumably the warnings are based on patients experiences. Should we just ignore all safety precautions and hope for the best?

The dizziness has passed without me taking them - basically it's a choice between believing the doctor and believing the leaflet given by the manufacturers - I'd rather not believe either - especially as I told the doctor that i was doing a lot of belohing and he prescribed another pill and on that leaflet it said "may cause dizziness".

My previous surgery i went as i was getting arthritic pains in my shoulder and he gave me dihydrocodeine and on the flier it said "may cause contipation" - it did after just one pill - so i went back and told hom (actually by phone of course) so he gave me cocodenol - it said on the flier "may cause constipation". So i never took them anyway. I geuess they would have earned more money prescribing me laxatives. Instead I started eating cherries which it is said eases arthritis.
They did. I told the nurse and she said she never knew that and said "some of these alternative medicines work wonders". I told her cherries were a fruit and have been eaten for thousands of years and grow in my garden, and it is the modern pills that should be called alternative medicines.

We have to remember that these doctors are earning quite large salaries despite compaining about their hours - to be qualified they have to pass exams but they don't actually have to care.