A Drop of Water
Imagine a little drop of water.
Its only desire is to get back home, to the ocean.
How does your life compare?
An excerpt from Prem Rawat’s address in Ipoh, Malaysia.
A drop has one desire, and one desire only, and that desire is to merge back from where it started. And it’s tiny—how big is a drop? How big is a drop? “Eh! Not very big.” But its desire to join is much bigger than anything that you can imagine.
In its desire to join with the ocean, it moves mountains, shapes land. It creates and it destroys. And it flows, and it flows, and it flows—that’s its determination—and it flows, and it flows, and it flows. And then, when its mission is fulfilled, it surrenders. No more—but it is home. It is home.
That feeling of being home—you should be feeling that every single day in your life. “I am home. No more, but my mission—fulfilled.” Today, 4.54 billion years in the making. “And today, I acknowledge today. I acknowledge today! I accept today.”
Listen, I’m not sitting here going, “I am the perfect one, you know, and I do this every day, and so….” I don’t. I don’t. But I know what I need to do.
This morning I got up—I was thinking of everything that happened yesterday. And it was amazing, in a way. In this…today I was just thinking, so many twists, so many twists, so many twists, so many twists; this changing, this changing, this changing, this changing—this changing.
And I get up in the morning, and “I’ll just check my messages”—check my email, check my messages—and there is an email and a message from my wife, “Call immediately.” “Whoa. Something must be wrong”—because usually that doesn’t happen. So I called. And, my mother-in-law had passed away.
So I’m like…. You know, I knew her very well—and my father-in-law—and…fabulous, fabulous people. And, of course, it’s okay, because she wanted to go. She was old. She missed her husband. She said, “I miss him very much; I want to move on.” She wanted it quick, and it happened very quickly.
And, gone. Then of course you think, “Hmm! That person, now they’re no more.” And of course it rubs off a little bit: “One day that’s going to happen to you too.”
And then, all of a sudden, “Oh, yeah, today’s the TV interview. I have to go to the TV studio and give this interview.” So I got ready and I went. You know, and then all these questions, “So, what about this, and what about this, and what about this?” And of course, I answered them to the best of my ability.
But that whole time, I could not help but feel how fragile we all are. We create mountains; we stand on those mountains and we think we are the kings of our little kingdom. But something else is afoot. And if this drop could fulfill its mission to join with the ocean—and then all of a sudden, all of a sudden, it’s okay not to flow.
See, it’s, “You stupid little drop! You’ve been flowing from God knows, you know, where! You’ve been flowing, flowing, flowing, flowing, flowing, flowing, flowing, flowing…. Keep flowing!”
“Nah, no! No, no, no, no! I have reached…I have reached that place that I want to be.”
Will the cycle begin again? Of course the cycle will begin again. In this life, the cycle will begin again. And once again, that drop will be a vapor, and will go, and will rain, and will become a river, and will flow, and will do this whole thing again—and again and again and again and again and again. And then all of a sudden, it’ll just merge and go “I’m done.” It’s called, “Satisfied. Satisfied.”
You have the capacity to know; you have the capacity to understand; you have the capacity to be fulfilled! You have the capacity to be in peace. You have the capacity to understand. You have the capacity to feel—to feel. You have the capacity to express. You have the capacity to smile. This is you.
– Prem Rawat