Gratitude is the Highest Expression

Humans have figured out how to build cars and computers.
Why is learning how to live in peace so hard?
To truly embrace this, we must practice gratitude.

An excerpt from Prem Rawat’s address in Chennai, India.

Gratitude is the Highest Expression

By Prem Rawat

Duration: 6 minutes 10 seconds
File type: Audio mp3
File size: 9.2 MB

You know, in our lives, we have learnt a lot of things. As we are today, this is not the way human beings used to be. We have learnt how to make buildings; we have learnt how to make airplanes; we have learnt how to make cars; we have learnt how to make this, have that—everything that you have in this world—even wars. We have learnt how to make wars. And we have learnt how to make the instruments for the wars, but we have not learnt how to be in peace…how to be in peace.

Not how to make peace. You have to be very careful what words you use, because if you have to make peace…? If human beings were responsible for making peace, they would do something so completely bizarre with it, that it would be unbelievable.

How to be in peace—because peace already is in the heart of every single human being. Being so close, and being so far.

But for those who are interested in peace, there is a whole another chapter. There’s a whole other field. There’s a whole other thing to understand, of how we can be fulfilled. That this life is not about just birth and death. That this life is about fulfillment; that this life is about peace; that this life is about understanding; that this life is about clarity; that this life is about feeling that gratitude.

Gratitude is the highest expression of a human being. But it can only happen when there is truly a reason for it. If you’re not thankful…? Just by saying it, it’s empty. What are you thankful for in your life? What are you thankful for?

Oh, see, it’s very strange. You tell people…they sit down in a room. You ask them, “What are you thankful for?” And it’s, “Oh, I am thankful for so many things. I am thankful for my family; I am thankful for my job; I am thankful for this, and I’m thankful for that, and I’m thankful for that, and I’m thankful for that, and I’m thankful for that.” And all I have to say is, “Really? Really? Really? Really, are you thankful for being alive? Are you?”

How many times during the day do you say, “My goodness! I am alive. Thank you for this life”—during the day? Do you really, really, really, really—you get up in the morning and the first thing you say is, “Oh my God. I am alive.” Or is it, “What time is it? What do I have to do?”

How many times during the day do you feel gratitude for being alive? How many? Once? Once a day? Twice a day? Three times a day? Four times a day? How many times a day do you feel thankful for being alive?

How many? Once a day keeps the doctor away? At least…and sometimes not even that? At least he’s honest. If he is honest, he can learn! He can learn. Because that’s the reality. Once is not enough; two times is not enough. Every time you feel alive, your heart will fill with gratitude. You see, you don’t have to make your heart feel full of gratitude. It needs to be naturally filled with gratitude. And naturally being filled with gratitude only happens when there is a focus in your life.

– Prem Rawat