The Problem with Problems

Problems may feel big or small.
Fortunately, everything that’s bothering you has bothered someone else before.
Problems are not unique; you are.

An excerpt from Prem Rawat’s address in Cotonou, Benin.

The Problem with Problems

By Prem Rawat

Duration: 3 minutes 39 seconds
File type: Audio mp3
File size: 8.8 MB

What do you know? You are all here. What do you know really well? What do you know really well?

You know what you know really well? Really well?—is your problems. You all know your problems really well. All day long, you think about them. All night long you think about them. You get up in the morning; you think about them. You go to sleep at night; you think about them. Problems, problems, problems—problems you know really well. Their solution? No idea. No idea what the solution is.

So! Let me come back to you. Who are you? What are you? On one hand, all of us, every one of us—you have a different name; you have a different name; you have a different name; you come from a different village; he comes from a different village; she comes from a different village; she has different parents; you have different parents.

You are wearing something different; he’s wearing something different; she’s wearing something different. So we’re all different.

And you have a different problem; he has a different problem. Right? Wrong!

Problems are not different. The only thing that is different is us. We happen to be here. These problems that you have now, they have bothered somebody else before you. They don’t disappear. You do. The problems stay. And they look for the victim. Right now, you are the victim. And they come.

So far the problem—whatever the problem may be—so far you exist, no problem is very big. When you stop existing, that is your biggest problem. Do you understand that? Does that make sense to you?

And so, am I embracing life? Or I’m embracing its problems? Because if I’m embracing its problems, I don’t understand life because that’s not life. That has nothing to do with life.

– Prem Rawat