Question: Premaji, what is enligtenment? How can I experience
it? What books should I read? B. Marks, Santa Fe.
what is it? I can tell you
that whatever value you place upon it isnt enough, because
transcendence requires a totality, a total desire to know the divine.
And I want you to have this totality. To own it. When I took
my initiation in India with my master BABAJI, I asked him about
I said, BABAJI, what is this illumination? What is transcendence?
What is this nirvana? What is enlightenment? Where does Self-inquiry
lead? What is the purpose of religion? I said it in many different
His reply was uncomplicated, very simple and direct. As he sat
in his swing, rocking back and forth, he looked at me, or rather
he looked through me, and he said, Its like chocolate.
I cant tell you what it tastes like, but I can share it with
you. And then you will share it with the whole world.
And I said, Why me, BABAJI?
Because youre a baula gundhi.
A baula gundhi!
Of course, Im thinking that means someone whos dressed
in white, whos very pure, whos a vegetarian
Baula is crazy, and a gundhi is a rebel. Do
I have to tell you what the two words together mean? Your whole
life you have been a rebel. And what society needs is a crazy rebel.
Western society needs prema.
What he was saying is this: the whole of Western society has been
designed to crush the heart. The doctors are rewarded, the engineers
are rewarded, the lawyers, the robbers are rewarded. If you can
use the logical mind, youre rewarded. But use the lovers
mind and youre punished. Society punishes poets, we punish
artists. We punish these qualities within ourselves.
To move into transcendence, youve got to move into a new
kind of madness that bucks the entire system that youve been
conditioned to accept. As I repeatedly say and we need to
hear it a thousand and one times and then another thousand and one
times until we own it society doesnt exist. Ive
never met a society. Ive only met individuals. But society,
through education, has taught you to love your mother, to love your
father, to love your teachers, your brother, your sister, but never
have you been taught to love yourself. Never have you been
taught to accept your essential nature as a lover. And I
can tell you that until you do this, never will you truly love another.
I will confuse you. I am not an authority. If you want an authority,
go to the Pope.
But in my opinion, the religions are dead. They are corpses.
Hinduism is a corpse. The Islamic tradition, theyre all corpses.
The masters who founded them are gone. And so Ive come
to create a communism. The true meaning of communism is to
commune together in spirit. Im not talking about the
communism of Karl Marx or Joseph Stalin. The name Stalin means steal.
He was a dictator. Im talking about the communism of the Buddha
create a community
a sanga of people who begin to understand
prema, to come from their heart, who begin to love again.
How many moments of love have you had in your life?
And yet, we worry about how much vitamin A were
From my heart to yours,
Prema Baba Swamiji
Prema Baba Swamiji is the author of The Initiation. For more
information about Swamiji or his retreats visit www.TheInitiation.com.
 The Sanskrit word for the love,
tenderness and compassion that are natural in the human heart. This
prema is the chief characteristic of the soul.