Mind is the unseen demon
Prem Rawat - also known as Maharaji
What we are trying to make people understand is that Truth is within inside; it's not outside. I want to teach people Truth, not divert their attention into this false, false world. So premies should be involved in giving satsang to people and making people realize what's happening here, that the Knowledge is revealing itself and everything is getting more and more beautiful. This is what should be done. This is what's most important that should be done.
I just wanted to clarify this, because we've seen the mind play some weird tricks on people. You know this is what mind does. It's like, you receive Knowledge and the mind starts freaking out because it's got no chance. So you fight it, and it fights you. Then it comes to a point where the mind just can't do it, so it dies off and you really start experiencing everything.
But then the mind comes and says, "Look, I can't get this guy the straight way, because he doesn't believe me anymore. So why don't I hook him up in a different way, so that he'll believe me, and then I can get him?" That's what it does.
You're feeling really beautiful inside. You're feeling just love and Grace, because mind is not working, and then slowly this thing starts going on inside of you. You know Guru Maharaj Ji is perfect, He is everything; you know Knowledge is perfect and is everything. You believe it because you know you have experienced it at one time. But then, bingo!, things start happening. To convince you of something, mind will do anything. It manifests in any way it can. It will come in your dreams. It's like the unseen demon in the book The Wizard of Earth Sea. If you get time, you should read it: it's really beautiful.
The unseen demon has no shape, nothing, but it follows this wizard everywhere he goes. The wizard knows that this demon can't come to him over water, because it is afraid of water, but finally it even comes there. So this is how this demon is. It will come to you anywhere, the most unexpected place. And it's something you can't define, because you haven't seen it. Really, you don't even experience it as something else, it's so smooth. It doesn't possess a quarter of your body, or one hair of your body, it comes and possesses your whole body.
That demon is within inside of everybody, and this is what you are trying to fight. We have really got to watch it, and that's the time when meditation becomes so important Say I am the skipper in a ship, and I am guiding the ship. I can let go if the water's smooth. I can sit back and steer with one hand because when it goes off course, I can still steer it back again. But if a really big storm started coming up, and I started doing the same thing, I am bound to get lost. I can't take a chance at that time. I have really got to sit down, hold the steering wheel and really steer. I mean, no kidding, no jokes. It's like, "This is what I want to do, this is my determination, and this is what I have got to do."
The waves are hitting the boat, trying to drag the boat the other way, totally against where you want to go. But what really takes you out of the storm? Grace, which is the wind that's coming behind the sails and is whooping you out, giving you your firm determination that, "I have got to fight this. This is not what I want."
The mind manifests the most simple things to prove to you that this or that is right, but this is where you really have to have the firm determination that, "No, I don't want the mind. I want to realize for myself." Though it sounds very selfish that we should only realize this Knowledge for ourselves, and try to understand this within our hearts, it's not. Because if we can get into it. and merge into perfectness, we are one less thorn in our Master's way. One less thorn is one less problem, and then it's so beautiful because the speed with which the Perfect Master is coming through this world becomes faster.