see, when somebody drives a convertible with the top down
and it starts raining, he finds out what the purpose of
the top on there is. Ashram premies are people, who want
shelter - who want Divine Shelter. (Maharaji - January
There are a lot of premies who are very confused about
the ashram situation. Really, I tell you, that's where
your mind comes in. Listen. You have to first understand
the definition of an ashram (read the
as written by Maharaji). Understand the definition of
an ashram, and if it applies to you, go ahead, go and
move in; if it doesn't apply to you, get out of there -
what are you - doing there ? You know ?
And the definition of an ashram is that it is a place for
a person who really wants to understand this Knowledge.
It is for that premie who wants to really understand this
Knowledge and be in an environment which will boost that
realisation, who wants - in other words - shelter from
this world into something which is more applicable to
It's like, the sun is beautiful, and the desert is
beautiful, but only when you are looking at it from your
air-conditioned room's window. When you get out there it
is not so beautiful, because it gets too hot. And it's
like, at that point you need a shade, you need something
that's applicable to you.
You will reap what you have sown, everybody knows that.
If you sow mangoes, you won't reap berries. You will reap
mangoes. If you build an ashram, many people will come
and take knowledge and they will bless your soul. It will
be a wonderful thing! (Maharaji - September 17,
Q: For whom do you recommend ashram life ?
Ans: For whom ? Everybody, of course. For human
beings, not chimpanzees. But first they must have no
obligations. And they must want to dedicate their whole
Q: I get confused about which service I should be
doing as a devotee.
Ans: Common sense is uncommon. Now, just what do
you think is appropriate for you to do ? Now, if you want
to drive a plane, and you don't know how to drive a
plane, then that won't be useful service for you. You
must know what to do. If you know how to work as a
housemother in an ashram, then work as a housemother. If
you don't want to stay in an ashram, then do Satsang.
Right ? Common sense is uncommon. Yes ?
Q: Guru Maharaj Ji, I had a lot of doubts and a
lot of people I know still have the same doubts about the
strictness of the ashram. I would like to know what to
say to them about why this has to be. They feel you're on
a control trip ?
Ans: Now you see, God is the controller, it is His
control trip. Why, do you see with your mouth or with
your nose ? Why only with eyes ? You talk about it being
a control trip, then why do you only see with your eyes
and not with your mouth ? Why ? Because that's the way
things are, and that's the way things are going to be.
A man who sees through his mouth, you are not going to
call him a man. You are going to call him a monster ! A
man must see through his eyes, that's the way it must
ASHRAM has to be ashram, and an ashram is not a motel. An
ashram is an ashram and an ashram has got something of a
soul in it. You don't go into a church and just start
sleeping there and drinking your coffee there. You don't
do that, do you ? A church is a church, a temple is a
temple. You are strict about doing certain things there.
You go to a church, you pray, you meditation, read
something, you understand something, and you become more
spiritual, right ?
Why should there be so much strictness? Because, we are
the children of God and this is the house of God, that's
why there should be so much strictness. That's the way it
has to be, that's why.
Q: What is confusing, though, is that some of the
ashram people say, 'the whole world should be like the
Ans: If the whole world can be like that, it will
be fantastic ! There is so much desperation around the
world. I read advertisements encouraging people to smoke.
And there is an ashram regulation saying, "Do not smoke",
so if that happens all the way round the world, it will
be fantastic. No drugs nothing like that. Everyone neat
and clean and active. It will be fantastic THING is that
a person has to realize how much he needs an ashram.
Ashram is a shelter.
You know, and a certain way has been set up, a certain
life has been set up, so that there is not a big a mess
in an ashram. I mean, can you imagine if there was just
nothing ? (Maharaji - September, 1972)
THING is, a student can learn English and everything he
wants to learn out of school, he can learn it by himself,
but it will take him centuries to do that, while the
school is something he can go to, you know, and do it
much more quickly, you know ?
Do you understand what I mean ? It's like, if you want to
do it outside, you can do it, but it's like that when
you're outside, it's like the mind itself just takes you
around a little bit - because you are giving it freedom
of its own. You understand ?
But when you are in an ashram, it's really hard for it to
work, you know, because premies that are really, don't
want to be in an ashram, you know, it's simply because of
their mind, you know. And that is what, that's just
really troubling them. But if you want to do it outside
the ashram you can do it, but it will probably take
centuries and ages. (Maharaji - December 27, 1973 -
You can meditate on the Knowledge and you will get high,
but there's a certain amount of personal involvement that
makes a lot of difference in the time it takes you to
elevate. Of course, you can be elevated to the same point
where you are living not in the ashram, because you don't
have to live in the ashram. But it's better to live in
the ashram because twenty four hour a day you have got a
complete environment, you know, feeling the vibrations
you are getting, meditating properly. ... (Maharaji -
July, 1972 - Denver)
I am not going to push a premie into an ashram. It's
totally up to them. And as soon as they pass their
standards to move into the ashram, we will see. It's not
their choice to make. Besides the point that they make
the choice to move into an ashram, there is also our
choice to make if he passes our standards, who will let
him move into an ashram. If you think you are ready for
it, just apply for it. If you don't think you are ready,
then don't apply for it. There is no question.
Q: How closely should the ashrams be run by the
Ans: It's not the question how close they should
stick to the book. The question is, 'Who wrote the good
Q: You did.
Ans: There is your answer. I dictated it and I
sanctioned it, and if you are really a premie and a
devotee who is dedicated and who is going to obey Agya,
then you are going to follow the good book (read
Otherwise you are not. (Maharaji - 1975 - Orlando