November 20, 1981
November 20, 1981
A while ago, I was saying that some people – I would even like you to meditate about this – when they are children, soon find out that, in order not to suffer, they will have to acquire power. So, deep down, every human being wants power; power in order to be able to Have.
But, above this, it seems that power leads the individual to a certain safety, maybe self-defense. The individual, when feeling powerful, feels shielded, and this seems to confer them safety. They want defense regarding their own life and the individuality they recognize in themselves; they want power.
And then some choose cultural power, because in this way they will feel protected; not by culture itself, but by what culture confers to people. Does culture confer prestige to people? So, they’ll go in search of culture, of that which confers power to them; the power that results from their having culture.
But they also realize something very important: that the power obtained through, in this case, culture, only begins to manifest when they begin to distribute what they acquired – culture; because otherwise they have culture and feel alone. They feel they have power, but the power still doesn’t manifest. It only begins to manifest when they begin to distribute culture. Then they find themselves surrounded by people, gain prestige. Then they realize they exist. With this power, they say, “I am someone,” because others recognize them as someone useful and necessary. And then they acquire this power and say, “I’m a self-realized individual!”
Others seek power through money; they think that culture alone isn’t enough. So, they go in search of money. Eventually they have a lot of money, but don’t feel the power; on the contrary, they are even rejected, are seen as stingy, miserly. They become worried.
One day the experience of Giving happens. That gives power. They begin: they help a family, a neighbor, a friend, and they, with all that money, begin to find out that it is by emptying the jar, it is by giving that they begin to feel the real power. In other words, they begin to feel surrounded by people. Inside, they even know that these people are ready to follow them. By sharing, they are somehow paying to Be, to exist, for others to recognize them as existing. Then they say, “I am self-realized; I have as witnesses all these people who follow me, who seek my advice!”
Some through culture, others through culture and money. Often, to acquire this, they spend their whole lives in search of power. They work, work, work for the money and then by distributing it, they will have. Either studying, or working, they spend 30, 40 years of their lives to achieve this power, to later sit on the throne of power, and then feel realized, admired by others, liked by others, exerting an attraction, even if external.
Here in PRÓ-VIDA, we have something different. People who have been with us for three years, when they stop and take a stand, they soon verify this. The ones who have been with us longer. In only three years they managed to be admired by people not only here, but wherever they may be. It is even a problem: when they speak, they create an intoxicating state! Who doesn’t like to hear them?
They have safety within them, because it’s not the money, not the beautiful clothes, the display of jewelry that creates this power. It’s not the external values, but the internal values. In three years! With a great advantage: they didn’t have to go through the process of experiences, those that discredit man. And without having to cheat, without having to go through that, having a clean life, fully clean, they manage to get everything someone could want. Power!
What more could someone wish for on the face of the Earth than to be admired by their peers, serving as a point of motivation and, even without money, have everything matter confers?
Is it really like that? Of course it is! I can mention one of them. He doesn’t have a beach house, but he receives more than one invitation a day to spend a few days at the house of those that listen to him. He doesn’t have a ranch, but daily receives invitations to go to one. He doesn’t have a luxury car, but there are a lot of people offering him a Mercedes, “Spend a day with my car to go for a ride somewhere!” He doesn’t have a boat but he is always getting invited to go sailing. What more can a man wish for on the face of the Earth? Dear to all. Having everything that matter can offer. To have safety within – all this in just three years! And to think that, if you want, it can even be in less than three years. Everything can be in an instant!
I really trust in PRÓ-VIDA’s destiny, an institution as it is, because the fruit harvested until now are prime quality and denote a flavor that only the trees existing here, or this tree, can give in such a short time. If all of you could feel, appreciate, see this, you would already have within you the feeling of safety one has when one is on the right path to the destination, to the purpose one longs for.