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Prem means love, elli is Hebrew; it means goddess -- goddess of love. In fact God and love are synonymous. To be in love is to be in God. To know love is to know God. There is no other proof for God except love, and there is no other worship either. All other temples and churches are false, pseudo, except for the temple of love. But that temple already exists in the heart. We are not to create it. We have forgotten it, we only have to remember it. The heart awakened, the heart again alive, pulsating with love, is what sannyas is all about.

The whole work here consists of helping you to get back to your heart. The society has helped you to go as far away as possible. The head is the farthest from the heart. The physical distance is not much between the heart and the head, but the spiritual distance is infinite, so much that they are unbridgeable. The man of the head cannot know God and the man of the heart only knows God and nothing else.

So forget concepts about God -- Hindu, Christian, Mohammedan. Listen to the heart, go according to the heart, and the heart will take you to the ultimate.

Prem Uwe. Prem means love, uwe means wellborn -- love well-born. Man comes with the potential of love, but it is only a potential; it has to made actual. Only when love becomes actual is it wellborn, otherwise it remains a seed, and the seed is not going to be fulfilled. Only when the seed disappears and becomes a tree, and the tree blossoms, will there be fulfillment.

So there are two births: one is the physical birth -- man is born as a seed; another is the spiritual birth -- man is born as love, as a spirit. Sannyas is initiation into the second birth: it will make you twice-born.

Jesus says to Nicodemus: Unless you are born again you will not enter into my kingdom of God. He is talking about sannyas; he is talking about a revolution, a conversion. He is talking about changing the potential into the actual, dying as one has existed and being born in a new way, in a totally new way, with a new perspective, with a new vision, with a new life ahead.

Prem means love, elaine means light. Man is a darkness without love, just utter darkness,

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