Full text of Gaur Gopal Prabhu’s talk: The Tree of Life at the Radiant Wellness Conclave 2016.
Best quote from this talk:
“Be selfish first. Care for your roots. Care for your trunk, because only when your roots and trunk are in place, the crown can give others.”
Listen to the MP3 Audio: The Tree of Life by Gaur Gopal Prabhu at the RWC16
…and YouTube phenomenon, a spiritual guru who’s garnered tens of millions of views on YouTube, because he has this innate ability to mix wit and humor to convey life-changing philosophical messages. He’s a disciple of Radhanath Swami and he resides off ISKCON Mumbai.
Who am I speaking about? Ladies and gentlemen, our pleasure to invite His Holiness, Gaur Gopal Prabhu.
Gaur Gopal Prabhu
It is my great honor and pleasure… privileged to be amongst all of you here this evening… Oh, this afternoon, I am still in Germany!
And my sincerest gratitude extends to Colonel David, Renukaji and the whole Radiant Group for having invited me over for this Wellness Conclave, and to be with all of you to share a couple of thoughts this afternoon.
The subject matter I was asked to speak on is Spiritual Wellness.
I travel a lot and I see that every country has a USP, a unique selling proposition. When we talk about the United States of America, it has a USP: liberty, freedom, comfort for the citizens.
When we talk about the United Kingdom, it has a USP: royalty, the supremacy of the Queen. When we travel to Japan, Japan has a USP: technology. You travel to the Middle East; Middle East has a USP: oil.
And when we talk about India, India also has a USP, a unique selling proposition, something that all of us are known for.
Sometimes they say how do you recognize an Indian? An Indian is known by a man or a lady who will use the shampoo till the last bit by putting water to the bottle.
How do you recognize an Indian? You would know an Indian by a man or a lady who will use the Belan, the rolling pin to squeeze the last bit of the toothpaste out of the toothpaste.
How do you recognize an Indian? An Indian is a person who gives another person a missed call, that culture doesn’t exist in the world. There’s nothing like a missed call in the world by the way ladies and gentlemen.
How do you know an Indian? You would know an Indian by a person who will use a T-shirt till there’s a hole in it. And once it’s unusable in the day, because there is a hole in it, you would probably start using it in the night. And if it’s still not usable in the night any longer, you keep it for Holi. And if it’s not even usable for Holi, then you’ll use as pocha. Then you know for sure you know then that you are truly an Indian.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we are known for our sparing nature, no wonder a lot of people of this world are super wealthy, in this country are super wealthy.
India is known for Bollywood. India is known for its cricket. India is known for its beautiful architecture, magnificent edifices. India is known for its Himalayas. India’s known for its literary contributions. India is known to be a developing economy now. Indeed, India is known for many many things.
But what India is especially known for on this planet Earth is its unique contribution in the field of spirituality. Wherever I travel in the world, I see people glorifying, talking about eulogizing the principle of spirituality that comes from this great land: Bharat Bhumi.
People from America, people from Europe, people from different parts of the world come to India to see the beauty of India. But if you go to Rishikesh, if you go to the Himalayas, there’s a lot of people out there who are coming here to learn spirituality, who are coming here to learn yoga, who are coming here to learn the inner engineering, the inner ecology of life.
Of course, when we talk about wellness, how can we neglect the principle of spiritual wellness? This afternoon, I thought I would share with you an analogy that one of my spiritual mentors, his Holiness Sacinandana Swami who was a German by birth once told me. It’s a beautiful analogy; it’s called The Tree of Life.
Whenever we look at a beautiful tree, one of the most essential parts of the tree is its roots. A tree has three aspects to it, essentially. One is the roots; the second is the trunk; and third is the crown of the tree.
And when we talk about the roots, a healthy tree has healthy roots. The deeper the roots, the stronger the roots, the tree stands strong in storms, cyclones, hurricanes, and tornados. And the roots are not seen to our eyes.