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Splitting the Arrow

By Mitch Ditkoff

Prem Rawat is an international speaker who has traveled the world for more than four decades, speaking to millions of people. He is a man of singular vision and clarity with a core message: “the peace people are looking for is already within.” He just published a book called Splitting the Arrow: Understanding the Business of Life, which will be on display at the upcoming San Miguel Writers’ Conference.

By Mitch Ditkoff
Splitting the Arrow: Understanding the Business of Life
Prem Rawat and Peace
Fri, Feb 5, 2:30pm
Sala Quetzal
La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A

In my preview, I will present Prem Rawat’s book and how his Peace Education Program impacts the lives of thousands of people around the world, including here in San Miguel.

It has often been said that human beings are born without an instruction manual—that we enter the world with just our belly button and breath, required to figure things out as we go along.

I just found the next best thing—Splitting the Arrow: Understanding the Business Of Life—a newly published book of stories, commentaries, and excerpted talks by renowned ambassador of peace, Prem Rawat.

Splitting the Arrow makes no attempt to reduce the profundity of life to arbitrary lists of what to do and what not to do. The book evokes rather than prescribes, making it easy for readers to sense, at a cellular level, whatever they need to know in order to get on with their lives.

Much of the book’s impact can be attributed to its artful structure—a skillful retelling of classic teaching stories, lucid commentaries about the purpose of life, and delightful illustrations by Japanese artist Aya Shiroi. The stories open the door, the commentaries usher us through, and the illustrations further humanize the reading experience.

Since the beginning of time, storytelling has been the most effective way to deliver a meaningful, memorable message. Deconstruct any book of wisdom, regardless of its originating culture, and you will find story at its core.

Prem Rawat’s stories deliver a timeless message in as few words as possible—a message that inspires readers to pause and reflect on what really matters about their lives: “Do you know who you are?” the author asks. “That may sound like a strange question, but your story truly begins when you can start to feel what’s happening inside you.”

If you are looking for esoteric teachings, you have come to the wrong place. Splitting the Arrow is as simple as it gets. Simple like water. Simple like breath. Simple like the counsel of one of the most brilliant minds the world has ever known, Albert Einstein. “Everything should be as simple as possible,” he explained, “but no simpler.”

Splitting the Arrow distills down the essence of what’s most important about life in the simplest way possible. The book is available for purchase on and at the upcoming Writers’ Conference bookstore. More about Prem Rawat at

Mitch Ditkoff is an innovation consultant, contributor to The Huffington Post, and author of Storytelling at Work: How Moments of Truth Reveal the Real Business of Life.


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