What is His Knowledge?
"Guru Maharaj Ji is remarkable. A fifteen-year-old who comes from the foothills of the Himalayas, he already has a group of doctors working to organize a hospital along lines which he has suggested. Thousands of drug users have kicked their habits as a result of his teachings. Senators congratulate him. The blind tell us he has given them inner sight. And he proclaims that he will feed the hungry and bring peace to all who ask."
- from the book Who Is Guru Maharaj Ji? to be published October 29th by Bantam Books.
Guru Maharaj Ji was born of noble parentage. His father, Yogiraj Shri Hans Ji Maharaj, was Perfect Master before him. He was also descended from Lord Rama's line, and a member of the illustrious Sun Dynasty. The Yogiraj had four sons Guru Maharaj Ji, his youngest, was born in Haridwar, Northern India, on December 10, 1959.
Guru Maharaj Ji's father revealed the techniques of spiritual illumination enlightenment - to Guru Maharaj Ji and his three brothers when Maharaj Ji was six. Maharaj Ji later remarked, "I was given Knowledge and didn't realize it right away. I knew it was my duty, and I began to
meditate, and in about a month I realized it."
As Guru Maharaj Ji's mother tells us in her satsang (see p. 50), "When he was only seven and a half years old, Guru Maharaj Ji started giving satsang programs all over India, and hundreds of thousands of people would come to every program to hear him speak."
On July 29, 1966, Satgurudev Shri Hans Ji Maharaj left his body. But there is never a time when this earth is left without a Perfect Master, for it is the life breath of the Perfect Master which, quite literally, is the source of life throughout the universe.
As the Psalmist expresses it, "By the Word of the Lord were the heavens made, and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth." That supreme Power, the Word which took flesh as Christ and Buddha, now passed from the body of the Yogiraj into the body of his youngest son.
It was a fulfillment of many prophecies: Marpa of Tibet's prediction that a young child would turn the wheel of the Law; Deganawida of the Iroquois' vision of a young boy, a Seer, who would lead the American Indians; Isaiah's "a young child shall lead them," and "to us a son is given … and his name will be called 'Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.' Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end."
At his father's funeral, Maharaj Ji addressed thousands of his father's weeping devotees: "Dear children of God, why are you weeping? Haven't you learned the lesson that your Master taught you? The Perfect Master never dies. Maharaj Ji is here, among you now. Recognize him, obey him, and adore him. I have come in this young form to spread the Knowledge of God to the whole world in my lifetime."
In October of 1969, after a handful of westerners had received Knowledge in India, Guru Maharaj Ji sent Mahatma Guru Charnanand as his first apostle to the West. On November 8, 1970, Guru Maharaj Ji addressed the largest peacetime assembly that the world has ever seen, telling more than a million people who had gathered to hear him speak, "Give me your love, I will give you peace. Come to me, I will relieve you of your sufferings. I am the source of peace in this world. All I ask of you is your love. And what I can give you is such peace as will never die.
"I declare I will establish peace in this world. But what can I do unless men come to me with love in their hearts, and a sincere desire to know the truth?"
It was an exceptionally powerful an nouncement for a twelve-year-old Indian boy to make. In the three years since this declaration, branches of Maharaj Ji's Divine Light Mission have sprung up in more than thirty different countries around the world. So great was the impact of this one speech that it became known as "The Peace Bomb Explosion." Maharaj Ji once explained that if we cooperated with him to spread the Knowledge and love of God, even if the bombs of the warring nations should drop, they would be turned by grace "into flowers for Nature."
At the time of the Peace Bomb Explosion, only a hundred people in the West had ever heard of Maharaj Ji. Yet the numbers had so grown by the November of 1971, after Maharaj Ji's first visit to England and America, that a 747 jumbo jet had to be chartered to carry his eager western disciples to a festival in honor of Maharaj Ji's father. Maharaj Ji challenged the huge crowd gathered at Delhi's Ram Lila Grounds,
"No politician has ever brought peace to his country. Yet if all politicians would cooperate with the Spiritual Master, then world peace would be obtained in one millionth of a second."
The next year saw an even greater increase in disciples, as Maharaj Ji visited England, America, South Africa, Europe, and Japan. At the 1972 November Festival, seven jumbo loads of Maharaj Ji's non-Indian disciples heard him declare,
"I believe that now the time has come for the earthquake to take place. I believe that the whole earth is shaking, because I know that a mountain has to come up. A mountain of peace has to come up now."
Guru Maharaj Ji
1973 has seen the triumphant start to Maharaj Ji's third World Peace Tour. More than fifteen thousand people packed London's Alexandra Palace each day for the three-day Summer Celebration of Love and Light, held in Maharaj Ji's honor this July. Maharaj Ji spoke in the Louis Armstrong Stadium, Flushing Meadow Park for the kick-off to his American tour. And in Boston, three thousand people were turned away from the John B. Hynes Civic Auditorium, which was packed to overflowing when he came to speak there.
The same November Festival in honor of Guru Maharaj Ji's father which has been celebrated in India in recent years, is being celebrated this year in Houston, under the banner Millennium '73. And once again, the festival will provide the platform for a momentous announcement by Guru Maharaj Ji. For at Millennium this year, Guru Maharaj Ji will introduce his plan to provide a practical basis for the establishment of world peace.
The effect Guru Maharaj Ji has had on people's lives has been enormous. Many thousands of cigarette smokers, drug abusers and heavy drinkers have Guru Maharaj Ji to thank for getting them off their habits. Maharaj Ji knows full well that it's no use persuading someone to give up a habit, if you cannot also provide him with an enriching experience to put in its place. It's the same story that Christ told, about a man who sweeps one devil out of his house, and then leaves it all clean and empty. Of course, seven devils worse than the first come along and take the opportunity to move in.
That's where the Knowledge comes in. If Guru Maharaj Ji persuades you to come off drugs, he fills you with love at the same time, by means of the Knowledge. And so there's no aching gap any more, tempting you to return to your old ways.
An early survey of the impact of Maharaj Ji's Knowledge on drug abuse brought statistical confirmation. In reply to a questionnaire, 62% of the respondents stated that they had used hallucinogens regularly before taking Knowledge. After receiving Knowledge, only 10% were still taking them regularly. There were similar decreases in the, abuse of marijuana, stimulants, opiates, barbituates and alcohol. 90% of the respondents in whose lives drugs had played a major part reported that Knowledge had markedly changed their habits.
Parents were impressed. Their children came home, looking clean and feeling happy. Guru Maharaj Ji began to receive praise, not only from his disciples and their parents, but also from civic leaders and legislative bodies.
Mayor Yorty of Los Angeles proclaimed June 22 "International Meditation Day" in Guru Maharaj Ji's honor. The General Assembly of the State of Connecticut thanked Guru Maharaj Ji for "the alleviation of inward suffering that he has brought about, and the incentive Guru Maharaj Ji has brought about for people to work constructively in the outside world." The Pennsylvania House of Representatives noted that "thousands of American citizens have become his disciples and continue to be completely inspired by his perfect example."
Guru Maharaj Ji has been presented with the keys to the cities of New York, Detroit, New Orleans, Monterey, Oakland, and Kyoto, Japan. The mayor of Albany, New York, regretted that he had no official key to offer Guru Maharaj Ji, but commented in a letter, "Your inspiration will unlock the hearts of the people of Albany so that no other key will be needed."
Guru Maharaj Ji doesn't just teach people to meditate, and leave it at that. He gives them a common purpose, and provides them with a creative context in which to work. Guru Maharaj Ji is already establishing a world service community to usher in the age of peace.
In the last two years, 280 branches of Divine Light Mission have sprung up in America alone, and centers have also been started in thirty other countries. The world network of Mission branches is connected by modern communications systems, by a common love for humanity, and by a sense of urgency about the present state of the world.
Divine Light Mission exists to spread Guru Maharaj Ji's Knowledge of inner peace. Alongside the Mission, the Divine United Organization is working to alleviate human suffering by providing food, shelter, education, and medical care. The volunteers, doctors and nurses of Shri Hans Humanitarian Services are presently running a medical clinic in New York City and a psychiatric retreat in Rhode Island.
The Women's Spiritual Welfare Association is bringing the Mission's message of love to people in prisons, hospitals, senior citizens' homes and mental institutions.
Shri Hans Educational is presently training a group of teachers to create a balanced system of education that will care for the whole child - encouraging the values of common sense, intelligence and love.
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Performers of the Living Arts is the name given to DUO's network of musicians, actors, dancers and designers. Krishna Lila, a dance based on the love of Krishna for his devotees, has been well received in theaters across the U.S., as well as in London and Delhi. The international fifty-piece band Blue Aquarius, under the direction of Guru Maharaj Ji's brother Bhole Ji caught the hearts of thousands who packed the London Alexandra Palace for this year's Guru Puja Festival in Maharaj Ji's honor.
Guru Maharaj Ji shows his disciples the energy pack which sustains their lives. It is this pure light energy which provides the heart with love and the mind with clarity. And now his disciples are going to tap into that energy, and use it under his supervision, to bring peace and love to humanity as a whole.
SHRI MATA JI
If I told you that my son was the incarnation of God, the Perfect Master, the Perfect Lord, would the universe believe me? Whenever he comes, in his own time very few people recognize him. But when he leaves his body, then people make religions to worship him.
You asked me, "Who is your son?" My son is such a great power that he has come to save the whole universe. But who will believe me? From the age of seven Guru Maharaj Ji has openly proclaimed, "Come to me and I will give you peace. I have come in this universe to establish peace and tranquility for all time."
SHRI BAL BHAGWAN JI
Once a man came to Guru Maharaj Ji and asked, "Are you God?" Guru Maharaj Ji said, "No, I'm not God, my Knowledge is God." Because the Knowledge of the divine, that spirit itself, is God. So that Godly Knowledge we must acept in our life and that Knowledge is given to us by our Guru Maharaj Ji.
SHRI RAJA JI
The greatness of Guru Maharaj Ji is that he comes to our level, our low level, to make us understand everything. When a teacher wants to teach his students something he goes to the level of the students, but the students can't go to the level of the professor. In the same way, Guru Maharaj Ji comes to our level to make us understand everything, and because every man has different ways of understanding, Guru Maharaj Ji deals with each person at his own level. That's his greatness.
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SHRI BHOLE JI
By the Grace of Guru Maharaj Ji, we have received the Holy Knowledge. Without it we are nowhere in this world, so now we must meditate and serve Guru Maharaj Ji.
In the Gita, Lord Krishna gave this Knowledge to Arjuna, and only he knew who Krishna was. The rest of them never knew. So only when we have Knowledge do we know who Guru Maharaj Ji is.