Maharaj Ji Will Be In Toronto Nov.9-10
Guru Maharaj Ji, Durga Ji and Raja Ji will all be at the two day celebration of Hans Jayanti, to commemorate the birth of Guru Maharaj Ji's father, Shri Hans Ji Maharaj.
- Saturday, November 9
- Afternoon Program 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
- Dinner 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
- Evening Program 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
- Sunday, November 10
- Darshan 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
- Dinner 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Evening Program 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
- Guru Maharaj Ji, Durga Ji and Raja Ji will all be giving satsang at least twice.
- Music will feature Jiva from L.A., the Good Name Band from Denver, and a Canadian Premie Band.
For this festival to break even financially, each premie that will attend Hans Jayanti must pre-register. The $25 fee includes two meals, quality hotel accommodations for Saturday night and will offset the production costs for the event.
The festival will take place at the INTERNATIONAL CENTRE, Airport Road, Toronto.
Every premie wishing to go to Toronto should IMMEDIATELY contact their closest ashram, DUO office or Information Center, pay $25 and receive a pre-registration card to be worn the 9th and 10th.
For address and phone number of your local ashram or center see Light Houses in this Divine Times.
See you in Toronto!
Hans Jayanti In Canada
In a last minute decision, Guru Maharaj Ji announced in Denver that He will attend the Hans Jayanti celebration in Toronto on November 9th and 10th instead of in Patna, India, as originally planned.
At press time there were few details about the program other than the location and that it would be attended by Maharaj Ji, Durga Ji, Raja Ji and his wife, Claudia. Prior to the festival, Maharaj Ji will tour Australia and New Zealand.
The Toronto festival will be the first public satsang that Maharaj Ji has given since Millennium '73, one year ago at the Houston Astrodome. Divine Light Mission officials expect a crowd of approximately 7,500 at this year's celebration.
Bob Mishler, DLM International director, commented, "At this late date some premies may have difficulty getting time off from their jobs to attend the festival. This is particularly true for the premies in the western part of the country. However, premies from most of the country can reach Toronto by car within 12 hours. The festival falls on a weekend and will probably begin around noon on Saturday and end early Sunday to allow premies to start back home. Although the program is compacted into two days, there will be a lot happening. Maharaj Ji, Durga Ji and Raja Ji will all give satsang at least twice."
Mishler also noted that Hans Jayanti has always been a significant part of DLM activities since the Mission began in the West.
In 1971, after His tour of Britain and the United States, Maharaj Ji invited His western devotees to charter a plane and return with Him to India and attend Hans Jayanti in Delhi. More than 350 premies from England and America made the trip to India.
After the festival, the westerners remained in India for another two months. They moved to Prem Nagar ashram, Maharaj Ji's birthplace, where they spent time doing meditation and listening to satsang.
Before they left India, Maharaj Ji gave the premies one last satsatsang.
Before they left India, Maharaj Ji gave the premies one last satsang. "Regularly do meditation," He said. "When you leave me, when I am away, you will understand how significant meditation is. May Guru Maharaj Ji bless you at every moment and may you stand erect and go. My blessings are always with you and grace, too. So go along, don't be afraid of anything in the world. Don't be afraid."
Freshly inspired by their stay in India, the devotees returned to the West and began to build Divine Light Mission in earnest. As premies returned to their old homes, they formed ashrams and premie centers and worked at propagating the Knowledge.
In 1972 Maharaj Ji repeated His invitation to His western premies. By this time there were thousands more devotees to accept His hospitality. In November, five jumbo jets and a few smaller planes were chartered to airlift 3,500 premies to India. Premies came from Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, South America as well as the United States and Europe.
After staying in Delhi for the three days of Hans Jayanti, the 3,500 premies took buses to Prem Nagar where they established a temporary tent city for their month-long stay. Despite cultural and language barriers and overcrowded living conditions, the premies demonstrated peaceful living and a sense of true community.
Then came the extravaganza, Millennium '73, in the Houston Astrodome. An even bigger airlift involving 35 aircraft was mobilized to transport thousands of Maharaj Ji's premies from all over the world to Houston for the event.
Maharaj Ji said that Millennium '73 was "the most holy and significant event in human history." By celebrating the annual festival in the West, Maharaj Ji focused the media of the world on the Perfect Master for the first time. His plan to bring "peace for people who want peace" could now be presented through the modern communication systems to the entire world.
Maharaj Ji was especially pleased with Millennium. He told Mishler that Millennium '73 was the best Hans Jayanti since the Peace Bomb Explosion in 1970. After the program on the second evening, Maharaj Ji floated around His hotel suite saying, "I'm blissed out." Earlier that evening Maharaj Ji appeared in His regal attire and was crowned for the first time in the West.
Millennium '73 earned international recognition for Guru Maharaj Ji and His Divine Light Mission. In some parts of the world, people heard their first news about Guru Maharaj Ji because of reports about the festival.
But above all, Millennium '73, like the festivals that preceded it and those that will follow, was for the premies. Hans Jayanti is a time for Maharaj Ji to gather His family of devotees together for another chance to share love. That's about the only safe prediction we can make about Hans Jayanti '74 in Toronto.