Throughout, Durga Mata Ji, Maharaj Ji's bride of seven weeks, sits humbly with him, the epitome of devotion. She also gives Satsang and at the end the Mahatmas dance all over the stage in uncontained glee. The next morning is set aside for darshan. If you can't get darshan of your Guru every day, see Him once a week. If not once a week, once a month; if not once a month, once a year. For most people this is their once a year opportunity. Premies are lining both sides of the perimeter road of a nearby sports complex. The circumference is about a mile; thirteen thousand premies, both sides of the road: two miles of them.
Finally, almost at midnight, Maharaj Ji and Durga Ji leave. Three years have passed since the thirteen old Satguru touched down in Los Angeles. Although it wouldn't have seemed possible to us then, he has his love and power have grown in those three years, embracing every sort of waif and linking every type of peace idealist. And this is still only the beginning of the beginning.
And I think Guru Puja for me was a fruit of that work; of seeing that we have come to a new place where our propagation is going to be based on just being ourselves, not so much trying to twist people's arms or lay trips on people, that we have the way, but by just demonstrating in our own lives the love that Guru Maharaj Ji has revealed to us, through working in the world on a totally new and selfless basis. This to me is where the premie community has come. So I guess my feelings are just being happy with the upliftment Guru Maharaj Ji has given the premies and seeing all of this come together at Guru Puja. We're going to go back into the world again and begin to propagate this Knowledge on a new basis.
The joyous events of Guru Puja '74, Copenhagen, stunned the Golden Age reporter to such an extent that he could only write back, "On July 4, 1974, the Lord of the Universe danced before my eyes and since then I have been unable to know, believe, do or think anything. Love to everybody in Sydney." However, we managed to extract one Australian premie, Igorl Jacoby, from his festive samadhi long enough to gain his impressions of life in Copenhagen.
Guru Maharaj Ji's Final Address At Guru Puja '74, Copenhagen, July 4
"Understand, try to realise. This is something that you need. I mean, the thing is if we are all bad, if we are as bad as people think we are, that means we are something. And even if we are bad, and if we are even really, really bad, then we got to have some good in us. Because if there is no good we cannot be all bad. The thing is we have to be good. That's how we became bad. First good came, and then came bad. So, maybe we have something for you here. And if you like, try it - you'll like it. And if you don't, forget it. Just forget the whole story."
Durga Mata Ji's Satsang At Guru Puja '74, Copenhagen, July 4
"I know there were many times when I used to pray that I could die for our Lord, but now I realise that it's much much more courageous to live for our Lord, no matter what obstacles may come in out path. If each time we give these to Maharaj Ji our love just grows and grows: and this is what this life is for - for our love to grow. Because love is the most precious thing that we can experience. Pure and perfect love - not selfish love any more - it's completely unselfish love."
Prashad of chocolates and "simply wonderfuls" was given out to the entire audience. Over 1,000 people lit up blue Arti tapers and the hall became a sea of light. One brother handed Mahatma Ji a coconut, favourite symbol of the crazy mind, which he held aloft for all to see before dedicating it at the Lotus Feet. Everyone was overjoyed, Arti was sung by one huge family, who could now see very practically how Guru Maharaj Ji would bring peace on earth.
Or perhaps, if it is a Saturday night, the children will attend a children's satsang program here at the ashram for the children of Denver area premies. So it goes with life at Shri Hans Educational, and by His grace we work towards a larger school and child service next year.
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