Mahatma Gurucharnanand, Maharaj Ji's first disciple to come to the west and 25-year veteran of the Holy Name, recently spent almost six weeks in and around Vancouver.
The following is a report from Chris Shorter, who accompanied Mahatma Rajeshwar on his whirlwind tour.
"Through Mahatma Ji, Guru Maharaj Ji is making a garland of fifteen African countries, and each day the Dark continent comes closer to being a Continent of Light."
"Okura Hotel, 6 o'clock. A day had gone by without a glimpse of Maharaj Ji. Premies gathered from all over Japan. This was darshan day, the first time for most. The love began to build up and build up."
"In all, Maharaj Ji stayed for five days, resting after India. We wanted him to come to the ashram, but he didn't, one of the reasons being it was about a ninety minute drive. But just to know he was in Japan was so wonderful."
This is a translation of the satsang given by Guru Maharaj Ji at Jhumri Taliaya, Bihar, India, on 15 April 1975.
Worldly people have always had one purpose, not just since today or yesterday, but since the beginning of time: and that purpose has been to oppose the real Truth, and to try and prevent it reaching people. Because the worldly mind is such a thing that it cannot get along with Truth. Why can't it get along with Truth? It can't get along with Truth because it is born of falsehood, is bred in falsehood, and dies in falsehood, in darkness. That is why from time to time the Perfect Master comes to the earth, into the world, to destroy that falsehood, that darkness.
Guru Maharaj Ji's Satsang Tokyo - Hotel Okura - Thursday 5th June 1975
"There is nothing much to say and we were just passing by and we had no intention to stop in Japan or Hong Kong. I just planned to go to India and we didn't even figure out if we were going to come back or not. I mean we didn't plan anything, we didn't plan any route or anything, we just were there and then we decided to leave and we left and so finally we came to Hong Kong and then we're here in Japan."
Durga Ji's Satsang Tokyo - Okura Hotel - Thursday 5th June 1975
"So it's really very wonderful, premies, that we're even here, and that Maharaj Ji came, that we didn't sleep through the whole thing, because really we've been looking forward to coming to Japan for a very long time. And so it's very important now that all of us do meditation and that all of us go and give satsang to everyone. It's not just something we have to keep to ourselves, it's something that we have to share with everyone, and there are many people in Tokyo that need Knowledge. I'm sure you're aware of that, and so now I think the most beautiful thing is to have darshan of Guru Maharaj Ji, I think we're going to have a darshan line, so everyone can receive darshan"
ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM - John Macgregor
"Before a bulb can give light to a darkened room it must be correctly energised from a power plant. And before Maharaj Ji's Mission can make real propagational inroads into society, it must be energised from within. Its membership must be active. Active membership is the input and propagation is the output.
AMP in Australia is just getting on its feet. Its introduction in all states has sparked off realisations about commitment. In Sydney we've been trying to establish the program carefully - too often in the past, enthusiasm for projects has peaked immediately and dropped off thereafter. Constancy is the keyword for active membership: it is a vital element in our own dedication and in keeping the Mission afloat. Since AMP'S introduction, the national Mission has already been given a substantial financial boost.
Not everyone can do as much direct propagation as perhaps they'd like to, but we can do the best propagation of all by remaining active in our membership."
And with new DUO Director Vic Marsh actively in office, the South Australian community could reach heights in 1975 untouched since that first gay frolic (Guru Puja) in 1973.
An occasion which never fails to bring all the premies together is a visit from our beloved Mahatma Ji. Following a tour of Australian centres, Mahatma Padarthanand Ji and Julie Collett stopped in Sydney for three days, en route to New Zealand. That all-too-short time was crowded with satsang, plays and music.
12 We Need Us
It sometimes seems that Guru Maharaj Ji's directions follow a similar pattern. The first big wave of energy was DUO, breaking down national barriers and garlanding us together in an international "exemplary alternative", for all mankind to see the emerging possibility of world peace. The next wave to wash clear our heads was World Welfare Association, the social service agency, to draw love from our hearts and share it with our brothers and sisters. Then broke the wave of the Active Membership Program, a way to express our faith, our love and our dedication.
They swept over us, had their effect, but are they gone? The names and ideas change but isn't the goal the same? To make that goal crystal clear, Maharaj Ji has said for 1975 what he has been proposing to us all along, that "now my major Agya actually to all of you is to devote as much energy as possible in doing prachar". Propagation is the continual wave which sweeps us on to fulfilment.