Late Friday night (11 pm.) work begins on the Capitol Theatre. Where Maharaj Ji is to walk to the stage, a tunnel is built, bright orange cloth draped onto a wooden framework. Those working on the festival take on tired eyes but something very awake lightens their heart as their efforts become part of a festival not their own but a gift of Grace.
Satsang of Guru Maharaj Ji, Pacific Guru Puja, Capitol Theatre, Sydney Australia. October 18, 1975.
"They say Guru Maharishi or something like that. You know, Guru Mahaji. They have a hard time pronouncing it. But don't relate to that pronunciation. Relate to what is behind it and to understand and to realise more of that glory of Knowledge. To understand more of the glory of the revealer of that Knowledge, we all assemble to worship him, to pray, to understand more because there is never enough of this stuff."
10 Sunday Fair
Three o'clock comes, Maharaj Ji steps into the Rothman's Theatre. Rainbow Music steps into song. The queue moves. Darshan begins, to be described later that night by Durga Ji as "very mellow".
Dr. Chris Walker talked about mental illness and how that the real cure for mental illness is meditation and that Guru Maharaj Ji is the greatest psychiatrist. Dr. Chris is mainly involved in counselling and finds that the best remedy is love. He also stressed the importance of correct diet diet and good environment.
Maharaj Ji arrives in his Krishna costume and we all join voices in a shout of praise. Guru Maharaj Ji launches right into the story of the princess who lost her pearl necklace, with hilariously graphic descriptions of "the king, the general and a good part of the army diving in and out of the dirty water", mistaking a reflection of life for the real thing.
The night draws to a beautiful close with arti, Maharaj Ji wearing his crown and Durga Ji swaying to the music Premlata in her arms.
Satsang of Durga Ji, Pacific Guru Puja, Capitol Theatre, Sydney Australia. October 18, 1975.
"But then Knowledge comes and Knowledge is all powerful, Knowledge is the power that is creating and sustaining this whole universe, this whole creation. … But what about this meditation? What about the light that we see, not with these eyes? There's nothing really more dazzling than that and it's something that is completely infinite and completely glorious. … Tomorrow is really a very special day because we can have darshan of our Lord and so I think we should just end right now with one big beautiful song of praise to our Lord."
"It has to do with leaving ideas behind, and entering upon this path of perfection. So you begin to understand, if we're going to follow this path of perfection, the necessity of having a network of communications that allows us all to know the instructions of Guru Maharaj Ji. Of being under the protection of his agya, the shelter of his instructions. And that's why we created this international organisation. Because that's what he told us to do. Because that's what he wants to provide for all the premies."
So what's devotion? It's obvious that first of all we're devoted to Guru Maharaj Ji, who revealed us this Knowledge and gave us the simple instructions to practise it - service, satsang and meditation. So we give our time and energy to practising these three overlapping aspects of Knowledge and everything else follows - people become interested, the community grows.