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In View - Spring 1987

Prem Rawat (Maharaji) at the North American Convention Miami, Florida, 1986 1
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL GIFT TO BE GIVEN! Excerpts from Maharaji's presentation at the North American Convention, Miami Beach, July 5, 1986

"Knowledge allows me to go and dig the gold of my life so I can be rich within myself. What a beautiful gift to be given! That's why you're here - to enjoy it. Maybe there are things in the past that have been hard, but the evolution has taken place. It's been demanding, but it's also been kind. It's been difficult, but it's also been gentle. It's been an unfolding. Every petal is blooming, flowering, opening up in its own sweet time. And you are becoming more beautiful with every opening petal."

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A CELEBRATION OF LIFE Birmingham, England, August 17 1986

"One of the things you have to appreciate is that the challenges I have to meet nobody else has had to meet. I am in totally unexplored territory. The frontier. The final frontier, so to say. I'm taking this Knowledge and making it available. I'm taking it to the Muslims, to the Hindus, to the Christians, to the Jews, to all human beings. I'm breaking the barriers that people think we can't get across. And everyone can be a part of it. Everyone."

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

"When we have the experience that Knowledge brings, a certain quality comes into our lives. Something happens. Do we acknowledge that quality? Do we stay unanimous with that quality? Or do we try to go off on our own whim and accomplish something?"

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HOW TO TALK ABOUT KNOWLEDGE North American Convention, Miami, Florida, July 5 1986

"We're here to talk about something very exciting and important: how to be able to talk about Knowledge to other people. We enjoy the experience we have, and it's only natural that we want to communicate it to people interested in what's happening to us. Basically, the instructors are trained to handle the situation. If you turn the ball over to them, it works a lot better. I know you want to talk about it. I don't blame you. But there is a right way to do it, an almost-right way to do it, and there's the wrong way to do it"

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THE YEAR IN REVIEW North American Organizers Conference, Miami, Florida, July 7 & 8 1986

While 1986 was a wonderful year, 1987 promises to be even better. in January, approximately 200 instructors and guests met for a three-day "instructor Refresher Course" in Ft. Lauderdale - a training process scheduled to be repeated every six months. Immediately following that, Maharaji addressed more than 200 North American organizers and instructors, focusing on plans at me importance of working together for a common goal. Afterwards, it was off for a three-day recurrency flight training - a chance for Maharaji to continue honing his Lear 55 piloting skills. Next, came a seven-day South American Instructor Conference in Miami.

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THE NEED TO SYNCHRONIZE North American Organizers Conference, Miami, Florida, July 7 1986

"If we decide to get organized and decide that it's not going to become a monster, then, by God, it's not going to become a monster. In the 70's we weren't so sure. We were trying to be impressive and impressive we were. That came from not having confidence in Knowledge. When people don't have confidence in Knowledge, amazing things happen. They put up a front and try to look slick. I don't want to go that route. Let's really fly. Of course there are difficulties. Let's overcome them. I know I can pull rank on you. But I don't, do I?"

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INTERVIEWS: PREPARING TO RECEIVE KNOWLEDGE

The following excerpts are from interviews with people who have received Knowledge recently. Each shares a little of what he or she experienced in the process of preparing to receive Knowledge - what each liked about it and what sometimes made the voyage difficult.

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS: NORTH AMERICAN CONVENTION

"I was confused about who Maharaji was. I had just wanted to learn the techniques. But after he walked out on stage I felt so much love for him. His clarity, his wisdom, and his humor really affected me. What affected me most was his simplicity. Of course, you could read a lot into what he said if you wanted to, but the message was loud and clear. And that feeling of love stayed with me - especially afterwards. I am still able to capture those feelings because now I know how to pull them from within me."