Prem Rawat's "Peace Bomb" speech
In November, 1970 the 12 year old Prem Rawat, then titled Guru Maharaj Ji, gave what can be considered as his "coming out" speech. He spoke in front of as many as a million spectators at the India Gate festival grounds after a huge and chaotic Indian religious procession through Delhi. A small contingent of around 300 Western devotees were there.
This speech was considered by his followers to be the definitive statement of his position and power as the living Perfect Master, God Incarnate in a human body though it has never been quoted since the 1970's as it's rhetoric is grandiose if not insane. Among other nonsense he claimed to have come with more powers than any other incarnation of God and that the rulers of the world will bow down to him and that he will take control of the world and enforce World Peace.
This is a copy of that speech I found in roneoed sheets in a box of Divine Light Mission magazines I was sent. I have posted it here as it contains some Hindi quotes from that speech. The speech was given in Hindi but the translation agrees with other versions printed in DLM official publications.
In the Bhagavad Gita, the Lord says that whenever religion becomes corrupted and evil increases, He takes a human body and manifests in this world to destroy evil and to protect His devotees. All of you must know very well what is happening to religion and Knowledge in the materialistic age. All the time, the latest models are being built, the latest fashions are being designed. Day by day men are striving to improve the quality and appearance of their inventions. And today I have to say with sorrow that the Knowledge which was once firmly established in this land of India has been slowly disappearing. But when the Lord saw that the troubles His devotees were having to endure had reached the final point, He said, "My devotees can bear it no longer", and then manifested Himself in a human body. So He has now come to reveal the lost Knowledge and to restore true peace. The Lord, the True Saint, the True Guru Maharaj Ji has incarnated in this world. So, in this ground, where one moment ago I expressed sorrow, I now praise the fate of India. I do not have the words to express how fortunate we are that the Lord's Grace always saves us from destruction and makes us His lovers.
So, dear premies, we Indians have a duty and that duty is to forget that self-esteem which makes you lazy and to destroy those things that separate you from God. Only accept that which is of God, which is one with the Name of God, and from which every ray of the Light of God comes. Accept that and show the Western world that in this degrading age, we are the same Indians as before. The Lord, Guru Maharaj Ji, has brought the same Grace with Him that He brought for us before, and if you are not receiving it then come to me.
In this age which is coming, everybody will have his desserts. Justice will be done, and the proud will be made humble. So, dear premies, forsake that grandeur that is making you so lazy, and go and tell people about God. Remember what the Lord says about this in the Bhagavad Gita: "He who tells people about me is dearer to me than my own life." So tell people about God.
In the Ramayana it is said,
Param Prakash, rupa dina rati
Na chahiya kuchha diya dhrid bati
(The Supreme Light illuminates all day and night;
It does not need any lamp, oil or wick."
You read the Gita and the Ramayana daily, worship them daily, but have you understood their essence? Have you even tried to understand their essence? What is the significance of their words? What is that Supreme Light? The light of the sun, moon, fire and electricity can be seen by all animals and birds, but there is one light that is beyond them. Before the electric light was invented, then it was called the Fourth Light, but now it is the Fifth Light, and only man can see that Light. Only man has the right to see that Light. It is said,
Hita amahita pashu jana
Manusa Tena guna gyana midhana.
Even animals and birds know what is good and bad for them.
But this human body is a treasure of
virtues and Knowledge."
All living creatures know what is good for them - that if I go this way I will hurt myself - all animals and birds know this. But what is the purpose of this human life? It is to know something more
than this - it is to know God. By obtaining the human body, you can receive Knowledge and meditate on God, and this is the unique purpose. There is one famous poem in which the poet expresses his feelings in very simple
words. Which is the blessed home, he asks. That home where there is talk about God. Which ears are blessed? Those that hear words about God. Which eyes are blessed? Those that have the darshan of Guru Maharaj Ji. Which
foreheads are blessed? Those that bow down to Guru Maharaj Ji. So dear premies, receive this Knowledge and know God within yourself. That pure energy, God, is within your own heart.
Tulsidas has said,
Ghata mai hai, sujhata nahi, lanata sisay jind,
Tulasi ya samsara ko bhayo motiya bind.
Mriga nabhi kudala basai, mriga dhuday bana mahi,
yaisai shat sai Brahma hai, duniya janatai nahi.
(The people of the world have developed cataracts,
for they cannot see God who resides in their own
hearts. Like the deer that runs about in the forest
seeking the fragrance of the musk that comes from his
own navel, God exists in every heart, but the world
does not know.)
When the deer smells a scent, it roams around the jungle in search of its source, but the poor thing does not know that the scent is coming from its own navel. In the same way, dear premies, we seek outside and do not know that He is within us. Dear premies! If God is within us, how will we know Him? We cannot tear open our hearts like Hanuman because even if we cut our fingers slightly, we bandage it. Will you tear your heart? How will you rip open your chest? But, dear premies, that energy, that Lord you are seeking outside is within your heart, so seek for Him inside.
Jina dhudai tinai paieya, gahari pani paith,
Mai bairi dhudanai giyai, rahi kniari baith.
(One who seeks in deep water, finds. I sought fearfully
and was left sitting on the shore.)
One who dives deep finds the pearl, but one who only sits by the shore bathes in salt water. Those who turn their minds inwards see God, and those who look at the world only see the world.
So, dear premies, receive this Knowledge, and those who have received this Knowledge must meditate and have Guru Maharaj Ji's darshan. He who learns to love Guru Maharaj Ji, Guru Maharaj Ji gives him peace. Subash Chandra Bose used to say, "Give me your blood and I will give you independence." Likewise, I too have a slogan: give me your love and I will give you peace. Surrender the reins of your life unto me and I will give you such peace as will never die. Come to me, and I will give you liberation. Place the reins of your life in my hands, and I will relieve you of your suffering. First, be capable of giving the reins of your life to me, then give them. And if I do not give you peace, I will give them back to you.
So, dear premies, give the reins of your life to me and I will give you peace.
Why do you search in the world? Peace is not there, peace is with me. To have peace, come to me; I will show you the way to peace. If no one else can give you peace, I will give it to you. Those who are lost can come and those who are fond of roaming can roam about in arrogance. Those who come to me, those who are lost, I will give them peace.
My condition now is the same as Lord Shiva's once was. Lord Shiva and His consort Parvati were once going along with a bull. The people they passed started saying how foolish they were to have a bull with them and still be walking on foot. So Lord Shiva said, "Let us sit on the bull. What else can we do?" And so both of them rode on it. Further on, a crowd passed them by. They said, "How cruel that couple is. What a pity for the poor bull, to have two healthy people sitting on its back". So Shiva Ji asked Parvati to sit on the bull alone. Then they moved on. Soon, they came across another crowd. This time they said, "See how much that woman serves her husband! He is walking while she herself is riding." So Parvati said, "You sit, please". But while He was sitting, another crowd came by and said, "He married a wife, but he has no respect for her. He sits on the bull while she is walking on foot". Parvati said, "Look, Lord, the world keeps on complaining, so you too get off, and both of us will walk leisurely."
It is the same way with me. Some people say one thing, some people say another. But what am I? I am just a traveling saint. What have I to do with the world? What will the world give to me? It can receive from me, but what can it give to me?
Sabdha hi dharti, Sabda hi akash,
Sabdha hi sabdha bhayo Prakash
Sagali Scristri sabdha kai pacha,
Nanak Sabdha dhata dhat acha. *** This is a typing error, this Hindi text is below and translated correctly there ***
(When the devotee has the blessings of the
Perfect Master, what does he lack? All
the gods and goddesses envy him and liberation
never leaves him.)
Guru Maharaj Ji has infinite mercy on me. Take from me, but what will you give me? Will you give me love? The love that you will give me, that love is also mine, so what is yours? Did you just happen to fall from the sky without the help of Guru Maharaj Ji and without the Lord? No, the Lord has created you and Guru Maharaj Ji has put love into you. Oh, give what is mine back to me, and I will give you such a thing, such a peace, that not even a pistol or a gun will be found in the country. Not one leader will stand and shout slogans, not a single man of the army will remain and, dear premies, there will be peace. I will give you this peace because it is in my possession and I can give it. I do not need machine guns, I do not need pistols, I do not need a sword, I do not need a spear. I possess such a Knowledge that with it I can control the whole world, from ants to elephants, from men to animals, from birds to mosquitoes, by tying them in the thread of love. I have this Knowledge and to give you this Knowledge I have come to Delhi. The very same Knowledge Krishna gave to Arjuna and Lord Rama gave to Hanuman. With this Knowledge I have come to the citizens of Delhi and just watch, I will give this Knowledge to the citizens of Delhi.
Ah! We shoot someone and he dies but is that peace? No, that can never be called peace. It is said that when a man kills a snake, the real satisfaction comes when the snake is killed and the stick remains intact. And I say that peace will come without any guns being fired. Is this impossible? No, it is possible, and I am going to show how it is possible. If you stay alive to see it, watch how I will make it possible! Not a single pistol will be made in this world. Lions and sheep, pigeons and cats will drink water in the same lake, and there will be no hostility.
What if I am twelve years old? What does it matter? Old people drive cars and I also can drive a car. What does it matter if I am twelve? If at twelve I can drive a car which one is able to do only at the age of eighteen, why can I not give Knowledge of the Soul at the age of twelve? Is this impossible? This is possible. In London, just for fun, the press reporters from a newspaper printed a photo of mine where I am blessing with both my hands and sitting in meditation. Someone had given them that photo. They titled it, "Let Me Rule This World." Their feelings in publishing this were not sincere, but people took that cutting and framed it. The premies in London really appreciated this photo and they displayed it in their houses. Oh, you think I am small and in this small age I will not be able to do anything. But this age is the age of the body and not of the soul. The body is twelve years old, not the soul. And I have a soul. That is how I am speaking - because I have a soul. If my soul departs, I would be dead. What difference does it make whether my body is ten years old or 200 years old? My soul has no age! Whether I am very old or very young, listen to me.
Guru Maharaj Ji is such an ocean of Grace, what shall I say of Him? How is it possible to understand Him? No ordinary person can sing about the love within him, about the love of Guru Maharaj Ji; only a true devotee of Guru Maharaj Ji can sing about it. If you do not obey what Maharaj Ji says, what is the use of your living in this world? Rather you should die of shame! Now Guru Maharaj Ji has come. Whenever He came before, you did not accept Him. Now I have come again to reveal the Knowledge, and still you do not understand me. Why don't you realize? Why is this curtain of darkness shadowing you? Kaliyuga will come to an end and Satyuga will start and people will listen to me and act accordingly. Do you think it is a joke? The great leaders think that I have come to rule and yes, they are right! I will rule the world, and just watch how I will do it. Even the lion and sheep will embrace each other. Has there been such a king before? Krishna was not such a king. Rama was not such a king. There were lesser powers in Ram, there were lesser powers in Krishna, but I have come to the world with full powers. Accept my words, accept me. I will give you Knowledge. If you mistake my meaning, if you mistake a single word of what I am saying, I will not forgive you. Those who are shameful or bothered about social respect ask for forgiveness. I do not bother about social respect. I do not feel shy of anyone because I have entrusted the reins of my life to Guru Maharaj Ji.
Therefore, dear premies, the time has come. See how peace will be established in the world. There will be peace on earth. That peace which disappeared shall prevail again. It will come, and once again the world will understand. So listen to me and act accordingly. Bow down before Guru Maharaj Ji! Oh, blind humanity, you are like those blind men who tried to visualize the elephant by feeling it. You have become like a horse blinded by blinkers. You have been blinded so much that you are lost in illusion. The world has blinded you in such a way that the blinkers of illusion are now around your eyes. You have been blinded and are now lost in the circle of illusion. Love flows from the Lord who has given me wisdom; will He not also give me strength to establish peace on this earth? How will He not give? I have complete faith in Guru Maharaj Ji. And the tears that I am shedding on His anniversary are not because I remember Him, or because I feel sad. They are because of the power I carry with me. Right now, I feel such a power in me, I do not know where it has come from; I feel as if I want to shake the world. Soon I will leave my studies and spread the Holy Word of Guru Maharaj Ji throughout the world. How will the world not receive it? To every single child, I will reveal this Name. I will give you such a thing, such a Name, that you have never received before in your life. But come to me. Why do you hesitate? Mira did not hesitate. When she was given poison to drink and was told it was nectar, she drank without suspicion, so trusting was she in the Grace of Guru Maharaj Ji. If Mira had hesitated, definitely she would have been killed; but she was not at all troubled by pride or how her social position would be affected. She had sacrificed her whole life at the Lotus Feet of Guru Maharaj Ji, and this is why she did not die. The poison that was given to her became nectar as she drank it.
Therefore, dear premies, the time has come for restlessness to be destroyed and the Kingdom of Peace to be established. Whether you take it as my prophecy or anything else, the Kingdom of Peace will be established soon. Those people who roam about like insects of the monsoon, misguiding the people, will be set aside. Today people everywhere listen to film songs and do not find time for Truth. Here I say that such films will be destroyed. Those film actors, those directors, those musicians whose music is causing harm to religions and satsang programmes, will cease their work. They are supposed to remind us of God, of Truth, of Lord Rama, Lord Krishna and Lord Nanak, but instead they only show stories of boys and girls. Is this the culture of India? Is this all that remains of the citizens of India? No, I understand that my fellow Indians still have the same blood that they had before and have complete faith that they will know this Name, realize this Knowledge and make others realize it too. Look, doesn't Guru Maharaj Ji give you darshan from time to time? It is for you to sacrifice every drop of blood for Him. Once, Guru Maharaj Ji pretended to His disciple Shiva Ji that His eyes were sore. He said, "What should I do? Once when I was young, my eyes were sore, and someone gave me the milk of a lioness. I put that on my eyes and they were alright." Shiva Ji left that place, doing his pranam to Guru Maharaj Ji and saying in his heart, "O Guru Maharaj Ji, you are all powerful. What can you not do? You can do anything. I surrender myself at your Lotus Feet. Protect me, please," as you should pray in your heart when you do pranam before Guru Maharaj Ji or His picture. Saying these words, Shiva Ji left. Now the life of Shiva Ji was in the hands of Guru Maharaj Ji and He protected Shiva Ji. When he reached the forest, it was on fire, and the cubs of a lioness were in great danger. Shiva Ji picked them up and carried them to safety. The lioness came and when she saw Shiva Ji, she was very angry. But see how the Grace of Guru Maharaj Ji works through those who have faith in Him. Both the cubs ran to their mother and told her he had saved their lives. "Oh mother," they said, "he has saved our lives, please give him what he wants." The lioness asked, "What do you want?" Shiva Ji replied, "My Guru Maharaj Ji is not feeling well. His eyes are burning. Give me a little of your milk." And the lioness allowed him to milk her in a bowl. Where was Shiva Ji from? He was not from London or America but from India. That Shiva Ji will always exist and he exists now, but dear premies, why should he manifest himself? He wants huge masses to rise first. I do not want to be a Shiva Ji just to appear before Guru Maharaj Ji. Shiva Ji never wanted that. He only wants one thing and that is the Grace of Guru Maharaj Ji who is the ocean of love. When he became one with Guru Maharaj Ji, He gave him such a love that he wanted everybody to benefit from it, and for nobody to be hurt. He only wants this.
So, dear premies, how fortunate we are to celebrate Guru Maharaj Ji in our midst, to celebrate His anniversary which was on the 8th. How can I describe the lilas of Guru Maharaj Ji? Just think - this is something to think over - how many people, to whom Guru Maharaj Ji Himself gave Knowledge and explained it at that time, are still following Him? If I ask you to cut your head for Guru Maharaj Ji, you should do it and offer it to Him on a plate. You should sacrifice every drop of blood for Guru Maharaj Ji.
If you want supreme consciousness, you will get supreme consciousness, but if you want to drown, Guru Maharaj Ji will never let you. Rather, He will extend his hand to the drowning. But see what kind of people live in this world. They accuse the mahatmas of being too fervent, too strong in their language. "He shouts and screams on the stage," they say. But no!
Once a mahatma saw a scorpion floating in some water. The poor thing was feeling cold and struggling. He put his hand into the water and took him out. As soon as he was out, he stung the mahatma and escaped from his hands, falling back into the water. Mahatma Ji picked him up again but he still stung him and escaped again. A farmer was passing by and he saw Mahatma Ji do this five or six times, then asked him, "Are you crazy, Mahatma Ji? He is not going to leave his habit of stinging. Why are you unnecessarily troubling yourself? Let it go. Let it die." Then the mahatma explained, "It is his duty to bite me, but it is my duty to save him." So a mahatma must do his duty no matter what people say.
If it was possible for the Lord to feel tired, if Guru Maharaj Ji could ever feel tired, He would surely have lost hope by now. Shishupal rebuked the Lord a hundred and one times. You people are fed up after only two rebukes, but he rebuked the Lord a hundred and one times! So if the Lord was to feel tired, He would have lost hope by now. He wouldn't bother to keep coming. But He comes for the people of the world and they do not recognize Him. You must understand and have faith in my words. All I ask is your love, all I ask is your trust, and what I can give you is such a peace as will never die. I will give you such a peace that even the President of America will bow down to you.
I only need the opportunity. If I have the time, dear premies, what will I not do! I have so much faith in Guru Maharaj Ji and I pray to Him, "O Guru Maharaj Ji! Increase my faith twofold; and increase it threefold in those who do not love you. Increase it for them fivefold so that they too are blessed. Look! I often notice that those people who received Knowledge at the time of Guru Maharaj Ji do not even come now. Fortunate are they to have received Knowledge at the time of such a great saint, so how does this happen? Why are they ashamed? I do not feel shy of anything. It is not because I am a boy or because I have a manly heart within me. Mata Ji has also sacrificed her social position and respect. Look at Mata Ji! So many Gadwalis have come from Gadwal. What must they be thinking? They see that Mata Ji speaks - people touch her feet - she moves around, sits on the stage, and gives discourses and darshan. But dear premies, Mata Ji is not bothered by all of this. She says that until the work she has undertaken is accomplished, she will not sleep restfully at night. Even an ant will keep trying ceaselessly until it carries a dead insect to its home. Brothers, it is a year of testing for us and I bless you all so that the Lord and Guru Maharaj Ji will shower Grace on you so that you may succeed.
So, dear premies, tell the people that we are devotees of Guru Maharaj Ji. Ask them what there is in these things they are following. All have to forsake shameful things when they die, so why stay shyly at home, hesitating to propagate? It is alright for a girl with good character to stay at home feeling shy about going out and roaming with boys. But, dear premies, I would like to ask you, will the world not hear if you scream? They will listen with their ears wide open. Will that girl who is now so socially respectable still be full of consideration when four people are carrying her dead body on a bier? No, at that time she will have to give up her social respect. So, dear premies, forget about social respectability, and put yourself in meditation, the remembrance of God. Just now the Madrasi premies sang a bhajan. Really, I did not understand the words, except for a word or two like gurudev, but how can I explain the wonderful feelings expressed in that bhajan! What feelings of devotion did that bhajan pour forth!
So, dear premies, one day you will have to sacrifice your social respect, so leave it now. What is there in that? One day all have to die, but what can happen if you die while meditating on God? Do not misunderstand my words. What else is there?
I declare that I will establish peace in this world. Just give me the reins and let me rule and I will rule in such a way that even Rama, Hariscandra, Krishna and other kings could not have ruled like that! That day is fast approaching. So arise, awake, open the ears of each man and tell him the time has come! Do not tell him that there was a festival. No! Make them understand He has come to reveal the Knowledge, that He has come to show us the True Path, and if you truly give me the reins of your life, I swear by Guru Maharaj Ji, I take an oath on Guru Maharaj Ji, and I swear by my mother who has give me birth, that I will give you peace. If with a true heart you give me the reins of your life, place them in my hands, you will be saved.
So, dear premies, if you want to merge yourself into that bliss like Mira did, you can. Do not think that time has passed. Now the time has come when people will see that a greater devotee than Mira has manifested. I do not want any praise for this. I do not gain any pride by doing this, I do not want to have a name for it. No, I do not have this feeling in me at all. If I did, then proud and foolish people would come to satisfy their doubts and I would spend time in discussion with them. I will discuss with those who are sincere, but some foolish and proud people come to me just to argue. And if I waste my time on them I will not be able to give satsang, and if I do not give satsang to people, then I do not know what will happen.
Some say I am a smuggler. Yes I am such a great smuggler that there may not be another like me! You smuggle cars and tape recorders and escape duty, but I smuggle the Knowledge of God which saves everybody. The unrest within you stops you finding true peace. We save you from it. Not only am I a big smuggler, but I am also a big thief. I steal your heart. I am a big fraud because I destroy your unrest. I raise slogans against unrest and bring peace.
So brothers, now the time has come when I have to sacrifice my social respectability. You also sacrifice it and show the people who I am, whose children we are. Tell the people who is your True Mother, whose devoted children you are. I have the hope that you are the pearls of the True Mother, and if you are, then sacrifice your life in this enterprise. He who drives his motorcycle into the tunnel of death has no hope in life. He only has to close his eyes and drive and if he falls he dies, but if he escapes he gains fame. So devote yourself wholeheartedly, sacrifice your life to propagate this Name. You can serve the world afterwards, you can fill this stomach eating and drinking later, but if you sacrifice yourself now for the devotion of God, I say that people will spread out golden carpets for you. Oh! Sacrifice yourself! Why didn't you hear the bhajan just now that said if you miss the chance, you will not get a human life again!
This human life is not available time and again. So, arise! Now is time. It is time to awake and know the Word about which it is said,
Sabdha hi dharti, Sabdha hi akash,
Sabdha hi Sabdha bhayo Prakash
Sagali Scristri sabdha kai pacha,
Nanak Sabdha dhata dhat acha.
(The Word is the earth. The Word is the sky.
There is but the Word; and all enlightenment.
The whole universe is based on the Word.
Nanak says the Word is in every heart.)
So make people realize this Word. If you make others realize then you will also be blessed. A poet said,
Bhalaie kera chalo jagj mai,
Tumhara bha bhala hoga.
(Do good unto others,
and good will be done unto you.)
So obey my command, or else you will be drowned. What can I say about Guru Maharaj Ji who has sent me amongst you and has given me this chance to serve you? The name of such a merciful Guru Maharaj Ji is Shri Hans Ji Maharaj. How shall I sing of Him? How shall I express the love He has for you? He has deep love for humanity. I cannot express the great love He has for you. I do not have sufficient words to express how much Guru Maharaj Ji loves you. Had I liked sleeping on a luxurious bed, I would have been doing so by now and enjoying it, but I do not want pleasure or rest. I only want to devote every moment to propagating about God. Now Mata Ji will give you satsang. Listen attentively. Firstly, these people will sing a bhajan so that you may settle yourself in the meantime. And look, I have noticed that you all do not sing in unison. It would be a pleasure to hear you sing together, then we will be so fortunate to have Shri Bhole Ji sing a bhajan for us. Sing loudly and together so that people can listen and hear the words. Then I will return. Understand these things. Tonight is our night.