Prem Rawat Inherits the Title of Perfect Master

Prem Rawat's father claimed to be the Perfect Master of his time and over 30 years of direct propagation, often walking hundreds of miles, he had created a large following and a successful organisation. However Prem Rawat was the youngest of four sons and though he was chosen by his father to be the next Perfect Master the succession would have gone to the oldest son if the succession devolved by inheritance. The full details and documentation of this remarkable process of incarnation are available here. Surely this is the first time that such an event has been documented as it happened

Prem Rawat has given first person testimony of the process he experienced in becoming the Perfect Master within a few years of it happening.

Prem Rawat's Father and Perfect Master On the day Shri Maharaj Ji left his body, a disciple tearfully begged to speak once more with his master. The young Guru Maharaj Ji had replied, "Shri Maharaj Ji has only left his body, but his spiritual body is still here, and he will appear again after a few days." At the time, he did not fully realize that this power was within him.

"I went home (from school) and everyone was, weeping. I was just sitting there not weeping and something began to happen to me. I began to feel that I am not this body; that I could not move these lips. I always thought that the soul would leave by the mouth, but my mouth was shut. Still I felt like I was leaving my body and my soul was everywhere going out. And this voice came to me saying, 'You are he, you are the one to continue.'

"Then I puzzled over the voice. Thirteen days later, I was doing pranam to my Father's ashes and bones. You know, in India they burn the bodies and thirteen days later you go and collect the ashes. I bent down to touch the ashes, the voice came: 'You are he. You are the one to go and give this to the world."'

On August 1st, Guru Maharaj Ji, eight years old, stood in front of the thousands of devotees present at his father's funeral. The voice came again, saying: "This is the last I will tell you. You are he. You must take this Knowledge out to the world." Who Is Guru Maharaj Ji? Cameron, Charles (Ed.), (1973), Bantam Books, Inc. Pages 12-13
A Very Young Prem Rawat (Maharaji)

Mahatma Gurucharanand We also have the testimony of Mr Charan Anand, the former Mahatma Gurucharanand, the foremost disciple of Prem Rawat who was one of the very few mahatmas to remain loyal to Prem Rawat when his mother disowned him.

On the evening before Maharaji was to publicly accept the role of Master, I was standing with him on the roof of Shri Maharaj Ji's residence. He was very serene and quiet. The sky was clear, the moon was full. He turned his eyes toward the stars and the moon and said to me so innocently, "Look Charan Anand, I feel Shri Maharaj Ji watching us to see whether we are lost in our sorrow or are still remembering him and how dear the propagation of Knowledge was to him." I was so deeply moved and felt total admiration and reverence. Surrounded by so much sorrow, let alone his own unimaginably intense personal feelings of loss - in that most painful of moments, he retained such a profound awareness of Shri Maharaj Ji's wishes for him. All I could feel was that if Maharaji at this tender age has such strength and clarity under these challenging circumstances, then what won't he be able to do when he grows older? (from Voice of Peace website, downloaded on 10th December, 2006, website defunct, archived on the Wayback Machine)

We also have the testimony of Sampuranand, the former Mahatma Sampuranand, one of the foremost disciples of Prem Rawat who was one of the very few mahatmas to remain loyal to Prem Rawat when his mother disowned him.

"He stepped forward and he gave the hope to thousands of people who were crying and wondering and he promised then, "Don't worry, your Master is with you always," and he said "I will take care of Knowledge. I will try to spread the same Knowledge as Shri Maharaj Ji was doing."

Mahatma Sampuranand
Young Prem Rawat (Maharaji) In Los Angeles, 1971 Young Westerners Pranam (prostrate) to Prem Rawat (Maharaji)

Bihari Singh (the man with the waxed moustache) who was Shri Maharaji's personal driver and afterwards became Prem Rawat's bodyguard claimed 30 years later that Prem Rawat said to him at the time of his father's death "Bihari Singh, why are you crying? I am still here, and he left his body. Guru never dies and is never born. Guru is a power." (Voice of Peace website, downloaded on 10th December, 2006 archived on the Wayback Machine) Bihari was disloyal to Prem Rawat when his mother disowned him but he returned to the USA and Prem Rawat after many years in India. owever, he was no longer allowed to be close to Maharaji.

Prem Rawat (Maharaji) & Bihari at Glastonbury, 1971

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Prem Rawat (Prem Pal Singh Rawat) whose devotees call him Maharaji (meaning Ultimate Ruler) first came to attention in the West as Guru Maharaj Ji, the self-proclaimed Perfect Master and Lord of the Universe ridiculed in the media as a fat, squeaky-voiced God boy. He had inherited his titles and position as the Satguru, The True Revealer of Light and Spiritual Master of the Divine Light Mission, India (Divya Sandesh Parishad) when his father died in 1966. His father, Hans Rawat, was a successful Indian guru, self titled HRH (His Royal Highness) Yogiraj Param Sant Satgurudev Shri Hans Ji Maharaj. As a child the youngest Rawat son was informally called Sant Ji, more formally Balyogeshwar ("Born King of the Yogis") and even more formally Param Sant Satgurudev Shri Sant Ji Maharaj. In the West Rawat dropped these more verbose titles in the early 1980's and instructed his followers to call him Maharaji. He has also changed the names of his organisations many times: Divine Light Mission (DLM), World Welfare Association (WWA), World Peace Corps (WPC) and Divine United Organisation (DUO) became Elan Vital in the early 1980's and in 2001 The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) was created and from 2010 his major orgs are Words Of Peace Global (WOPG) registered in Holland, Words of Peace International (WOPI) in the USA, HDSK (Human Development through Self Knowledge) in Great Britain and Raj Vidya Kender (Royal Knowledge Society) in India. He no longer claims to be an Incarnation of God but an internationally famous humanitarian leader and teacher of peace. He's neither.