Can The "Knowledge" Only Be Revealed by Prem Rawat?
"The Holy Name should be received from one who himself received it from his Perfect Master, and who is presently Perfect Master in a correct spiritual succession. From ancient times the Perfect Master has channelised His spiritual power to His disciples. Since the Name comes from the same spiritual tradition, it has become very powerful. He who teaches this Name is called the Guru, and he who receives it is called the disciple." Hans Yog Prakash
He was quite definite that it would be useless if revealed by someone else when he spoke in June, 1961, at Prem Nagar, India
"Sublime devotion, however, comes from implicit faith and confidence in the Satguru of the time, and it must be clearly understood that only He who can bestow God-vision instantaneously within oneself is the Satguru of the time, and no one else. In reality, He is God incarnate." Who Is Guru Maharaj Ji?
Shri Hans used the language and culture of India when he spoke and though Prem Rawat now speaks in the universal language of English within the popular culture of the USA he has never said anything that contradicts the teachings of his father and previous Satguru. How could he? The reason the techniques must only be revealed by the current Perfect Master can be best explained by giving a brief run-down on the Knowledge techniques themselves. Remember, according to Prem Rawat and his followers, reading this will not help you one bit unless you obey the authorised process. but you can click here to learn the techniques from a video and make a choice. Learning the techniques will, undoubtedly, convince you that these methods could not possibly bring you to an incredible experience of joy and inner peace unless there actually are Divinely Incarnated Perfect Masters because they certainly couldn't work otherwise and his followers claim that "Knowledge works!"
As Prem Rawat has acknowledged his whole knowledge shebang can be taught to anybody in 2 or 3 minutes on television but the response would be derisory laughter so people have to be 'educated' beforehand by hours and hours of indoctrination especially as the techniques are no longer taught by shaven headed Indian guys wearing robes who impart the mysterious Eastern spiritual flavour. Some published recollections of the Knowledge Sessions are available here.
In the first technique, or Divine Light as it was formerly known, place your hands thus: the thumb and middle finger of your dominant hand stroke across each eyeball from outer corner to inner, coming to rest with a light but firm touch on the upper inner corner of each eyeball. Your forefinger rests in the middle of your forehead, just above the eyebrow line (your 'third eye'). In the early 70's the mahatmas who gave people Knowledge on Maharaji's behalf, and who performed this technique on them, often used to press the eyeballs very hard. Certainly if you do press your eyeballs hard you see swirling colors, and premies used to think this was the Divine Light, rather than the neural entopic phenomenon that any child discovers when they squeeze their eyes. Later Maharaji gave direction to give Knowledge the 'gentle way', emphasizing that it was not the pressure on the eyeballs that counted, and the point of touching the eyeballs with the thumb and middle finger was simply to steady them to allow you to focus better.
In the second technique, or Heavenly Music, place your hands thus: each thumb is placed in the ear and each hand is twisted upwards so that the four fingers of each hand rest on the top of your head, with each thumbtip
lightly but firmly in each earhole, sealed with the twisting action.
For the first sixteen or so years that Prem Rawat was teaching in the West, it was common for meditators to use a 'beragon', which was an arm rest shaped like a letter 'T' about 2 feet high - the bottom of the stem of the 'T' rested on the floor or cushion you were sitting on, and each elbow rested on the crosspiece of the T.
One handy hint from the guru was that the meditator should imagine Prem Rawat on a swing going backwards and forwards, backwards and forwards, backwards and forwards, … Deep, huh?
In the mid-eighties, Prem Rawat forbid the use of beragons, or any form of arm rest, and the meditator was required to hold their arms up without support. This didn't make it any easier for the aging premies many of whom lie down to do the technique.
The Knowledge session and techniques were discussed in the TVTV documentary "Lord of the Universe":
Ex-premie: The First of the four techniques is the Light and it involves using the middle finger and the thumb, closing your eyes and pressing in and somewhat up on your eyeballs and then putting your forefinger in the middle of your forehead where your "third eye" is supposed to be and focussing your concentration your inner vision on the light, the single point of light that appears at that uh point (mm-mm) that's the technique of the light.
Michael: As journalists I don't think you'll agree with it but complete freedom of information doesn't isn't always the best idea because it can do harm.
The Second Technique is the technique of the Music which involves putting your thumbs in your ears, closing your eyes and holding them closed with the little fingers of each of your hands, joining the rest of your fingers and forming a kind of cap or bonnet over your head and concentrating on the inner sound. That's the, that's the technique that's called the Music.
Ah the Third Technique is the is the Nectar and the Nectar involves rolling your tongue back in your mouth as far as you can past your soft palate and sometimes it's advised you use a couple of fingers because your tongue is not used to going in that direction. The mahatma said that he takes his tongue and he turns it all the way around and loosened up his muscles that for me were tight. Puts his tongue all the way back back of where your mouth turns down, the roof of your mouth then turns down and there's an opening and he goes past that opening with his tongue and the up into the canals that lead to the nose and I suppose the ears too and that is just bliss
The Fourth Technique is the Word, the Unspeakable Name of God and that is basically (inhales loudly, exhales loudly a few times) uh you know very deep even breathing while uh internally concentrating on the sound 'Soham' (sohung) ah which in the Hindu tradition is supposed to accompany the 'so' on the inhalation and the 'hungh on the exhalation and this is supposed to be the sound that is produced by this unspeakable Name of God.
Every morning before you got up, before you got out of bed you were supposed to cover yourself with your sheet and do at least a half an hour on the Word, at least a half an hour on the music and as much of the Light as you could and you were supposed to be doing the Nectar while you were doing all of the other three and you were supposed to do the same thing every evening just before you went to bed so you were doing at least two hours of formal meditation. Throughout the day you were supposed to be doing the informal meditation on the Word.
Right at the moment when the whole thing was over, we'd received Knowledge, then it's over then immediately he switched - the Mahatma - he switched from talking about this Knowledge to talking about Guru Maharaj Ji and didn't he some he made a jump and he said we should all come to India and um and I thought "Wait a minute. Wait a minute. You know he's just made a little jump in logic there. I'm with him all the way and then suddenly I don't understand the connections. I've got this Knowledge and it's terrific but now I should follow Maharaji for the rest of my life and I don't understand why. Why isn't? He said it's this free gift and I've just received this free gift and I say Thank you thank you you know. Do I have to say thank you for the rest of my life?"
When I really, completely freaked out on then is when I got this letter, it said well yes Maharaji is our Lord and Master but He's also a little kid and He's coming to America and He really likes to watch TV and stuff so if you have any appliances you don't need, send them in. Yeah. He He they're starting a centre in New York. Okay? And He was going to live there for when He came to America. They said He's well He's Lord and Master but he's also a little boy in this incarnation and He'd likes appliances you know so any spare ones you have send and I said "Jesus you know that's when I completely freaked out.
Prem Rawat claimed his teachings were unique and required his Grace to be potent. Similar if not identical techniques are taught by others including michio Kushi of macrobiotic fame in his book The Book of Dō-in.
In January 1980 Prem Rawat discussed the Knowledge Session: "It's simple. It's very, very simple. To us, we try to make it very sophisticated. We put a lot of mystique in it. "Mysterious thing." "The Guru" and "Knowledge" and "the Knowledge session." And it's very, very simple. A farmer never takes seeds and just throws them anywhere. Because if he does that, he's just wasted his seeds. First of all, the ground has to be fertile. And when it's right and the seed is sown, then the crop will be nourished. Then it can happen. That's what a Knowledge session is all about - so that we are eager, we are concentrated, we are focused. Grace comes and Knowledge is then imparted to us. That's what happens. There is no mystery. You don't get banged over the head or sent to the seventh heaven. Seventh heaven is brought to you, right there.
- Oh my Guru Maharaj Ji, I dedicate myself to your lotus feet. I am weak and ignorant and am filled with the impurities of this world
- Oh Guru Maharaj Ji, please take my mind and purge me of the impurities I possess. Reveal to me the knowledge of all knowledge
- Strengthen me, uplift me and reveal the kingdom of heaven within inside of me
- Bring me from hate to love, from darkness to light, death to immortality
- I will OBEY you implicitly and will never reveal this knowledge to anyone for any reason
- I will keep in contact with you through my DEVOTIONAL LOVE, satsang, meditation and service
- Thank you my LORD for everything
- Do not put off until tomorrow what you can do today
- Constantly meditate and remember Holy Name
- Leave no room for doubt in your mind
- Always have faith in God
- Never delay in attending Satsang
In 1973 a 24-year-old informant in an interview with the Fifth Estate magazine (a 1970's "counter-culture" publication), gave details of the four techniques:
Divine Light: "It involves pressing on your eyes. The retinas in your eyes are sensitive to light and they're also sensitive to pressure. And when you apply pressure to the outer areas of your eyes, it causes the nerve cells in your eyes to fire and stimulate your occipital cortex (visual area of the brain.) You get the sensation that your head is flooded with light."
Divine Music: "The mahatma directs you to sit with your thumbs in your ears and your elbows propped up on a wooden board called a braggan. They tell you to concentrate on one of your ears. You begin to hear sounds. Your body makes subtle little noises, your heart and your blood swishing around-it makes noise and that's what you hear. You have to do it in a really quiet room. Your powers of concentration increase with practice of the techniques. It's really a trip; your body's out-of-sight, it makes all these far-out noises and you can really get into it. They tell you it's Holy Noise, but it's just your body."
Divine Word: "That's the best one of all. It's basically a Zen Buddhist technique where you concentrate on your breathing-you just follow it in and out. Normally, your mind just wanders about and thinks about a lot of stuff-sometimes you can't relax if you're worrying. If you can discipline your mind into an hypnotic-like routine like expansions and contractions of your lungs it can allow you to relax. So the Divine Word is the sound your breath makes. They say that what you hear is the Word of God within you.. They have this interpretation from the Bible which says in Genesis that "In the beginning was the word. And the word was 'God.' The exercise can mellow you out."
Divine Nectar: "It's really gross. In the back of your mouth there's a little piece of tissue that hangs down from the roof-it's called the uvula. When your nasal passages drain, mucus drips down from the back of your nose and sometimes it collects on that. The technique is to curl back your tongue against the roof of your mouth and get the tip to touch the uvula. They tell you that what you taste is Divine Nectar."
Fifth Estate: "In other words, Divine Nectar is nothing more than post-nasal drip."
Informant: "Right. But to do it effectively you have to stretch the tendon that connects the tongue to the bottom mouth. It takes about a year of practice to really get it."
Anyone wishing to investigate the mechanics of the techniques of Knowledge to fully understand why Rawat claims they require the grace of a living Perfect Master can see a fuller exposition of the techniques which is available at prem-rawat-maharaji.info or at ex-Initiator and ex-Instructor Mike Finch's site or use the video instructions at the Key which were revealed in the documentary "Lord of the Universe".
A slightly crazed though informative description of receiving the Knowledge techniques in 1973 was given in chapters 80-82 of the book Hunga Dunga by Phil Polizato.
According to Professor Ron Geaves, Prem Rawat said that those people with doubts should search everywhere and go to all gurus to try to quench their inner thirst. Finally when they understand that true experience can only be found through Prem Rawat, the Perfect Master they can come to him. Rawat himself has said much the same thing: "Look for peace, search for peace, do whatever you have to do for peace. If you don't get peace, then come to me. I can help. What I offer I call Knowledge: a know-how, four techniques, to go inside" (ADI magazine, Issue #1). In this I completely agree with him though I've seen scant evidence that his techniques work. Should you wish to continue searching, other places that teach the same techniques include:
- Maharaji's eldest brother the so-called 'apostate' Satpal Ji Maharaj who replaced Prem as Satguru.
- The Self Realization Fellowship of Parahamsa Yogananda, the famous author of 'Autobiography of a Yogi' (available online)
- Michio Kushi the Macrobiotic Master teaches the techniques in this book but that's not the same as through the Keys by DVD.
- Other followers of Shri Swarupanand's lineage teach the meditation techniques
- The Radha Soami Satsang Beas group teach similar meditation techniques.
- The Siddha Yoga group teach the meditation techniques as a minor part of their path.
- There are a significant number of former followers of Maharaji now trying to make a living by selling these techniques and training sessions based upon them. Needless to say you should avoid these people like the plague.
- The techniques are also a minor part of the system of Hatha Yoga and have been described in Gheranda Samhita, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the Shiva Samhita and can be taught by experienced Yoga teachers in your area. Click here for further information.
"If you want to wander and roam, Go on, go on, Till you're tired and you want to come home, Come home, come home, back to Maharaji, Maharaji holds the key"
- these are lines from Prem Rawat's Number One most used song: "Teach Me Devotion"