The (former) Woodside Avenue (London, UK) Residence
Previously inhabited by the former Lord of the Universe (during his numerous stays in the 1970s), and now back to secular use, this typical British house was the witness of countless miracles - according to early days premies. Later on, the divine host left this modest house and moved to another residence (Swiss Cottage, Reigate, Surrey), much bigger and more appropriate for his divine task. (These pictures are provided for the purpose of nostalgia only. The house has long ceased to be connected with Prem Rawat or his organisations.)
The fund raising activities of DLM[UK] were targeted primarily at those followers of Prem Rawat who were resident in the UK and the methods employed were, in that context not remarkable. The collected funds were often not applied to the charitable purposes for which they were expressly collected. One of the most glaringly anomalous arrangements concerns a valuable residential property known as Swiss House, or more commonly to Prem Rawat's followers - the Divine Residence.
In 1972 the lease on a property in Woodside Avenue, north London was acquired and this then served as Prem Rawat's home while he was in the UK. In response to Prem Rawat's expressed views that the Woodside Avenue property was not adequate to his needs, and that he preferred the security of a free hold property, successive General Secretaries of DLM[UK] made appeals for funds to acquire a free hold property to serve as Prem Rawat's UK residence. In 1974 a property called Swiss House, located in the 'stock broker belt' of Colley Hill, near Reigate, Surrey was acquired on a lease hold basis. It is unclear in whose name the lease was acquired or what funds were used to support the acquisition. The terms of this acquisition were never made clear to the mass of Prem Rawat's followers in the UK and there seems to have been a general 'assumption' that a mortgage was held on the property and that DLM[UK] was involved in the progressive purchase of equity. In fact there is no evidence despite the considerable fund raising effort by DLM[UK] that the organisation ever owned any equity in any property, other than a redundant cinema in Dulwich south London, which was known as the Palace of Peace, and it seems likely that funds raised by or at least via DLM[UK] were used to support the continued leasehold of the Swiss House property until 8th March 1989 when the Freehold of the property was acquired by the SEVA Corporation of America. SEVA CoA is the entity which owns many of the assets exclusively enjoyed by Prem Rawat.