Prem Rawat (Maharaji) - 1972 Press Articles
There are 47 newspaper articles about Prem Rawat posted here from 1972 when Rawat was 15 years old.
As a tiny new cult / spiritual group Divine Light Mission was struggling to get any newspaper publicity. News stories began once chartered jumbo jets of Western
devotees began flying to India for festivals. Publicity increased once Prem Rawat began to stoke controversy.
At first there was no thought of being restrained in advertising - it was "tell it like it is!"
- GURU MAHARAJ JI: The Perfect Lord of Love THE TIMES Wednesday May 31 1972
- Divine Light Mission offers 'true knowledge' to devotees. 6-B THE DOMINION-NEWS Friday April 7, 1972 Morgantown W. Va.
- 'Perfect Spiritual Master Of Aquarian Age' Arrives Sunday THE NEWS Frederick, Maryland Saturday June 10, 1972
- Satguru Maharaji Los Angeles Times, Jun 22, 1972
- MASTER AT 14 Chanting Throng Steals the Show as Guru Arrives Los Angeles Times, Jun 23, 1972
- Due To Circumstances Beyond Our Control The Capital Times, Saturday July 15, 1972
- Colorado Hosts Guru Puja Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo Iowa July 21, 1972
- Bennington's Divine Light Mission: Don't judge the book by the cover Bennington Banner, Tuesday, August 8, 1972
- Followers Want Airplane for Indian Guru Sat, Aug. 10, 1972 GREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE
- Disciple of 14-year-old Guru to visit Concord The Lowell Sun Metro, Thursday, September 14, 1972
The beginnings of publicity came with the "jumbo jet" flights to India of devotees.
- Devotees Plan Indian Journey SYRACUSE HERALD JOURNAL, Oct. 21, 1972
- 15 Benningtonians to fly to religious rites in India Bennington Banner, Monday, October 23, 1972
- Pilgrims jet to see Divine Light THE TIMES Monday October 23 1972
- Followers of Guru Claim Divine Light The Harvard Crimson November 1 1972
- News In Brief Los Angeles Times, Nov 6, 1972
- Devotees Hail Guru In India Nevada State Journal, Wednesday, November 8, 1972
The first controversial story was about the smuggling of watches, jewellery and money into India.
- Guru's 'Bank' Seized Los Angeles Times, Nov 9, 1972
- Group Headed By Guru: THE ABILENE REPORTER-NEWS, Abilene, Texas, Tuesday Morning, November 14, 1972
- Gifts For A Guru THE STARS AND STRIPES, Wednesday, November 15, 1972
- India Looks Into Funds Of a 14-Year-Old Guru The New York Times, November 15, 1972
- India investigates guru's finances THE TIMES Saturday November 19 1972
- Prime Minister Indira Gandhi Lifts Teenage Guru's Passport The Cumberland News Wednesday, Dec. 20, 1972
- Was The Young Guru Smuggling? Thursday, November 23, 1972
- Pudgy Guru, 14, Controversy Center in India BRIDGEPORT TELEGRAM, Friday, November 24, 1972
- Young Guru Castigated As Smuggler by Critics PLAYGROUND DAILY NEWS Sunday Morning, November 26, 1972
- YOGI, OTHERS SICK: Bliss Imperfect at Camp of India Guru Los Angeles Times, Nov 27, 1972
- Divine Light Disciple To Talk THE CAPITAL TIMES, Wednesday, November 29, 1972
- The 14-year-old guru clams up The Albuquerque Tribune, Nov 30, 1972
- 14-Year-Old Guru Spreads His 'Perfect Knowledge' To Thousands UPI: NEWS HERALD, Panama City, Fla., Thursday, November 30, 1972
- India probes 'lord of universe,' 14 UPI: INDEPENDENT, PRESS-TELEGRAM, Long Beach, Calif., Thurs. November 30, 1972
- Boy Guru in Cash Probe November 1972
- Guru, 14, takes all Sunday Mirror, November 1972
- India Seizes $40,000 in Valuables From Guru; He Thwarts Probes December 1, 1972; Associated Press
- 15-Year-Old Hottest Star of Guru Circuit Los Angeles Times, Dec 10, 1972
- Chubby Cherub Hottest Guru On Circuit The Times Standard, Eureka, California, Sunday, December 10, 1972
- Boy Guru Charms Millions, Coins Followers Worldwide THE FRESNO BEE, Sunday, December 10, 1972
- Guru Loses Passport WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, Tuesday, December 19, 1972
- India Claims Guru's Passport CHARLESTON DAILY MAIL, Tuesday, December 19, 1972
- Probe of Movement Under Way The Salt Lake Tribune, Tuesday, December 19, 1972
- Notes On People New York Times, December 19, 1972
- Prime Minister Indira Gandhi Lifts Teenage Guru's Passport AP: The Cumberland News, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 1972
- Government of India Seizes Passport of Youthful Guru AP: WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 1972
- Guru Has a Plan For World Peace Oakland newspaper
Cuttings from British newspapers
Prem Rawat's "Knowledge" has three parts: regularly listening to his speeches, doing voluntary work for organisations serving him or donating money and daily meditation correctly practicing the four techniques he recommends. The techniques are so simple it's hard to see how they could be practiced incorrectly. First technique ("Divine Light") involves sticking your thumb and middle finger on your eyeballs (NB: with eyes closed) and your index finger between your eyebrows. Second technique: ("Heavenly Music") poking your thumbs into your ears and listening. Third technique: ("Holy Name") thinking about your breathing (NB: continue to breathe). Fourth technique: ("Nectar") curling your tongue backwards and tasting. Rawat's father taught slightly different techniques but either way it's difficult to see how these could produce the benefits claimed for them especially as Rawat claims His Knowledge is the only method of attaining real happiness and love in this life.