14-Year-Old Guru Spreads His 'Perfect Knowledge' To Thousands
HARDWAR, India (UPI) - Judy Maurer, 23, of San Jose, Calif., said Sunday the three weeks she has spent here worshiping 14-year-old guru Maharaj Ji have been "totally blissful."
Miss Maurer, who lived in the Netherlands for nine months before coming to the Maharaj Ji's Divine Light Mission, is one of about 2,500 young foreigners who are camped out here. Most are Americans.
Miss Maurer said she plans to spread the "perfect knowledge" Maharaj Ji has given her "to the world because everyone needs it to be free."
She spends her days here taking care of children in "Kid City," the camp's kindergarten. A lot of the young foreign couples brought small children with them when they came to India to greet Maharaj Ji after his tour abroad.
The young yogi was not in the camp Sunday.
"He hasn't eaten any thing for three days," said Arthur Brigham, 22, of Denver, Colorado.
"No," said Brigham. "He's sick."
"He's having trouble with his liver," said Dr. Edward Hanzeilik, of Brooklyn, N.Y., one of the camp physicians.
As for the guru's followers, "We've been treating a lot of dysentry and colds" said Hanzelik, "and there have been some emotional problems."
Hanzelik said the emotional problems occurred "mostly in people who want to get closer to the perfect knowledge. When they are not close to the knowledge, they get depressed and unhappy," he said.
The devotees keep a busy schedule, rising at 4 a.m. for two hour's meditation before breakfast, one of the two meals of the day, both meatless.
All of the followers have regular duties in the camp, such as cooking, laundering, folding leaflets or working in such establishments as the "Divine Bank" where devotees change dollars to rupees at the legal rate of exchange.
Tammy Clemens, 22, a pretty blonde from Providence, R.I., runs the "Divine EmploymentAgency," which puts the devotees in camp jobs. "I received knowledge nine months ago," said Miss Clemens, who studied art at Brown University and works as a draftsman. "Things have become clearer to me. I have learned patience."
In New Delhi, 120 miles to the southwest, customs officials were still doing some meditating of their own about Maharaj Ji.
The guru's critics claim he should be charged with attempting to bring into the country on Nov. 1 about $80,000 worth of undeclared currency, precious stones and watches.