SYRACUSE POST STANDARD     Sat., Feb. 3, 1973   3

Guru's Pupil Slates Talks

Mahatma Rajeswar, an attorney and close disciple of Guru Maharaj Ji, is scheduled to speak in Syracuse and Ithaca on his knowledge of truth.

He will speak at 7: 30 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Memorial Room of Willard Straight Hall at Cornell University and at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in Heroy Auditorium in the geology building at Syracuse Universiey.

The Guru Maharaj Ji first came to the United States in July, 1971, at which time he had six followers. Now he claims 30,000 followers in a local group called Divine Light Center on Highbridge Street, Fayetteville.

Neil R. Ayer said the guru is 15, and is called the "perfect spiritual master." Ayer said five million persons worldwide are his devotees!

"Like great saints of the past, such as Christ, Buddha, Mohammed and Krishna, Guru Maharaj Ji is imparting to all seekers of truth the direct experience of the perfect and pure essence which physicists call "energy", psychologists call "consciousness", philosophers call "truth," and scriptures call "God," Ayer said.

The guru has stated, "I have not come to establish a new religion or sect, but I have come to give you knowledge of truth. If you come to me with a guileless heart, you will surely secure the most ancient spiritual knowledge which, if practiced upon, will give you perfect peace of mind."

A barometer of the guru's attraction was a "Hans Jayanti" festival in India in November, in which more than 500,000 persons participated. Seven Boeing 747s were chartered in the United States to carry Western disciples to the festival and for a month-long stay in the ashram (a stage in the Brahmanic scheme of life) of Guru Maharaj Ji.

Three "Divine Light" mission schools, one planned in Denver, are to be opened in the fall to educate children from kindergarten to 12th grade.