Prem Rawat's "Unique" Message of Inner Peace
Prem Rawat aka Maharaji claims to have a powerful and unique message - that peace begins with each of us and is within inside of us. This message is about as un-unique as it is possible to be. It is a message probably as ancient as humankind. It is particularly strange that Rawat would make this claim of uniqueness when there are so many famous and well-respected people saturating popular culture with this very message. People who are known by and respected by millions of people thoughout the Western world. There are also hundreds of thousands of unknown yoga teachers, mindfullness meditation teachers, healers, counsellors, authors and all the other anonymous people of many faiths making this very statement. It would only take him 5 minutes on Google to understand.
Prem Rawat also claims that he can reveal 4 simple meditation techniques that allow us to go inside and find the joy and peace within, Of course all these other people talking about peace within do not agree that Prem Rawat has any claim to uniqueness or power to validate his claims, quite the contrary.
Prem Rawat certainly looks as if he could use a little peace.
Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually. Peace, for example, starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us. When our community is in a state of peace, it can share that peace with neighboring communities, and so on. - the Dalai Lama
As a young boy and man, Prem Rawat promised to bring peace to the world. Literally. Not just personal peace, not just to parts of the world but peace on earth. And he said it would be easy for Him. These boasts were as ridiculous as He was Himself. Possibly the most outlandish part of his persona is his strutting around the world, displaying himself to his small group of followers and accepting their adulation and accolades for his "outstanding work around the world conveying his message that peace is possible."
For all but his loyal devotees Prem Rawat's 50 year public career can only be seen as a failure. He tries to hide his claims of divinity during the first 15 years of his career but it was while obeying the script that he had been taught as a child and using the excitement and exuberance of his young counter-culture devotees that a following developed in which over 20,000 people would gather to see and hear him and consider themselves fortunate to kiss his feet him. In the early 1980s, the 25 year old decided to go his own way and after another 35 years of touring and speaking and proselytising, financed by his diminishing group of devotees, he can only attract a crowd of around 4,000. This is despite the cost of international travel being much cheaper than 35 years ago. This is truly an outstanding failure and the core of his followers are now starting to die of old age.