Michael Dettmers, Former Personal Assistant to Prem Rawat
In early 2000 Jim Heller (real Name), a lawyer from Vancouver and a person prominent in on-line criticism of Prem Rawat and his so-called "Knowledge", contacted Michael Dettmers, former personal assistant to Prem Rawat, and thereby began a process of debate that eventually had Dettmers publicly revealing much discreditable information about Prem Rawat's life that was formerly unknown to people who weren't part of Rawat's inner circle of devotees. Dettmers begins by trying to keep to the "high philosphical road" though as time goes on and his defenses lessen a more realistic picture emerges.
There were certainly enough sordid details about Rawat's hypocrisy, drug and alcohol abuse, his extraordinary selfishness and failure to actually meditate, his use of Dettmers to pimp for him amongst his female devotees, his long term mistress Monica Lewis, his wife's affair and his refusal to accept meaningful marriage and life counselling to satisfy the most avid soap opera addict.
Since those revelations most of the more sophisticated of Rawat's followers no longer deny any of these "pecadilloes", they deny their importance to Rawat's career as a guru or teacher. The great majority of people who expect "teachers" who talk the talk to walk the walk will make up their own mind. What sort of inner peace manifests in the life of a person who acts in this manner? Make up your own mind and remember, Rawat's life style and lack of peace is written into his face.
A more succinct questions and answers session is transcribed here for those who prefer a simple summary. A page of Rawat's "autobiography" is dedicated to providing a mild criticism of Dettmers but does not address nor refute any of his statements.
- See Promotion of Prem Rawat in the United States on the Prem Rawat aka Maharaji Information Resource Website for further background.
- See Sophia Collier's unflattering "hippieish" remarks about Michael Dettmers influence in Divine Light Mission. and here
- Durga Ji mentioned a "beautiful story" Dettmers told her about Rawat buying toys published in Affinity magazine, 1979