Prem Rawat (Maharaji) and the United Nations

Prem Rawat has become sleazier as he has grown older. He is a walking, talking Dorian Gray portrait. His staff have attempted to make it seem that the United Nations Organisation is an integral part of his phony internationally acclaimed work for peace. They have flooded the internet with stories of Prem Rawat associated with the United Nations. They have often used functions of the United Nations Associations of various countries linked with Rawat's name. These non-government organisations were begun in 1946, probably at the behest of the KGB rather then the CIA, as independant non-government organisations to raise public awareness of and promote the United Nations. They are invariably small, self-important and can easily be influenced by Rawat's followers with members and donations. Rawat's PR stories make it appear he is talking at United Nations functions to a non-attentive observer. He has donated some of his follower's donations to various UN relief organisations. To learn the truth about these phony events click on the appropriate line: (requires javascript enabled)

Prem Rawat's Phony United Nations Publicity
WOPG blurb: Responding to an invitation from the United Nations 60th Anniversary Committee, Prem Rawat addressed a distinguished audience of diplomats, and government and civic leaders at an event held in celebration of the UN's 60th anniversary at the historic Herbst Theater in San Francisco, where the UN Charter was signed sixty years ago.

In reality the United Nations 60th Anniversary Committee was created for the sole purpose of having this one function and making Rawat the speaker. Google it and you will see that every mention of it is made by Rawat's devotees' organisations.

» United Nations Association (UNA) Of Malaysia, October 18, 2004
Prem Rawat's Phony United Nations Publicity
WOPG blurb: The guests at this function were greeted by the Secretary General of the United Nations Association of Malaysia and the President of the United Nations Association of Malaysia

Note that this is the United Nations Association of Malaysia (they have a "Secretary-General"??) but their logo behind him makes it look very official as if he was addressing the United Nations General Assembly.
Prem Rawat's Phony United Nations Publicity
WOPG blurb: Speaking at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok - Thailand, Maharaji addressed government officials, business and humanitarian leaders, and other dignitaries from various countries.

This is the trick Rawat's publicists often use to promote his image. They rent a hall or conference room in a building with a prestigious name or at a prestigious insitution such as a famous university. The events have nothing to do with the prestigious institution and often contain only his invited devotees.
Prem Rawat's Phony United Nations Publicity
WOPG blurb: In 1976, Prem Rawat then teenage, accepted invitation from US Citizen's Congress to address the members of United States Senate, admiral staff, House of representatives, members of Cabinet, and the distinguished audience.

Actually there were two Senators, one admiral, two Cabinet members and an audience of extreme right wing supporters of soon to be disgraced President Nixon. This is one of his earliest sleazy attempts to gain apparent respectability. Click here for full details
Prem Rawat's Phony United Nations Publicity
WOPG blurb: Prem Rawat delivered the keynote address at a special event at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, on September 22, on the occasion of the United Nations' International Day of Peace. The event was emceed by Paul McDonald, Executive Director of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia

Another United Nations Association event hosted by the tiny Canberra chapter of the organisation. It was held in a rented room in the parliament building. Prem Rawat did NOT address the Australian parliament. Paul MacDonald is a long time devotee of Prem Rawat's and an employee of CEDA. He was not there in an official capacity.
Prem Rawat's Phony United Nations Publicity
WOPG blurb: November 28th 2006: The United Nations Association of New Zealand, the Hon. Marian Hobbs MP, and Prem Rawat, known widely by the honorary title Prem Rawat, gathered with a distinguished audience to celebrate the International Day of Peace on September 21 at the Parliament Buildings in Wellington.

The Honourable Marion M.P. Hobbs accepted the invitation to speak at this United Nations Association event without knowing anything about Prem Rawat (personal communication). The function was held in a rented room in the parliament building.
Prem Rawat's Phony United Nations Publicity
WOPG blurb: Prem Rawat was presented with the Distinguished International Humanitarian Achievement Award after delivering the keynote address at a special event at the United Nations in New York.

The Prem Rawat Foundation press releases do not give a figure for this grant but it is likely to be in the tens of thousands of dollars. Despite the photo on their web site Prem Rawat did NOT address the United Nations General Assembly.

Most people officially involved with the United Nations achieve their position through hard work and social and political success. This is how Prem Rawat's eldest brother, Satpal Maharaj, long time provincial political power and spiritual Godman and member and Minister of the Lok Sabha (Indian National Parliament) has achieved his association with the United Nations. Here are photos of him speaking at actual United Nations' international political meetings at the United Nations' headquarters in New York as a member of the Indian Parliamentary delegation to the United Nations. The speeches might be boring and meaningless or they might even have a real positive effect on world events but either way they are bona fidé. Satpal Maharaj, Prem Rawat's eldest brother, really is a respected international figure involved with the the United Nations Organisation and is a member of the National Parliament and a Minister in the Government of India. Meanwhile Prem Rawat plays with himself and his expensive toys at his Malibu mansion and attempts to gain status through paying for cheap, sleazy and phony PR campaigns with his devotees' donations.

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Prem Rawat at United Nations' Associations' meetings pretending to be associated with the UN - what a pathetic phony.

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For a fuller, more coherent exposition on Rawat's deceitful campaign to gain respectability and legitimacy see the Legitimacy Project and the Prem Rawat Critique Website.