The Young Prem Rawat (Guru Maharaj Ji) Arrives In The West
This is part of a transcript of Passages an Elan Vital video containing propaganda about the Elan Vital and Divine Light Mission guru, Prem Rawat who formerly called himself Guru Maharaj Ji. It was produced as one of a series of such videos revisioning the guru's history for his devotees.
"Just got this new house in Golders Green which had sort of been a big step forward from this little tiny basement flat we had in in West Ken Kensington. And it had a pay phone and I remember I was walking out and the going
to work and the phone rang and I picked it up and there was this voice from India eeah it wasn't Maharaji it was a this girl woman ringing from Bombay sayin' um Maharaji ??? wants to come to the UK umm you know are you ready
you know to organise events for him and uh it was like 'Yes! ah yes yeah where when's he coming?' 'Two weeks' it was like I was like fell through the floor you know it was like totally totally and utterly stunned."
In all their publications Rawat's followers claim that he was "invited" to come to the West and is invited to go to all the places where he speaks. In reality, as Professor Geaves inadvertently reveals here, he chooses where and when he goes at all times and has since 1971. The "invitations" are a legal fiction that enables his luxury travel expenses, including the costs of his personal jet, to be paid by a charity.
So it was as a teacher that this 13 year old schoolboy had been invited to fly the 6,000 miles from Delhi to London on his school vacation.
Actually he came, not as a 13 year old boy, but as the Perfect Lord Of Love, the Giver Of Light, the Lord of the Universe, the Perfect Master, the only living Master, the Savio(u)r, the Satguru, the ice-cream guzzling Godboy, who will Show you God and is Greater than God. He was the successor to his father, the last in a long line of Perfect Masters the Incarnation of God who come(s) in(to) the world as Krishna, as Buddha, as Jesus as and He invited Himself.
"It was such an experience seeing him getting off the plane like with coming with such a message with such feeling that I know I felt so much and so many other people did just like we'd been waiting forever somehow just for that moment."
Janet Wallace is a one time initiator and extreme devotee of Rawat's.
"And he just steps off the plane in Heathrow here with hehe and just walks out into that eeah into a world where he doesn't know anything that's going to go on, what's going to happen to him yeah whether we're going to look after him or not you know whether he's going to get fed or not ."
The young Rawat was unlikely to starve. His family was wealthy and he had a return ticket to India.
Maharaji gave his first public address in the West at the Conway Hall in London on the 19th June, 1971.
Rawat, or Guru Maharaj Ji as he then called himself, sat on a makeshift stage and spoke in broken English about the mechanics of car engines. It was not a great success.