2008 In Review video

This selection of small quotes from Prem Rawat's 2008 speeches (video downloaded from YouTube) are triumphalist and bombastic. He pours scorn on political leaders "make a list of all the things they say they will do, they won't. There's no way to do it" and contrasts his own assured power: "But in the world of Knowledge, the Master can, and the Master does" and he humbly calls himself the "ultimate clarity" and "the Beloved" and claims to be able to make it possible for the mortal "to reach and touch and feel the immortal". In something of a tradition for Rawat's videos the music derives from the most Indianised devotional music subtly altered so that only his long time "students" will recognise it. In this case the music is a thinly disguised and updated version of Arti, the hymn to Maharaji the Lord of the Universe and even here some of the lyrics were left untouched "you are all-knowing, You are my Lord, my all to me" and diving to his feet. 2008 was Rawat's busiest ever year in which he attended 78 events. That is, his work year consisted of making 78 hour long speeches and began with a 3 month holiday. During his 6 week European jaunt he made an average of 2 speeches a week while living in luxury. This demonstrates Rawat's astonishing laziness and lack of effort while his followers consider that he is incredibly hard working. Go figure.

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In 2008 Maharaji attended more events than ever before …
He spoke 78 times in 40 different countries, travelling approximately 90,000 nautical miles
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The year began with a four day event in Tel Aviv, Israel 7, 8, 9 & 10 April "So here we are in 2008, the first event and it's in Israel so we begin with 'Shalom'"
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Hinckley, UK April 25 (morning) Event for the elderly and unwell
Leicester, UK April 25
Torquay, UK April 27
Spain:
Maharaji visited two cities for the first time …
Bilbao, May 8, Calpe, May 11
"Look at your heart, it hasn't changed. It hasn't changed. Believe me, you you may have gotten old but your heart has not changed.
What you desired when you were a little baby, you still want today and it's not the toys."
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Belfast, 16 May
Maharaji's first visit to Northern Ireland
"It's that joy, of being alive, wake up, the restlessness of life, grab it, accept it, want it in earnest."
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Berlin, Germany May 19 & 20
The first time in 18 years
Question: Do you still believe that the peace you used to talk about in the seventies will happen?
Maharaji: I'm working on it …
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Albany, New York, June 7 & 8
One of 14 cities Maharaji visited for the first time in 2008
"So ah, I guess I'm in Albany in New York."
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Barcelona, Spain, June 15
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Gothenberg, Sweden June 21 & 22
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Palermo, Sicily, June 30
"There are people here who might have two or three reasons why there cannot be peace on this Earth. I have 6.7 billion reasons why there should be peace on this Earth."
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Corleone, Sicily, 2 July
Maharaji was made an honorary citizen
"Something, against all odds, is making you alive."
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Birmingham, UK July 5
"Trust it, trust that power."

Glasgow, Scotland July 7
"Do not see yourself as the victim, but see yourself as the victor."
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Warsaw, Poland 12 & 13 July
"Your outlook will change. Don't be afraid cause the one that's backing you up is very powerful indeed." (applause)
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Ljubljana, Slovenia July 9 & 20
"Something is on your side and so far that one is on your side, you have nothing to fear."

Madrid, Spain July 26

Derby, UK July 31
This event was watched live by one million people
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Miami, Florida 10 August
Surprise event

August 31
Start of the US Tour
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"The most important thing, the most important thing, is number One and has never changed, guess what it is?"
"Enjoy your life. Enjoy this Knowledge"
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Sacramento, California September 7
San Jose, California September 9
Portland, Oregon September 11
Denver, Colorado September 13 & 14

"I love it, I love it when basic policies don't change. This is an incredible world, it really is.
We've already been listening to a lot of the political rhetoric and you could almost make a list of all the things they say they will do, they won't. There's no way to do it. But in the world of Knowledge, the Master can, and the Master does." (cheering and applause)

Miami Beach, Florida September 20
Gainesville, Florida September 21
Cherry Hill, New Jersey, September 28

"And all, all that's required was spelled out Day One
"Give me your love and I'll give you peace." That was it.
Keep that connection and we're good to go. Just don't break that connection. That's all that's required."
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Asheville, North Carolina October 2
Toronto, Canada October 5
Montreal, Canada October 7

"And that's how it has been, that is how it has been
So there is something real, it's good to know
It's good to have people with contacts in the right places."
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India, Kurukshetra, October 18
Gwalior, October 20

"What is this planet made out of? Dust. What are you made out of? Dust. Right now, the dust can dance.
So, what does this dust really want?
This dust has the most amazing aspiration dust could ever have, to feel the infinite.
Here, mortality wants to reach and touch and feel the immortal.
That's a very incredible but a very beautiful ambition.
What do I do? I can make this possible."
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The background music changes to an updated version of the devotional Indian prayer Arti with slightly altered/censored lyrics. As most of Rawat's "students" were his "premies" back in the 1970's they are able to feel, consciously or unconsciously, the bliss of their youthful enthusiasm and overt devotion.

"You are sweet nectar, you are this feeling
You are my heart, my all to me
You melt me, you melt me
I fall at your feet"
Grande Baie, Mauritius October 25 &
Durban, South Africa October 29

"I'm gonna give you a new definition of life.
Think of life like this, it is your opportunity to spend time with the best friend (song: Maharaji) you ever had."
The editors have artfully managed to fit the 'Maharaji' from the song into Rawat's speech after "best friend."
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Johannesburg, South Africa October 31
Meeting in Mauritius November 2

It is your time, this chance to be with the ultimate clarity that there is in this whole universe."
RVK, New Delhi, India 8, 9 & 10 November
Jaipur, India 15 & 16 November
Meeting with the elderly Jaipur, 16 November


Song: "You are my all, you are all-knowing,
You are my Lord, my all to me"
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"This is the opportunity for every living being to spend some time with the Beloved."

Song: "I dive into your arms, to your feet"
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Kotputli, India, 17 November
Surprise Event
Meeting in RVK, New Delhi 19 & 20 November

Song: "I dive into your eyes where I see the moon shines in your eyes
There I find myself in my heart in your bliss I love
To love, to love, cause you are all-knowing
You are my brother"

Shah Alam, Malaysia 26 & 27 November
Kaohsiung, Taiwan 30 November
Honolulu, Hawaii, 3 December

Song: "my all to me
Oh Maharaji I can't wait to see you
My dearest Maharaji"
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Song: "When will we meet again?
Oooh ooh
Oooh ooh ooh"
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