By the Grace of Guru Maharaj Ji
SUMMER 1978    élan vital: the vital force or impulse of life    VOLUME II ISSUE 2
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"Why should he be sad, who has the Lord dwelling in his heart? You should make more and more effort to see Him, and all will be Light."
- Param Hans Satgurudev Shri Hans Ji Maharaj

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Just Be There   Guru Maharaj Ji's Satsang Kansas City, Missouri, January 20, 1978

And propagation is going to grow. It's just growing more and more, more and more, more and more, more and more. And then you stop for a second and wonder about another thing: "Well, what's the press going to do? What's the 'sleeping lion' going to do? Is he going to really roar at you this time or snap at you, or what's going to happen?" I mean, it's just like so many lies, so many lies, so many lies. You know, that's what I've been through. You pick up a piece of newspaper, and after a little while you start to get a few shady feelings about them: The rest of the stories are true or not? It's like a lot of times a lot of premies in the residence come, "Well, look at this article, Maharaj Ji!" I said, "Did you read that article?" And then they go back and they say, "Yeah, well …" So it's like, what's going to happen? It's a big question.

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Dr. Lord's Circus   Guru Maharaj Ji's Satsang at the Guru Puja Festival Caracas, Venezuela, July 23, 1975

You know, I was in Denver, and I was giving satsang about Perfect Master. And like, a Perfect Master, when we call him a Perfect Master, we have just said something that we really don't sit back and try to understand. When we say Perfect Master, when we say this, this person who is infinite, call him Guru Maharaj Ji, call him Perfect Master, call him Lord, call him anything you want, he doesn't need to come into this world. You see? He doesn't.

Because he is perfect. All he has to do is one day get up and just scream through the blue skies, and say, "You! Everybody! Realize Knowledge. Otherwise I am going to do something to you guys you never dreamed of."

But he doesn't do that. He comes into this world, and bears a body just like everyone, and comes in and knocks at everybody's doors. Doesn't pressure anybody, but begs them. Doesn't make a rule, but begs them to realize this Knowledge.

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You Must Get Peace   Guru Maharaj Ji's Public Program Boston, Massachusetts, August 4, 1973

And this is the energy that we have to realize within inside of us. And why? This is the reason … Everybody who has been probably talking from this stage has been saying to realize that energy, realize that supreme primordial vibration. But why? What is the necessity for you to realize? It's within inside of us, and it's making us survive, and isn't that well and good? Well, that's one point. It's making us survive. But the point is, until we realize that supreme energy, until we realize that primordial vibration, we cannot have Peace.

Now, as a matter of fact, here is a very practical example: When Jesus was present at his time, he came and he was giving this Knowledge to John, and he was giving Knowledge to all of his disciples. Now this energy was, again, present in his disciples, and it was also present in the people who crucified him. But people who knew it, people who had been revealed this Knowledge within inside of themselves, people who had realized this Knowledge, accepted Jesus as the Lord.

And people now who have actually realized this Knowledge within inside of them, they understand who Jesus was.

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Build the Foundation   Guru Maharaj Ji's Question and Answer Session Portland, Oregon, June 29, 1972

Guru Maharaj Ji, what does it feel like to be the Lord of the universe?
What should I tell you about it?

Just what it's like.
What it's like? Nothing. Because you are not in yourself; something else; somewhere else; one with someone else.

How is it to be like a puppet?
You don't know … Do you? When you become Lord of the universe, you become a puppet, really! Nothing else; not "you." Not "I," not "you," no egos, no pride, nothing else. One with humbleness; servant. Very, very beautifuL Always in divine bliss. Creating your own environment -- wherever you go, doesn't matter. Like my friends used to play and I used to sit right in the corner of my ground and meditate (laughter).

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Don't Be Afraid   Guru Maharaj Ji's Satsang at Prem Nagar Ashram Hardwar, India, December 21, 1971

Many people were so afraid -- they were so terribly confused, because there were so many people here. But listen: One day the whole world has to take Knowledge. Then wherever you will go, you will find brothers. Then what will you do? Those people will have to just jump into the river and die; that is all they can do, commit suicide!

Like if you see me, my Mission has got many jeeps to spread this Knowledge. I have got many cars to spread this Knowledge. I go, rush, do all those things. And I have got many things just to spread Knowledge. If all these things a materialistic man had had, he would have been damn crazy: "I got these things." Because these things are unique in India. These things are unique in India! You don't find them usually. But being with them, I am like a lotus. I am not attached to them. So you also don't be attached to the materialistic things. That is very bad, if you are attached to them. It is very, very bad. Don't be attached to them.

Cover: Miami, Florida, April 1978; page 3 and back cover: Marbella, Spain, March 1978;
pages 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18: Kansas City, Missouri, January. 1978;
pages 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 29: Caracas, Venezuela, July 1975; page 30: Public Program, Queens,
New York, July 1973; pages 31, 33, 37: New York Residence, July and August 1973;
page 41: Colorado, July 1972; pages 46 and -47: Delhi, India, November 1971.

Elan Vital is published quarterly by Divine Light Mission, P.O. Box 532, Denver, CO 80201. 1978 Divine Light Mission, Inc.