NO. 15   OCTOBER 1974

from the world's press
Jenny Sees The LightPrem Rawat: The Golden Age magazine

We are a newly formed group of people willing to serve the community in whatever way possible - phone 757-320."

That was the intriguing message on a slip of paper in my letter-box.

I rang and an hour later I was in a Divine Light Mission ashram chatting with Jenny McLeod, professor of music at Victoria University.

The Mission is claimed to be the fastest growing movement in the world today.

In Jenny's words it is "a worldwide volunteer group by the followers of Shri Guru Maharaj Ji, the 16 year old Perfect Master."

He was born in 1957 in north India, and has been in the West for only three years.

But already he has 8,000,000 followers and the number is growing daily.

the mahatma

Seated on the floor of a room which, except for a ???, round table and one chair, was unfurnished, Jenny radiated happiness.

With utter sincerity she explained how her life had been transformed after meeting Mahatma Rajeshwaranand, one of Guru Maharaj Ji's many travelling apostles.

I went to hear this guy and my reactions were completely unexpected. He seemed to shine, and I felt I was in the presence of a saint. He spoke with such authority and punch I could see that he had something.

It was as though I was led to that Mahatma - everything he said was confirmed by my own experience. He blew my mind completely. After that public meeting I lay awake all night. I wanted to receive the Knowledge the Mahatma is empowered to give."

with a big grin

But this was not immediately forthcoming. The Mahatma said that she, and four other people with similar intent, must wait until he returned to the capital and meantime, go to satsang (truth talk) with two people who already had this Knowledge.

"So for the next five weeks we did that and by the time he returned another seven people had joined us - making 13 in all.

The Mahatma then gave us knowledge sessions and finally, when we were sufficiently calm, revealed the four sacred techniques of inner meditation."

These, Jenny explained, included ability to see the Divine Light which shines within everyone, to hear music - Pythagoras called it the music of the spheres, to taste the nectar which wells up into one's mouth, and to understand the "word" or "name" of God.

"It's like a vibration - you feel it physically."

Jenny declared that after receiving "Knowledge" she got "very high" and has been that way ever since.

"I think my students and some of my friends think I've gone a bit strange because I look so happy - always going around with a big grin on my face," she laughed.

her music

And her work - is she composing anything?

"You know", she replied, "after Under the Sun was done in Palmerston North I was seized up.

Interested in rock music but incapable of composing any. The very day I received Knowledge I found myself in touch with something I had never mastered before - natural soft-rock idiom. Next day I wrote and finished a song.

Composing used to be hard work, now I realise that as Bach said, 'the object of all music should be the glory of God', and I'm letting it flow. I've vaguely got in mind a rock opera on the Perfect Master, and am doing songs which may be incorporated in it."

At present on leave from the University she is also composing music for the mission to which she has devoted her income.

"As soon as I came in contact with these people I felt like giving them everything. They don't ask for a penny but this thing is so important - it's working for the peace of the world," she said.

The organisation within New Zealand began in Auckland about a year ago.

There are now groups in Christchurch, Hamilton and New Plymouth. Wellington's group was formed in May. work is worship

Organiser of the community services in the capital is David Roupel, recently arrived from London. Those who carry out these duties live either in the ashram in Kelburn, or in a house belonging to Jenny in Brooklyn.

These are no "Layabouts."

Their motto is "Work is Worship."

All have jobs and automatically devote money to the mission.

Jenny's husband, Bruce Greenfield, a pianist, is also rapt in the movement, all members of which are looking forward to the possible visit of Guru Maharaj Ji to Auckland soon.

I put on the shoes I'd been asked to remove when entering the ashram, and left feeling slightly dazed, and even a bit envious.

Everyone looked so damned happy!