NO. 15   NOVEMBER 1974
New Zealand Darshan

Looking tanned and fit, Guru Maharaj Ji and Durga Ji arrived from Fiji on October 22. During their tour they took a cruise on Auckland's famous estuary. From the parent ship, the divine couple set out in a four-seater boat, waving back at the premies.

The darshan program was incredibly high, charged with an air of expectation. Although only 200 premies were to come, the hall was soon packed to overflowing. Overwhelmed by the crowd, the hall staff resurrected an ancient fire regulation and closed the doors on perhaps 100 people. On request, many of the public graciously yielded their seats to premies waiting outside.

At last Maharaj Ji arrived with Durga Ji, who gave satsang first;

"It's really wonderful to be here and I know you've waited a long time for this to happen. I remember back in May when Maharaj Ji and I first got married, all these letters from New Zealand started coming in and I thought, oh, we should go to New Zealand. That would be a perfect place for a honeymoon … This is our honeymoon. This is the first time we've had to go somewhere and relax and at the same time have a program …

I know all of you realise that we have a very important mission ahead of us and it's something not one of us can comprehend … We don't realise how fortunate we are to be premies, to be lovers. You can never say, "I'm just a premie" because that's ridiculous to be just a premie. To be a premie is the most blessed, beautiful gift that any of us could have, to he chosen to love the source of our life, our creator …

Right now Divine Light Mission is just a baby, it's a seed, but the seed is just as powerful as the tree. What's the difference between the seed and the tree? It just hasn't grown and developed to its full capacity, yet within that seed is the potential of the tree … Divine Light Mission is Guru Maharaj Ji's little baby, and we are his little babies. We're just going to grow and grow into the most beautiful tree that will give the most beautiful fruit this world has ever seen … Every action we are doing is being given to him and when it's given to Guru Maharaj Ji he gives it right back to us, only so much more fuller so that we can in turn give it back to him, and this is the constant process …"

Then Maharaj Ji's satsang followed. It was a strong reminder about overcoming presumptions on life that had led us to forget our real nature;

"All the Perfect Masters came to remind you that, wait a minute, whatever there is there is, and whatever you've been doing you've been doing, but fact remains that there is the Truth in this world and this is what you have come to recognise … This whole world is like a jigsaw puzzle. All our lives we sit down and try to figure it out … When we grow big, we start dealing with the real things. We start dealing with the real puzzles, which are giant. It's like, we are in a mess … Sometimes, because man is not strong enough, he does not want to face how many problems he has got.

When the Perfect Master comes, he says, "No problem. Listen. This is your problem and this is the solution, here you go".

I have come into New Zealand so that I can make premies understand how important it is for every person to understand this Knowledge. And, who is finally going to get all the credit for spreading this Knowledge. It's never been Guru Maharaj Ji himself, you know that He's got the peanut butter, but he's not going to spread it around. You are the knife."

After satsang, the small, intimate darshan line began, populated by both premies and the matted-hair saddhus down from the hills of Hokianga.

The next day was Durga Ji's birthday. After being presented with a cake, they made a quiet exit for Australia.

New Zealand Darshan 1974
New Zealand Darshan 1974

Prem Rawat akqa Guru Maharaj Ji 1974

Prem Rawat akqa Guru Maharaj Ji 1974

In the past ages the news of the Truth spread slowly. John the Baptist was a voice crying in the wilderness, Perfect Masters rode on donkeys or travelled on foot. In the Golden Age the propagation of Truth will be astonishingly rapid. Guru Maharaj Ji's message, that peace is available, has already been conveyed to millions through the media of film, television, radio and newspaper.

The Golden Age has been prophesied as the time when peace will be established on earth. But prophecies aside, we need practical proof that the Golden Age has arrived. How will this age be fully established? What is powerful enough to have man living in harmony?

To have peace on earth, each person must have peace of mind. The mind must be controlled by something greater than itself, something which gives constant satisfaction. And that is spirit or infinite energy or God or whatever label you wish to apply to that which is indescribable. Contacting that energy is meditation. Guru Maharaj Ji, through teachers called Mahatmas, reveals that energy in four simple techniques which concentrate the mind on light, music, energy vibration and taste within the human body. From this meditation comes peace of mind, the inner news of the Golden Age.

Ashram: "shelter", a spiritual community of Guru Maharaj Ji's devotees who have dedicated their lives to spreading Knowledge of God.

Knowledge: the spiritual experience gained through practising the four meditation techniques (Light, Music, Word and Nectar) revealed by Guru Maharaj Ji.

Mahatma: "great soul", a disciple of Guru Maharaj Ji empowered to reveal Knowledge.

Darshan: the physical presence of Guru Maharaj Ji.

Premie: "lover of God", a devotee of Guru Maharaj Ji.

Satsang: "company of Truth", discourses about the Knowledge revealed by Guru Maharaj Ji.