Our inside man, Malcolm Davey, former ??? director of Satsang Cinema and now stationed with Shri Hans Productions in Denver reports on life at international headquarters:
Denver is a mile high. It is flanked by mountains, blanketed in snow and surrounded by fresh, icy air. I am reminded of Millennium '73: there are premies everywhere. I live in an ashram with thirty of them. You walk down the street greeting premies. You arrive at the office which is full of department heads, housing planners, distributing agents, local DUO, international DUO, National DUO, WWA's, AMP'S, SHF's, AMP's … It's quite amusing and really satisfying to work here amongst Guru Maharaj Ji's divinely united organisation.
Every evening at 5 pm, the Mission's shuttle bus picks up office workers from the Kittredge Building and shuttles them back to the twenty-six ashrams. Satsang is graced seven nights a week by two mahatmas and it doesn't take too long to feel that you really are a mile high!
Guru Maharaj Ji has told Bob Mishler to outline a projection of DLM for 1975. This involved meetings with all department heads and ashrams. Questions are asked - what are your priorities? Does your service interfere with your realisation of the Knowledge? Soul-to- soul discussions were held for a week between executives and premies. Stored emotions were released, problems discussed and love regenerated.
A videotape was played of Guru
guy who does a ten second skit. After the show he is approached and offered a part in a full-length film by a person who is a Perfect Master, guaranteeing him a fully enriched new life. But the guy is warned that if he doesn't play his part he will be edited out to become a short piece of missing film.
Maharaj Ji said the time was coming when he would be unable to see so many premies all the time. So Australian premies were lucky to have Maharaj Ji's visit. Maharaj Ji spoke of his Pacific tour, saying how in New Zealand the premies were so young and the community so small, and how blissful it was to see them experiencing the Knowledge. Maharaj Ji said that in
a big question mark, and then whoosh! they would be blown away by the bliss of it all.
Guru Maharaj Ji said that we are playing cards and we are looking for two aces. Every card we throw down, we look at and say, "That's not two aces, that's not two aces, that's not two aces", and while we are doing that we don't even realise that we have thrown down a black Jack in the meantime. "And we have a real black Jack here!" (cheers and applause).
Obviously remembering Sydney,
Maharaj Ji then said, "I think we are going to have some skits so you'd better watch out for cream pies flying."
A lavish party was held to celebrate his seventeenth birthday. He did not attend but sent his blessings, saying that he did not like to come to Denver but once he arrived, it was always good to be there.
The theme of the party was a medieval court in the days of Camelot and King Arthur. Fancy dress was from that period - jugglers, earls, barons, archbishops, ladies of the court, Merlins and assorted folk from the village, such as innkeepers, peasants and friars. All came to prostrate by His Royal Highness' throne which was flanked by battlements and guarded by an armoured security team, wielding wooden beragons. Children from the Divine School performed a pantomime, King Arthur pulled the sword from the stone and placed it before the King's throne. A proclamation was read and all hail and praise shouted to "The King of Kings".
World Welfare Association Director, Rennie Davis, spurred on by recent success on Thanksgiving Day when Denver premies took love to the needy, organised hundreds of choirs for Christmas. Each household and ashram was asked to form a choir and sing carols all over Denver. The theme was "Joy to the World". Rennie said that using conventionally-accepted forms of propagation reached many otherwise closed minds.
Tennis playing premie, Tim Gallwey, flew into Denver on his way to New York. He will be compering a series of half-hour television shows called The Inner Game. His book, The Inner Game of Tennis has surprised publishers by selling fifty thousand copies so far and continuing at a thousand copies a week.
Finally, Guru Maharaj Ji has sent a message to premies that before every-