A Pictorial History of Prem Rawat: 1977 The Comeback

The Millenium '73 fiasco and the publicity from the wedding and the family split and the drying up of the pool of likely recruits had seen the DLM admin go into shock. The exciting growth period was over and the results of meditation, satsang and service were blah by comparison. DLM admin decided to drop the hype, drop the Krishna uniform and "go straight" and really understand. That process led to a flood of premies out of the ashrams, a collapse of DLM's financial situation and demands that Prem cut his spending. He tried his usual approach: blame everyone else and shoot the messengers.

Hans Rawat Parties

Finally he fell back on his father's favourite method of impressing the yokels: dressing up in fancy costumes and partying. He didn't have his father's style and panache but … He sent out a last minute open invitation to a birthday party at his Malibu mansion in which he cried tears of joy when he received a surprise present, an Aston Martin."Truly fulfilling" he told the gathered faithful "we don't need these high-faluting changes, the only change that we ever need in our lives is to come back home. Come back home to Guru Maharaj Ji's world.""

Prem Rawat's (Maharaji) Aston Martin Birthday Present 1976
Prem Rawat Inspirational Speaker Giving Satsang (Making A Speech) Atlantic City 1976

Then he accepted an invitation to a premie get together celebration at Atlantic City on December 18 in which he didn't bother with the shouting, berating and haranguing his followers for their imperfections and blaming the problems of Divine Light Mission and their lack of bliss and joy on them. Instead he told them:

"This is the Court of Love, this is where love happens. See, this is the point: that this is the issued order, not from just this time but of time immemorial, that in this court, whenever this court assembles, there's only one thing happens and that is love."

To the shock of the sociologists looking on the recently "straightened out" and supposedly mature and sensible meditators went bananas and french kissed his feet with gay abandon.

Prem Rawat Inspirational Speaker Giving Darshan, Atlantic City, 1976
Prem Rawat Inspirational Speaker Giving Darshan, Atlantic City, 1976

"'How can I then ever repay Guru Maharaj Ji?' and he and he and he answers, it's very beautiful, that if I gather everything in this world, everything that there is in this world and multiply it by 10,000,000 times it won't even be worth a grain, one piece of grain, one piece, one piece of penny to what I owe Guru Maharaj Ji."

Prem Rawat Inspirational Speaker On Stage Dressed As Krishna 1976
Prem Rawat Inspirational Speaker On Stage Dressed As Krishna 1976

"Together, we can do anything!"