Prem Rawat's "the Residences"
Despite coming to the West to bring peace to the world Prem Rawat has gathered a considerable amount of real estate, a gigantic mansion and numerous cars all given to him by those who believe he is bringing peace to the world. For some unknown reason the houses in which he stays are all known as "the Residence" by his devotees. The titles will not be in his name but his ownership exists in practice nevertheless. When questioned about his Australian mansion he replied like a weasel:
"Well, there, there's a lot of misconceptions and again press has many times picked up these things and and and put them in a context where they really don't belong. For instance, uh, even this house that you see here uh I live in it, yes, and I only visit, I've only visited once this year and once once last year but um this actually doesn't belong to me, it belongs to one of these people who has had an experience, one of the followers. It's his house and he makes it available to when I come."
What sort of person wants a mansion in Australia that he will only visit once a year for a night or two? A man bringing peace to the world? No, a man who wants to amass wealth, an international property mogul. While Prem Rawat (aka Maharaji) has his major Residence in Malibu ('Palace' or 'Temple' might be a better word for it), he also has other 'Residences', whose ownership might be difficult to trace, but are for his exclusive use.
There is the Malibu beach cottage which is reputedly now (post 2008) his wife's major domicile.
27 Ayrshire Lane, Concord, estimated value: $2,142,400
Formerly he had a less divine Divine Residence in Woodside Avenue in Britain. It was just a house. Imagine!
There is his Residence at 236 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket, Brisbane, Australia.
There is his residence in Peak Crossing in Australia. This is more of a cottage, located on a rise overlooking his major cult compound, Amaroo or Ivory's Rock Conference Centre as it is named. I've even been inside it but that was over around 2000 and I would enjoy living there though I'm pretty sure it's been mightily upgraded if not completely replaced since then.
There is his compound and ashram and residence at Mehrauli, New Delhi.
There is his mansion at 207 Bal Cross Drive, Bal Harbour, Forida.
Then there is his palace overlooking Malibu.